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Fukushima's ghosts still haunt Japan.

It has been six years since a huge earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan caused one of the world's worst nuclear disasters at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But the consequences of tho...

- The Hindu - IN

Kawasaki, Bajaj Auto end India alliance.

Japanese auto major Kawasaki has decided to end its eight-year-old alliance with Pune-based Bajaj Auto for the sale and after sales service of Kawasaki motorcycles from April 1, 2017. Kawasaki and Bajaj have mutually arrived at an amicable decision to end their alliance in India from April 1, 2017. Consequently, with effect ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

American guilty of attacking Japanese tourist gets 22 years.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. " A western New York man found guilty of attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.Robert MacLeod was found guilty of robbery, sexual abuse and assault in January...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Japanese authorities decry ongoing robot failures at Fukushima.

Six years ago, a massive earthquake, consequent tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan. International organizations rushed to help the country's devastated residents, and to figure out how to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, the wrecked nuclear power plant. Robots offered a ray of hope amid unfathomable loss. At least they did, ...

- TechCrunch - US

American guilty of attacking Japanese tourist gets 22 years.

A western New York man found guilty of attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

- FOX News - US

Pointing out the obvious.

"It was that mikan." The post Pointing out the obvious appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Designer Mikio Sakabe: 'Fashion itself is the creation of newness'.

Fashion designer on why there's no real difference between being young or old. The post Designer Mikio Sakabe: 'Fashion itself is the creation of newness' appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

'Teika: The Life and Works of a Medieval Japanese Poet': Unpacking ancient poetry wars.

Teika lived from 1162 to 1241, and was a highly influential Japanese poet. Paul S. Atkins' new study of his work aims to reintroduce him to a non-native audience and to analyze why his verse had such a large impact on the trajectory of Japanese poetics. Teika: The Life and Works of a Medieval Japanese The post 'Teika: The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'The Sound of the Mountain': Yasunari Kawabata's slow-burning meditation on getting older.

The first Japanese winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1968, Yasunari Kawabata, deals with the gradual decline that comes with aging in “The Sound of the Mountain.” The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata, Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker.276 pages TUTTLE, Fiction. Family patriarch Shingo ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Tokyo: A Biography': Tracing the life of a city.

Cities are intrinsically inviting subjects for a writer. Part human, part natural; arena of history and mantelpiece of memory , cities provide the setting for the archetypal encounter of the individual with the masses. Tokyo: A Biography, by Stephen Mansfield.208 pages TUTTLE, Nonfiction. With its conjunction of vast and ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Mammals shrink when the Earth heats up: study.

Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth's history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Ebola vaccine created to protect chimps

Scientists said they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild apes in three decades. The vaccine is given orally, the developers said, which means it could be disguised in food and left out for the animals to eat , easier The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Joho ignites Toyama offense in triumph over Yokohama

Veteran shooting guard Masashi Joho delivered a vintage performance on Saturday to lead the Toyama Grouses to a 94-79 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Joho, a 34-year-old former bj-league MVP, drained 6 of 8 3-point shots and scored a game-high 29 points at Yokohama International Swimming Pool. The Grouses outscored ...

- The Japan Times - JP

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

The “Senran Kagura” games are ridiculous. But that's the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi , who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. “Peach Beach Splash” is set at a ...

- The Japan Times - JP

84% of Japan's top companies rethinking their working hours

Seventy-two of 86 major Japanese companies are changing or re-examining their working hours, a survey on work-style reforms revealed Friday. The survey by Jiji Press found that tackling the issue is a pressing challenge for corporate Japan. The rethink was spurred by recent revelations that many firms force employees to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tillerson tells 'frenemies' Japan and South Korea to heal 'comfort women' rift

With Seoul in political paralysis and amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Japan's ambassador to South Korea remains in Tokyo , all because of some statues. The post Tillerson tells 'frenemies' Japan and South Korea to heal 'comfort women' rift appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Matsui takes jab at Abe's explanations as school land scandal closes in

Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui accuses Prime Minister Abe of being deceptive in denying that a tacit agreement on a nationalist school existed between him and the head of Moritomo Gakuen. The post Matsui takes jab at Abe's explanations as school land scandal closes in appeared first on The Japan Times.

