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Miura calls it a day with Mount Everest

May 28, 2013

Miura calls it a day with Mount Everest

Famed alpinist and professional skier Yuichiro Miura, who defied age last week by climbing Mount Everest at 80, said Sunday in Katmandu that he will not attempt the mountain again. “Three times is enough,” Miura told a press conference called just hours after he ...

May 28, 2013

Japan, Singapore join to promote small businesses in Southeast Asia

Two major Japanese banks and the Singapore government concluded a deal Monday to help small and midsize Japanese businesses operate in Southeast Asia. The state-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Mizuho Corporate Bank and Spring Singapore, an agency controlled by Singapore’s Ministry of Trade ...

May 28, 2013

Government to subsidize research on inspection robots

The government will promote the development of robots for inspecting tunnels, bridges and other infrastructure to efficiently maintain such aging structures, people familiar with the matter said. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will provide subsidies to companies and institutions engaged in developing ...

Kenya had to free London suspect after 2010 arrest

May 28, 2013

Kenya had to free London suspect after 2010 arrest

One of the suspects in the brutal murder of a soldier in Britain was arrested in Kenya three years ago and questioned over alleged links to Islamist insurgents, the Kenyan government confirmed Sunday. Michael Adebolajo was detained in 2010 but was handed over to ...

| May 28, 2013

Iraqi Shiites take up arms for Syrian government

by Abigail Hauslohner

The Iraqi fighters in the video shoulder assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as they walk down a highway lined with cypress trees. Grinning, some hold up cellphones and camcorders to capture the moment — the aftermath of a victorious battle to secure Aleppo Airport ...

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

| May 28, 2013

Tokyo's Koreatown emerged from the flow of bilateral ties

by Jun Hongo

Diplomatic friction between Tokyo and Seoul over territorial and historical disputes is making headlines once again, and Tokyo’s right-wing protesters know just where to go to get in the face of its Korean residents: Koreatown in Shinjuku Ward’s Shin-Okubo district. Following are some questions ...

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

May 28, 2013

Plastic surgery craze takes dangerous turn

South Korea’s obsession with plastic surgery is shifting from standard eye and nose jobs to embrace a radical surgical procedure that requires months of often painful recovery. A stream of celebrities boast on TV shows how it gave them a “new life,” while advertisements ...

Online signing making life easier

May 28, 2013

Online signing making life easier

by Asako Takaguchi

An Internet-based sign language service launched by a university student a few years ago is finding its way into hotels, restaurants and other public places. The service works by allowing a hearing-impaired person at, say, a shoe store, to “speak” to an interpreter via ...

Storm brews over right-wing bids for control of newspaper group

May 28, 2013

Storm brews over right-wing bids for control of newspaper group

With a sale likely of a prominent group of U.S. newspapers, the interest of a potential buyer tied to right-wing causes has galvanized opponents fearing the dailies could become political tools. The Tribune Co. dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun ...

South Korea unimpressed with Pyongyang's dialogue offer

May 28, 2013

South Korea unimpressed with Pyongyang's dialogue offer

South Korea on Monday brushed off an apparent offer by North Korea to resume nuclear disarmament talks, and chided Pyongyang for a recent personal attack on President Park Geun-hye. “Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said of the offer ...

Moon may harbor alien minerals

May 28, 2013

Moon may harbor alien minerals

Minerals found in craters on the moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the satellite’s innards exposed by such impacts, a study said Sunday. The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, cast doubt on the ...