Daily Japan Headlines: Monday, Jul 25, 2011
Photo Source: Daily Mail.
The pygmy hippopotamus was born a month ago on June 24 at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo and is one of only a handful around the world.
More than two-thirds of Japanese support Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s call to do away with nuclear power, a media poll showed on Sunday, underscoring growing opposition to atomic energy in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Japan ended a 58-year era of analog television broadcast yesterday, becoming the first Asian nation to complete the transition to digital transmission.
“Consumers, who were forced to replace their TVs because of a policy won’t likely have a motivation to buy another one for a while,” said Koki Shiraishi, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co. Of the more than 100 million TV sets in Japan, about 60 million to 70 million have been replaced in the past four years because of the transition
Wall Street Journal: Sharp President Pushes Solar Power in Japan’s Nuclear Wake
A proposed shift in Japan’s energy policy could mean higher electricity costs for Sharp and its fellow manufacturers. Sharp—whose biggest businesses are liquid-crystal display panels and television sets—is a member Keidanren, a powerful Japanese business lobby opposed to the proposed renewable energy bills.
However, Sharp could benefit from the new policies, which would require utilities to buy up electricity that comes from renewable sources. The company is Japan’s largest supplier of solar panels, which accounted for about 9% of Sharp’s overall revenue of ¥3.02 trillion (US$38.57 billion) in the last fiscal year.
Wall Street Journal: Dog Days of Summer in Japan Call for Quirky Ways to Stay Cool
As Japan embraces setsuden, or saving electricity because of nuclear plants that have gone offline all over Japan, the phenomenon has given rise to a small industry of quirky products to beat the heat that are oh-so Japanese.
The earthquake and tsunami, among the worst disasters in Japan’s history, left more than 27,000 dead or missing. Entire towns may have to be rebuilt away from the crippled nuclear reactor. Thousands of people still languish in evacuation centers.
But Kanari says he hopes to turn the disaster into an opportunity. Leaving the town where he was born and where he patiently cobbled together a life as a teacher, husband and father has led him to reexamine the existence he led before the earthquake.
Washington Post Video: Koll Expects `Sharp’ Pickup in Japan Corporate Earnings
Jesper Koll, head of equity research at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Tokyo, talks about Japan’s corporate earnings, stocks and the yen.
Japan Focus: Japan’s Irradiated Beef Scandal
Fukushima farmers had previously been asked not to use feed stored outside, but the government has acknowledged that safety checks were inadequate and that producers were not given enough information about potential risks. Prime Minister Kan has offered a personal apology: “I feel responsibility for not being able to prevent this from happening and I am extremely sorry.”
Japan Times: China-ASEAN pact important to Japan
An accord between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to defuse tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea is of considerable importance to Japan, which itself is engaged in spats with China in the East China Sea.
Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto told reporters in Indonesia, where he attended ASEAN-related events, that he welcomes an accord between China and ASEAN on the guidelines to govern behavior in the South China Sea “as a step forward” to resolving the rows based on laws.
The U.S. will face 2008 Olympic gold medalist Japan on Monday night in a familiar matchup of the sport’s two powerhouses.
Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters on Sunday and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.
Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.
The 26-year-old Miyazato will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.
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