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Hedge fund guru John Paulson fleeced by gold

May 04, 2013

Hedge fund guru John Paulson fleeced by gold

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Gold and its beguiling promise of assured riches have lured clever men into making bad decisions for millennia. The latest to have fallen under its alchemical spell is apparently John Paulson, hedge fund billionaire and the man who made his name — and a ...

Antinuclear drive in search of new strategies

May 04, 2013

Antinuclear drive in search of new strategies

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The Fukushima nuclear crisis struck a nerve with Japan’s normally passive public, prompting many to raise their voices against atomic power and take to the streets to voice their anger. But momentum for phasing out atomic energy appears to have weakened since the pronuclear ...

Truman grandson to interview hibakusha for book

May 04, 2013

Truman grandson to interview hibakusha for book

Clifton Truman Daniel, U.S. President Harry Truman’s grandson, and his son plan to travel to Japan in June to interview and record atomic bomb survivors’ stories in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As a former journalist, the senior Daniel described in an interview Thursday how the ...

May 04, 2013

Abe team to craft bill to galvanize industry

The Abe administration plans to draw up a bill to help Japanese industry compete globally as a pillar of its growth strategy to fight deflation, according to sources. The bill, to be submitted to the Diet this autumn, will aim to streamline sluggish businesses ...

May 04, 2013

337 planning to run for Upper House in July

A total of 337 people plan to run in the upcoming Upper House election and vie for 121 of the chamber’s 242 seats, according to a recent survey. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, are aiming for ...

5-year-old Kentucky boy kills sister with 'My First Rifle'

May 04, 2013

5-year-old Kentucky boy kills sister with 'My First Rifle'

The accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old at the hands of her 5-year-old brother has revived the perennial gun debate in the United States, where weapons are made just for kids. The .22 caliber rifle used in Tuesday’s tragedy is marketed by Crickett to ...

Chubu's 'Dragon Route' resumes bid to lure tourists

May 04, 2013

Chubu's 'Dragon Route' resumes bid to lure tourists

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A project to lure Asian tourists, especially Chinese, to central Japan has resumed after delays caused by the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. The “Dragon Route” project is being promoted by prefectures, municipalities and economic groups in the nine prefectures that make up ...

Myanmar's president eyes Washington visit

May 04, 2013

Myanmar's president eyes Washington visit

Myanmar’s leader, President Thein Sein, plans a landmark visit to Washington later this month, a source said Thursday, as the United States eased visa restrictions in a sign of support despite a surge in anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar. Thein Sein, who will be the ...

Manned Mars trip no longer a dream

May 04, 2013

Manned Mars trip no longer a dream

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The notion of landing astronauts on Mars has long been more fantasy than reality. The planet is, on average, 225 million km from Earth, and its atmosphere is not hospitable to human life. But a human voyage to the planet is now, for the ...

May 04, 2013

U.S. calls on Pyongyang to release American

The United States demanded Thursday that North Korea immediately release an American sentenced this week to 15 years of hard labor on charges of trying to overthrow the government. “What we’re urging the DPRK authorities to do is to grant him amnesty and to ...

May 04, 2013

Family tried to get Jackson off meds

Michael Jackson’s family tried several times to carry out interventions on the singer to help him fight drug addiction, but he denied having a problem, a trial heard Thursday. His mother, Katherine Jackson, told police a few months after his June 2009 death about ...

May 04, 2013

Japan, ASEAN finance and banking chiefs plan talks at ADB meeting

Finance ministers and central bank governors from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations were set to agree on enhancing financial cooperation when they met Friday on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting. With Japan looking to deepen economic ties ...

May 04, 2013

China struggles to unlock its huge shale gas potential

In a remote corner of southwestern Sichuan Province, in an area of lush, terraced hillsides, oil exploration teams have been scaling cliffs to lay seismic charges and struggling to move heavy equipment along winding mountain roads. That is where China hopes to find vast ...

ECB cuts rate to record-low 0.5%; chief hints at bolder moves

May 04, 2013

ECB cuts rate to record-low 0.5%; chief hints at bolder moves

Europe is a mess, with a handful of Southern European countries in depression and many of the other nations on the continent in recession. Inflation has been exceptionally low, even in economically strong Germany. So it would be a good time for “Super Mario” ...

The French left turns on Francois Hollande

May 04, 2013

The French left turns on Francois Hollande

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The freshly cut inscription on the marble “tombstone” was savage and to the point: “Betrayal! Here lie the promises of F. Hollande which were made to workers and their families in Florange on 24 February 2012. From the steelworkers of Lorraine.” With barely suppressed ...

May 04, 2013

China nabs 900 over meat scandals

China has detained 900 people for meat-related crimes including selling rat and fox meat as beef and mutton, the Public Security Ministry said, in another blow to the nation’s food safety. News of the three-month operation added to a string of scandals that have ...

May 04, 2013

U.K., U.S. citizens indicted in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s war crimes court Thursday indicted a Bangladesh-born British Muslim leader and a U.S. citizen for their alleged role in the murder of top intellectuals during the country’s 1971 liberation war. Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin has held positions in a host of top Islamic organizations in ...

May 04, 2013

Constitutional values at stake

Constitution Day (May 3) is a good time to scrutinize recent statements by political leaders who seek to make imprudent revisions to Japan's Constitution.

May 04, 2013

Mr. Kaieda must lead and fight

An Upper House by-election victory in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a boon to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of nationwide Upper House elections this summer.

Fabio secures draw for Marinos against Antlers

May 04, 2013

Fabio secures draw for Marinos against Antlers

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Brazilian defender Fabio struck a dramatic late equalizer moments after coming off the bench to rescue a point for Yokohama F. Marinos in a 1-1 draw at home to Kashima Antlers in the J. League on Friday. Takuya Nozawa’s superbly taken goal looked to ...

Shimane's Davis stands tall in Game 1 win over Hamamatsu

May 04, 2013

Shimane's Davis stands tall in Game 1 win over Hamamatsu

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Shimane center Jeral Davis dominated defensively in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series, helping the Susanoo Magic rout the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 80-67 on Friday afternoon. Davis, who was named to the 2012-13 Best Five team earlier this week, swatted ...

May 04, 2013

Jones wary of physical Koreans

Japan goes into Saturday’s HSBC Asian 5 Nations clash with South Korea on the back of an eight-game winning streak against its archrival. A 19-19 draw in May 2004 was the last time Japan failed to beat the Koreans and its last loss came ...