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Feb 27, 2013

Dixon, Tomori shine in Gunma triumph over Sendai

by Ed Odeven

After a quiet game in the series opener, Gunma Crane Thunders point guard Jermaine Dixon lit up the scoreboard for 28 points in a 78-75 bounce-back win over the host Sendai 89ers on Tuesday night in the bj-league. Dixon was 9-for-16 from the field ...

Sailors plead guilty to Okinawa rape

Feb 27, 2013

Sailors plead guilty to Okinawa rape

Two U.S. sailors pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and injuring a woman in her 20s in Okinawa last October. A lawyer for Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, from Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas, told the Naha District Court that he ...

Currency veteran offers BOJ credibility on reflation

Feb 27, 2013

Currency veteran offers BOJ credibility on reflation

by John Brinsley

The Bank of Japan may pack a bigger punch under Haruhiko Kuroda, an opponent of deflation who ran the nation’s currency policy and then built an international reputation leading the Asian Development Bank. Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters Monday that Kuroda, Prime Minister ...

| Feb 27, 2013

Time for Jordan to get on with life

by Dave Wiggins

The American media recently made a big to-do over Michael Jordan turning 50. Among noted outlets, Sports Illustrated devoted the greater part of an issue to His Airness. And ESPN the Magazine likewise allocated huge space to the beginning of Mike’s sixth decade on ...

Vets help out foreigners with ill pets

Feb 27, 2013

Vets help out foreigners with ill pets

by Mami Maruko

Foreigners with low Japanese-language ability who live in Tokyo and have pets often worry about finding proper care for their animals and medical professionals who can communicate the necessary diagnostic and treatment information. Tracey Perkins, an Australian who lives in Minato Ward with two ...

Feb 27, 2013

J3 set for 2014 launch

The Japanese soccer pyramid will add a third tier in 2014 as the J. League decided on Tuesday to introduce J3 next year. The new third division is expected to be made up of around 10 clubs from the Japan Football League and the ...

Feb 27, 2013

Suspect in Japanese online threat case pleads innocent

A 30-year-old man arrested for allegedly making online threats through hijacked personal computers told the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday he was not involved in the high-profile case. “I have nothing to do with the case,” Yusuke Katayama told a session in which the ...

Feb 27, 2013

Lefty pitcher Wada making progress in quest for MLB return

The Baltimore Orioles’ Tsuyoshi Wada took a step toward making his long-awaited major league debut Monday, throwing in the pen for the first time since last spring. Wada missed all of last season, in his first year with Baltimore, after undergoing Tommy John surgery ...

Shanghai tries out all-boys classes as girls leap forward

Feb 27, 2013

Shanghai tries out all-boys classes as girls leap forward

Teenage boys in a Shanghai school are on the front line of teaching reform after the world’s top-scoring education system introduced male-only classes over worries they are lagging behind girls. Rows of white-shirted boys are put through their paces as they are called up ...

Ex-top U.S. doctor Koop dies at 96

Feb 27, 2013

Ex-top U.S. doctor Koop dies at 96

C. Everett Koop, the former surgeon general of the United States who started the government’s public discussion of AIDS during the administration of Ronald Reagan, died Monday at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96. A spokeswoman for the C. Everett Koop ...

Gay consul general finds partner, place in government

Feb 27, 2013

Gay consul general finds partner, place in government

When Patrick Linehan, the U.S. consul general in Osaka and Kobe, attends a black-tie dinner party, like others he takes his spouse: in his case his husband, Emerson Kanegusuke, 40. Linehan, 60, has been in his post, under the administration of Barack Obama, the ...

Gruesome details unveiled at 'Cannibal Cop' trial in New York

Feb 27, 2013

Gruesome details unveiled at 'Cannibal Cop' trial in New York

The estranged wife of a New York policeman sobbed as she testified Monday that her husband, who is accused of plotting to kidnap and cannibalize women, went online to discuss torturing and killing her. Kathleen Mangan-Valle, 27, was the star witness for the prosecution ...

Suzuki aiming for 30% of minivehicle market

Feb 27, 2013

Suzuki aiming for 30% of minivehicle market

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday it wants to secure a 30 percent share of the domestic minicar market in fiscal 2013 in the face of fierce competition from its rivals. Suzuki’s share for minivehicles, with engines of 660cc or less, dropped below 30 percent ...

Top currency official eyed for ADB presidency

Feb 27, 2013

Top currency official eyed for ADB presidency

The administration is considering Vice Finance Minister for International Affairs Takehiko Nakao, the nation’s top currency official, as a candidate to lead the Asian Development Bank under the assumption that current ADB head Haruhiko Kuroda becomes the next Bank of Japan governor, Finance Minister ...

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

Feb 27, 2013

New Kabukiza theater, tower completed in Tokyo

A ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the new Kabukiza theater and an adjacent office building called Kabukiza Tower in the Higashiginza district of central Tokyo. Those present at the event on the top floor of the 29-story Kabukiza Tower included ...

Feb 27, 2013

Sulu sultan is warned by Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III warned a sultan on Tuesday he would face the “full force of the law” unless he withdrew his gunmen from Malaysia, but the elderly ruler remained defiant. Dozens of followers of the little-known Sultan of Sulu have been facing off ...

Feb 27, 2013

Singapore tightens foreign labor curbs

Singapore on Monday tightened curbs on foreign labor for a fourth consecutive year, as the government seeks to reduce companies’ reliance on overseas workers amid a public backlash over the influx. The government will increase levies that companies must pay for lower-skilled foreign employees ...