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Inose pitches Tokyo for 2020 Olympics at Russian meet

May 31, 2013

Inose pitches Tokyo for 2020 Olympics at Russian meet

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose made a pitch for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at an international conference Thursday in St. Petersburg, along with his rivals from Istanbul and Madrid. Inose, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee, told the International Olympic Committee and other ...

May 31, 2013

U.S. eases Iran tech sales ban to support free speech

The United States on Thursday lifted a ban on sales of communications equipment to Iranians and opened access to Internet services and social media, aiming to help the Iranian people circumvent tough government controls. The decision immediately allowed U.S. companies to begin selling computers, ...

May 31, 2013

Government considers 'Miura Award' in mountaineer's honor

The government is thinking about creating the “Miura Award” to mark 80-year-old adventurer Yuichiro Miura’s successful climbing of Mount Everest last week, informed sources said. The award would be presented to older people who make remarkable achievements, the sources said Thursday. Culture and sports ...

Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

May 31, 2013

Syria claims it has received advanced Russian missiles

Syria has received its first shipment of long-range S-300 air defense missiles from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying Thursday, raising the specter of further Israeli intervention in the two-year conflict. “Syria has received the first shipment of Russian antiaircraft S-300 rockets,” ...

May 31, 2013

Nikkei dives 5%, ends below 13,600

The Nikkei index dives more than 5 percent to its lowest level in about one month, ending below 13,600 amid jitters over recent market volatility and concern over the course of the global economy.

Abductee's son said among defectors

May 31, 2013

Abductee's son said among defectors

The son of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea in the 1970s was among the group of nine defectors recently sent from Laos back to the reclusive country, a South Korean newspaper reports.

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

May 31, 2013

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

by Tomohiro Osaki

A Filipino woman whose Japanese husband committed suicide after his dairy farming business was decimated by the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is suing Tokyo Electric Power Co. for about ¥126 million. “Had there not been that nuclear disaster, he would still be alive,” ...

Softbank takeover of Sprint wins U.S. security clearance

May 31, 2013

Softbank takeover of Sprint wins U.S. security clearance

U.S. national security officials have approved Softbank’s planned $20 billion takeover of Sprint, the third-largest U.S. mobile carrier, the companies said Wednesday. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) completed the investigation with “no unresolved national security issues relating to the transaction,” ...

Africa fair spices up TICAD venue

May 31, 2013

Africa fair spices up TICAD venue

by Mami Maruko

Garments and baskets woven in bright colors, spicy cuisine and energetic music played on traditional instruments are livening up the vast Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Yokohama. As a side event to the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, African Fair 2013 started ...

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

May 31, 2013

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

Japan lost back-to-back games for the first time under Alberto Zaccheroni as the Asian champion was beaten 2-0 by Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifying tuneup on Thursday evening.

'Stoker'

May 31, 2013

'Stoker'

by Kaori Shoji

Meet the Stoker family: wealthy, well-bred and seemingly isolated from the world. Mom Evie (Nicole Kidman) seems to have nothing more to do than weave elegantly around the house with a drink in her hand, looking fabulous. Dad Richard (Dermot Mulroney) is an architect ...

Association formed to pitch 'Lolita fashion' to the world

May 31, 2013

Association formed to pitch 'Lolita fashion' to the world

Aiming to spread Japan’s “Lolita fashion” to the world, the Omula Fashion Design College in the city of Fukuoka has established the Japan Lolita Association. The aim is to stimulate interest in the famous fashion subculture through various events, including tea parties. About 30 ...