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Jun 30, 2013

Japan cagers hold off visiting squads

by Ed Odeven

The Japan and women’s national basketball teams recorded victories for the second time in as many days, leaving Sendai’s Xebio Arena on Saturday with momentum. In the Saturday finale, coach Kimikazu Suzuki’s team topped the Philippines 83-76. The visitors out-rebounded Japan 50-37. Big man ...

Heist of 400 koi opens window on lucrative carp cult

Jun 30, 2013

Heist of 400 koi opens window on lucrative carp cult

The great koi heist began with the thieves handing out a business card. The two neatly dressed men in khakis and white shirts showed up at a business park in the Herndon, Virginia, area in early June, saying they were with an aquatic care ...

Tapie charged as French probe takes new twist

Jun 30, 2013

Tapie charged as French probe takes new twist

Flamboyant French tycoon Bernard Tapie was charged with fraud Friday in the latest twist in a corruption probe that is threatening to embroil International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde. After four days of interrogation in custody, Tapie, 70, was hauled before a magistrate and ...

Kagoshima to fly 300 to Shanghai to aid Chinese airline

Jun 30, 2013

Kagoshima to fly 300 to Shanghai to aid Chinese airline

The Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly has approved a ¥34 million plan to send 300 local government employees, teachers and citizens on trips to Shanghai to help maintain a struggling air route served by a Chinese airline. The “training program” appropriations drew sharp criticism from local ...

Jun 30, 2013

All eyes on Kishida at ASEAN talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s regional diplomacy skills were to be tested in Brunei from Saturday as he looks to improve ties with China and South Korea. Japan’s relations with both neighbors have been strained by differences of perception regarding its wartime history and disputes ...

Jun 30, 2013

U.S. rules for protecting kids online set to take effect

Toughened U.S. regulations on online privacy for children will take effect Monday, offering new protections amid the growing use of mobile apps and social networks by youngsters. The new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules are being hailed by some as a milestone, but critics ...

Preaching Endo's theme of a maternal divinity

Jun 30, 2013

Preaching Endo's theme of a maternal divinity

Endo Shusaku has helped Japanese Christians to assimilate their painful past and has weaned them away from narrow concerns with dogma or sexual guilt to project instead a broad and humane vision of the faith, sensitively attuned to the Japanese context. KIKU’S PRAYER, by ...

Complete translation of 'Kafu's first masterpiece'

Jun 30, 2013

Complete translation of 'Kafu's first masterpiece'

by Paul Mccarthy

The English reader has in this volume a complete translation of works of fiction, interspersed with thinly disguised autobiography and essay-like passages, composed by a young Japanese man who was to go on to become one of the finest Japanese writers of the 20th ...

Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden

Jun 30, 2013

Small is beautiful in a Kanazawa garden

by Stephen Mansfield

It is always heartwarming to come across a historical preservation area where people actually live and go about their daily lives. Such is Nagamachi, one of several older districts of Kanazawa, the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. Less ...

Charting U.S. decline, without anger

Jun 30, 2013

Charting U.S. decline, without anger

by Sukhdev Sandhu

One of the odd things about American news programs is how little American news they feature. Typhoons and hurricanes, crazies and lone gunmen, Barack Obama staging a press conference, 10 seconds about the Middle East, a famous actor doing something scandalous, back to the ...

Jun 30, 2013

Boston victims given $61 million

The charity fund established after the Boston Marathon bombings awarded $60.9 million Friday to victims of the attacks, including maximum payments of nearly $2.2 million each to two double amputees and the families of the four people slain. Another 14 people who lost single ...

Jun 30, 2013

American killed in Egyptian clash

An American was among three people killed in Egypt on Friday as clashes erupted during rival demonstrations for and against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi a year after his election. The U.S. citizen, a 21-year-old who reportedly worked for an American cultural center in the ...

Jun 30, 2013

One killed in Turkish Kurd protest

One person was killed Friday in southeast Turkey as security forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of Kurdish villagers protesting the expansion of an army outpost, according to local officials. Nine people were wounded, two of them seriously, according to the governor’s office in ...

Jun 30, 2013

Gene pair may fight wheat disease

Two genes resistant to fungal wheat disease may help ward off a growing epidemic of stem rust that threatens crops in Africa, the Middle East and beyond, researchers said Friday. Scientists have spent years trying to pin down the sections of the wheat genome ...

Jun 30, 2013

Quebec mayor resigns in disgrace

A Quebec mayor resigned Friday amid sex allegations, bringing to four the number of municipal leaders in the Canadian province to quit in disgrace in recent months. Alexandre Duplessis, the interim mayor of Laval, announced he was stepping down after being accused of soliciting ...

A cup of coffee in cheerful ceremonial style

Jun 30, 2013

A cup of coffee in cheerful ceremonial style

by Lesley Downer

Ethiopia has no tea ceremony, but it does have a coffee ceremony all its own. Walking down the road you will often come across a young woman sitting under a leafy roof with a tray of small handleless cups like Japanese teacups in front ...