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2008-08-02 12:00:16

By Reiji Yoshida, Setsuko Kamiya And Kazuaki Nagata, Japan Times, Tokyo Aug. 2--To boost his acutely low popularity, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda reshuffled his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party executives Friday, replacing 13 of his 17 ministers. Former Foreign Minister Taro Aso, who last year vied against Fukuda for the LDP presidency, and thus the prime ministership, was again named party secretary general, a post he briefly held under Fukuda's predecessor. But whether Fukuda's...

2008-08-01 15:00:29

By Takahiro Fukada, Japan Times, Tokyo Aug. 1--Faced with surging feed costs, more than 2,000 dairy farmers from across the country gathered Thursday in Tokyo's Hibiya Park to tell milk producers they will face a price hike. In the dairy industry, milk is sold by the kilogram, and the farmers are demanding that milk companies pay at least ӚÂ¥10 more and pass the cost on to consumers. "The environment surrounding the dairy business is beyond...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.