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Dec 31, 2012

S-Pulse bring Bare back to Japan

Former Gamba Osaka striker Bare will return to the J. League next season with Shimizu S-Pulse, the club announced on Saturday. The 30-year-old Brazilian left Japan midway through the 2008 season for UAE side Al Ahli, but enjoyed his share of success in the ...

Dec 31, 2012

FC Tokyo signs midfielder Higashi

J. League first-division side FC Tokyo announced Saturday the acquisition of Omiya Ardija midfielder Keigo Higashi. The 22-year-old has scored one goal in 26 matches this season with Omiya, and contributed to his country reaching the final four at the London Olympics. Higashi played ...

Dec 31, 2012

Tennis match to be held inside mine

Sport will plunge to new depths in March when former professional tennis players Marcelo Rios and Guillermo Coria contest a match 1,500 meters down inside the world’s largest copper mine. “A tennis court of clay and cement will be built at a depth of ...

Kennedy powers B-Corsairs in victory over Cinq Reves

Dec 31, 2012

Kennedy powers B-Corsairs in victory over Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

Forward Thomas Kennedy, a 19.0 point-per-game scorer, shot a disappointing 3-for-12 from the field in the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ series opener on Saturday against the Tokyo Cinq Reves. But they won, and that was the important thing, he admitted a day later. On Sunday, in ...

Arabic calligraphy exhibition

| Dec 31, 2012

Arabic calligraphy exhibition

An exhibition of Arabic calligraphy was held from Dec. 10 to 23 at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tokyo. Arabic calligraphy is the artistic handwriting practice used in lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. Calligraphy is especially revered among Islamic arts ...

Four more patients die in viral outbreak

Dec 31, 2012

Four more patients die in viral outbreak

Four patients have died at a Yokohama hospital after an outbreak of infectious gastroenteritis left nearly 100 patients and medical personnel ill, some with signs of the norovirus in them. Officials at Yokohama Denentoshi Hospital said Saturday that two male patients aged 80 and ...

Dec 31, 2012

McCardel to attempt record swim

An Australian open-water distance swimmer who has made multiple crossings of the English Channel on Sunday announced an ambitious bid to swim solo from Cuba to the United States without a shark cage. Chloe McCardel, 27, has twice won the Channel Swimming Association’s Sotiraki ...

Dec 31, 2012

Trap for Taliban reveals how insider attacks work

The Taliban believed Beyar Khan Weyaar was the perfect candidate to prepare an insider attack on Afghan police, but instead he set a daring trap that has given rare insight into suicide bombing tactics. Weyaar, a low-ranking police officer in the eastern province of ...

China's Chengdu aims to become world's next Silicon Valley

Dec 31, 2012

China's Chengdu aims to become world's next Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs in China’s southwest are dreaming of turning the city of Chengdu into the world’s next Silicon Valley as the government encourages more investment outside the booming coastal regions. Small startups as well as big-name Western companies have flocked to the metropolis of 14 ...

Dec 31, 2012

Chinatrust in talks to buy Tokyo Star Bank

Taiwan’s Chinatrust Commercial Bank is in talks to buy the regional Tokyo Star Bank for about ¥50 billion in what would be the first acquisition of a Japanese bank by a foreign lender, it was learned Sunday. Aiming to expand financial transactions in Japan, ...

Plane crashes into Moscow highway; four dead

Dec 31, 2012

Plane crashes into Moscow highway; four dead

Four crew members were killed Saturday when a Russian airliner crashed into a highway and broke into three pieces after careering off the runway at Russia’s third-busiest airport. The Red Wings airlines Russian-made Tu-204 jet — empty of passengers and carrying just its eight ...

2013: Beginning of the U.S. economic recovery?

Dec 31, 2012

2013: Beginning of the U.S. economic recovery?

by Neil Irwin

There is good reason to think that 2013 will finally be the year that the U.S. economic recovery really feels like a recovery: The biggest forces that have been holding the economy back finally seem to be subsiding. There is a risk, of course, ...

Kodaira grabs third consecutive title

Dec 31, 2012

Kodaira grabs third consecutive title

Nao Kodaira blew away the field for the second day in a row en route to winning her third consecutive title at the speedskating national sprint championships on Saturday. Kodaira won all four races in the all-around competition for a cumulative score of 158.445 ...

Dec 31, 2012

Taliban kill 21 kidnapped Pakistani police: officials

Taliban militants have shot dead 21 Pakistani tribal police who they had kidnapped in raids on two camps outside Peshawar in the troubled northwest of the country, officials said Sunday. Around 200 militants, armed with heavy weapons including mortars and rocket launchers, stormed the ...

Dec 31, 2012

SDF begins pulling out of Golan Heights

Self-Defense Forces troops taking part in U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Golan Heights started leaving for home on Saturday, wrapping up a mission that lasted nearly 17 years. After the withdrawal, prompted by the rapidly worsening security situation in Syria, the SDF mission in ...

Onodera to review defense plans, up spending

| Dec 31, 2012

Onodera to review defense plans, up spending

by Ayako Mie

Amid China’s military rise and the continued threat from North Korea, new Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has vowed to bolster Japan’s defensive capabilities by reviewing its strategies, increasing the defense budget and revising the guidelines in place with the United States. Onodera said in ...