Rescue worker dies trying to save infant

Japan Society News - August 20, 2014 - 22:51
A Japanese rescue worker in torrential rain-hit Hiroshima died while trying to save an infant. (NHK)
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Abe criticized for playing golf after disaster report

Japan Politics News - August 20, 2014 - 22:41
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized for playing golf after he received on Wednesday morning the first report of mudslides in the western city of Hiroshima, where the death toll later exceeded 30. (Jiji Press)
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Warnings over landslides in Hiroshima came too late

Japan Politics News - August 20, 2014 - 22:07
The Hiroshima city government's response to the deadly rain-triggered landslides that left scores dead or missing will likely be questioned because it issued evacuation notices to residents after the disaster had already occurred. (The Japan News)
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China fines 12 Japan auto parts firms $202 million in anti-monopoly probe

Japan Business News - August 20, 2014 - 13:44
China announced Aug. 20 it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. (Asahi)
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Abe cancels vacation to deal with disaster

Japan Politics News - August 20, 2014 - 07:50
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled his summer vacation to deal with rain-triggered disasters that killed at least 18 people in Hiroshima city. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close flat

Japan Economy News - August 20, 2014 - 07:42
The Nikkei, coming off seven straight days of gains, added 0.23 per cent at the start as the weaker yen boosted exporter shares, while US stocks rose on encouraging US economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot. (tradingroom.com.au)
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111-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest man

Japan Society News - August 20, 2014 - 05:30
A 111-year-old Japanese man, Sakari Momoi, was recognized as the world's oldest man on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese students less interested in science

Japan Education News - August 19, 2014 - 23:48
A survey shows high school students in Japan are less interested in nature and science than their counterparts in the United States, China and South Korea. (NHK)
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Suspect pleads not guilty to killing Swiss-based Japanese asset manager, wife

Japan Society News - August 19, 2014 - 23:25
The chief suspect in the murder of a wealthy Swiss-based Japanese asset manager and his wife whose bodies were found buried in a vacant lot in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, in February 2013, pleaded not guilty as his trial opened in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Yoshinoya to set up tavern space at more Tokyo beef bowl outlets

Japan Business News - August 19, 2014 - 23:16
Customers of Yoshinoya Holdings' beef bowl restaurants will be able to sip beer and other alcoholic drinks at more locations after sales soared at test sites in Tokyo. (Nikkei)
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New guidelines ease restrictions on cellphone use at hospitals

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 19, 2014 - 23:14
A council made up mainly of representatives of the government and telecom carriers on Tuesday released new guidelines that ease regulations on mobile phone use in hospitals and clinics. (Japan Times)
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Akie Abe wants a society where 'women shine'

Japan Politics News - August 19, 2014 - 23:06
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is active not only in her capacity as first lady, but also in practicing pesticide-free agriculture and running an izakaya restaurant. (The Japan News)
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Citibank Japan to withdraw from retail banking business: sources

Japan Business News - August 19, 2014 - 23:00
Citibank Japan Ltd. is arranging to sell its retail banking business as Japan's loose monetary policy has kept interest rates ultralow and squeezed the bank's profit margin, industry sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japanese believed held in Syria said he planned to support rebels

Japan Politics News - August 19, 2014 - 22:56
A Japanese man believed to have been captured in northern Syria by Islamic State militants said he came to the conflict-ravaged country in preparation for his plan to supply rebels fighting the ruling Assad regime, a rebel leader said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Ministry deems National Stadium renovation plans unrealistic

Japan Sports News - August 19, 2014 - 22:51
The sports ministry has deemed a proposal to renovate the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unrealistic, because of a number of drawbacks including insufficient earthquake resistance and building regulations that prohibit the blocking of sunlight from nearby structures. (The Japan News)
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Japan's only top female earner is American

Japan Business News - August 19, 2014 - 13:28
Only one female executive made it to the top-earner list of Japan's Nikkei 225 companies last year. American Nicole Seligman, president of Sony Corporation of America and Sony Entertainment, is the only woman among the 185 executives who earned Y100m ($978,000) or more. (bdlive.co.za)
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Expanding volcanic island in Japan may collapse, triggering tsunami: Study

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 19, 2014 - 13:14
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said on Tuesday. (straitstimes.com)
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Triangulation points in Japan may be useless in 10 years

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 19, 2014 - 13:12
Triangulation points are likely to be no longer in use in Japan in 10 years as a result of accuracy enhancement in positioning systems, including the Global Positioning System, according to a Geospatial Information Authority of Japan panel. (Jiji Press)
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TEPCO struggling to freeze radioactive water

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 19, 2014 - 13:04
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to try another method to freeze radiation-contaminated water in underground tunnels. (NHK)
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29 cats found dead in Tokyo's Ota Ward since April

Japan Society News - August 19, 2014 - 13:02
Tokyo police are investigating the suspicious deaths of dozens of cats. (NHK)
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