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Jun 15, 2013

Reconstruction official canned, blasted for tweets

by Kazuaki Nagata

Disaster victims and Diet lawmakers vented their outrage Friday over disparaging comments by a senior Reconstruction Agency official via his Twitter account that got him the sack. Yasuhisa Mizuno, 45, who had been in charge of helping Fukushima residents affected by the March 2011 ...

Saving rescuers prioritized post-3/11

Jun 15, 2013

Saving rescuers prioritized post-3/11

When the quake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, struck northeast Japan, the lives of 367 first responders — police, firefighters and district welfare workers — were lost in the three worst-affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Among them was Takafumi Momma, 35, ...

Jun 15, 2013

Aussie 'bush' killer given life sentence

A man who eluded police for seven years by living in the harsh Australian bush was Friday sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders that prompted his life on the run. Malcolm Naden, the nation’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in ...

Host suspended for asking Gillard if her lover is gay

Jun 15, 2013

Host suspended for asking Gillard if her lover is gay

An Australian radio presenter has been suspended after pressing embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard on air whether Tim Mathieson, her hairdresser boyfriend, is gay, and colleagues rushed to her defense Friday. The startling exchange came with Gillard’s Labor Party far behind in the polls ...

Jun 15, 2013

Dish's Ergen deals blow to Softbank's Sprint bid

In the battle of billionaires trying to enter the U.S. wireless market, Dish Network Corp.’s Charlie Ergen has won a round against SoftBank Corp.’s Masayoshi Son. Clearwire Corp.’s board endorsed Dish’s $4.40-a-share bid for the company this week, spurning an offer by its majority ...

Jun 15, 2013

Erdogan talks with demonstrators

Turkish protest leaders held emergency talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday night after demonstrators rejected his “last warning” to evacuate an Istanbul park at the center of mass antigovernment demos. With tensions mounting, Taksim Solidarity representatives traveled to Ankara for late-night talks ...

Jun 15, 2013

Harper aide faces criminal probe

A Canadian Senate spending scandal turned into a criminal investigation Thursday as police reviewed a payment to a delinquent senator by the prime minister’s former chief of staff. Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s right-hand man, resigned suddenly last month after revealing he paid ...

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

Jun 15, 2013

Choppers, phones, tablets steal scene at Tokyo Toy Show

A toy helicopter created from cannibalized smartphones was among the main attractions Friday at the International Tokyo Toy Show, where producers were targeting the young as well as the young-at-heart. The motor that makes a telephone vibrate powers the rotor blades of the Nano-Falcon, ...

Jun 15, 2013

Tsushima to seek return of Buddhist statue in South Korea

The mayor of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has vowed to directly ask South Korea to return a Buddhist statue that he claims is the property of a temple on the island. In an interview Wednesday, Yasunari Takarabe said he will submit a petition seeking ...

Jun 15, 2013

Insurance OK'd for artificial breasts

A health ministry panel has approved a system that will enable cancer patients to receive public insurance coverage for artificial breasts from next month. The move will reduce the financial burden on patients undergoing radical mastectomies since the government would shoulder 70 percent of ...

Argentine ex-President Menem given seven years for arms smuggling

Jun 15, 2013

Argentine ex-President Menem given seven years for arms smuggling

Former President Carlos Menem on Thursday was sentenced to seven years in prison for organizing contraband arms shipments to Croatia and Ecuador during his tenure. Menem, 82, who currently serves as a senator, is due to begin serving his sentence immediately, the president of ...

Jun 15, 2013

Antarctic ice is melting from below

Warming ocean waters are melting the Antarctic ice shelves from the bottom up, researchers said Thursday in the first comprehensive study of the thick platforms of floating ice. Scientists have long known that basal melt, the melting of ice shelves from underneath, was taking ...

Jun 15, 2013

Gene-patent case unlikely to harm biotech: experts

by Paul Handley

The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection Thursday of natural DNA patent protection could hurt biotech companies, but specialists said it left enough safeguards for the industry to keep innovating. The court ruled that Myriad Genetics Inc., which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for ...

Clinton re-enters limelight, plans charitable work — for now

Jun 15, 2013

Clinton re-enters limelight, plans charitable work — for now

In her first major public appearance since stepping down as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced key pillars of President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda Thursday and said she will strive to act as an envoy between businesses, nonprofit entities and the federal government. ...

Jun 15, 2013

Energy report skips nuclear phase-out

Japan’s annual energy report released Friday barely refers to the fact that the previous government upheld a goal to phase out nuclear power in the 2030s, reflecting the pro-nuclear stance of the current government. The latest Energy White Paper covers a period between last ...

