National Oct 23, 2014

Wealthy Japanese quickest to get richer in Asia

Japan's millionaires increased their wealth at the fastest pace in the Asia-Pacific region last year as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign for an economic revival drove the stock market higher. The nation's high net worth individuals, defined as those with investable assets of at least ...

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

National Oct 23, 2014

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Residents across Niigata Prefecture attended events on Thursday to remember the 68 people killed in the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake. "We must convey the lessons from the disaster to the next generation," Ojiya Mayor Yasuo Yatsui said at a 10th-anniversary memorial ceremony in Nagaoka co-sponsored by ...

National Oct 22, 2014

Tokyo court sees growing petitions against Internet postings

The Tokyo District Court has seen a sharp increase in petitions for injunctions against malicious Internet postings in recent years, court sources said on Wednesday. The number of such petitions, which include defamation and slander, handled by the court grew more than 20-fold in four ...

National / Politics Oct 22, 2014

Ex-PM Koizumi raps Abe's aim to revive nuclear power

Junichiro Koizumi, known as a firm opponent of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima triple meltdown, on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy to revive the country's fleet of idled nuclear reactors. "The government says Japan has the world's toughest safety standards for nuclear ...