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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 ...

| May 29, 2013

Paul caused Del Negro's departure

by Sam Smith

The Los Angeles Clippers in 2012-13 had the best season in their franchise history, including their times in Buffalo and San Diego. They won a franchise-most 56 games, including 17 straight that was the best in the NBA in four years until the Heat ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Autobahn speed limit bid rankles

May 29, 2013

Autobahn speed limit bid rankles

by Michael Birnbaum

For many in this car-crazy nation, the freedom to hurtle down the famed autobahn at 190 kph or more is an inalienable right. Germany, one of the world’s top car producers, is alone among industrial countries in allowing drivers to decide for themselves how ...

May 29, 2013

Recovering lost pension records faces difficult road

The government is stepping up efforts to rectify the sloppy handling of pension records, aiming to make progress by the end of the current fiscal year. In the roughly six years that have passed since the loss of some 50.95 million pension records came ...

May 29, 2013

Wind power investors pivot to Africa

Giant turbines churning in the wind are a rare sight in Africa — but that won’t be the case for long. Until now the meager amounts of investment in African wind energy have predominantly come from governments and foreign donors. But experts say this ...

May 29, 2013

Japan, U.S. to up info-sharing on space debris

Japan and the United States have agreed to share information on the trajectories of rapidly moving space junk, including satellite and rocket fragments, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. “It is meaningful in that it represents a concrete case of progress in Japan-U.S. space ...

May 29, 2013

Last no-go zone designation in Fukushima lifted

The government lifted the last no-go zone designation in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday, more than 26 months after three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant suffered core meltdowns, but certain areas remain uninhabitable. In the town of Futaba, the last no-go zone ...

May 29, 2013

Nikkei reverses morning losses as yen weakens

Stocks staged a rebound Tuesday, buoyed by buybacks thanks to the yen’s weakness against the dollar and the euro. The Nikkei 225 rose 169.33 points, or 1.20 percent, to finish at 14,311.98. On Monday, the key market gauge plunged 469.80 points. The Topix gained ...