April 2013
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  
Gay pride march kicks off first 'Tokyo Rainbow Week'

Apr 29, 2013

Gay pride march kicks off first 'Tokyo Rainbow Week'

Thousands of people joined a parade Sunday to kick off “Tokyo Rainbow Week,” a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities. Organizers said about 12,000 people took part in the inaugural parade, which has been held for several years around the Harajuku district ...

Politicians roll up sleeves at Net event

Apr 29, 2013

Politicians roll up sleeves at Net event

by Ayako Mie

Political parties over the weekend competed for the support of heavy Internet users at an event hosted by an online video-sharing site in the runup to the House of Councilors election in July, the first election to allow politicians unfettered access to the Web ...

Balentien powers Swallows to sweep of Giants

Apr 29, 2013

Balentien powers Swallows to sweep of Giants

Wladimir Balentien took hero’s honors for the second night in a row, redeeming himself after a fatal fielding miscue with a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in a three-game sweep of the Central-League leading Yomiuri Giants. ...

Indian activists push for clean cities

Apr 29, 2013

Indian activists push for clean cities

As more Indians travel the world and their country’s growing economy and population gain more global attention, they are increasingly embarrassed about one of India’s dirtiest features: its cities. It is not uncommon to see piles of putrefying garbage lying along the streets in ...

Vegalta held by Sagan ahead of ACL showdown

Apr 29, 2013

Vegalta held by Sagan ahead of ACL showdown

Vegalta Sendai and Sagan Tosu shared the points in a stifling 1-1 draw in the J. League on Sunday. Naoyuki Fujita drew first blood for Tosu in the opening half before Sendai striker Shingo Akamine leveled minutes after halftime as the two struggling sides ...

Iceland voters oust leftist government

Apr 29, 2013

Iceland voters oust leftist government

Iceland’s center-right opposition declared victory early Sunday in parliamentary elections as voters punished the leftist government for harsh austerity measures during its four years at the helm. It marked a return to power for the rightwing Independence Party and the centrist-agrarian Progressive Party, which ...

Apr 29, 2013

Former world judo champ Anai to retire

Former world champion Takamasa Anai said Sunday he will draw the curtain on his career after competing in the men’s under 100-kg category in Monday’s All Japan Judo Championship at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan. Anai, who crashed out in a second-round match to see his ...

Apr 29, 2013

Court rejects Nomura asset seizure in Paschi probe

An Italian judge rejected a request by prosecutors to seize as much as €1.95 billion ($2.5 billion) in assets held by Nomura Holdings Inc. as they probe how Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA used derivatives to conceal losses. The judge in Siena ...

Apr 29, 2013

Albirex capture Eastern Conference title

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex torched the Sendai 89ers in Sunday’s season finale and collected their first-ever Eastern Conference regular-season title. The final score — Niigata 109, Sendai 63 — was a mere formality. The game had been decided by halftime. The 89ers trailed 54-21 at ...