National Oct 24, 2014

Riken top brass to take pay cuts over STAP cell scandal

The Riken research institute has announced pay cuts for its top brass, in connection with an embarrassing international scandal over research on so-called STAP cells. Riken President Ryoji Noyori, a 2001 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will return 10 percent of his pay for three months, ...

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

National Oct 23, 2014

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring female singer ...

National / Politics Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and Washington ...