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| Jan 28, 2013

Facts stack up against China's Senkaku claim

Regarding “Refer Senkaku issue to ICJ to avoid a train wreck,” Hotline to Nagata-cho, Jan. 8): Brian A. Victoria’s analogy—two steam locomotives rushing toward each other at full speed—is perfect, not so much because he predicts a collision but because it symbolizes that one ...

Jan 28, 2013

Ishiba takes shot at SDF weapons curb

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba uses the Algerian hostage crisis to advocate lighter rules on weapons use overseas so the SDF can fly around the world rescuing Japanese.

Euro-friendly Zeman wins Czech presidency

Jan 28, 2013

Euro-friendly Zeman wins Czech presidency

Czechs on Saturday chose Europe-friendly leftist and former Prime Minister Milos Zeman as their new president in their first direct popular presidential vote. The burly Zeman, 68, trounced his conservative aristocrat rival with an antiausterity campaign in a nation struggling with recession. He scored ...

Japan puts pair of new satellites into orbit

Jan 28, 2013

Japan puts pair of new satellites into orbit

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. on Sunday successfully launched a radar satellite and an optical satellite using an H-IIA rocket. The rocket lifted off at 1:40 p.m. from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, and ...

Singapore's PAP loses by-election to Workers' Party

Jan 28, 2013

Singapore's PAP loses by-election to Workers' Party

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) suffered a rebuke Saturday when it lost a parliamentary by-election despite promising more reforms and massive public spending to appease a restive electorate. The opposition Workers’ Party defeated the PAP, which has been in power for more than ...

Jan 28, 2013

Inflation plan to show results in a year: Hamada

The 2 percent inflation target will produce positive effects in six to 12 months if the Bank of Japan continues to take appropriate measures toward that goal, says Koichi Hamada, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In a recent interview, the professor ...

Jan 28, 2013

KDDI looks to Myanmar for mobile phone foray

Faced with tapped out markets at home, the United States and Europe, KDDI Corp. is weighing a foray into Myanmar’s mobile phone market that would be part of an overseas push centered on mainland Asia, company officials said Saturday. Working with Sumitomo Corp., the ...

Jan 28, 2013

Barefoot running: toes or heel first?

Americans spent $59 million on “minimalist” running shoes last year, on the premise that the most healthful way to run is the way people have done it for thousands of years: barefoot. Running barefoot, according to the hugely popular 2009 book “Born to Run” ...

Clown prince of sumo Takamisakari retires

Jan 28, 2013

Clown prince of sumo Takamisakari retires

Former komusubi Takamisakari, whose pre-bout goofball antics and gutsy performances made him one of sumo’s best-loved rikishi, has called time on his wrestling career, his sumo stablemaster Azumazeki said on Sunday. The announcement came on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo ...

Jan 28, 2013

Takeaway from Davos: Don't relax

by Danny Kemp

T he world’s political and business elite headed home Sunday from this year’s Davos forum with warnings that while the worst of the financial crisis seems over there is still much to be done. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said in the closing ...