Jun 15, 2013

BOJ urged to set easing time limit

The Bank of Japan should specify a two-year limit for its unprecedented monetary easing experiment to help quell bond-market volatility, according to one of the central bank’s board members. BOJ minutes released in Tokyo Friday show that the suggestion was made by the unidentified ...

Jun 15, 2013

Honda to recall 455,000 vehicles

Honda Motor Co. will recall a combined 455,029 vehicles in 12 models, including the popular N Box minicar, to fix transmission and braking system problems. In two reports filed Thursday with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Honda said the five models ...

Jun 15, 2013

First external Toyota board directors OK'd

Shareholders of Toyota Motor Corp. approved the appointment of three people, including former General Motors Vice President Mark Hogan, as its first-ever outside board directors at an annual general meeting of its shareholders Friday. The other two are former National Tax Agency Commissioner Haruhiko ...

Jun 15, 2013

Bahrain swoops on radical group

Bahrain announced Thursday the arrest of leading members of the radical Shiite opposition February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, an influential clandestine cybergroup accused of links to Iran. The group has been the main driving force behind a Shiite-led uprising that began in 2011 to ...

Jun 15, 2013

Japan to lose top life expectancy spot to H.K. by '45: U.N.

Japan, which has held the top spot for the world’s longest living citizens, is expected to be surpassed by Hong Kong in 2045, according to projections in a U.N. population report released on Thursday. “It is notable that Japan certainly came from behind during ...

Przewalski's horses roam China's plains again

Jun 15, 2013

Przewalski's horses roam China's plains again

In the harsh desert steppe of far northwestern China, five prehistoric-looking Przewalski’s horses, once classified as extinct in the wild, emerge from the endless plains. The horses — named after a Russian officer and explorer who spotted them around 1880 — bear a striking ...

Jun 15, 2013

World-ranging alga tops human DNA size

A single-celled organism visible only under a microscope is one of the most successful life forms on the planet. So say scientists who have published the DNA code of an ocean alga called Emiliania huxleyi, whose astonishing adaptability enables it to thrive in waters ...

Jun 15, 2013

Getting U.S.-China relations right

The U.S.-Chinese summit boiled down to Beijing seeking respect as a great power and Washington wanting Beijing to take more "responsibility" as a great power.

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Enjoy a Zimbabwe lecture-concert combo

A lecture and concert related to Zimbabwe will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Nagoya on Saturday. The lecture, to be conducted in English, covers the culture and social problems of the country. Zimbabwean sweets will be served during the concert. ...

Japan eying Brazil upset in Confederations Cup opener

Jun 15, 2013

Japan eying Brazil upset in Confederations Cup opener

Japan will be the first one to say how good Brazil is, especially after being thrashed by the five-time world champions 4-0 in October. But that doesn’t mean it thinks Brazil are invincible. “We saw the France game,” Japan captain Makoto Hasebe said on ...

Marines beat BayStars to halt four-game skid

Jun 15, 2013

Marines beat BayStars to halt four-game skid

Right-hander Yuki Karakawa allowed a run in six innings to pitch the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines to a 3-1 interleague victory over the Yokohama BayStars on Friday. Karakawa (4-4) gave up six hits and issued two walks, both to Japan home run leader ...

IAAF denies Kiryu share of junior world record

Jun 15, 2013

IAAF denies Kiryu share of junior world record

The Japan Association of Athletics Federation said Friday that the International Association of Athletics Federations has decided not to recognize Yoshihide Kiryu as joint junior world-record holder in the 100 meters. The JAAF was informed Thursday that Kiryu’s 10.01-second time on April 29 would ...

Olympic champ Yonemitsu to miss wrestling worlds

Jun 15, 2013

Olympic champ Yonemitsu to miss wrestling worlds

Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, who won the London Olympic gold medal in men’s 66-kg freestyle wrestling, will be unable to compete at the world championships in September, the Japan Wrestling Federation said Friday. Yonemitsu had been slated to take part in the All-Japan Selection Championships this ...

Pens ink Malkin to $76 mil. extension

Jun 15, 2013

Pens ink Malkin to $76 mil. extension

Russian center Evgeni Malkin has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension worth $76 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the club announced Thursday. The deal begins with the 2014-15 campaign and runs through the end of the 2021-22 season. Malkin is set to ...

Jun 15, 2013

Frustrated Lee leaves Tokyo

Southampton striker Tadanari Lee fired a thinly veiled parting shot at FC Tokyo coach Ranko Popovic on Friday, saying he was leaving because he was unhappy at a lack of playing time during his loan spell with the J. League club. “I felt like ...

Jun 15, 2013

Former Toei pitcher Ozaki dies

Yukio Ozaki, best remembered for a sensational first season with the Toei Flyers as a teenage pitcher in 1962, passed away at a Tokyo hospital Thursday morning after battling lung cancer, his family said Friday. He was 68. Ozaki won the national high school ...