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Support for Abe Cabinet slides to 70.9%: poll

May 20, 2013

Support for Abe Cabinet slides to 70.9%: poll

Public support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has weakened but remains strong at 70.9 percent, compared with 72.1 percent last month, a Kyodo News survey said Sunday. It was the fourth time the Cabinet’s rating has topped 70 percent in the ...

The rifleman: behind assault weapons' rise

May 20, 2013

The rifleman: behind assault weapons' rise

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Rene Carlos Vos, an arms dealer in Alexandria, Virginia, began hanging around the Washington headquarters of the National Rifle Association in the mid-1980s. The NRA’s staff were intrigued to see the garrulous, back-slapping Vos in the group’s seventh-floor suite, home to its lobbying operation ...

Sri Lanka sexes up Ceylon tea's image

May 20, 2013

Sri Lanka sexes up Ceylon tea's image

A hot cup of Ceylon tea is better known as being soothing and relaxing, but Sri Lanka is now marketing its most profitable export as a luxury boost for the libido. The tea industry is increasingly plugging Ceylon’s supposed aphrodisiac qualities in a bid ...

Rice planted in former no-go zone

May 20, 2013

Rice planted in former no-go zone

Farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district once designated a no-go zone because of radioactive fallout ejected by the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Facebook playing catch-up a year after flawed IPO

May 20, 2013

Facebook playing catch-up a year after flawed IPO

After a market debut marred by technical glitches and a deep dive in the company’s stock price, Facebook has spent the past year focused on its biggest weaknesses: how to make money and keep its more than 1 billion users tethered to the social ...

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

May 20, 2013

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

India says all issues will be “on the table,” including a recent border spat and a festering trade imbalance, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the South Asian giant, which started Sunday. At the same time, New Delhi thinks “very highly” of Li’s ...

Groundwork being laid for rise of fuel cell cars

May 20, 2013

Groundwork being laid for rise of fuel cell cars

Japan is gearing up to launch fuel cell vehicles as the next-generation of environmentally safer cars. Oil distributors have started to establish hydrogen station networks, while the government is set to provide financial assistance and is considering deregulation to make it easier to set ...

High school teams from Hyogo, Nara win U.N. negotiating awards

May 20, 2013

High school teams from Hyogo, Nara win U.N. negotiating awards

Two high schools won awards Saturday for their efforts at the Global Classrooms International Model U.N. Conference, which assembled nearly 2,500 students from 23 countries to discuss global issues in a simulation of real U.N. sessions, the organizer said. Nada High School in Hyogo ...

Amari wants wage talks with bigwigs

May 20, 2013

Amari wants wage talks with bigwigs

Economic revitalization minister Akira Amari revealed Sunday that he plans to open talks with national labor and management representatives on how to convince companies to raise wages. Amari said on a TV program that improved corporate earnings resulting from “Abenomics,” the moniker for the ...

May 20, 2013

Tsuruga reactor's active fault

The identification of a geological fracture zone beneath a Tsuruga nuclear plant reactor as an active fault may force the decommissioning of the reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

May 20, 2013

Avoiding food allergy tragedies

The death of an 11-year-old female Chofu (Tokyo) student in December 2012 prompts the education ministry to set up a panel to consider how to prevent such accidents.

Yokohama captures first-ever bj-league title

May 20, 2013

Yokohama captures first-ever bj-league title

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One team’s quest for a first title has ended. The other team’s fight will continue next season. The Yokohama B-Corsairs outplayed the Rizing Fukuoka in Sunday’s bj-league championship game, controlling the tempo for larger stretches and making enough timely baskets to fill an instructional ...

Captain Kabaya picks up MVP award

May 20, 2013

Captain Kabaya picks up MVP award

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Masayuki Kabaya, the Yokohama B-Corsairs captain, knocked down five 3-pointers — all five attempts — in a mesmerizing 35-point performance that had fans from both teams dropping their jaws in astonishment. Kabaya was named the playoff MVP after helping Yokohama capture its first championship, ...

Hakuho flattens Aran to kick off second week

May 20, 2013

Hakuho flattens Aran to kick off second week

Hakuho kicked off the second week of action with another swashbuckling win to keep his unblemished record intact, mowing down Russian Aran at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. The yokozuna, who inched closer in his bid for his 25th career title, is ...

Tigers outlast Lions in interleague slugfest

May 20, 2013

Tigers outlast Lions in interleague slugfest

The Hanshin Tigers beat the Seibu Lions 10-5 on Sunday in a battle of pitching aces that saw precious little quality from the mound. Tigers ace Atsushi Nomi (4-2) allowed a season-high five runs in five innings, but that was enough to win his ...