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Sharp sniffs profit via LCDs for Samsung

May 15, 2013

Sharp sniffs profit via LCDs for Samsung

Sharp Corp. forecast its first annual profit in three years as Japan’s largest maker of liquid-crystal displays expects orders to recover after signing a deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Net income may be ¥5 billion in the year that started April 1, compared with ...

Monju: Generating only misfortune

| May 15, 2013

Monju: Generating only misfortune

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The troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor made headlines again when the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it apparently plans to ensure the facility remains idled after announcing that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency failed to properly inspect some 10,000 components, including critical ones. Following are ...

EU-U.S. trade deal faces raft of challenges

| May 15, 2013

EU-U.S. trade deal faces raft of challenges

Supporters of a U.S.-European free-trade deal have begun damping expectations about its immediate benefits amid a series of emerging disputes that could complicate the creation of the world’s largest trade zone. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron met Monday and affirmed ...

Omotesando cafe's stationery theme worth taking note of

May 15, 2013

Omotesando cafe's stationery theme worth taking note of

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Quirky, theme-based cafes have in recent years been part of the Tokyo landscape, including those featuring cats, young girls sporting sexy fantasy “maid” garb, and even “rakugo” comic storytelling. In the trendy Omotesando district is one stocked with stationery, ranging from colored pencils to ...

Syria forum  prompts guarded optimism

May 15, 2013

Syria forum prompts guarded optimism

President Barack Obama and visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed limited optimism Monday that an upcoming international conference on Syria will lead to a political solution to its civil war. “I’m not promising that it’s going to be successful,” Obama said at a ...

Chinese prostitutes 'routinely extorted, abused'

May 15, 2013

Chinese prostitutes 'routinely extorted, abused'

Police raids on brothels in China have a pattern, sex workers say, often occurring a few days ahead of politically sensitive events or whenever someone in government orders an antipornography campaign to please the leadership. It is during these times, the workers say, that ...

Food producers eye Islamic market

May 15, 2013

Food producers eye Islamic market

Japanese food-makers are increasingly seeking halal certification for their products, with the global Islamic population forecast to grow from 1.6 billion at present to more than 2 billion by 2030. Halal, an Arabic word meaning “permissible,” is used to designate foods that comply with ...

IRS conservative scandal snowballs

May 15, 2013

IRS conservative scandal snowballs

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by ...

Electric car market hits rocky road as initial optimism fades

May 15, 2013

Electric car market hits rocky road as initial optimism fades

The road has gotten bumpier for electric cars. Coda Automotive, one of what had been a promising crop of electric car startups, filed for bankruptcy protection this month, and said it would reorganize around the electric storage market. High-end electric car maker Fisker Automotive, ...

Builders see boost before '14 tax hike

May 15, 2013

Builders see boost before '14 tax hike

Major homebuilders expect their sales and profits to rise in fiscal 2013, which ends next March, thanks to a projected surge in housing demand ahead of a planned consumption tax hike next April. Rush demand ahead of the tax hike and housing loan rates ...

China's cyberspies outwit model for James Bond's Q

May 15, 2013

China's cyberspies outwit model for James Bond's Q

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Among defense contractors, QinetiQ North America is known for spy-world connections and an eye-popping product line. Its contributions to national security include secret satellites, drones and software used by U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Former CIA Director George Tenet was ...

Nine women register with Japan's first 'ovum bank'

May 15, 2013

Nine women register with Japan's first 'ovum bank'

Nine women have registered with Japan’s first “ovum bank” to donate their eggs to help infertile women, paving the way for fertility treatment to begin within the year at the earliest, a private group said Monday. The Oocyte Donation Network, which offers support for ...

May 15, 2013

Nationalism will undermine Japan

The prime minister's remarks about Yasukuni Shrine as well as his attitude toward the nation's past "aggression" threaten to undermine international trust in Japan.

Kids love park life in the summer

| May 15, 2013

Kids love park life in the summer

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At long last, warm weather has arrived, which means more playtime in Tokyo’s parks — from your scrappy, local patch of dirt to the manicured opulence of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. My family’s favorite is Yoyogi Park. While not the most pristine public space ...

Marines rally for 10th victory in 11 games

May 15, 2013

Marines rally for 10th victory in 11 games

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The Chiba Lotte Marines established themselves as the top team in the Pacific League during the first portion of the PL schedule. Opening night of the interleague season revealed manager Tsutomu Ito’s club might be aiming a little higher than that. Shunichi Nemoto hit ...

Pavlicevic leaving Shimane to coach in NBL

May 15, 2013

Pavlicevic leaving Shimane to coach in NBL

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After three seasons in charge, Zeljko Pavlicevic is leaving the Shimane Susanoo Magic. The bj-league team, which reached the Western Conference playoff semifinals for the first time last week, made a formal announcement on Monday. Pavlicevic has accepted an offer to coach an NBL ...

Myogiryu no match for Hakuho

May 15, 2013

Myogiryu no match for Hakuho

Hakuho manhandled upset-minded Myogiryu while fellow yokozuna Harumafuji got back on track after the previous day’s defeat, albeit a jittery win over Kitataiki on the third day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Hakuho leads a pack of 10 wrestlers in the ...

| May 15, 2013

Stern in tough spot regarding Kings

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They have called David Stern “King David” around the NBA at times, though quietly when he was nearby. It’s been a successful reign for Stern, who said he will step down next February as commissioner. But Stern may need the wisdom of King Solomon ...

Nash reflects on Toyama's success this season

May 15, 2013

Nash reflects on Toyama's success this season

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Toyama Grouses coach Bob Nash guided his team to its first winning season, and that’s something the franchise, which began play in the fall of 2006, can consider a major accomplishment. Call it a big step in the right direction. The Grouses, who went ...