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Raise corporate profile of women, confab urges

by Ayako Mie

A two-day international conference aiming to empower women kicked off Friday in Tokyo with a call for companies and the government to foster more female executives — an area of gender equality where Japan greatly lags behind the global norm. The fourth Women’s International Networking Conference in Tokyo was attended ...

Apr 18, 2014

Whaling to be pared, not halted

Japan plans to defy the International Court of Justice by continuing its whaling in the Antarctic Ocean and Northwest Pacific after reducing its catch goals.

Apr 18, 2014

MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest

by Reiji Yoshida

One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers, is generating a nationwide buzz on the Internet. The ships will gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Why so ...

Apr 18, 2014

Exam scoring errors turn up

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo’s education bureau announced Friday it found more than 130 cases of scoring errors on high school entrance examinations for 2014 that resulted in erroneous rejections at four schools. According to an inquiry conducted at 216 public high schools, the bureau found 139 errors ...

Apr 18, 2014

Abe to seek Obama's 'acceptance' of North abduction talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s “acceptance” at their summit next Thursday of Tokyo’s consultations with Pyongyang on the abduction issue, a government source said Friday. The abductees in question were Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korean agents ...

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S., S. Korea Begin High-Level Defense Talks

Japan, the United States and South Korea began a two-day meeting of senior defense officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss potential responses North Korea, which has threatened to conduct a new form of nuclear test. The high-level meeting at the U.S. Department of ...

Apr 18, 2014

Makers unsure defense business will pay off abroad

Although the government relaxed the country’s rules on exports of defense equipment this month, companies aren’t necessarily optimistic about sales chances overseas. Reactions to the looser export rules were mixed among representatives of some 50 companies who attended a Defense Ministry briefing on the ...

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

| Apr 18, 2014

Nagoya appliance recycling drive reaps success

The city of Nagoya started collecting small household appliances for recycling in February and announced April 11 that it had received more than 31,000 kg of machinery in just two months — five times more than anticipated. The number for February alone was 15 ...

Military waging popularity campaign

Apr 18, 2014

Military waging popularity campaign

by Miwa Suzuki

Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign to soften its image featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events. The armed forces are also visible in youth culture, with young teens tuning in ...

Apr 18, 2014

GSDF to militarize remote Yonaguni

The government is sending 100 Ground Self-Defense Force members and radar to its western-most outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islets they both claim. ...