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55 articles published/printed


Storm chasers ride the winds undaunted by danger

May 29, 2013

Storm chasers ride the winds undaunted by danger

by Carol Morello

Officials expect that the killer tornado that leveled parts of Moore, Oklahoma, last week will turn out to be the most destructive in American history, but none of that damage, it appears, will be to the storm-chasing business. Hundreds of amateur storm chasers live ...

Britain examines why two gang members turned to jihad

May 29, 2013

Britain examines why two gang members turned to jihad

by Jamie Doward

Clutching a placard protesting at a “Crusade against Muslims,” Adebolajo was a striking figure. Dressed in immaculate white robes, the young man’s imposing physical presence made him stand out from the other protesters. It was 2007 and Adebolajo was protesting outside Paddington Green police ...

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

May 29, 2013

Sony lab offers a peek into the future

by Kazuaki Nagata

A miniature rotor craft controlled through a head-mounted display and Lego blocks manipulated with a PlayStation controller: These were just a couple of examples of new ideas and creativity on display last week at a two-day open house held by Sony Computer Science Laboratories ...

Fears dog China's rising middle class

May 29, 2013

Fears dog China's rising middle class

With two cars, foreign holidays and a cook for their apartment, one Beijing family epitomizes the new middle class created by China’s decades of rapid economic growth — and its resulting worries. Li Na, 42, a caterer at the capital’s zoo, and her husband, ...

Missing kids found safe after night on mountain

May 29, 2013

Missing kids found safe after night on mountain

Two sixth-graders from the city of Osaka were found safe Tuesday after they strayed away from a school outing on a mountain the previous day. The boy and girl, both from Joei Gakuen Elementary School, reportedly got separated from their group Monday while hiking ...

Education panel touts more global approach

May 29, 2013

Education panel touts more global approach

by Masaaki Kameda

A government education panel submitted a report Tuesday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urging the nation’s universities to be outward-looking in order to foster global talent among Japanese. Abe in return vowed to work to give Japanese universities the competitive edge they need by ...

U.S. scientists wage war on stink bugs

May 29, 2013

U.S. scientists wage war on stink bugs

by Darryl Fears

It was an absolutely false claim, but totally believable. Early this year, a few news organizations reported that the brown marmorated stink bug was at the top of an Agriculture Department most-unwanted list, the nation’s No. 1 invasive species of interest, the most-wanted fugitive ...

Nagasaki youths key to hibakusha message: mayor

May 29, 2013

Nagasaki youths key to hibakusha message: mayor

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue on Sunday told high school students gathering signatures calling for the abolishment of nuclear weapons to listen to the voices of the atomic-bombing survivors and convey their messages to future generations. “I want you to listen to the stories of ...

Weaker yen helps, hurts travel industry

May 29, 2013

Weaker yen helps, hurts travel industry

The weak yen has impacted the nation’s travel industry both positively and negatively, with the number of foreign travelers to Japan rising but the number of Japanese traveling abroad falling. Foreign visitors to Japan in January-April jumped 18.0 percent from a year earlier to ...

May 29, 2013

Japan retains status as top creditor nation

Japan kept its position as the world’s largest creditor nation for the 22nd straight year in 2012, government data showed Tuesday, as the dollar’s gains helped inflate the value of overseas assets. Tokyo was followed by mainland China and Germany in the ranking, which ...

May 29, 2013

Mayor's spin deepens suspicions

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's attempt to spin his earlier remarks about Japan's wartime sex slave system deepens suspicions about his fitness for public office.

Hoashi, Hawks whip Giants

May 29, 2013

Hoashi, Hawks whip Giants

by Jason Coskrey

Kazuyuki Hoashi essentially replaced Toshiya Sugiuchi last season when he joined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Sugiuchi left to suit up for the Yomiuri Giants. After a frustrating first season in Fukuoka, Hoashi turned in his best performance in a Hawks uniform on Tuesday ...

May 29, 2013

Niigata dumps Coach of Year

by Ed Odeven

Matt Garrison, the 2012-13 bj-league Coach of the Year, has not been retained for next season. The Niigata Albirex BB made the announcement on Monday, eight days after the team’s season ended. Albirex GM Manabu Kosuge and Garrison met early last week after the ...

May 29, 2013

Rider Matsushita dies during Isle of Man qualifying

Motorcyclist Yoshinari Matsushita was killed during qualifying at the Isle of Man TT, event organizers announced on Tuesday. The 43-year-old Tyco Suzuki rider died after an incident late on Monday at Ballacrye on the north of the island, which lies in the Irish Sea ...