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Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan

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

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

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

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

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

Minister resigns after saying 'it was a good thing' 2011 quake happened where it did

Japan's disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura resigned Wednesday, a day after saying it was "a good thing" the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan rather than the Tokyo area. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked Masayoshi Yoshino, a House of Representatives member from Fukushima Prefecture and the chairman of… Read

Baby girl’s body found floating in Kanagawa harbor

The body of a newborn baby girl has been found floating in the harbor at Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said. According to police, the body was found at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, several meters from the quay in Misaki port, by an employee of a fishing company, Sankei Shimbun reported.… Read

TED: Smart machines to recover lost memories, mind your children

Intelligent machines of the future will help restore memory, mind your children, fetch your coffee and even care for aging parents. It will all be part of a brave new world of the not-so-distant future, in which innovative smart machines, rather than being the undoing of people -- as some… Read

Labor shortage a stress test for Japan's convenience stores

Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/7. The big three "combini" operators 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, which have expanded through Japan's long slump, are scrambling to ease… Read

Hendricks lifts Cubs over Pirates

Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win in Major League Baseball on Tuesday night. Hendricks (2-1) struck out two and walked three, and Wade Davis worked a perfect… Read

China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, designed in China and built in… Read

Bright night

Fireworks light up the sky during the Omagari Hanabi Spring Chapter in the city of Daisen, Akita Prefecture, on Tuesday night. A total of 33,000 fireworks will be shot up by pyrotechnicians from around the world at the event that runs through April 29. Read

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