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Japan blows chance

Mar 27, 2013

Japan blows chance

by Gus Fielding

Japan was left to count the cost of a second-half penalty miss by Yasuhito Endo as the Asian champions crashed to a controversial 2-1 away defeat to Jordan that ruined their chance of becoming the first team to qualify for the 2014 Brazil World ...

| Mar 27, 2013

Facebook, Google spreading 'their' Net

by John Naughton

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 ...

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.

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

| Mar 27, 2013

Kite artist Tetsuya Kishida

by Judit Kawaguchi

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 ...

Kuroda talks up bond buying to hit price target

Mar 27, 2013

Kuroda talks up bond buying to hit price target

Haruhiko Kuroda said he wants 2 percent inflation in two years and pledged to buy more government bonds, underscoring the new Bank of Japan chief’s efforts to accelerate an end to falling prices. “Achieving the 2 percent inflation target in two years is something ...

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Mar 27, 2013

Tohoku artifacts reach U.S. coast

Part of a torii gate and a wooden statue of Ebisu, the Japanese god of luck, were found on the U.S. West Coast this month, leaving residents wondering if they were swept to sea by the March 11, 2011, tsunami that hit the Tohoku ...

Mar 27, 2013

South Korean student molested on bus in India: police

Three men chased and allegedly molested a South Korean student on a bus in eastern India, police said Monday, in the latest incident to raise fears over women’s safety in the country. The 20-year-old college student was trying to board a crowded bus in ...

Mar 27, 2013

Japan may get TPP states' nod in April

All 11 nations already negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations may approve Japan’s entry into the talks during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting in Indonesia in April, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said. The meeting of the APEC trade ministers, set for April ...

Mar 27, 2013

Regional FTA quests playing off each other

by Miya Tanaka

Japan is entering a new stage in its pursuit of free-trade agreements as it begins bilateral and multilateral FTA negotiations involving its three major trade partners — the United States, the European Union and China. Just about a week before declaring the launch of ...

Dell studies offers amid bidding war

Mar 27, 2013

Dell studies offers amid bidding war

A bidding war broke out Monday for U.S. computer maker Dell as two new acquisition offers emerged in competition with the private buyout led by founder Michael Dell. The company said the offers were from billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn and investment fund Blackstone ...

Mar 27, 2013

India to get US-2 seaplanes, but for civilian use

Japan is arranging to approve the export of amphibious search and rescue aircraft for civilian use to India, a move aimed at skirting the nation’s arms-export ban, government sources said. The move represents Japan’s efforts to promote exchanges with India — one of the ...

Mar 27, 2013

Saitama fetes Tour de France via bike event

The city of Saitama will host a cycling event under the name of Tour de France on Oct. 26 to mark the 100th anniversary of the prestigious race. Saitama Mayor Hayato Shimizu and Jean-Etienne Amaury, president of the firm that organizes the race, signed ...

Mar 27, 2013

Yahoo buys app from British teen

Yahoo announced plans Monday to buy mobile news reader app Summly from the London teenager who invented it, likely making him one of the world’s youngest self-made multimillionaires. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal it struck with 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio, ...

India's Modi sets sights on top job

Mar 27, 2013

India's Modi sets sights on top job

If Indians were to vote against corruption, a slowing economy and weak leadership in the 2014 national elections — all that urban middle-class population is roiled by — controversial Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi could win the office of prime minister hands down. He ...