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2008-09-22 18:00:29

Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--The volume of carbon dioxide emitted by Japanese power firms in fiscal 2007 rose 10.5 pct from a year earlier, an industry group said Monday. The average emission amount at 10 regional electric utility firms and two power developers for the year that ended in March came to 0.453 kilogram per kilowatt-hour, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said. The increase was attributed to a sharp growth in thermal power generation following the shutdown...

2008-07-02 12:00:56

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 1--TOKYO -- Graffiti found Tuesday on the body of a Shinkansen bullet train forced railway operator East Japan Railway Co. to cancel a scheduled Niigata Prefecture-bound run, affecting some 500 would-be passengers, JR East officials said. Roman letters reading "Hack" were found sprayed apparently in blue, red and white over a stretch of 4-5 meters on the side of the second car of Tanigawa 401 during checks at around 5 a.m. inside a rail yard...

2006-01-12 21:23:12

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan issued avalanche warnings on Friday as temperatures were forecast to rise in areas buried under a record snowfall that has been blamed for killing more than 80 people and injuring nearly 2,000, many of them elderly. Eighty-two people have already been killed in snow-related incidents over the past few weeks, Kyodo news agency reported. Public broadcaster NHK put the injury toll at about 1,900. About 80 percent of those who have died were over the age of 60,...

2006-01-08 01:50:00

TOKYO -- Troops and volunteers in Japan shoveled snow from roads and roofs on Sunday as the death toll from the country's heaviest snowfall on record rose to more than 60. Teams of troops tried to clear snow that had piled up to more than three meters in some of the worst-hit areas of Niigata prefecture and to re-open blocked roads in Nagano prefecture. Both areas are northwest of Tokyo. At least 63 people have died and over 1,000 injured since the unusually heavy snowfall began last month,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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