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Mar 27, 2013

Tokyo in FTA talks with Seoul, Beijing

Japan, China and South Korea launch the first round of negotiations for concluding a free-trade agreement among the three nations that together account for around 20 percent of world gross domestic product.

U.K. announces new clampdown on immigration

Mar 27, 2013

U.K. announces new clampdown on immigration

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a fresh clampdown on immigration to Britain with plans to restrict migrants’ rights to unemployment, health and housing benefits. Cameron acknowledged the contribution made by generations of immigrants, but warned Britain had for too long been regarded ...

Chinese sentenced for military data theft

Mar 27, 2013

Chinese sentenced for military data theft

Measured in millimeters, the tiny device was designed to allow drones, missiles and rockets to hit targets without satellite guidance. An advanced version was being developed secretly for the U.S. military by a small company and L-3 Communications, a major defense contractor. On Monday, ...

Berezovsky: a tale of betrayal by pal Putin

Mar 27, 2013

Berezovsky: a tale of betrayal by pal Putin

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Boris Berezovsky had always believed in British justice. It was, after all, a British judge who had granted him asylum, after Berezovsky fell out with his one-time protege, Vladimir Putin, and fled in 2000 to London. The move infuriated the Kremlin. Since then, the ...

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Mar 27, 2013

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Panasonic Corp. said its solar-panel operation will probably remain profitable amid growing demand from domestic homeowners. Shipments in February reached a record level as the nation’s feed-in-tariff system for electricity triggered demand for rooftop systems, Kazuhiro Yoshida, who heads the business, said in Tokyo ...

Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

Mar 27, 2013

Saitama urges Seibu to keep Chichibu Line open

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Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda and other local leaders are making their case to Seibu Holdings Inc. to keep the Seibu Chichibu Line open as rumors swirl that the firm’s biggest shareholder is demanding that the unprofitable railway section be abandoned. “It would severely damage ...

Mar 27, 2013

Kishida retraction: China a 'concern,' not 'threat'

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida effectively retracted his remarks over the weekend in which he described China’s military expansion as a “threat” to the region, saying Tuesday that he instead meant to say “concern.” The remarks, made in a Sunday appearance on NHK, “would not ...

Mar 27, 2013

Slovenia next in line to face debt woe

As soon as policymakers averted a crisis in Cyprus, another appears to be brewing. The latest country to provoke concern is Slovenia. The small former Yugoslav republic took a beating Friday, with long-term bond yields spiking to 5.4 percent amid fears the country would ...

Mar 27, 2013

New study highlights tsunami risk to California

More than a quarter of a million Californians live in coastal areas that could be hit by devastating floods from a major tsunami in the quake-prone U.S. state, a new study says. The U.S. Geological Survey study, published to mark Tsunami Awareness Week, says ...

Mar 27, 2013

Keep minority views alive

The Liberal Democratic Party discloses a flawed proposal to alter the electoral system toward less vote-value disparity between Lower House districts.

Mar 27, 2013

Making clinical use of iPS cells

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research asks the health ministry for permission to do a clinical study using iPS cells to treat eye disease.

| Mar 27, 2013

Facebook, Google spreading 'their' Net

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On March 18, amid great hoopla, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen. The 15-person selection panel said the five men had all contributed to the recent revolution in communications ...

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

| Mar 27, 2013

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

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Japanese kite artist Tetsuya Kishida, 89, has been creating and flying kites since the age of 6. He used to be a salesman for the steel industry and he later sold bonsai. In his late 40s, he finally turned his hobby of painting kites ...

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

Mar 27, 2013

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

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Taking a look back at an action-packed Sunday in the bj-league. News, notes and observations… *On Sunday morning, I briefly conversed with a middle-aged train engineer at Sendai Station while en route to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, for the Sendai 89ers-Osaka Evessa series finale. The ...

Mar 27, 2013

Turkey touts enthusiasm for 2020 bid

A resounding majority of Istanbul residents back the city’s candidacy to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Turkish Sports Minister Suat Kilic said Monday. “Eighty-three percent of Istanbul’s population support the bid -that’s 11 million people who want a city which bridges East and West ...

Mar 27, 2013

Ex-judo gold medalist Yamashita selected to spearhead efforts to end abuse

Former Olympic gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita will assume the responsibility for eradicating abuse within the All Japan Judo Federation, the body decided Tuesday. At an extraordinary session of the federation’s board of directors, Yamashita was appointed to take charge of the federation’s “declaration to ...