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BOJ should have Kuroda at helm: Abe

Feb 26, 2013

BOJ should have Kuroda at helm: Abe

The government will nominate Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda as the next Bank of Japan governor and scholar Kikuo Iwata as one of two deputy governors.

Abe seeks Komeito TPP backing

Feb 26, 2013

Abe seeks Komeito TPP backing

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought support Monday from the coalition partner of his Liberal Democratic Party for Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, after he and U.S. President Barack Obama made a key confirmation at their Friday summit in Washington. During a ...

Japan film distributor goes bust; Senkaku row blamed

Feb 26, 2013

Japan film distributor goes bust; Senkaku row blamed

Film distributor Prenom-H Co. has gone bankrupt, affected by China’s dispute over the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Teikoku Databank Ltd. said Monday. The Tokyo-based company received Tokyo District Court approval for the start of its bankruptcy procedures on Feb. 21, ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan to rethink candidate sites for nuclear waste disposal

The Environment Ministry said Monday that it will restart the process to select candidate final storage sites for radioactive waste from the triple-meltdown disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant, because residents living near the current chosen locations are up ...

Feb 26, 2013

Park sworn in as first female South Korean leader

Park Geun Hye became South Korea’s first female president Monday, vowing zero tolerance of North Korean provocations and demanding Pyongyang “abandon its nuclear ambitions” immediately. As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung Hee, faces challenges ...

Emotional pope celebrates final Sunday prayers

Feb 26, 2013

Emotional pope celebrates final Sunday prayers

Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional final Sunday prayer in St. Peter’s Square, saying God had told him to devote himself to quiet contemplation but pledging not to “abandon” the church. Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for Benedict’s weekly Angelus prayer, his ...

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

Feb 26, 2013

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

In an extraordinary construction boom, the isolated Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan is spending billions of dollars on remodeling its capital, Ashgabat, into a gleaming white showpiece where even the curbs are made of marble. The gas-rich desert country says that the massive spending ...

Feb 26, 2013

Aquino inks bill to pay victims of Marcos era

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III signed a landmark law Monday compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless “People Power” revolution ended his reign. Ten billion pesos ($244 million) will be distributed to potentially thousands of people who were ...

Feb 26, 2013

Tiny ancient continent found in Indian Ocean

Scientists have found traces of a micro-continent hidden underneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, they said in a report published Sunday. The slab, dubbed Mauritia, was probably formed around 61 million to 83 million years ago after Madagascar split from India, but eventually ...

Feb 26, 2013

Tough talks ahead for Japan

Contrary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's claim, Japan has not received a clear assurance from the U.S. that it can continue to retain high tariffs on such sensitive agricultural products as rice as a condition for joining the TPP talks.

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

| Feb 26, 2013

Carpenter Eiichiro Amakasu

by Judit Kawaguchi

Eiichiro Amakasu, 70, is a carpenter who designs and builds traditional Japanese homes and their surrounding gardens. He is an expert of sukiya, a residential architectural style that is typically associated with Japanese tea houses.

Matsuzaka marks Indians spring debut with two shutout innings

Feb 26, 2013

Matsuzaka marks Indians spring debut with two shutout innings

Daisuke Matsuzaka began his fight to make the opening day roster Sunday, pitching two scoreless innings in his first spring appearance for the Cleveland Indians. Under strong winds in the surprising cold against the Cincinnati Reds, Matsuzaka came on in the third, not allowing ...

Japan busts out in rout of Australia

| Feb 26, 2013

Japan busts out in rout of Australia

A day after outplaying Japan in a tough loss, Australia cracked in a 10-3 loss in their World Baseball Classic warmup game at Kyocera Dome on Sunday. Kazuo Matsui of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles brought Japan from behind with a three-run triple and ...

Feb 26, 2013

Takanashi, Japan win team gold

Sara Takanashi collected her second medal of the Nordic skiing world championships after Japan won a gold in the mixed team ski jumping Sunday. The 16-year-old Takanashi teamed up with Yuki Ito and male jumpers Daiki Ito and Taku Takeuchi for Japan’s first gold ...

Feb 26, 2013

Japan launches petition to save Olympic wrestling

The Japan Wrestling Federation launched an online petition site to keep wrestling in the Olympics on Monday with the aim of submitting 100,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. The website, titled “Save Olympic Wrestling,” can be accessed in several languages. The federation plans ...