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Crown Prince rubs elbows with fellow Japanese in Spain

Jun 12, 2013

Crown Prince rubs elbows with fellow Japanese in Spain

Crown Prince Naruhito has met in Madrid with a number of Japanese professionals based in Spain, including Etsuro Sotoo, chief sculptor at the World Heritage-listed Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. At a gathering Monday at the Madrid residence of Japan’s ambassador to Spain, the Crown ...

Obama in Bush surveillance territory

| Jun 12, 2013

Obama in Bush surveillance territory

by Greg Miller

For four years, President Barack Obama’s approach to counterterrorism has been defined by his embrace of paramilitary power — the drones and the commando teams whose ruthless pursuit of al-Qaida helped cripple the terrorist network through a global targeted killing campaign. Months into his ...

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

Jun 12, 2013

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

by Magdalena Osumi

Takara Tomy’s Triple Color Change Licca-chan doll, whose hair color changes with the temperature, won the girls’ toy category of the Japan Toy Prize on Tuesday, preceding the 52nd Annual International Toy Show that kicks off Thursday. “Licca-chan has always had an important place ...

Sony pulls back curtain on new PS4 console

Jun 12, 2013

Sony pulls back curtain on new PS4 console

Sony Corp. has given the world the first look at its new PlayStation 4 console, promising to combine its film, music, television and game strengths in a powerhouse home entertainment box. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Andrew House on Monday touted the next-generation video ...

Japan-U.S. drill to retake remote island kicks off

Jun 12, 2013

Japan-U.S. drill to retake remote island kicks off

The United States and Japan on Monday began a drill in California that simulates retaking remote islands using MV-22 Osprey aircraft for landing exercises, at the request of the U.S. military. It is the first time the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense forces have ...

Scholar finds archive details of '48 war criminal hangings

Jun 12, 2013

Scholar finds archive details of '48 war criminal hangings

An academic has found a copy of an official U.S. military document detailing the procedures to be followed at the 1948 execution of seven Japanese convicted as Class-A war criminals by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The original four-page document, titled ...

To friend, or not Facebook friend your boss?

Jun 12, 2013

To friend, or not Facebook friend your boss?

What would you do if you received a Facebook request to become a “friend” from your boss? Online harassment complaints linked to social-networking services, known as “social media harassment,” have recently been on the rise. A young company employee in his 20s who lives ...

Kikkoman aims to make global soy sauce splash

Jun 12, 2013

Kikkoman aims to make global soy sauce splash

Seasoning maker Kikkoman Corp. aims to achieve global soy sauce sales of 1 million kiloliters by 2020, a 2.5-fold jump from the current output of 420,000 kiloliters, officials said. Kikkoman this month marked the 40th anniversary of overseas soy sauce production, which began at ...

China astronauts blast off on 15-day mission

Jun 12, 2013

China astronauts blast off on 15-day mission

China successfully launched its longest-ever manned space mission — 15 days — on Tuesday, with the nation’s second female astronaut among the crew, in the next step for the ambitious space program, a symbol of the country’s growing might. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived ...

Lawmaker traces origin of IRS row to Cincinnati

Jun 12, 2013

Lawmaker traces origin of IRS row to Cincinnati

An Internal Revenue Service manager in Cincinnati singled out the first tea party case that prompted widespread targeting of conservative groups, and an agent from the same office developed the initial search criteria for the initiative, according to the House oversight committee’s top Democrat. ...

Jun 12, 2013

Softbank boosts Sprint takeover bid to $21.6 billion

Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it is jacking up its bid for Sprint Nextel to $21.6 billion, the latest twist in a high-stakes bid to trump a rival offer and grab a chunk of the lucrative U.S. mobile market. Softbank said in Tokyo it would ...

Jun 12, 2013

Mr. Obama's new security team

The two replacements to President Barack Obama's security team could well impact his decisions while underscoring women's roles in national security policy.

Jun 12, 2013

Maeda set to face Fighters in Sapporo

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda, who has been deactivated with an injured right side, has been cleared to return for a game against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Saturday at Sapporo Dome, Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura confirmed Tuesday. Nomura and pitching coach Yasuyuki ...