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Kobayashi, Endo named injury replacements for match against Thailand

Injured Yasuyuki Konno, Yuya Osako and Yojiro Takahagi have been replaced by Yu Kobayashi and Wataru Endo for Japan's World Cup qualifier against Thailand, the Japan Football Association announced Saturday. Konno suffered a broken left toe during Thursday's 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain, while Osako ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Radiation brings fear, and kids let it all out

Children too young, one might think, to even know the word "radiation" have picked it up and flung it with gleeful malice at disoriented new classmates who have enough to cope with already. The post Radiation brings fear, and kids let it all out appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Hakone: a paradise for the 'onsen' aficionado

Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan's big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. Located about 90 kilometers west of Tokyo, Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is a famous onsen resort area located on a mountain region bordering Mount Fuji The post Hakone: a ...

- The Japan Times - JP

More than fare trade: backstreet by taxi

A combination of rain showers and tax prep in March signal Tokyo's segue into spring. Cherry blossoms are nearly in bud, but cold, damp days of crunching fiscal figures can put people in dour moods. After wandering a wet backstreet, absorbing little more than precipitation, I throw in the towel and hail a green cab The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Allowing the arty side of kids to blossom

Spring is a season of art. As winter recedes, the air fills with creative energy. Tokyo's art fairs at this time of the year can be fun with kids, but the crowds and sheer volume of exhibitors can be overwhelming. The city does, however, offer plenty of other art opportunities if you know where to The post Allowing the arty ...

- The Japan Times - JP

The word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably “image manipulation,” which, in the age of fake news, sounds ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Coming of age? Japan's shifting definition of adulthood

Graduating from high school represents a significant milestone in any young person's life, a landmark that certainly wasn't lost on the countless 18-year-olds milling around Shibuya Station on a recent March afternoon. Among them was 18-year-old Akane Endo, who was brimming with excitement at the prospect of starting a new ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Triumphant Stormers finish strong against Sunwolves

The Sunwolves remain winless in five games, but it wasn't for a lack of trying on Saturday, when the Stormers' power and patience trumped speed and finesse in a 44-31 victory. Trailing 3-0 after conceding an early penalty in the Super Rugby match, the Sunwolves went flat out from the start, overcoming some early mistakes ...

- The Japan Times - JP

In 1968, North Korea Captured and Tortured 81 U.S. Sailors

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia Welcome to the USS Pueblo incident. When the USS Pueblo slipped from its quay in Yokosuka, Japan on January 5, 1968, its crew of eighty-three could not have anticipated that what would have been a routine mission would turn into an eleven month ordeal that would bring the United States and ...

- The National Interest - US

The Real Reason America Lost the War in Vietnam: Japan

Michael Peck Security, Asia A little forgotten history provides some perspective. In March of 1945, and just five months before surrendering to the Allies, Japan did something with profound consequences: it conquered Vietnam—and ultimately embroiled the United States in its first lost war. To be accurate, Japan did not ...

- The National Interest - US

Lessons From the Deadliest Chemical War

Paul Iddon Security, Why didn't World War II go 'chemical'?  Since the end of World War I, the only substantial chemical attacks in warfare have occurred in East Asia and the Middle East. Japan poisoned Chinese troops with gas in the 1930s. Egypt dumped poison gas on Yemen in the 1960s, and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ...

- The National Interest - US

Toto hopes to woo Americans with high-tech toilet showroom

Japanese toilets have long been a mainstay in Asian households, but the concept is still something of a curiosity in much of the Western world. Toto, Japan's biggest toilet maker, has attempted to market its high-tech commodes to American audiences f...

- Engadget - US

Lakers honor Shaq with huge statue outside arena

The Lakers honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days outside Staples Center on Friday. With his youngest son pulling a gold braided cord to drop a shiny gold curtain, O'Neal laid eyes upon something bigger than the big The post ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Bettman doubtful about NHL players in Pyeongchang

The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday. “As things stand today, you should assume we're not going,” he said. Bettman made it ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Nishikori tops Anderson, makes 3rd round in Miami

World No. 4 Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round of the Miami Open after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-3 on Friday. Second seed Nishikori, who reached the semifinals in 2014 before a runner-up finish last year, only had one ace to eight from Anderson, but didn't let his 74th-ranked counterpart break ...

