Hitachi Train Launch In Britain Marked By Delays

Hitachi train launch in Britain marked by delays

Jiji Press LONDON (Jiji Press) — New high-speed train cars manufactured by Hitachi Ltd. made an embarrassing debut in Britain on Monday, hit by delays and broken air conditioning.

The first service, which had Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on board, departed 25 minutes later than scheduled and arrived 41 minutes late due to technical problems, according to BBC and other media reports.

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Kuroshio Meander Cuts Into Fishing Hauls

Kuroshio meander cuts into fishing hauls

The Yomiuri ShimbunFor the first time in 12 years, the "great meander of the Kuroshio current" has affected catch-es of shirasu whitebait. Shirasu catch-es along the Pacific Ocean have fallen into a slump, and hauls in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures, which are famous for their catches of the fish, have declined significantly.

Due to the abnormalities in the current, supermarkets in Tokyo are struggling to secure shirasu products.

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Tsubame - Sanjo Factories Win Worldwide Attention

Tsubame-Sanjo factories win worldwide attention

By Etsuo Kono / Japan News Staff Write Small factories in Niigata Prefecture are attracting attention from around the world for the original technologies they utilize.

The fifth annual Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival was held from Thursday to Sunday in the Tsubame-Sanjo area, a region renowned for producing metal processing technology and materials. Many visitors from home and abroad enjoyed a close-up view of the manufacturing process at about 80 factories this year.

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Saying Sayonara To Sleepless, Restless Nights

Saying sayonara to sleepless, restless nights

By Yukiko Uto / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterAn increasing number of people are becoming concerned about their sleep. Consulting rooms and smartphone apps proposing ways to get good-quality sleep have become popular, and some companies are even providing sleep seminars for employees.

"You roll over less than you should in your sleep," said Maiko Watanabe, 31, head of Nemuri no Sodanjo, a consultation center for specialty bedding maker Nishikawa Sangyo Co., as she looked at data on a computer screen. Nemuri no Sodanjo opened this spring in Yurakucho, Tokyo.

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"flying Doctor" Team For Disaster Relief Unveils Aircraft In Saga

A team of "flying doctors" providing emergency medical support to disaster zones on Thursday showed its specially adapted aircraft to the press at Saga airport in southwestern Japan.

The team consisting of doctors from Saga University Hospital and pilots is on standby around the clock to provide relief in times of disasters, according to the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Japan, the operator of the emergency unit.

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Fishing, Farming Hit By Fall Slump

Fishing, farming hit by fall slump

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe supply outlook for traditional autumn foods is not good, as recent poor catches of saury and salmon continued this year and farmers struggled with small fruit and vegetable harvests due to the lack of sunlight. Typhoon No. 18 also damaged agricultural products when it swept across Japan.

The port of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, traditionally receives a large volume of saury from fishermen, making it one of the major ports of this kind in the Sanriku coastal area. But while the saury catch usually begins in late August, this year there had been no catch landed at the port as of mid-September.

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Gallery: Rare View Inside H - Bomb - Exposed Fishing Boat

GALLERY: Rare view inside H-bomb-exposed fishing boat

A tuna fishing boat hit by the fallout from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test in 1954, and preserved since the 1970s, was recently opened to Kyodo News reporters for a rare view inside the vessel that is otherwise off limits at an exhibition hall in Tokyo.

The Fukuryu Maru No. 5, with 23 fishermen onboard, was exposed to the radioactive fallout of the test conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954. 

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Let's Go To The Museum / Scout Museum A Path To Great Outdoors

Let's go to the museum / Scout Museum a path to great outdoors

By Noriya Nagashima / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer Children are said to play outside less often these days. However, that common refrain didn't concern the uniform-clad children at the Scout Museum in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. Even inside, they were brimming with energy. "I really like curry cooked on a fire built with firewood," one said, while another added, "I was excited to see wild rabbits."

Scouting, which is aimed at developing youth through outdoor camps and other activities, started in Britain in 1907. About 40 million people currently participate in Scout groups in 164 countries and regions worldwide.

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Opinion: Japan's Betrayal Of The Hibakusha

OPINION: Japan's betrayal of the hibakusha

One hundred and twenty-two nations voted on July 7 to adopt the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons -- a historic agreement to outlaw, for all time, the very worst weapons of mass destruction. Regrettably, Japan was not among them. It has so far refused to support this crucial new treaty.

Its stance is a betrayal of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the hibakusha -- whose suffering the treaty acknowledges in its preamble. For decades, they have warned of the horrors of nuclear war and appealed for disarmament. The government, shamefully, has ignored their pleas.

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Noh, Kyogen Trying To Go Beyond Just Words

Noh, kyogen trying to go beyond just words

By Tatsuhiro Morishige / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterUsing expressions from hundreds of years ago, noh and kyogen plays are considered hard to appreciate even by many people in the art forms' country of origin. But actors and lovers of these traditional performing arts have been taking on the challenge of breaking down the language barrier.

When Hosho Kazufusa starred in a noh play in May, the 31-year-old iemoto grand master of the Hosho School teamed up with an "actor" of an unusual kind: the latest digital art technology, called visual jockey.

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Good Times Roll Again In Gion With Maharaja Disco Revival

Good times roll again in Gion with Maharaja disco revival

KYOTO--Maharaja Gion, a discotheque that attracted high-flyers during Japan's asset-inflated boom period of the late 1980s and early 1990s, is to reopen its doors for the first time in over 20 years.

The high-class discotheque is scheduled to make its comeback on Sept. 13 at its original venue, Gion Kaikan hall, in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. In its heyday, the outlet was a flagship of the Maharaja discotheque chain in Japan.

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Beluga Whale Shows Ability To Learn Language Like Humans: Research

Beluga whale shows ability to learn language like humans: research

A beluga whale in Japan has displayed the ability to memorize objects together with the sounds and symbols representing them, and make spontaneous matches, a team of Japanese researchers has announced.

The discovery by scientists including Tsukasa Murayama of Tokai University is said to mark the first time this ability has been confirmed in a creature other than humans.

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