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Feb 25, 2013

Abe to seek base landfill permission

The government may soon apply for permission from Okinawa's governor to begin landfill work necessary to relocate the U.S. Futenma air base within the prefecture.

Osaka resident world's oldest woman

Feb 25, 2013

Osaka resident world's oldest woman

A 114-year-old resident of the city of Osaka is expected to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest woman, according to people close to her. Misao Okawa, Japan’s oldest living woman, is expected to soon receive an official certificate from Guinness ...

Michelle Obama dance on TV show goes viral

Feb 25, 2013

Michelle Obama dance on TV show goes viral

A video clip of first lady Michelle Obama grooving with a dressed-in-drag Jimmy Fallon on his late-night comedy talk show went viral on YouTube on Saturday. In the video, the pair, each clad in conservative slacks and a cardigan, and Fallon with a long ...

NYC condo prices go through the roof

Feb 25, 2013

NYC condo prices go through the roof

by Oshrat Carmiel

Michael Stern was prepared for a gradual real estate rebound after buying a New York office tower in December 2009, with plans to convert it to condominiums following a housing plunge that sent prices down 31 percent. Now, long before the final floor tile ...

Chinese mark end of holiday

Feb 25, 2013

Chinese mark end of holiday

As millions of migrant workers flowed back to cities and smog blanketed a large part of China, the nation Sunday celebrated the traditional Lantern Festival with fireworks and food. The Lantern Festival formally marks the end of celebrations for the Chinese Lunar New Year ...

As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent

Feb 25, 2013

As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent

A campaign of insinuation and insult has targeted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and in a country where all power flows from the top downward, his boss, President Vladimir Putin, has done nothing all winter to stop it. Medvedev’s failings get an airing in the ...

U.K. cardinal in 'inappropriate acts' row: paper

Feb 25, 2013

U.K. cardinal in 'inappropriate acts' row: paper

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, who is due to vote on Pope Benedict XVI’s successor, has been reported to the Vatican over claims of inappropriate behavior, the Observer newspaper reported on Sunday. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, contests ...

'All white' ads spur backlash in Senegal

Feb 25, 2013

'All white' ads spur backlash in Senegal

Outraged by ads urging women to bleach their skin, a spontaneous movement has emerged in Senegal arguing that black is beautiful — and to act otherwise is to risk one’s health. The campaign sprang up in response to advertisements that appeared in the capital, ...

Lithium trial gets off ground in Bolivia

Feb 25, 2013

Lithium trial gets off ground in Bolivia

Japan and Bolivia have begun a full-fledged trial project to extract lithium from the Uyuni salt flats in the Andes, which experts believe contains around half of the world’s reserves of the soft metal. As the only foreign country involved in the extraction work ...

Who is the real John McCain?

Feb 25, 2013

Who is the real John McCain?

by Jason Horowitz

John McCain was excited. It was late January, and the following day, he and a group of bipartisan senators were set to announce their framework for comprehensive immigration reform. He picked up the phone and called an old friend in Arizona. “We got it ...

Evessa finish strong in fourth, end three-game skid

Feb 25, 2013

Evessa finish strong in fourth, end three-game skid

by Ed Odeven

In the season’s first 24 games, the Osaka Evessa, the bj-league’s first powerhouse team, collected five victories. They’ve now played 10 games under new head coach Bill Cartwright. Their record in that span? Five wins and five defeats. The Evessa snapped a three-game losing ...

Feb 25, 2013

Farmers steadfast in TPP opposition

A farm industry leader said Japan should not join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization talks despite confirmation Friday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama that the prior abolition of all tariffs is not a prerequisite. “We are opposed to Japan’s ...

Feb 25, 2013

China official sees enhanced Japan ties

The head of the China-Japan Friendship Association, Tang Jiaxuan, told Keidanren leader Hiromasa Yonekura that he is confident bilateral ties will begin to improve, during a meeting in Beijing. According to Yonekura, chairman of the nation’s biggest business lobby, Tang told him Saturday that ...

Feb 25, 2013

President admits to economic woes

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a rare acknowledgment Saturday night of the economic challenges his country is facing. “This was a very difficult year for our economy,” Ahmadinejad said during a live television interview in which he outlined his government’s budget plan for the ...