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Apr 09, 2013

Abe expresses condolences over Thatcher's death

by Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his condolences over the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday, saying she was “a great statesperson” who devoted herself to her state and her people. “We share the deep sorrow of the British people,” Abe ...

Toyota going for looks, lean output

Apr 09, 2013

Toyota going for looks, lean output

Having drawn lessons from a series of predicaments since the 2008 global economic crisis, Toyota Motor Corp. is focusing on lowering production costs worldwide and improving its competitiveness in design as overseas competition builds. “We are finally getting out of the long tunnel after ...

Securities investments buoy current account

Apr 09, 2013

Securities investments buoy current account

Japan logged its first current account surplus in four months in February, with profits from the securities investments income account outweighing the trade deficit, preliminary data showed Monday. The surplus in the balance, one of the widest gauges of international trade, stood at ¥637.4 ...

| Apr 09, 2013

Poor U.S. job data indicate weak recovery

This is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad jobs report. The 88,000 net jobs added in March, if that or a similar figure holds up through revisions, is a tragedy: Nearly four years into the economic recovery, with the unemployment rate still close to ...

Prospects for deal on U.S. gun law improve

Apr 09, 2013

Prospects for deal on U.S. gun law improve

Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides. The possibility that after weeks of stalled negotiations senators might be on the cusp of a breakthrough ...

Apr 09, 2013

Afghan children ‘killed in airstrike’

A fierce battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants in a remote corner of eastern Afghanistan left nearly 20 people dead, including 11 Afghan children killed in an airstrike and an American civilian adviser, officials said Sunday. The fighting Saturday along a main ...

Apr 09, 2013

Power industry reform

The government must act to prevent the major power companies and lawmakers representing their interests from weakening efforts to reform the nation's power industry.

Apr 09, 2013

Smog-eating pavement on greenest street in U.S.

The big rigs rattling past smokestacks sure don’t make this Chicago roadway look like the greenest street in America. But their tires roll over smog-eating pavement, the streetlights run on solar and wind power, the sidewalks were made with recycled concrete, and shrub-filled “bioswales” ...

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

| Apr 09, 2013

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, The February 2013 report by the World Health Organization on the predicted radiation effects of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster provided some welcome news indeed. For example, Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester wrote: “The additional risk ...

'Natch' gets ghostly on stage

Apr 09, 2013

'Natch' gets ghostly on stage

by Nobuko Tanaka

“If I thought too much about my future plans, I would kind of get stuck,” says Natsumi Abe. “So I just try to concentrate on the next day’s work and do it as well as I can.” It’s a serious statement on work ethic, ...

Apr 09, 2013

Fujikawa installed as Cubs' new closer

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum on Sunday named rookie Kyuji Fujikawa the team’s closer. Fujikawa, who saved 220 games during his career with the Hanshin Tigers, had been Sveum’s setup man through Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with Carlos Marmol the closer. Fujikawa ...

Apr 09, 2013

Yaegashi outclasses Igarashi to nab WBC flyweight title

Challenger Akira Yaegashi won a close-range battle to outpoint Toshiyuki Igarashi in a WBC flyweight title bout on Monday. Three judges scored it 115-110, 116-109 and 117-108 in favor of the challenger. “It’s like a dream. A small boxer like me was able to ...