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10 Feb
The Japanese government fund may reduce its stake in Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to below 50% in 2017 if the company achieves its goals including its first bond issuance in six years, the company's president said. TEPCO was saved from bankruptcy by the government in 2012 following reactor meltdowns…
10 Feb
Australia Wednesday introduced legislation into parliament to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes, with the government calling it "the missing piece in a patient's journey." Health Minister Sussan Ley said the law, if passed, would allow cultivation of cannabis through a national licensing and permit scheme, opening the…
10 Feb
Yu Darvish is feeling stronger than he did before elbow surgery, and has a renewed passion for the game after missing all of last season as the Texas Rangers were winning the AL West. While the right-hander feels good in rehabilitation, the Rangers and Darvish are taking their time with…
10 Feb
Bernie Sanders won a commanding victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, and Donald Trump also scored a big win in a triumph of two candidates who have seized on Americans' anger at the Washington political establishment. Both outcomes would have been nearly unthinkable not long ago.…
10 Feb
Asian stock markets took another battering Wednesday, with Tokyo leading another day of sharp losses as investors grow increasingly worried about the world economy and the possibility of a global recession. As more bourses reopened after the Lunar New Year break, they immediately plunged into the red, playing catch-up with…
10 Feb
Police said a 10-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday as the girl was crossing an intersection that had no traffic lights, Fuji TV reported. The driver, identified as Takeshi Hara,…
10 Feb
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi said Tuesday that broadcast stations could be ordered to cease operations in the event they repeatedly present politically biased broadcasts in violation of the country's domestic law. The measure could be implemented under "extremely limited" situations, Takaichi said during a session of parliament.…
10 Feb
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and, if you're tired of the same old thing year-after-year, we'd like to present a new idea. In this short, to-the-point interview with Dean Schreiber, Managing Director, Oakwood Asia Pacific, Ltd, you'll hear about a romantic, classy and indulging escape for you and that special…
10 Feb
Tokyo Tower is seen through a bamboo art installation at a hotel garden in Tokyo.
10 Feb
Mori Building, a leading urban developer, announced Tuesday that the cultural and commercial complex Omotesando Hills will undergo a large-scale renovation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its opening. The renovation will cover nearly half of the commercial space, bringing in 33 new brands and remodeling or relocating eight current…
10 Feb
Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and injuring about 80 people, leaving authorities trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed. The trains crashed on…
10 Feb
The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the group that announces the single Chinese character best symbolizing the year at year-end, will open a facility in June where visitors can learn about kanji while having fun. The Kanji Museum, which will be located in Kyoto, western Japan, will feature a 10-meter-tall…
10 Feb
The developer of a Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a strong earthquake was arrested Tuesday, as rescuers reported hearing signs of life in the rubble where some 100 people are still trapped. Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans…
10 Feb
In a policy backflip Tuesday, Japan's environment ministry gave the green light to construction of new coal-fired power plants in exchange for power companies and the industry ministry taking tougher measures to reduce global warming emissions. While the environment ministry had been wary of allowing such plants on fears they…
10 Feb
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday that Russia's aerial bombardment of Syrian opposition targets could derail efforts to re-start talks to end the country's brutal civil war. Kerry and his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due in Munich on Thursday to host a meeting of a…
10 Feb
It’s quite normal to hear news of someone graffiting pieces of world heritage and feel a sense of outrage, but Kyoto’s Tandenan Temple actually encourages such scrawl. Our writer Masami grabbed a sharpie and went to check it out. As she approached the temple gates, Masami couldn’t help but wonder…
10 Feb
Ami Matsuzawa is an inquisitive person. This is probably why First Lady Akie Abe wanted to meet her as part of an international group of young women that is helping Japan engage with the world. This “glocal” (think global, act local) entrepreneur seems to be in eternal motion. She pines…
10 Feb
Australian researchers have created a "bionic spinal cord" they said Tuesday could give paralysed people hope of walking again through the power of thought, without resorting to open brain surgery. The system would use a device the size of a paperclip implanted in a blood vessel next to the brain.…
10 Feb
A publicist for Ken Watanabe says the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway's "The King and I" while he battles stomach cancer. The 56-year-old Japanese actor, who made his American stage debut last year opposite Kelli O'Hara in the revival of "The King…
10 Feb
Police in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, have arrested the manager of a yakitori restaurant on suspicion of attempting to rob the establishment on Jan 15. According to police, the suspect, Takashi Sato, 22, wearing a mask and sunglasses, entered the restaurant when he was off duty, and threatened staff with a…
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