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Niwa hits timing of Senkakus purchase

Dec 26, 2012

Niwa hits timing of Senkakus purchase

Former Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa has questioned Japan’s Sept. 11 purchase of three of the Senkaku islets, which are administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, suggesting the timing was less than ideal. “Why rock the boat at such a time? I thought ...

MMC probed amid 'passive' stance on recalls

Dec 26, 2012

MMC probed amid 'passive' stance on recalls

The transport ministry Tuesday inspected Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to examine the manufacturer’s remedial efforts following a government warning issued last week over its “passive” stance regarding the recall of potentially defective cars. Officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism conducted an ...

Dec 26, 2012

Fire guts historic Okayama temple

A fire Monday evening destroyed the main hall of a historic Buddhist temple in Okayama Prefecture designated by the government as an important cultural treasure, police and fire officials said. No one was hurt in the fire at Kinzanji, also known as Kanayamaji, located ...

Remodeled Crown sedan launched

Dec 26, 2012

Remodeled Crown sedan launched

Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday launched a fully remodeled Crown luxury sedan in the Japanese market, featuring an all-new design and improved safety features. By renovating its most popular sedan for the first time since 2008, Toyota aims to expand its customer base in ...

India acid attack victim fights back

Dec 26, 2012

India acid attack victim fights back

When Sonali Mukherjee spurned the advances of three of her fellow students, they responded by melting her face with acid. But rather than hide herself away, the 27-year-old applied to appear on India’s most-watched TV quiz show — and walked away a millionaire. “If ...

New ruling bloc gets on same page

Dec 26, 2012

New ruling bloc gets on same page

by Ayako Mie

The Liberal Democratic Party and its ally, New Komeito, on Tuesday formally agreed on key policy issues to pursue when they return to power Wednesday, including prioritizing the reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region and fighting deflation and recession. But the agreement signed by ...

Queen praises Olympians in 3-D Christmas message

Dec 26, 2012

Queen praises Olympians in 3-D Christmas message

London AFP-JIJI Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the London 2012 athletes in her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth, saying they had inspired the world and drawn people in to the excitement and drama. The 86-year-old monarch praised the achievement and courage on ...

Dec 26, 2012

Chile's Moai statue arrives in Tokyo

A stone replica of a Moai human figure found on Easter Island, created by Chilean artisans, arrived at a Tokyo port Tuesday to be presented next year to a Miyagi Prefecture town that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The newly ...

India moves to curb rallies against rape

Dec 26, 2012

India moves to curb rallies against rape

An Indian policeman injured in clashes during a violent protest over a gang-rape in New Delhi died Tuesday, a police spokesman said, as much of the city center remained sealed off following the clashes. Subash Tomar, a 47-year-old constable deployed at the India Gate ...

Nostalgia wears thin in Vietnam

Dec 26, 2012

Nostalgia wears thin in Vietnam

Posters of U.S. bombers crashing in flames festoon Hanoi to mark another anniversary in a long-finished war. But behind the usual propaganda Vietnam’s rulers face a modern-day threat — anger over the economy. For years the leaders of the one-party state have relied on ...

Dec 26, 2012

Cold wave sweeps across Japan

A cold wave swept in Tuesday, with temperatures in some areas, especially in the north, dropping below zero, the Meteorological Agency said. The agency is also warning of heavy snow in Hokkaido, the Tohoku region and areas facing the Sea of Japan in the ...

Thousands of Syrians leave Jordan to join rebels

Dec 26, 2012

Thousands of Syrians leave Jordan to join rebels

Encouraged by what they view as fatal setbacks to the Syrian regime, several thousand of an estimated 250,000 Syrian exiles in Jordan have left in recent weeks to join the rebellion in their homeland. The exodus has emptied hundreds of the safe houses, apartments ...

Dec 26, 2012

Japan, Taiwan to hold second preparatory fishery talks

Japanese and Taiwanese officials will probably meet again as early as January to prepare for the reopening of formal talks on allowing Taiwanese boats to fish in disputed waters controlled by Japan in the East China Sea, Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lin said Monday. ...

Dec 26, 2012

89ers complete sweep over Brave Warriors

by Ed Odeven

The Sendai 89ers gave their loyal fans a special Christmas treat: back-to-back home victories over the Shinshu Brave Warriors. The series finale, an 83-76 Tuesday evening triumph for the 89ers, saw T.J. Cummings scored a game-high 25 points and Yasuaki Arai, a key offseason ...

Prosecution of 2channel founder draws flak

Dec 26, 2012

Prosecution of 2channel founder draws flak

Police have turned over to prosecutors their case against Hiroyuki Nishimura, founder of the popular 2channel Internet bulletin board, on suspicion he “abetted” drug dealing. The cybercrime unit of the Metropolitan Police Department alleges that allowing posts about trade in amphetamines and other drugs ...

Dec 26, 2012

Record 19 million Japanese seen traveling abroad in '13

Japanese traveling abroad are expected to hit a record high in 2013, partly due to more routes being offered by popular low-cost carriers, according to major travel agency JTB Corp. The number going overseas is expected to reach 18.7 million, up 1.5 percent from ...