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40 articles published/printed


Jun 03, 2013

JAL 787 is grounded by glitch in battery bay

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner scheduled to fly Sunday from Tokyo to Beijing experiences a problem with an air pressure sensor for its battery container, prompting JAL to use another aircraft for the flight.

Liberal hawks mum on U.S. intervention in Syria

Jun 03, 2013

Liberal hawks mum on U.S. intervention in Syria

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For interests on both sides of Syria’s civil war, the past two weeks have been the time to increase the pressure. Hezbollah sent reinforcements to the troops of President Bashar Assad, and Russia reiterated its intention to furnish the regime with weapons. At the ...

Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

Jun 03, 2013

Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to provide ¥100 billion in humanitarian and development assistance over five years to help stabilize Africa’s conflict-torn Sahel region. “The key to realizing peace and stability is the effort and will of Africa itself to solve conflicts. Japan ...

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

Jun 03, 2013

Tunisian leader touts investment opportunities

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Sunday invited Japan’s businesses to invest and play a major role in his country’s transition toward democracy and a free-market economy. Speaking at a roundtable meeting with Japanese corporate executives, Marzouki, who became head of state in 2011 after ...

Allies once again vow to be tough with North Korea

Jun 03, 2013

Allies once again vow to be tough with North Korea

Japan, the U.S. and South Korea have vowed again to work together to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development and other recent provocations. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin shared the view during talks ...

NATO takes up cyberdefense as threat grows

Jun 03, 2013

NATO takes up cyberdefense as threat grows

Defense ministers from NATO’s 28 member states meet on Tuesday with cybersecurity top of the agenda, amid concerns about the threat posed by increasing cyberattacks, many blamed on China. “The challenge evolves all the time, probably (much faster) than any other type of threat ...

Europe salutes hardy Martian scout

Jun 03, 2013

Europe salutes hardy Martian scout

Europe’s Mars Express was built on a relative shoestring, completed in just five years and designed to survive for just 687 days. Ten years on, after more than 12,000 swings around the red planet, it is still going strong. Along with NASA’s fleet of ...

Jun 03, 2013

Shale oil revolution touches Japan

The U.S. decision to permit liquefied natural gas exports to countries with which it has not concluded free trade agreements could have a huge impact on Japan.

Jun 03, 2013

Media artist awarded historic Venice Biennale prize

The jury of the 55th Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art fair, has given special mention to Koki Tanaka, the first time an artist in the Japanese pavilion has won an award since the fair’s inauguration in 1895. Tanaka’s work, “Abstract Speaking: Sharing ...

Nishikori to meet Nadal with quarterfinal spot on line

Jun 03, 2013

Nishikori to meet Nadal with quarterfinal spot on line

Kei Nishikori will meet seven-time champion Rafael Nadal in the last 16 of the French Open after the Spaniard beat Italian Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Nishikori earlier in the day had beaten local favorite Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1 ...

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

Jun 03, 2013

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

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Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima will be looking to make amends for a rare blunder and help guarantee Japan’s World Cup qualification for Brazil 2014 with a clean sheet in Tuesday’s Group B clash with Australia. Kawashima, one of the stars of Japan’s run to ...