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  • Japan aims to resume Antarctic whaling later this year

    Japan says it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn't proven that the mammals need to be killed for research. The IWC's Scientific Committee said in a report...
  • Toyota: American exec did not intend to break Japan law

    Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda said Friday he believes an American executive arrested on suspicion of importing a controlled drug into Japan had no intention of breaking the law. Julie Hamp, Toyota's head of public relations and its first...
  • Toyota's PR chief arrested for suspected drug law violation

    Julie Hamp, Toyota Motor Corp.'s new head of public relations, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of importing an illegal pain medicine into Japan, Tokyo police said. Hamp, an American, was appointed in April as Toyota's first female top executive. She...
  • Solar plane, ready to go, waiting out weather front in Japan

    The pilot of a solar-powered plane that made an unplanned stop in Japan says his aircraft is now ready to fly but must wait out unfavorable weather, perhaps for up to two months. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg said Thursday that it could take weeks for a...
  • Japan's tourism boom lifts economy, but brings headaches

    From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan's prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways, and splashing out cash on cosmetics, sushi and high-tech toilet seats. The cheap yen, easier...
  • Micromanagement? Not hardly, when airbags are exploding in drivers' faces

    Federal auto safety rules have saved many lives, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been almost criminally negligent when it comes to certifying imported parts as safe. Most notorious among them are the exploding airbags...
  • Book explores innovations of modern Japanese home design

    Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world's most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had no choice but to think outside the box. Literally. Basic elements like walls, windows and...
  • Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

    The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: "I passionately wish to join," ''I wish to join," and "I don't wish to join." This was 1945....
  • Japan trade deficit narrows in May on lower oil costs

    Japan's trade deficit narrowed sharply in May from a year earlier because of lower costs for imported oil and gas, but exports also slowed as demand softened in China. The Finance Ministry said Wednesday that the deficit in May was 216 billion yen ($1....
  • Baseball and softball see Tokyo 2020 as chance to return to Olympics

    Baseball and softball see Tokyo 2020 as chance to return to Olympics
    If baseball and softball hope to return to the Olympics, their best chance might be the 2020 Tokyo Games. On Thursday, the World Baseball Softball Confederation submitted an official proposal asking Japanese officials to have the sports included in...
  • A guitarist finds connection through music

    A guitarist finds connection through music
    Solo recitals can be the most vulnerable format, especially for guitarists. The balancing act of approximating an ensemble on one instrument and making the music varied and interesting is no task for a dilettante. The 37-year-old guitarist Goh...