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Court finds Miyagi city negligent over schoolgirl's tsunami death

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A high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the city of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi to pay 26.5 million yen in damages to the family of a schoolgirl killed by tsunami in 2011. The Sendai High Court recognized the city-run Nobiru Elementary School to which the 9-year-old… Read

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Bra maker does its bit for Premium Friday

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Women's lingerie maker Triumph International (Japan) Ltd is doing its bit to promote the government-sponsored initiative, Premium Friday. Premium Friday is a campaign that started in February, in which the government urges people to leave work at 3 p.m. on the last Friday every month in the hope that it… Read

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Buddhist temple in Kyoto pays monks after unpaid overtime work claimed

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A Buddhist temple in Kyoto has paid two monks who used to work there a combined 6.6 million yen for years of unpaid overtime work after they demanded it through a union, people involved in the case said Wednesday. The monks worked at a training facility within Higashi Honganji, a… Read

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Drill between Japanese fighters, U.S. carrier Carl Vinson canceled

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A joint drill between Japanese fighter jets and U.S. attack planes based on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson originally planned for Wednesday in the east of Okinawa was canceled due to poor weather conditions, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force said. The rare drill involving U.S. carrier-based planes was apparently aimed… Read

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Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan

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Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. Bullying and suicide first entered Japanese national discourse in 1986, when a 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a shopping centre toilet after repeated… Read

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Kansai Electric seeks to restart two reactors in Fukui from mid-May

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Kansai Electric Power Co will seek to restart its two idled reactors in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, in mid-May and early June, respectively. Shigeki Iwane, the utility's president, presented the plan to reboot the two units at the Takahama plant on the Sea of Japan coast when meeting with Fukui… Read

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Court orders removal of man's private info from 'online phonebook'

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A court has ordered the operator of an "online phonebook" site to delete its listing of a man's name, address and phone number and pay him about 50,000 yen in compensation for damages. In handing down the ruling on Tuesday, Presiding Judge Yukiko Ito of the Kyoto District Court said,… Read

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Pure gold replica of Darth Vader mask goes on sale

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A solid gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a 154 million yen ($1.4 million) price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain. Jeweller Ginza Tanaka on Tuesday showcased the 15-kilogram sculpture, which has been commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary this… Read

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1 dead, 5 injured in iron factory blast in northern Japan

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A furnace exploded Tuesday morning at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, killing the manager and leaving five people injured, police and firefighters said. The 56-year-old manager, Akira Sato, died at a local hospital where he was taken after suffering serious burns from the 8:30 a.m. blast at Hiyama Iron… Read

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Japan begins seawall work for controversial new U.S. base in Okinawa

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The Japanese government began constructing on Tuesday seawalls for a planned replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture, taking a major step toward the controversial relocation 21 years after an initial accord was forged between the two countries. Despite persistent local opposition to the relocation… Read