Battery developer wins Russian energy prize
Yomiuri -- Jun 23
Researcher Akira Yoshino was awarded Russia's 2013 Global Energy Prize on Friday in recognition of his work in the development of lithium-ion battery technology.

The award represents "an opportunity to spur cooperation and exchanges between Japan and Russia," Masaji Matsuyama, parliamentary senior vice foreign minister, said in a congratulatory message at an award ceremony in St. Petersburg on behalf of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Source: Yomiuri
May 04
Various rallies and events were held in many cities across Japan on Sunday to mark Constitution Day. (Japan Today)
May 03
Tsunami warnings were lifted for Japanese islands early on Sunday after they experienced a series of small waves following an earthquake, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)
May 03
Japan's highways, railways and skyways were crowded on Saturday as people headed for resorts and hometowns amid the country's spring holiday period. (NHK)
May 03
Competition in the mobile phone industry is expected to heat up now that providers must allow customers to unlock the subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in their cell phones. (The Japan News)
May 03
The bodies of seven people, including three children, were found at the site of a house that burned down in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, according to police. (The Japan News)
May 04
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May 04
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May 03
A suicide attempt by a 33-year-old Korean male on Saturday lead Tokyo Metropolitan Police to the discovery of his girlfriend's body inside a hotel room in Minato Ward, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 03
A 62-year-old Chinese woman died after being stabbed and strangled in her apartment in Osaka, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
May 02
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May 01
A Thai inquest into the death of a Japanese cameraman during a military crackdown five years ago against protesters ended inconclusively Thursday with the court unable to decide who fired the fatal shot. (Japan Today)
Apr 30
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Apr 30
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe says he is over the moon to learn he has been nominated for a Tony award. The awards are regarded as the US theatrical world's highest honor. (NHK)
Apr 30
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Apr 30
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