- The Japan Times - JP

MLB Network's Martinez, Waltz, inform and entertain during WBC telecasts

Good show put on by Major League Baseball and the organizers of the 2017 World Baseball Classic Asia rounds held in Seoul and Tokyo earlier this month. With the new Gocheok Sky Dome in South Korea, MLB was able to hold its first sanctioned event in that country, and the two rounds held in Tokyo The post MLB Network's ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Chinese learning the value of privacy

If China's biggest online players want to chart a bigger role for themselve at home and abroad, they're going to need to start taking privacy much more seriously. The post Chinese learning the value of privacy appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Set rules on GPS data collection

The Supreme Court has ruled that the collection of data through the Global Positioning System in police investigation without a warrant is illegal. The post Set rules on GPS data collection appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Science Council of Japan officially rejects research for military purposes

Remembering the lessons of World War II, the nation's most influential science group takes an official stance against conducting military research. The post Science Council of Japan officially rejects research for military purposes appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Double-decker bullet trains soon to be phased out

The last double-decker bullet trains on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line connecting Tokyo and Niigata will be withdrawn from service in a few years, a railway source said Saturday. East Japan Railway Co. plans to replace the E4 series, the last remaining two-deck shinkansen, with the single-deck E7 series from fiscal 2018 to ...

- The Japan Times - JP

90% of Japan's top companies rethinking their working hours

A survey of Japan's top companies finds that most of them are taking steps to curb employees' notoriously long office hours amid a national crackdown on overwork. The post 90% of Japan's top companies rethinking their working hours appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Booker explodes for 70 in loss

Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history. Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth different player to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night. David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin ...

- The Japan Times - JP

NFL patriarch Matthews dies

Former San Francisco 49ers lineman Clay Matthews Sr., who was the patriarch of a famous football family, has died. He was 88. The 49ers said Matthews died Thursday. He had been dealing with a long illness. Matthews was a two-way player for San Francisco for four seasons in the 1950s. He played in 45 games The post NFL ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tigers' Martinez out with foot injury

Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a right foot injury. Martinez sprained his foot last weekend, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Friday he is expected to be out three to four weeks. The injury is an early blow to a Detroit team that was The post Tigers' ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Islanders edges Penguins in shootout

John Tavares and Anthony Beauvillier scored in the shootout to lead the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday. Beauvillier opened the shootout with a goal, and Tavares snapped a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury in the next round. Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout for Pittsburgh, but Jaroslav ...

- The Japan Times - JP

On 20th anniversary, abductee support group demands victms' return from North Korea this year

Marking the 20th year since they banded together, the families of those whisked away by North Korean spies decades ago push for action to bring them back this year. The post On 20th anniversary, abductee support group demands victms' return from North Korea this year appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Reassessing the negative impact of hosting the 2020 Olympics

The estimated cost of the 2020 Olympic Games has increased astronomically since Tokyo won the right to host it. On Dec. 22, Asahi Shimbun reported that the estimated price could be as much as ¥1.8 trillion. The original bid estimate for constructing new Olympic venues was ¥499 billion and that is now ¥680 ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Kanagawa turns a blind eye to violators of own smoking ban

The Kanagawa Prefectural Government was a trailblazer in the fight against passive smoking but hasn't fined a single violator since its ordinance took effect in 2010, a source says. The post Kanagawa turns a blind eye to violators of own smoking ban appeared first on The Japan Times.

- The Japan Times - JP

Hawks' Matsuzaka, two relievers toss combined no-hitter against Carp

With his chances to pitch for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks this season not looking good, Daisuke Matsuzaka threw seven innings on Saturday in a 1-0 no-hitter over the Hiroshima Carp. Matsuzaka struck out six and walked two, while two more former big leaguers, Ryota Igarashi and Dennis Sarfate, completed NPB's first preseason ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Leader Terunofuji bolsters title hopes

Injury-hit yokozuna Kisenosato took to the ring but was powerless to prevent his second defeat in two days at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday, when ozeki Terunofuji took the sole lead with one day remaining. Kisenosato's participation at Edion Arena Osaka was doubtful after he landed on his left shoulder in his ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Tanihara defeats Ikeda at WGC event

Tournament debutant Hideto Tanihara defeated Yuta Ikeda 3 and 1 to top his group and reach the last 16 of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play on Friday. Tanihara, who claimed a shock defeat of world No. 6 Jordan Spieth on Wednesday, raced to the lead at Austin Country Club with four consecutive birdies ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Most senior Japanese official in 45 years pays visit to Taiwan

Senior Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Jiro Akama visited Taiwan on Saturday, becoming the most senior government official to visit the island since the two sides severed diplomatic ties in 1972. Although Akama is in Taiwan to attend a two-day event promoting Japanese culture and tourism, some expressed ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Soldiers who died in Battle of Iwojima remembered in joint memorial service

A Japanese-U.S. memorial service was held in Iwojima on Saturday to remember the victims of the brutal battle they waged on the Pacific island in the final stages of World War II. At the ceremony, hosted by the Iwojima associations of Japan and the United States, some 300 people, including family members of the fallen The ...

- The Japan Times - JP

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