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Closed schools finding new leases on life

National Jun 13, 2003

Closed schools finding new leases on life

by Sachiko Hirao

With schools closing left and right amid the nation's declining birthrate, necessity is forcing cash-strapped local governments to come up with creative ways to reuse such facilities, many of which are aging. Take for example Mikawadai Junior High School in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Its students ...

National Jun 13, 2003

FTC blames two institutes for rigging bids

by Reiji Yoshida

The Fair Trade Commission determined Thursday that two semigovernmental research institutes have been rigging bids regularly since at least 1999, artificially inflating prices on 327 research contracts. The bids, for contracts worth 3.18 billion yen in total, were for research projects on the market prices ...

National Jun 13, 2003

Police question U.S. Marine over Okinawa rape

Okinawa police said Thursday they are questioning a U.S. Marine on suspicion of raping a local woman in May. The 21-year-old lance corporal is being questioned on a voluntary basis about the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman in the town of Kin. Police said ...

National Jun 13, 2003

Briton handed 14-year sentence

CHIBA -- The Chiba District Court sentenced a British man to 14 years in prison Thursday in a drug-smuggling case that has drawn international condemnation of the Japanese judicial system. With Nicholas Baker, 32, denying the charges against him, the case has become a political ...

National Jun 13, 2003

Scientists forecast Tama trout bounty

The run of young trout up the Tama River this summer is expected to top last year's figure, the most promising in almost a decade, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Fisheries Experiment Station. At least 640,000 trout had already made the upstream journey by the ...

National Jun 13, 2003

53 hurt in tear gas attack at stadium

Fifty-three people needed treatment for eye and respiratory complaints after being sprayed with a tear gas-like substance during a brawl between rival baseball fans at Nagaragawa Stadium in Gifu Prefecture, officials said Thursday. Gifu police said the gas was sprayed into the stands from the ...

National Jun 13, 2003

Police question U.S. Marine over Okinawa rape

Okinawa police said Thursday they are questioning a U.S. Marine on suspicion of raping a local woman in May. The 21-year-old lance corporal is being questioned on a voluntary basis about the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman in the town of Kin. Police said ...

National Jun 13, 2003

FTC blames two institutes for rigging bids

by Reiji Yoshida

The Fair Trade Commission determined Thursday that two semigovernmental research institutes have been rigging bids regularly since at least 1999, artificially inflating prices on 327 research contracts. The bids, for contracts worth 3.18 billion yen in total, were for research projects on the market prices ...

National Jun 13, 2003

Police question U.S. Marine over Okinawa rape

Okinawa police said Thursday they are questioning a U.S. Marine on suspicion of raping a local woman in May. The 21-year-old lance corporal is being questioned on a voluntary basis about the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman in the town of Kin. Police said ...

National Jun 11, 2003

Man gets 13 years for slaying cop

The Toyama District Court sentenced a man to 13 years in prison Tuesday for stabbing a police officer to death last September inside a police station in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture. In passing sentence on Niigata Prefecture resident Masashi Kato, 37, presiding Judge Masakatsu Kamisawa said ...

National Jun 11, 2003

Man gets 13 years for slaying cop

The Toyama District Court sentenced a man to 13 years in prison Tuesday for stabbing a police officer to death last September inside a police station in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture. In passing sentence on Niigata Prefecture resident Masashi Kato, 37, presiding Judge Masakatsu Kamisawa said ...

National Jun 11, 2003

Man gets 13 years for slaying cop

The Toyama District Court sentenced a man to 13 years in prison Tuesday for stabbing a police officer to death last September inside a police station in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture. In passing sentence on Niigata Prefecture resident Masashi Kato, 37, presiding Judge Masakatsu Kamisawa said ...

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