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Visa violators continue sit-in at Immigration

May 22, 2013

Visa violators continue sit-in at Immigration

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A sit-in by visa violators and their families entered its second day Tuesday in front of the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau with protesters seeking government good will. The action at the bureau in Minato Ward is being organized by the Asian People’s Friendship Society, ...

Yahoo unveils makeover of Flickr photo hosting site

May 22, 2013

Yahoo unveils makeover of Flickr photo hosting site

Reinvigorated technology player Yahoo on Monday unveiled a dusted-off design of its Flickr photo platform only hours after the company’s dramatic acquisition of blogging site Tumblr. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, maintaining her ambition was to make Flickr “awesome again,” said the new site will ...

Toyoda takes second in car race

May 22, 2013

Toyoda takes second in car race

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda took the steering wheel in the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race through Monday in western Germany, with his team finishing second in its class, the automaker said. Toyoda teamed with three professional drivers to race a Lexus LF-A in ...

Osaka takes plunge with canal pool

May 22, 2013

Osaka takes plunge with canal pool

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If an Osaka company has its way, getting roaring drunk and jumping, or falling, into Dotonbori Canal after either a Hanshin Tigers victory or a wild night out in neighboring Shinsaibashi will be less risky, healthwise, but it will no longer be free. That’s ...

Softbank to sell ¥400 billion in bonds

May 22, 2013

Softbank to sell ¥400 billion in bonds

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Softbank Corp. plans to sell ¥400 billion in bonds targeting individual investors to fund its $20.1 billion purchase of Sprint Nextel Corp. The mobile phone company will price the five-year notes to yield from 1.25 percent to 2.25 percent on June 3, according to ...

U.S., Chinese leaders to hold summit in June

May 22, 2013

U.S., Chinese leaders to hold summit in June

President Barack Obama will hold his first summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in California next month, with Sino-U.S. relations rattled by alleged cyberspying by Beijing and tensions in the Pacific. Obama will welcome Xi to the plush Sunnylands estate resort in Palm ...

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

May 22, 2013

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

Five people in their 70s to 90s from Fukui Prefecture have been chasing and collecting bees for more than half a century, contributing to the discovery of rare species. All five of the former teachers studied the life of bees under Fukui University professor ...

Tests don't end provocation pause: U.S.

May 22, 2013

Tests don't end provocation pause: U.S.

North Korea’s test-firings of six short-range projectiles in three days may not reflect a return to a pattern of provocations by Kim Jong Un’s regime, according to the U.S. military’s top spokesman. The launches don’t in themselves end a “provocation pause” and “do not ...

May 22, 2013

Yahoo's Tumblr deal carries risks, rewards

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Yahoo has concluded that Tumblr, the social blogging service, is worth a whopping $1.1 billion. Will the bet prove a good one? The answer depends on whether the combined company can turn its many millions of users into a interlocking set of services that ...

May 22, 2013

Researchers find high cesium in some Pacific plankton

Scientists said Tuesday they have detected radioactive cesium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in plankton collected from all 10 points in the Pacific they checked, with the highest levels at around 25 degrees north latitude and 150 degrees west longitude. Researchers from ...

Scores die in monster Oklahoma tornado

May 22, 2013

Scores die in monster Oklahoma tornado

A monstrous tornado at least 800 meters wide roars through Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, destroying an elementary school and killing at least 91 people, including at least 20 children.

May 22, 2013

China tapped Google server secrets

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Chinese hackers who breached Google's servers several years ago gained access to a sensitive database with years' worth of information about U.S. surveillance targets, according to current and former government officials.

May 22, 2013

Managing Mount Fuji's fame

Chances have increased that Mount Fuji will become a World Heritage site in June following an April 30 recommendation by a UNESCO panel. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) noted that the volcano is a national symbol of Japan and blends religious ...

May 22, 2013

Recovery only benefiting a few

The Cabinet Office on May 16 announced that Japan’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the January-March period increased 0.9 percent, or an annualized 3.5 percent, from the previous quarter. But ordinary households have yet to feel tangible benefits from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ...

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

May 22, 2013

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

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“Our imagination is stretched to the utmost,” wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, “not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things that are there.” Which is another way of saying that ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho tied

May 22, 2013

Kisenosato, Hakuho tied

Kisenosato improved to 10-0 for the first time in his career with victory over fellow ozeki Kotooshu at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Kisenosato is aiming to become the first Japanese since Tochiazuma in 2006 to win a title. Yokozuna Hakuho kept ...