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03 июля 2011, 01:36

Crime › Couple arrested for assaulting children with vacuum cleaner

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A mother and her boyfriend in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of assaulting the woman's two children after day nursery workers became concerned about bruises on the daughter's body, police said Saturday. The 29-year-old unemployed woman and her 28-year-old boyfriend, an administrator at a chiropractic clinic, were…

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03 июля 2011, 01:33

National › TEPCO sends robot into No. 3 readtor at Fukushima plant

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Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Saturday that it had send a robot into the No. 3 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO released a film to media, showing the robot movinginside the reactor with a vacuum cleaner to gather up radioactive dust. NHK reported…

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03 июля 2011, 01:30

Entertainment › Arisa Mizuki to star in 'The Four Hanawa Sisters'

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Arisa Mizuki, 34, star of the upcoming TV drama "Hanawake no Yon Shimai" (The Four Hanawa Sisters) attended a launch event for the show in Hakone. Mizuki plays one of three sisters who are unlucky in love in the show, which is adapted from the manga of the same name…

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03 июля 2011, 01:30

National › Autopilot system switched on before nosedive at airport

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The captain of a commuter plane temporarily switched on the autopilot system after aborting a landing due to low visibility and tried to gain altitude before the plane dived to within 30 meters of the ground at Okushiri airport, Hokkaido, last month, sources at its operator, Hokkaido Air System Co,…

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03 июля 2011, 01:16

World › Candidates rally ahead of vote in divided Thailand

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Thailand's two biggest political parties exhorted their supporters in rain-soaked rallies Friday ahead of elections that are the latest battle in a five-year struggle between supporters of an ousted prime minister and his rivals. The top contenders are Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former…

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03 июля 2011, 01:15

Politics › Sengoku urges Kan to resign soon

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Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku urged Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday to step down soon, saying, "It is necessary in politics to make a clean break." "A leader who remains in his post after expressing his readiness to resign will end up having no centripetal force," Sengoku told…

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03 июля 2011, 01:14

Business › Nissan plant opens on weekends to deal with power crunch

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Nissan's plant started rolling out the Leaf electric car and other models on a Saturday, having shifted production schedules for an aggressive nationwide effort to fight the power crunch created by a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant. "Setsuden," or "save electricity," is now Japan's biggest buzzword. The March 11 disaster sent several…

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03 июля 2011, 01:12

Technology › Fanbook launches world's first SNS service for creating and sharing Facebook page

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Fanbook Inc has launched the β version of "fanbook," the world's first SNS service for building and sharing a Facebook page, with the theme of Japanese culture. Four characteristics of fanbook are: 1. Creating up to 100 pages for free. You can easily create your original Facebook page just select…

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03 июля 2011, 01:08

Sports › Cerezo routs Kashiwa 5-0 in J-League

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Takashi Inui and Rodrigo Pimpao scored in the first half on Saturday to lead Cerezo Osaka to a 5-0 thrashing of leader Kashiwa Reysol in the J-League. Inui opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a right-footed shot from 13 meters and Pimpao doubled the lead six minutes later…

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03 июля 2011, 01:00

World › AU members agree to disregard ICC Gadhafi warrant

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The body representing nations in Africa called on its members to disregard the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Moammar Gadhafi, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move that seriously weakens the tribunal's ability to bring the embattled Libyan leader to justice. The decision passed by the 53-member African Union…

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03 июля 2011, 01:00

World › Ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn returns to NYC townhouse

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Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose house arrest was lifted following concerns about the credibility of a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault, left his rented townhouse for a few hours on Saturday before returning and darting back inside. Smiling and looking relaxed, Strauss-Kahn had left…

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03 июля 2011, 01:00

National › Gov't eyes lifting evacuation directive for some Fukushima Pref areas

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Goshi Hosono, minister for nuclear accidents, said Saturday that the government will consider lifting a directive for some districts of Fukushima Prefecture that requires residents to be prepared to evacuate or stay indoors in an emergency in connection with the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Hosono told…