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Feb 23, 2013

Sharp to drop Hon Hai tieup talks

Ailing Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. will cut off stalled capital tieup talks with Taiwanese business partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and give priority to capital alliance negotiations with another firm.

Feb 23, 2013

Japan faces calls for bold reforms in WTO policy review

The World Trade Organization is calling on Japan to make bold structural reforms while offering broad support for its current money-easing policies. “Members felt that the accommodative macroeconomic policies being pursued, particularly by the new government, can help Japan to recover from the recent ...

Women see, touch war-era paper again

| Feb 23, 2013

Women see, touch war-era paper again

Three former students who were involved in making paper balloon bombs at a Nagoya school during the war saw and touched the “washi” (traditional Japanese paper) used to make the balloons for the first time in 68 years on Feb. 16. The paper used ...

Feb 23, 2013

Metro government's Senkaku donations gathering dust

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The ¥1.48 billion that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government collected in donations to buy and maintain the Senkakus is just lying idle, waiting to be used, after the central government nipped in to snag the disputed islets in September. Money began pouring from last April ...

Feb 23, 2013

Sony expects 'pent-up demand' to boost PS4 sales

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Andrew House anticipates a strong launch of the newly unveiled PlayStation 4, the first overhaul of the iconic gaming device since 2006. “This has been a lot longer life cycle than we have previously seen,” House said Thursday. “There ...

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

Feb 23, 2013

Aging islanders long for Takeshima's return

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With Friday the day that Japan commemorates incorporating Takeshima, a group of rocky Sea of Japan islets now controlled by South Korea, the aging residents of nearby islands have not given up hope that the disputed outcroppings may one day be returned to Japan.

Feb 23, 2013

Obama to push entry of U.S. automakers

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President Barack Obama won’t back off demands that Japan ease barriers for U.S. automakers before joining negotiations for a regional Pacific trade agreement when he meets Friday in Washington with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, White House aides said. A more open market for companies ...

Seoul hits senior official's Takeshima Day presence

Feb 23, 2013

Seoul hits senior official's Takeshima Day presence

A senior government official Friday attended the annual ceremony commemorating the day Takeshima, now controlled by South Korea, was incorporated as Japanese territory, sparking a protest from Seoul. The presence of Aiko Shimajiri, a parliamentary secretary with the Cabinet Office, at the Takeshima Day ...

Warnings preceded India bombing

Feb 23, 2013

Warnings preceded India bombing

Indian police revealed Friday they had been warned of a possible attack by Islamist militants in a bustling shopping area of Hyderabad where twin bombings killed at least 14 people and wounded scores. The nearly simultaneous attacks on Thursday night outside a movie theater ...

Christchurch marks quake, two years on

Feb 23, 2013

Christchurch marks quake, two years on

Mourners from New Zealand, Japan and several other countries gathered Friday at the site of a TV building in Christchurch that collapsed during a massive earthquake that hit the city two years ago, killing 115 people. The New Zealand Herald said the fenced-in site ...

Putin: Lack of treaty 'abnormal'

Feb 23, 2013

Putin: Lack of treaty 'abnormal'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described the absence of a peace treaty between Japan and Russia as an “abnormal situation” and expressed his readiness to resolve the long-running dispute over a group of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido. Putin also said his remarks last March ...

Feb 23, 2013

Campaigning, 21st-century style

The ruling and opposition parties agree to let election campaigns loose on the Internet, but they differ over the extent to which email should be used.

Feb 23, 2013

Wrestling with the corruption of the Olympics

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It has been scarcely a week since the International Olympic Committee announced its intention to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games, and the campaign to “Save Wrestling” is in full swing. Donald Rumsfeld and John Irving, both former wrestlers, took to the op-ed ...

Feb 23, 2013

Abenomics cure for Japan must be wiser and braver

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Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is proposing a bold departure for his country’s economy. He’s mostly right. Japan continues to underperform, and bad macroeconomic policy has been the main reason. Abenomics isn’t riskless or easy, however. The government will have to be wise ...

| Feb 23, 2013

Driving me crazy

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Next to my house lies a carpet of land not flat enough to resist puddles and not sandy enough to attract cats. It just sits there. Empty. “Symbolic,” says a friend, “of the hole in your life.” He means the car I do not ...

| Feb 23, 2013

What's next for Toto? More toilet humor

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What is the next logical toilet model for Toto? After one has invented a toilet that welcomes you by lifting it’s lid automatically when you walk into the bathroom, cuddles you with a heated toilet seat, washes and dries your bum after you’ve done ...

Feb 23, 2013

Nishikori tops Cilic in straight sets

Kei Nishikori defeated American Donald Young in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Thursday. Fifth-seeded Nishikori, who is playing in his first tournament since reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open in January, won ...

Feb 23, 2013

Recuperating Pele aims to take it easy

Brazilian legend Pele is preparing to start limiting his professional schedule of engagements as the 72-year-old gets over hip replacement surgery, O Estado de Sao Paulo daily reported on Thursday. Pele has spent as much as six months a year on commercial activities but ...

Feb 23, 2013

Tokyo makes World Marathon Majors debut

The Tokyo Marathon will make its debut as a World Marathon Majors race Sunday with a potential race record in store in the men’s competition. Tokyo joins Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York in the six-legged series contested over a two-year period. The ...

Feb 23, 2013

WTA cracks down on late withdrawals

Serena Williams, the world No. 1, and Victoria Azarenka, the only unbeaten leading player on the women’s tour this year, have been penalized for their late withdrawals from the Dubai Championships. Williams, who had a bad back and withdrew on Wednesday, has had $50,000 ...

Feb 23, 2013

Dragons' Clark accused of drug law violations

Police sent papers to prosecutors on Friday, charging new Chunichi Dragons infielder Matt Clark of possibly violating stimulant control laws after an illegal stimulant was detected in medication he had been using to treat a chronic illness. Clark, 26, is accused of possession and ...