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Mar 29, 2013

Climate change, harsh winters tied

Millions of people in northern Europe are still battling snow and ice, wondering why they are being punished with bitter cold when — officially — spring has arrived and Earth is in the grip of global warming. Yet some scientists, eyeing the fourth year ...

'Premium Rush'

Mar 29, 2013

'Premium Rush'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: David Koepp Language: English Bike-courier thriller “Premium Rush” never opened in theaters here, but if you have ever pondered the possibilities of a career in bike delivery, this one is HUGE. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is his coolest self as New York courier Wilee, careening ...

'Crawlspace'

Mar 29, 2013

'Crawlspace'

by Kaori Shoji

Good news for sci-fi/horror geeks with big and generous hearts who have nothing to do on a spring Sunday but to check out this “Alien”-meets-”28 Days Later”-meets-”Species”-and-they-decide-to-move-in-together-to-save-on-rent kind of movie. And not so good news for the rest of us. “Crawlspace” is brought to ...

'Outrage Beyond'

Mar 29, 2013

'Outrage Beyond'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takeshi Kitano Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Coming out in Japan on April 12 are the English-subbed DVD and Blu-ray of “Outrage Beyond,” Takeshi Kitano’s triumphant return to yakuza-movie form. This film about a devious cop who manipulates two big gangs into a ...

Mar 29, 2013

Nikkei takes hit on renewed worry about Europe

Stocks fell Thursday, pressured by profit-taking after falls in overseas equities and the yen’s strengthening on the back of rekindled economic and political concerns in the Eurozone. The Nikkei 225 average closed down 157.83 points, or 1.26 percent, at 12,335.96. On Wednesday, the key ...

Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury festival in England

Mar 29, 2013

Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury festival in England

The Rolling Stones will play Britain’s Glastonbury Festival, the world’s largest outdoor music and performing arts spectacle, organizers said Wednesday. The group has not played the festival before, but speculation mounted that they could make an appearance after they revealed last year they were ...

Mar 28, 2013

Quake expert pulls Tokyo fault claim

The leader of an earthquake research team admits they made an erroneous announcement confirming the presence of an active fault near Tokyo after mistaking an apparent buried concrete column for natural stone.

Appeal sparks outrage over voting rights curb

Mar 28, 2013

Appeal sparks outrage over voting rights curb

The father of a woman with Down syndrome who sued to regain her right to vote slams the state for appealing a court ruling that declared unconstitutional a legal provision that denies voting rights to adults under guardianship.

2013 Central League Preview

Mar 28, 2013

2013 Central League Preview

by Jason Coskrey

In order of predicted finish: Yomiuri Giants Manager: Tatsunori Hara 2012: 86-43-15, 1st The Giants led the CL in runs, home runs and stolen bases last season, and there’s more where that came from. Reigning MVP Shinnosuke Abe is unlikely to replicate a monster ...

Mar 28, 2013

Safer vaccine created without virus

British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday. At the moment, animals are given a small dose of live infectious ...

Mar 28, 2013

Elderly 3/11 nuke evacuee deaths spiked

by Mizuho Aoki

The mortality rate of elderly nursing-care facility residents in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, jumped nearly 2.7 times after they evacuated the city in the days after the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, a study finds.

North eyeing 'drastic' change at rare meeting of top leaders

Mar 28, 2013

North eyeing 'drastic' change at rare meeting of top leaders

North Korea’s top leaders are to meet in the coming days to decide on an unspecified “important” issue, official media said Wednesday, as tensions simmer on the Korean Peninsula. The Political Bureau of the Communist Party’s Central Committee will convene its plenary meeting before ...

Mar 28, 2013

N.J. 'comfort women' resolution OK'd

New Jersey’s lower house has voted to pass a resolution recognizing the women and girls forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the war. Introduced to the state legislative body last September, 76 of the 80 assembly members approved last Thursday the ...

Mar 28, 2013

Honda to start production of motorcycles in Kenya

Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it will start producing motorcycles at a new plant in Kenya later this year amid expectations of growth in local demand. Honda has set up Honda Motorcycle Kenya Ltd. for sales and production of motorcycles in Nairobi, becoming the ...