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Japanese Women’s Football Team Makes Triumphant Return Home

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of flag-waving fans flocked to Tokyo’s Narita Airport Tuesday to welcome Japan’s women’s football players on their return home as the nation’s first World Cup champions. Fans waved and cheered as the players strode through the terminal wearing the gold medals they earned with an unexpected victory over the United States. The women stunned […]

Japan Restricts Cattle Shipments Amid Radioactive Beef Scare

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials have announced a total ban on all shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima prefecture amid growing concerns that beef has already entered the food supply system from cattle that ate radioactive straw. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Tuesday the government will also inspect all farms in the prefecture for radiation. Agriculture Minister […]

Japan Mulls New Responses to Radioactive Beef Scare

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials are considering a total ban on all shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima prefecture amid growing concerns that beef has already entered the food supply system from cattle that ate radioactive straw. Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano was quoted Tuesday saying authorities in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures will be asked to check cattle […]

Japan, S. Korea Insist on Inter-Korean Dialogue Ahead of Nuclear Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Nuclear negotiators for Japan and South Korea have reiterated that a dialogue between the two Koreas is a precondition for returning to six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama reaffirmed their positions during a meeting Monday in the South Korean capital Seoul. […]

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Japan, S. Korea Insist on Inter-Korean Dialogue Ahead of Nuclear Talks

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Nuclear negotiators for Japan and South Korea have reiterated that a dialogue between the two Koreas is a precondition for returning to six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac and his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama reaffirmed their positions during a meeting Monday in the South Korean capital Seoul. […]

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Japanese Rocker Dies on Saipan

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese rock musician has died in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Pacific possession, after he was arrested for unruly behavior on a flight to the commonwealth. U.S. officials say rocker Taiji Sawada died Sunday at Saipan’s Commonwealth Hospital while he was still under in detention. He was 45. Officials did not say how […]

Japanese Rocker Dies on Saipan

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese rock musician has died in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Pacific possession, after he was arrested for unruly behavior on a flight to the commonwealth. U.S. officials say rocker Taiji Sawada died Sunday at Saipan’s Commonwealth Hospital while he was still under in detention. He was 45. Officials did not say how […]

Japan Celebrates Women’s World Cup Victory

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s victory in the Women’s World Cup has given the country a welcome break from months of tragedy and stress brought on by the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown. When Saki Kumagai completed a penalty shootout victory over the United States, bars and clubs across Tokyo exploded with cheers. Jubilant fans, who had […]

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Nuclear-Contaminated Beef Scare Spreads in Japan

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A scare in Japan over beef contaminated with radioactivity spread on Sunday, with more areas of the country reporting tainted meat. Japanese media say meat from 132 cattle that ate straw contaminated with extremely high levels of radioactive cesium has been shipped across the country. The government is expected on Tuesday to ban all beef […]

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Japan Reactor Shut Down, No Radiation Leaks

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Company says it plans to manually shut down the Number One reactor at its Ohi power plant Saturday because of a technical problem, but no radiation leakage had occurred. Kansai officials said the reactor, located about 350 kilometers west of Tokyo, will be closed for checks after pressure in a tank […]

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