Restart of nuclear plants facing hard road

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 12, 2015 - 01:43
While Kyushu Electric Power. Co. successfully restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on Tuesday, a time frame for restarting the nation's other reactors is not yet in sight. (The Japan News)
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Deadly heat wave kills 32 across Japan in a week, 11,219 sent to hospitals

Japan Society News - August 11, 2015 - 11:05
With the nation still baking in a record heat wave, the heat-related weekly death toll reached 32, the highest number this year, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported Aug. 11. (Asahi)
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'Ama' divers denounce 'obscene' city mascot, demand its withdrawal

Japan Society News - August 11, 2015 - 11:00
More than 100 ama divers are demanding that the coastal city of Shima, Mie Prefecture, scrap a newly adopted mascot on the grounds that it is obscene. (Japan Times)
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Mel Gibson to direct new movie on Battle of Okinawa

Japan Society News - August 11, 2015 - 02:01
Mel Gibson is returning to his Australian roots to direct his first film in a decade, the true story of a conscientious objector who saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. (Japan Today)
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Abe apologizes for costly Olympics stadium fiasco, design rethink

Japan Politics News - August 11, 2015 - 01:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday apologized for squandering billions of yen in public funds on plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium. (Japan Times)
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First-half current account logs surplus

Japan Economy News - August 11, 2015 - 01:52
Japan's current account in the first half of this year bounced back to a surplus, thanks to major improvements in the trade balance. (NHK)
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Japan's ghost towns

Japan Society News - August 11, 2015 - 01:49
Outside of the buzzing Tokyo metropolitan area, Japan has become the land of rising home vacancies and it's putting a serious strain on residential equity (
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Japan restarts nuclear reactor after 2-year hiatus

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 11, 2015 - 01:46
Japan reactivated a nuclear reactor on Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years despite strong safety concerns among the public following the catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi complex triggered by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (Kyodo)
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Japanese men embrace inner cheapskate in booming discount retailers

Japan Economy News - August 10, 2015 - 02:05
Despite rising wages, a surging stock market and three years of growth-boosting reforms under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's men are embracing their inner cheapskate. (
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Japan gov't to seek record $42 bln budget

Japan Politics News - August 10, 2015 - 02:04
Japan is expected to seek a record defense budget of 5.2 trillion Yen, or about 42 billion US Dollars, for the fiscal year of 2016. This comes after three years of increased defense spending by the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (
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Australia says Bitcoin is money - Japan says Bitcoin can't be owned

Japan Business News - August 10, 2015 - 01:56
A couple different views on Bitcoin have come out this week, Australia and Japan both made statements regarding the digital or cryptocurrency. (
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Ill-timed Disney Japan tweet stokes anger, claims of insensitivity on Nagasaki anniversary

Japan Society News - August 10, 2015 - 01:47
As Nagasaki marked the 70th anniversary of its atomic bombing Sunday, some Japanese Internet users lambasted Disney, one of the largest American cultural establishments, for its alleged insensitivity to public sentiment here. (Japan Times)
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Abe renews pledge of nuclear weapons free Japan at Nagasaki memorial

Japan Politics News - August 10, 2015 - 01:38
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his commitment to a nuclear weapons free Japan, following criticism for not making the same pledge on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing last week. (Reuters)
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3 elderly women found dead in home: heatstroke suspected

Japan Society News - August 10, 2015 - 01:36
Three elderly women in their 80s and 90s were found dead inside a house in Tokyo Saturday apparently due to heatstroke. (The Japan News)
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Woman dies after being found collapsed at love hotel

Japan Society News - August 10, 2015 - 01:31
Mie Prefectural Police have launched a murder case after a woman found collapsed at a love hotel in Suzuka City died, reports TBS News (Aug. 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Empress has mild narrowing in coronary arteries

Japan Society News - August 10, 2015 - 01:27
Doctors in Tokyo say Empress Michiko has relatively mild narrowing in 2 of her 3 coronary arteries. (NHK)
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