Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

Reference | Q&A Mar 31, 2016

Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan's electricity market receives a fundamental shake-up on Friday, with the introduction of greater competition for households and small businesses. Until now, regional utilities have monopolized supply. There will be some unfamiliar names among the new entrants, bringing with them a wide range of choices ...

Detecting breast cancer is not an exact science

Reference | Q&A Sep 25, 2015

Detecting breast cancer is not an exact science

by Tomoko Otake

Former professional wrestler-turned TV personality Akira Hokuto, 48, made headlines this week when she announced on Wednesday she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery to remove her right breast on Thursday. Hokuto revealed in her blog that the diagnosis came as a ...

Reference | Q&A Apr 15, 2015

Is China-led bank a lost opportunity?

by Atsushi Kodera

China's proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is causing a stir as the majority of Group of 20 leading economies sign on as founding members, while the U.S. and Japan remain on the sidelines. This outcome for a Chinese initiative that challenges the U.S.-led global financial ...

National | Q&A Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

by Mami Maruko

While this year's influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 flu ...

ADIZs common but China's is worrisome

Reference | Q&A Nov 25, 2013

ADIZs common but China's is worrisome

by Mizuho Aoki

China's announcement Saturday of its establishment of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that includes the Japan-controlled Senkaku islets has worsened already tense bilateral ties. From 10 a.m. Saturday, China said any aircraft entering the ADIZ must obey its rules or ...