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Yeonpyeong attack raised South Korea's resolve

Apr 16, 2013

Yeonpyeong attack raised South Korea's resolve

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North Korea’s fatal artillery attack on the border island of Yeonpyeong over two years ago uprooted old wooden houses from their foundations. One shell punctured the concrete side of a soccer stadium, another struck a rooftop oil tank. Residents rushed to underground bunkers, and ...

Fukui museum unearths Japan's dinosaur roots

Apr 16, 2013

Fukui museum unearths Japan's dinosaur roots

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“It’s a dinosaur backbone!” One February morning, around 30 researchers and workers hammered away at an excavation site in the middle of sugar cane fields stretching beyond the horizon in Suranaree, about 260 km northeast of Bangkok. Large rocks were first cut into pieces ...

Beijing bird flu case asymptomatic

Apr 16, 2013

Beijing bird flu case asymptomatic

Bird flu was found in a 4-year-old Beijing boy who shows no symptoms of the infection, health authorities said, suggesting more people may be catching the H7N9 influenza virus than reported. The first asymptomatic H7N9 case was discovered by health care workers searching for ...

The 5 p.m. bell

| Apr 16, 2013

The 5 p.m. bell

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Dear Alice, I live in a medium-size city in Saitama Prefecture and am puzzled by a speaker system mounted on a huge pole right outside my apartment. Every evening at 5 p.m., music plays from the speakers for 20 or 30 seconds and then ...

Apr 16, 2013

Road map for base reversions

As long as Okinawans are stuck with having to host Futenma functions at Henoko, their resentment of future plans for U.S. military facilities will deepen.

Can we talk?

| Apr 16, 2013

Can we talk?

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LG’s Optimus G Pro gets a Japan release Customers on NTT Docomo’s network recently received another attractive Android smartphone option in LG’s Optimus G Pro, which launched early this month. Interestingly, the Japanese version of the handset is marginally smaller than the one that ...

Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

Apr 16, 2013

Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

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Adjusting her cupcake-size replica of a Mikimoto gold-and-pearl crown and gliding through a downtown Washington hotel lobby in her white sash, Taylor Barfield offers her business card with a knowing grin: “First African-American United States Cherry Blossom Queen,” it reads. “Sorry if I’m groggy ...

B-Corsairs prove last season was no fluke

Apr 16, 2013

B-Corsairs prove last season was no fluke

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As a first-year franchise, the Yokohama B-Corsairs proved to be one of the bj-league’s best clubs last season, advancing to the Final Four and placing third overall at Ariake Colosseum. No easy feat. Head coach Reggie Geary, a defensive demon during his playing days ...

Apr 16, 2013

Otani to miss up to three weeks

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters rookie Shohei Otani will be out for two to three weeks with a sprained right ankle, the Pacific League team announced Monday. Otani underwent further tests at a Tokyo hospital where the ankle showed no structural damage. The pitcher-outfielder suffered ...