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63 articles published/printed


'Abenomics' turns Japan into global investor target

May 18, 2013

'Abenomics' turns Japan into global investor target

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Investors are more confident in a Japanese leader than any time since at least September 2010, with optimism about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies exceeding that for counterparts in the U.S., Europe and China. The number of respondents who are more optimistic than pessimistic ...

JGB yield spikes raise alarm bells

May 18, 2013

JGB yield spikes raise alarm bells

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Is it a sign of a full-fledged economic recovery or a looming catastrophe in the monetary making? Recent spikes in Japan’s long-term interest rate, represented by the 10-year government bond, have created a stir and roused a deep sense of alarm among investors and ...

May 18, 2013

JAEA head quits over Monju ills

The president of the state-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency resigned Friday over the body’s failure to properly inspect the troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, science and technology minister Hakubun Shimomura said. Shimomura told reporters that he had accepted Atsuyuki Suzuki’s ...

May 18, 2013

Resona in Malaysian bank tieup for Asian expansion

Resona Holdings Inc., the nation’s fifth-largest bank by market value, is poised to tie up with Malaysia’s Public Bank Bhd. as part of its efforts to expand in Asia. Resona will sign an agreement with Malaysia’s third-biggest lender on Monday to serve Japanese companies ...

In reversal, man claims Jackson long abused him

May 18, 2013

In reversal, man claims Jackson long abused him

An Australian choreographer alleged Thursday that Michael Jackson sexually abused him for seven years as a child, a claim the late singer’s estate described as “outrageous and sad.” Wade Robson — who testified at Jackson’s infamous 2005 molestation trial that the star never touched ...

Proposed fracking rules hit by green, oil groups

May 18, 2013

Proposed fracking rules hit by green, oil groups

The Obama administration drew sharp criticism from environmental and oil industry groups Thursday when it issued a new draft of regulations for fracking on federal and Indian lands. Environmental groups said the new draft provides weaker water protections than a version the Interior Department ...

Skateboarders fight to save famed London spot

May 18, 2013

Skateboarders fight to save famed London spot

Skateboarders soar out of the concrete bowl beneath London’s Southbank Center, as they have done for the past 40 years, while spectators drink beer and hip-hop beats stoke up the party atmosphere. But this is no party — it is a protest. These knights ...

May 18, 2013

Game maker GungHo blows by rivals

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GungHo Online Entertainment Inc.’s presence on the stock market has been growing rapidly on the growth of its monstrously popular smartphone game “Puzzle and Dragons.” After starting the year at ¥84,200, GungHo’s stock price had climbed to ¥1.26 million at Friday’s close on the ...

Boston suspect called victims 'collateral damage' for wars overseas

May 18, 2013

Boston suspect called victims 'collateral damage' for wars overseas

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims “collateral damage” for U.S. action in Afghanistan and Iraq, local media reported Thursday. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev also scribbled on the ...

LDP wants more might for SDF, and Ospreys

May 18, 2013

LDP wants more might for SDF, and Ospreys

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The Liberal Democratic Party called Friday for a more muscular role for the Self-Defense Forces in defending Japan and fulfilling the nation’s responsibility as a U.S. ally. In its draft proposal for a 10-year defense outline, the party’s Defense and Security Committee says the ...

Minds traumatized by disaster heal themselves

May 18, 2013

Minds traumatized by disaster heal themselves

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One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit on Boxing Day 2004. The resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of the Indian Ocean coastline and left an estimated quarter of a million people dead across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Aid agencies quickly arrived ...

May 18, 2013

Fish milt used to glean rare earths

Japanese researchers said Friday they have found a better, cheaper way to smelt rare earth metals by using salmon milt, or sperm. Rare earth ores can contain several of the 17 metals considered essential to manufacturing motors, phone parts and other high-tech products, but ...

Melting glaciers account for a third of sea-level rise: study

May 18, 2013

Melting glaciers account for a third of sea-level rise: study

Water from the world’s shrinking glaciers was responsible for almost a third of the rise in sea levels between 2003 and 2009, new research showed Thursday. A study published in the journal Science revealed that researchers had analyzed data gleaned from two NASA satellites ...

May 18, 2013

Shut Monju down permanently

The Abe government should give up on the trouble-plagued Monju fast-breeder reactor project after the Nuclear Regulation Authority cited safety management problems.

May 18, 2013

Alleviate Okinawa's burden

Forty-one years after Okinawa reverted from U.S. administration to Japan, Okinawans are not happy about the U.S. military presence or Japan-China territorial tensions.

Chinese director tests limits with 'Touch of Sin'

May 18, 2013

Chinese director tests limits with 'Touch of Sin'

Disgusted by corrupt local leaders, an angry miner picks up a shotgun. A migrant worker returning home looks to armed robbery to escape a life of relentless bleakness. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is driven to the limit when a gangster tries to ...

Abe powers Giants past Lions

May 18, 2013

Abe powers Giants past Lions

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It takes a lot to stop the Yomiuri Giants once they get on a roll. A whole lot more than Ryoma Nogami and the Seibu Lions had Friday night. Shinnosuke Abe put the Giants ahead with a three-run home run in the third inning, ...

Beckham's impact was immense

| May 18, 2013

Beckham's impact was immense

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The England coach was pulling away after a training session when suddenly David Beckham asked the driver to stop. Beckham stepped out of the coach and signed autographs for two fans he had missed earlier. Sometimes it is the small things that define a ...

Hakuho improves to 6-0

May 18, 2013

Hakuho improves to 6-0

Hakuho motored ahead with a sixth win and Harumafuji posted a morale-boosting victory to get his stuttering campaign to prove his worth as a yokozuna back on track on the sixth day of action at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho, seeking ...

May 18, 2013

Striker Wilson to complete suspension this weekend

Vegalta Sendai striker Wilson will serve out the remainder of his two-match ban for Saturday’s away game to Yokohama F. Marinos after being sent off in the Asian Champions League, the J. League said Friday. Wilson was handed the ban by the Asian Football ...