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Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

May 08, 2013

Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

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As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of ...

Softbank to offer health service via smartphone

May 08, 2013

Softbank to offer health service via smartphone

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Softbank Corp. said it will launch this summer a health care service package for its smartphones that includes monitoring daily health conditions and fitness information as well as 24-hour telephone counseling. At a news conference Tuesday where the firm also released its new handset ...

Big builders jumping on board shale gas boom

May 08, 2013

Big builders jumping on board shale gas boom

Japanese shipbuilders and heavy machinery makers are stepping up efforts to expand operations, taking advantage of an expected start of full-fledged exports of shale gas, a type of natural gas, by the United States. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Imabari Shipbuilding Co. have teamed ...

Crackdown on Dhaka protests leaves 37 dead

May 08, 2013

Crackdown on Dhaka protests leaves 37 dead

Bangladeshi police broke up a protest by tens of thousands of religious hardliners and shut down Islamist television stations Monday as 37 people died in some of the fiercest street violence for decades. Hundreds more were injured in running battles as riot police broke ...

U.S. producers eye big increase in beef exports

May 08, 2013

U.S. producers eye big increase in beef exports

The U.S. Meat Export Federation is gunning for a significant increase in beef exports to Japan by its members this year following the relaxation of import restrictions. The federation has targeted Japan for 217,000 tons of beef in 2013, a 45 percent increase from ...

Sub discovers signs of legendary Atlantis

May 08, 2013

Sub discovers signs of legendary Atlantis

A large mass of granite has been found on the seabed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, suggesting a continent may have existed in the Atlantic Ocean, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Brazilian government announce.

N. Korea moves missiles from coast

May 08, 2013

N. Korea moves missiles from coast

North Korea has taken a major step back from a planned missile test, U.S. officials say, even as Pyongyang and Seoul exchange fresh threats of swift military retaliation to any provocation.

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

May 08, 2013

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

Three Japanese-Americans — a long-time advocate of the two countries' friendship, an aspiring basketball coach and a psychology professor — are among 15 women of Asian or Pacific Island heritage honored at the White House as this year's Champions of Change.

May 08, 2013

Lessons from the Iressa case

The Supreme Court upholds rulings that the Japanese unit of British drug maker AstraZeneca PLC is not liable for fatal side effects of the lung cancer drug Iressa.

May 08, 2013

Google Glass, half full or half empty?

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The Chinese name their years after animals — the year of the goat, the rat and so on. In the tech world, we name years after devices. Thus, 2007 was the year of the iPhone and 2010 was the year of the iPad. It’s ...

Tigers' Standridge blanks Giants in outstanding outing

May 08, 2013

Tigers' Standridge blanks Giants in outstanding outing

Jason Standridge pitched a shutout and Takahiro Arai homered for the third consecutive game as the Hanshin Tigers whipped the Yomiuri Giants 5-0 on Tuesday evening at Tokyo Dome. Standridge (3-2) worked quickly to win his third straight decision in 2 hours, 25 minutes. ...

Maria moves to 2nd round

May 08, 2013

Maria moves to 2nd round

Maria Sharapova survived a sticky start to move into the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania. The Russian, who won the French Open on clay last year, brought a 16-match winning streak ...

May 08, 2013

Sanfrecce's Masuda released from hospital

Sanfrecce Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuya Masuda has been discharged from hospital after showing no worsening signs from a concussion suffered in Monday’s game at Omiya Ardija, his J. League first-division club said Tuesday. Making his J1 debut, Masuda collided head-to-head with Omiya forward Takamitsu Tomiyama ...

May 08, 2013

Uchimura chosen as JOC's top athlete at 2012 London Games

London Olympic men’s all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura was named the Japanese Olympic Committee’s most outstanding athlete of 2012 on Tuesday. Uchimura won the honor for the second straight year following a meeting of the JOC executive board. He became the first Japanese gymnast ...