Chugoku El 3 Reactors Checking

Chugoku El 3 reactors checkingChugoku Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it began safety checks on all three of its nuclear reactors in Shimane Prefecture so as to gain government approval for their operation.

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Japanese Boy Honors Father 9/11

Japanese boy honors father 9/11The son of a Japanese bank employee killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks paid tribute to his father in a speech at Ground Zero on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

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Japanese 9/11 Victims Rememb.

Japanese 9/11 victims rememberedTen years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks, families gathered in Tokyo to pay their respects to the 23 Fuji Bank employees who never made it out of their World Trade Center office. A dozen of the workers were Japanese.

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New Intelligence Satellite Sept.17

New intelligence satellite Sept.17The Japanese government said Thursday it will launch a new intelligence satellite with an H-2A rocket on Sept. 17 after postponing the planned launch on Aug. 28 due to a glitch in the rocket.

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Kesennuma Evc Fled Tsunami By Car

Kesennuma evacueesDespite authorities' advice to escape on foot, about half of this city's residents fled by car when the March 11 disaster occurred, a recent survey has found.
 
According to the survey, 46 percent of residents evacuated on foot, 45 percent by car and 6 percent initially left by car but walked part of the way.

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Nisa Asked Chubu To Stage Quest.

NISA asked Chubu to stage questionsThe government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) asked Chubu Electric Power Co. to gather participants for a 2007 nuclear power symposium and create questions for locals to ask so that the symposium wouldn't be dominated by opponents of a "pluthermal" nuclear power project, the power company disclosed on July 29.

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Nakazawa To Attend Hiroshima

Keiji NakazawaKeiji Nakazawa, the author of "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen), a manga series depicting the terror of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, has decided to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony for the first time of his own accord.

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Kobe's 'light Of Hope' Monument

1.17 the Light of HopeA flame from the "1.17 the Light of Hope," a monument in Kobe commemorating the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, will be passed on a new monument in the tsunami-devastated city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, it has been learned.

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Anpanman Theme Park Opens

Anpanman theme park opensA theme park featuring Anpanman, one of the most popular Japanese anime cartoon series for young children, opened Friday in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, after the March 11 earthquake delayed its opening for three months.

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Asahi To Buy Malaysian Permanis

Asahi GroupAsahi Group Holdings Ltd. signed an agreement on Thursday to buy all outstanding shares in Permanis Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia's second largest soft drink maker, for the equivalent of 21.6 billion yen from its parent C.I. Holdings Bhd., the Japanese beverage producer said.

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Katsura Sanshi To Get New Name

Katsura SanshiKatsura Sanshi, 68, has decided to succeed to a big name in the world of rakugo Japanese traditional comic storytelling--Katsura Bunshi VI--before he turns 70.
 
Sanshi sees his 60s as "a decade of challenges." He took the post of the head of Kamigata Rakugo Kyokai, an association of Kansai-based rakugo storytellers, when he turned 60.

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Kaieda To Take Responsibility

Banri KaiedaJapan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda said Thursday he would take responsibility "when the time comes" for confusion over whether it is safe to restart a nuclear power plant in southern Japan.

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Genkai Reactors Resumption Ok

Genkai reactors resumption will be approvedHideo Kishimoto, mayor of Genkai, Saga Prefecture, will approve the resumption of two suspended reactors at the Genkai nuclear power plant when he meets with Kyushu Electric Power Co. President Toshio Manabe on Monday morning, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

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Kabuki Actor Ebizo Returns

Kabuki actor Ebizo returnsKabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo returned to the stage in Tokyo on Saturday, following a period of refraining from performances due to his involvement last November in a bar brawl in which he sustained severe injuries.

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