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Fake school uniforms let some turn back the clock

May 01, 2013

Fake school uniforms let some turn back the clock

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A 17-year-old high school boy in Tokyo likes to hang out with his friends on weekends sporting a blazer and white shirt, the typical uniform of high school boys — not his casual clothes or his school-designated “gakuran” high-collar jacket. “When I spend time ...

Abe looks to Moscow after regional spats

| May 01, 2013

Abe looks to Moscow after regional spats

Ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Russia, he repeated a single message to the Diet and the media for weeks: He wants to build a personal relationship of trust with President Vladimir Putin. The emphasis appears to be part of Japan’s efforts ...

Boeing takes out full-page ads to repair reputation

May 01, 2013

Boeing takes out full-page ads to repair reputation

Boeing on Monday took out full-page advertisements in major Japanese newspapers as it tries to piece together its reputation in the wake of the worldwide Dreamliner grounding. The U.S. manufacturer is fighting a rear-guard action in Japan, the biggest single market for its troubled ...

As U.S.-South drills finish, tensions ease

May 01, 2013

As U.S.-South drills finish, tensions ease

The United States and South Korea on Tuesday wrapped up military drills at the center of soaring tensions with North Korea, as Pyongyang ignored a new overture over a flagship joint industrial zone. The two-month-long “Foal Eagle” air, ground and naval field training exercise ...

March jobless rate falls to four-year low

May 01, 2013

March jobless rate falls to four-year low

The unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in March, its lowest level since November 2008, the government said Tuesday, as some companies increased female employment in the hopes of an economic recovery boosting business confidence. The figure was in line with expectations by economists ...

Referendum flops, opening up Dubrovnik to golf

May 01, 2013

Referendum flops, opening up Dubrovnik to golf

A referendum on a controversial €1 billion ($1.3 billion) project to build golf courses, villas and hotels above Croatia’s Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik has failed due to insufficient turnout, officials said Monday. Such an outcome paves the way for a project by Israeli businessman ...

Inose apologizes for slurring Muslims

May 01, 2013

Inose apologizes for slurring Muslims

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Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose on Tuesday apologized for and retracted comments perceived as critical of Islamic countries that appeared in a recent New York Times article concerning Tokyo’s 2020 bid for the Summer Olympics. The comments were taken by many as a jab at ...

Database reveals extent of China's aid to Africa

May 01, 2013

Database reveals extent of China's aid to Africa

China committed more than $75 billion to Africa over the past decade, coming close to the level of U.S. aid, though the nature of Beijing’s support was far different, a study said Monday. The database released by the Center for Global Development aims to ...

Kishida pushes Latin American ties

May 01, 2013

Kishida pushes Latin American ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has a message for Latin America: Tokyo will strive to “boldly” expand free trade through its participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. In a speech Monday in Mexico City on Japan’s engagement in Latin America, Kishida stressed Japan’s intention to seek ...

Afghan leader confirms CIA cash payments

May 01, 2013

Afghan leader confirms CIA cash payments

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Monday that his office has received money from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency over the past decade, with wads of cash reportedly handed over in suitcases and backpacks. Karzai thanked the U.S. spy agency for what he said was ...

May 01, 2013

Restarting talks with North Korea

What will it take to get North Korea to return to the six-party talks and to reconsider accepting the conditions of a 2005 accord, and the benefits therefrom

May 01, 2013

Toward a Japan-Russia peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to restart talks toward a peace treaty, which could lead to resolution of a territorial dispute.

Collins reveals he is gay to S.I.

May 01, 2013

Collins reveals he is gay to S.I.

Jason Collins on Monday became the first active male player in a major American professional team sport to reveal he is gay — a groundbreaking disclosure greeted with broad support. The 34-year-old free agent who has played for six NBA teams over the past ...

Kinjo hit propels BayStars to win

May 01, 2013

Kinjo hit propels BayStars to win

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Tatsuhiko Kinjo broke up a tie with an eighth-inning RBI single and the DeNA BayStars held on for a 5-4 win Tuesday afternoon to end the Yakult Swallows’ six-game winning streak. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the hosts tied it on ...

| May 01, 2013

Woodson beating odds with Knicks

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Mike Woodson likes to tell the story of how he first got into NBA coaching, which was something of a symbol for his basketball life. Woodson had finished up a solid, if unspectacular, playing career with a half dozen teams after being drafted by ...