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May 28, 2013

Record nickel exports add to glut: Sumitomo

Nickel exports may climb to a record this year because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus hasn’t spurred demand in the world’s third-biggest user of the metal, adding to a global glut, the country’s top producer said. Exports will rise 10 percent from a year ...

New bid to spruce up 'miracle pine'

May 28, 2013

New bid to spruce up 'miracle pine'

Work started Monday to modify the appearance of the preserved “miracle pine” that withstood the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, after the public complained that it looked wrong. The tree, the only one still standing out of a coastal grove of ...

Serbia reburies last Yugoslav king with honors

May 28, 2013

Serbia reburies last Yugoslav king with honors

Yugoslavia’s last king, Peter II Karadjordjevic, who fled the Nazi occupation of his country just days after being proclaimed monarch at the age of 17, was reburied with state honors in Serbia on Sunday. Serbian dignitaries joined hundreds of royalists who turned out for ...

Kerry pushes West Bank development plan

May 28, 2013

Kerry pushes West Bank development plan

Hoping to use economic promise as a bridge to a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced an estimated $4 billion development proposal for the West Bank on Sunday that he said could cut the 21 percent unemployment ...

Sandy's legacy: better hurricane forecasting

May 28, 2013

Sandy's legacy: better hurricane forecasting

With hurricane season just a week away and a very active season predicted by meteorologists, thoughts are on what happened last year, when a tropical cyclone named Sandy raced north from the Caribbean, hung a sharp left off the mid-Atlantic coast and smashed into ...

Matsuyama books U.S. Open berth with qualifying win

May 28, 2013

Matsuyama books U.S. Open berth with qualifying win

Hideki Matsuyama, who has already won a domestic tournament after turning pro last month, finished atop the leaderboard on Monday by four strokes in the Japanese final regional qualifier for a spot in next month’s U.S. Open. The 21-year-old, who won the Tsuruya Open ...

May 28, 2013

Senator advises FCC be wary of Son's Sprint bid

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to “take a very careful look” at Softbank Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Sprint Nextel Corp., citing cybersecurity concerns. Softbank is “a Japanese company with alleged ties to China, the country that is currently the leading source ...

May 28, 2013

Stocks in 'adjustment phase': Suga

Japanese stocks have apparently entered an “adjustment phase,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday, referring to the sharp drops in the stock market recently. But Suga also said the economy “has been recovering steadily.” The benchmark Nikkei stock index has been swinging wildly ...

May 28, 2013

Nishikori urges Japanese to go to U.S.

Kei Nishikori has told his Japanese compatriots that they should follow in his footsteps and blaze a trail to the United States if they want to reach tennis’ top 20. The 23-year-old Nishikori is at a career-high 15 in the world, a dizzy climb ...

| May 28, 2013

When can you fight a job transfer?

by Masako Suzuki

A foreign reader writes: “My husband is working for a company that has branches in Shinagawa, Narita and Ibaraki. He used to work at the Shinagawa branch, and then he was forced to move to the Narita branch. “The owner of the company only ...

May 28, 2013

Scientific food rules would help Japan: lobbyist

The new sanitary and phytosanitary standards being proposed by the United States are a stumbling block in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks but will be positive for Japan, a U.S. meat lobby says. Asked whether U.S. agricultural groups want stronger sanitary rules than those set ...

May 28, 2013

Tokyo raps Li's remarks on Senkakus

The government Monday criticized Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for his comment that Japan had “stolen” islets claimed by Beijing in the East China Sea. “That remark ignores history. (Japan) can never accept it,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters, in the latest flare-up ...

May 28, 2013

Ospreys keeping to rules: ministry

The Defense Ministry said Monday that the U.S. military has not broken any operational rules the two countries set for flying the MV-22 Osprey, countering Okinawa’s claims they are flying too low and outside the designated hours. The ministry concluded that “there were no ...

May 28, 2013

Fujikawa headed to DL again

Chicago Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is likely headed to the disabled list for the second time this season after he left Sunday’s 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds with soreness in his right forearm. The former Hanshin Tigers closer had just been activated on ...

May 28, 2013

Hashimoto's remarks 'shameful': South Korean foreign minister

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Monday rapped Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s latest remarks on the Imperial Japanese military’s wartime brothels as “embarrassing and shameful.” “By making such remarks, Japan will be further isolated in the international community,” Yun said at a news ...

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

May 28, 2013

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

“Like Father, Like Son,” directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, received the Prix du Jury at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday. It was the first Japanese film to receive an award in the competition division since Naomi Kawase’s “The Mourning Forest,” which won ...