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Staff writers With its economy spluttering, large parts of its northeastern region still devastated by the effects of the mammoth Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and releases of radioactive materials that followed its population shrinking and
Asian shares fell on Friday as a pick-up in Chinese inflation prompted profit taking but underlying sentiment was supported by an improving outlook for global economies, while the yen slid on renewed expectations for bold monetary easing in Japan.
For many people in Japan, the past year felt like a doubly busy year. In 2011, life here seemed to be on hold, waiting for the next earthquake, tsunami or radiation disaster. But by the end of 2012, the regular rhythms, worries and needs of the
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo / Tepco) American sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government for allegedly lying about the health risks they faced while assisting in rescue
It was a year dominated by Japan's spats with its most powerful neighbors, China and South Korea, over tiny specks in the sea, and by national soul-searching over nuclear power and the calamity that struck Japan in March 2011. It ended with the
Hokkaido mine blast 'has killed hundreds' A part of the Mount Yubari coal mine in Hokkaido exploded at 10 a.m...The explosion area covers about (37,000 sq. meters) and yields about 1,300 tons of coal a day. The gallery of the mine was blocked for (
For decades, rural populations have dwindled and local farmers have been undercut by imports, at both the cheap and luxury ends of the market. Current plans to open up Japan's famously closed farming market through free-trade pacts sound like a death
In the past, for instance, newcomers would have taken the train from Narita airport to Tokyo or Shinjuku station and promptly run up against a solid wall of indecipherable ideograms. Asking for directions was often a futile exercise, as most people
Ever since Colonel (Theodore) Roosevelt split the Republican Party, and the Democrats at Baltimore chose Dr. (Woodrow) Wilson for their presidential nominee, it was apparent to all unbiased observers that the Democratic candidate would prevail.
Special to The Japan Times Since debuting with 2004's "Night Piece," Tokyo multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru has been a critical darling at home and abroad. He's shared stages with some of underground music's bigger players