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2009-02-25 23:00:00

TOKYO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting in February, The Yomiuri Shimbun, the largest newspaper publisher in Japan, will offer a new online database service called "Yomidas Rekishikan" (History Pavilion). The commercial database, the first of its kind in Japan, offers users in-depth information about Japan through access to more than 10 million articles carried by The Yomiuri Shimbun over the past 135 years. Stories are accessible from the newspaper's inaugural edition of 1874 through the...

2009-02-16 09:55:02

A tax evasion investigation in Japan widened to include the possibility of firms receiving kickbacks for securing construction project contracts, sources said. Norihisa Oga, president of consulting firm Daiko, allegedly received tens of million of yen from Nishimatsu Construction Co. in return for securing four contracts with Canon Inc.,The Yomiuri Shimbun reported Monday. A major construction firm, Kajima Corp., is alleged to have paid billions of yen in return for Daiko and two other firms...

2008-08-04 15:00:42

TOKYO _ The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is considering building and launching a geostationary satellite to observe, around the clock, air pollution coming to Japan from China and other East Asian countries, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Monday. The satellite's purpose is to find sources of air pollutants, including exhaust gas, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emitted from factories. It will utilize the information it gathers to issue early-stage photochemical smog warnings. The...

2008-07-29 18:00:46

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 29--TOKYO --Tokyo Electric Power Co. will raise electricity bills by about 800 yen to 7,600 yen a month for a standard household from January if crude oil prices remain at their current high levels, the company announced Monday. The fee increase is based on the assumption that the average price of imported crude oil for July to September will work out at $130 per barrel and that the exchange rate will be 105 yen against the dollar. The increase of 800...

2008-07-28 15:00:53

By Yohei Takei, The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 27--A growing number of young people are finding that academic achievement is no guarantee of career success, with many doctorate holders unable to get the jobs they want. According to research by the Education, Science and Technology Ministry, of 16,801 doctoral graduates who completed courses in March last year, 4,146, or about 25 percent, could not find permanent jobs. The figure is even higher if only those able to secure part-time or...

2008-07-07 18:00:22

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 4--TOKYO -- The agency responsible for managing public pension reserves posted more than 5 trillion yen in losses in fiscal 2007, due mainly to the U.S. subprime mortgage loan crisis, sources said Thursday. This marks the first time in five years losses have been reported for the public pension reserves for a single fiscal year. The amount of deficit is the largest ever recorded. Public pension reserves are managed by the Government Pension Investment...

2008-07-07 15:00:35

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 4--TOKYO -- In Maumee Plain in Ohio, in the Corn Belt of the U.S. Midwest, Jeff Goetz pointed to a vast field of soybeans stretching out before him. "Until last year, non-genetically modified soybeans were grown here," said Goetz, marketing director of The Andersons Inc., an Ohio-based company that collects and sells grain. "But since the beginning of this year, genetically modified soybeans have replaced ordinary soybeans." This change in crops grown in...

2008-07-03 12:00:41

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jul. 1--TOKYO -- The upcoming Group of Eight summit meeting will urge several countries, including some developing nations, that have restricted farm product exports to exercise voluntary restraint in doing so, government sources said Tuesday. The request will be made in the form of a special document about the ongoing food crisis to be issued during the summit. The document, which the G-8 major nations are set to adopt at the annual gathering, to take...

2008-07-02 15:00:46

TOKYO _ The draft declaration to be adopted at the upcoming Group of Eight summit will include a plan for each member to set a midterm target from around 2020 to 2030 for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Wednesday. Under the draft declaration, G-8 countries will pledge to support emerging countries, including China and India, in their efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. G-8 countries also expressed willingness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at...

2008-07-02 12:00:39

By The Yomiuri Shimbun Jun. 29--TOKYO9--A private Web site watchdog has created a set of guidelines to determine which cell phone sites could be harmful to minors and which sites are safe, it has been learned. The watchdog, the Content Evaluation and Monitoring Association, plans to act on the guidelines in mid-July, sources said. The watchdog will urge operators of cell phone Web sites to monitor messages that suggest crime and promptly report suspicious cases to authorities....


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.