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North Korea nuclear test sparks alarm

Feb 13, 2013

North Korea nuclear test sparks alarm

North Korea stages its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a technological breakthrough with a "miniaturized" device in a striking act of defiance to global powers, including its sole patron, China.

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. looks for microscopic flaws in 787 batteries

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is examining whether the Boeing 787′s lithium-ion battery problems were due to formation of microscopic structures called dendrites, which can cause overheating. The battery problems caused all Dreamliners to be grounded last month. Dendrites are tiny ...

Hatoyama family matriarch dies at 90

Feb 13, 2013

Hatoyama family matriarch dies at 90

Yasuko Hatoyama, mother of ex- Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, died Monday night of multiple organ failure at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the former prime minister and his lawmaker brother, Kunio, said. She was 90. Yasuko was the daughter of Shojiro Ishibashi, the ...

Filmmaker focuses on lives near nuke sites

Feb 13, 2013

Filmmaker focuses on lives near nuke sites

by Keiji Hirano

A documentary that recently began screening chronicles the experiences of Japanese communities hosting nuclear facilities and the high price paid by some of them because of the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown disaster, including farmers and fishermen unable to market their produce because of radioactive ...

Abe asks business leaders to raise wages to help beat chronic deflation

Feb 13, 2013

Abe asks business leaders to raise wages to help beat chronic deflation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked business leaders Tuesday to raise wages in a rare move reflecting the administration’s resolve to accelerate the battle against chronic deflation. The request was made during talks between the new prime minister and executives of powerful business lobbies, including ...

Church scrambles after pope's exit bombshell

Feb 13, 2013

Church scrambles after pope's exit bombshell

Pope Benedict XVI says he will resign this month because of his advancing age in a fast-changing world, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to step down of his own free will. The 85-year-old said Monday he will step down on Feb. 28 ...

Feb 13, 2013

Judo culture needs to change

Reverberations from the claims of violence in women's judo continue with the resignations of an All Japan Judo Federation board member and a coach.

Feb 13, 2013

North Korea's reckless test

North Korea apparently has carried out its third nuclear explosion test since 2006, defying international efforts to keep it from becoming a nuclear power.

Feb 13, 2013

Securing Japanese safety abroad

Allowing intervention by the Self-Defense Forces in conflicts and terrorist attacks overseas is not the way to raise the safety bar for Japanese nationals.

Feb 13, 2013

Dutch family sues Facebook over 'like' button patent

The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the U.S. social-networking site’s “like” and “share” buttons, court documents seen on Monday said. The family of Jos Van Der Meer, a computer scientist, programmer and inventor who ...

Feb 13, 2013

Apple eyeing smart watch, media reports say

Apple is testing a watch-like device that could perform some smartphone functions, U.S. media reports said Monday. The New York Times reported that the maker of iPhones and iPads is experimenting with a curved-glass device, which could incorporate a bendable display glass developed by ...

Feb 13, 2013

Sony faces challenge with new PlayStation release

by Glenn Chapman

When Sony pulls back the curtain on the next-generation PlayStation videogame console, the world will see how much the Japanese consumer electronics titan has been paying attention. Sony could double-up on hardware to power even more realistic graphics and rich game-play than the impressive ...

Wozniacki breezes past Jugic-Salkic

Feb 13, 2013

Wozniacki breezes past Jugic-Salkic

by Jack Gallagher

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki recovers from having her serve broken in the opening game of the first set Monday night to post a 6-1, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their first-round match at the Qatar Total ...

Davis sets sights on playing in NBA

Feb 13, 2013

Davis sets sights on playing in NBA

by Ed Odeven

Can shot-blocking maestro Jeral Davis reach the NBA in his late 20s? It’s not impossible. After all guard Pablo Prigioni is a 35-year-old Argentine rookie with the New York Knicks. That said, the Shimane Susanoo Magic center, who turns 29 on Sept. 17, probably ...

Feb 13, 2013

Park meets with IOC officials over Olympic controversy

The International Olympic Committee held a disciplinary hearing on Monday for South Korean soccer player Park Jong Woo, who stirred controversy in London last summer by sending a political message in the bronze-medal match against Japan. The IOC will decide on Park’s fate at ...