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Japan's industrial production rose a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight month of growth, partly due to brisk exports of equipment used for flat-panel televisions, the government said Monday.

 
 
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Prominent US environmentalist  Lester Brown, president of the US-based Earth Policy Institute, told a news conference on Wednesday Japan should focus on developing geothermal energy, saying the volcanic island-nation could become the global leader in the field.


 
 
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Learning to taste and appreciate a new spirit is like trying to speak a new language. Sure, you can jump in with a few basic words and expressions and manage for a while. To reach true understanding, however, you're going to have to learn the grammar.


 
 
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The beginning of April marks a new start for most Japanese, not only is it the new start of the financial year but it’s also the beginning of the academic year. It’s also the time when many people decide to try their hand at a new hobby, so with this in mind we decided to investigate what activities are popular this year and try to look at the reasons why these hobbies are trending.


 
 
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With E-readers proving increasingly popular the industry has involved the government into a serious discussion on the digitization of books to answer such questions as: will books made of paper disappear? And, how will reading styles change?


 
 
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Younger women wanting to pamper themselves in the office are providing a ready market for a new breed of portable electric devices. While older generations of women may have tended to confine their crimping and preening to their own boudoirs, twenty- and thirtysomethings are increasingly demanding electric beauty equipment they can take on the go