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Softbank gets OK in Sprint deal

Jun 27, 2013

Softbank gets OK in Sprint deal

Shareholders of Sprint Nextel Corp. approve Softbank Corp.'s offer to acquire the third-largest U.S. mobile carrier for $21.6 billion, paving the way for the Japanese carrier to enter the American wireless market.

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

Jun 27, 2013

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

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The message was blunt and was delivered Friday night by a shadowy emissary who didn’t identify himself but knew enough to locate Edward Snowden’s secret caretaker: The 30-year-old American accused of leaking some of his country’s most sensitive secrets should leave Hong Kong, the ...

Temples seek tighter community ties

Jun 27, 2013

Temples seek tighter community ties

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A new generation of Buddhist priests is working closely with ordinary people to regenerate communities as population shrinkage threatens the future of their temples. On a Saturday night in May, a group of five men, mostly in their 30s, sat down at Saikoji Temple ...

Trayvon's dad leaves as images of body shown

Jun 27, 2013

Trayvon's dad leaves as images of body shown

The father of a black teenager shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer walked out of a Florida court Tuesday as photos of his son’s lifeless body were shown. During a dramatic second day in the racially charged trial, Tracy Martin left the courtroom ...

National Archives could reach full capacity in four years

Jun 27, 2013

National Archives could reach full capacity in four years

The National Archives of Japan, which houses government documents of historical value — including the Constitution — are in danger of filling up by March 2017. Officials said Tuesday that the main building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, is already at maximum capacity and a ...

Moors murderer says insanity was 'method acting'

Jun 27, 2013

Moors murderer says insanity was 'method acting'

One of Britain’s most notorious killers, Moors murderer Ian Brady, on Tuesday spoke publicly at length for the first time since 1966, claiming he faked mental illness in order to be moved to a hospital. The 75-year-old, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and ...

Reactor operators face shareholders

Jun 27, 2013

Reactor operators face shareholders

Utilities, struggling amid the prolonged halt of nearly all of the nation's nuclear reactors, express eagerness to restart their facilities during shareholders' meetings, shrugging off proposals from some stockholders to halt the country's reliance on atomic power.

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

Jun 27, 2013

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

New Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka is confident the company can rebuild its loss-making TV business by slashing fixed costs and taking other restructuring measures that will make it profitable in the second half. Tanaka, 62, who assumed his post Tuesday, succeeding Norio Sasaki, ...

NPO helps granddads learn child-rearing skills

Jun 27, 2013

NPO helps granddads learn child-rearing skills

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A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is promoting a program to help grandfathers learn the basics of nurturing babies. The NPO, called Egalite Otemae, began the program in 2010 to address the growing need for grandparents to get involved in child-rearing as the number of working ...

Yen caught between Fed taper and risk evasion

Jun 27, 2013

Yen caught between Fed taper and risk evasion

The yen is in a “tug of war” as a result of speculation the Federal Reserve will begin tapering stimulus this year, according to Takatoshi Kato, a former top currency official at the Finance Ministry. “One of the main objectives of the Fed’s quantitative ...

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

Jun 27, 2013

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of “Star Wars,” the pint-sized Kirobo fielded questions from curious journalists who asked what ...

Cambodia finds new bird species

Jun 27, 2013

Cambodia finds new bird species

A new species of bird with a distinctive orange-red colored tuft of feathers on its head has been found in Cambodia’s populous capital city, conservationists said Wednesday. The remarkable discovery of the Cambodian tailorbird, or orthotomus chaktomuk, in Phnom Penh — and several other ...

Jun 27, 2013

Supreme court rules in favor of gay marriage in California

A divided U.S. Supreme Court gave a landmark victory to the gay-rights movement, striking down a federal law that denies benefits to same-sex married couples and clearing the way for weddings to resume in California. The court stopped short of declaring a constitutional right ...

Jun 27, 2013

Exposure data wrong for 16,000 in Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences have said they erroneously estimated the radiation exposure of 16,118 people in a survey covering the first four months after the outbreak of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Among ...

Supreme Court cripples Voting Rights Act

Jun 27, 2013

Supreme Court cripples Voting Rights Act

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a crucial component of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation’s racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight. The vote was 5 to 4, ...

Jun 27, 2013

Sorry state of expressways

The sorry state of expressway sections and bridges will demand a sizable repair and reconstruction budget for the indefinite future. Whence will funding come

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

Jun 27, 2013

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

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As a simple matter of economic convenience, some of the best art collections in the world started out going against established taste. By avoiding what was already highly valued — and therefore expensive — collectors could build up impressive collections that could then help ...

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

Jun 27, 2013

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

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In 1968, as the world reeled from The Prague Spring, the turbulent union and student strikes in France, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Japan, like so many other nations, found itself in the midst of social unrest. Citizens questioned ...

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

Jun 27, 2013

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

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“Mingei” translates as “folk art” and is connected to objects that are made or used by ordinary people on an everyday basis. Usually this evokes hand-crafted objects, such as ceramics, baskets, items of woodwork, etc. As such, the term is evocative of the era ...

Nishikori beats Ebden, targets Wimbledon quarterfinals

Jun 27, 2013

Nishikori beats Ebden, targets Wimbledon quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori set his sights on emulating Shuzo Matsuoka’s famous run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals as the 12th seed cruised into the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Australian wild-card Matthew Ebden on Tuesday. Nishikori last year became the first Japanese ...

Marines Furuya misses no-hitter with two outs in ninth

Jun 27, 2013

Marines Furuya misses no-hitter with two outs in ninth

Chiba Lotte lefty Takuya Furuya fooled Orix Buffaloes batters for 8⅔ innings before losing his no-hitter, but held on to throw a one-hit shutout in his second career start. The 31-year-old, who has dominated the Eastern League with the Marines’ farm club this season, ...