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Japan men, women triumph in basketball exhibition series openers

Jun 29, 2013

Japan men, women triumph in basketball exhibition series openers

Atsuya Ota, a Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix center, scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Japan men’s national basketball team defeated the Philippines 86-67 on Friday at Xebio Arena in Sendai. Coach Kimikazu Suzuki’s club is preparing for the upcoming FIBA ...

Jun 29, 2013

Murdoch and UAE group eye FT: report

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Abu Dhabi’s state media group are in talks to acquire the Financial Times Group for about $1.2 billion, a report said Friday. The move would see Murdoch add the respected Financial Times name as well as 50 percent of ...

Jun 29, 2013

Mobile game firm files for protection

Mobile game maker Index Corp. said it filed Thursday for bankruptcy protection with the Tokyo District Court with debts of around ¥24.5 billion. Established in September 1995, Index was listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange’s Jasdaq market in March 2001. It has been financially ...

Jun 29, 2013

Cabinet OKs Foreign Ministry reshuffle

The Cabinet on Friday endorsed a reshuffle of senior Foreign Ministry officials, notably the appointment of Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki to the ministry’s top bureaucratic post. Saiki, 60, assumes the post of vice foreign minister, replacing Chikao Kawai, 60, who will retire with ...

Jun 29, 2013

Oily fish helps fight breast cancer

Eating a portion of tuna, salmon, sardines or other oily fish once or twice a week reduces the risk of breast cancer, according to a review published by the British Medical Journal on Thursday. Researchers based in China looked at 26 previously published studies ...

Jun 29, 2013

Thai cop charged as human smuggler

A policeman has been charged with trafficking after a Rohingya woman was allegedly lured from a shelter in southern Thailand and subsequently raped by a man from the refugee Muslim minority, police said Friday. It is believed to be the first time a Thai ...

Jun 29, 2013

Prosecutor general Yoshinaga dies at 81

Former Prosecutor General Yusuke Yoshinaga, who led probes into a 1970s bribery scandal involving the late Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, earning the sobriquet “Mr. Prosecutor,” died of pneumonia Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said Friday. He was 81. Yoshinaga, who became a ...

Jun 29, 2013

Chef Blanc gets France's top honor

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc on Thursday received France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur — five years after he was first honored by his adopted homeland, Britain. The 63-year-old’s restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons near the university town of Oxford, holds two Michelin stars, ...

Jun 29, 2013

Sharp to sell 4K TVs in U.S. in autumn

Sharp Corp. will start selling its high-end 4K liquid crystal display TVs in North America in September, it said Thursday. The 4K technology allows TVs to deliver image quality four times finer than the current high-definition sets. Sharp’s 70-inch model, to be sold under ...

Jun 29, 2013

Kennedy never said he was a doughnut

Legend has it that U.S. President John F. Kennedy made a whopping grammatical gaffe with his iconic declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” 50 years ago, essentially telling his audience, “I am a jam doughnut.” The historical lore was that JFK, in his first faltering ...

Jun 29, 2013

Museum to launch ramen for Muslims

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum Corp., the operator of an indoor village of ramen restaurants in Yokohama, said it will start serving dishes for Muslim and vegetarian visitors from Monday. Six restaurants at the village will begin offering six new kinds of ramen, including “shio” (salty) ...

Jun 29, 2013

Gene clues for child asthma found

A gene scorecard may one day help predict which youngsters are likely to grow out of childhood asthma and which will have the disease in adulthood, a study said on Thursday. Asthma is one of the most common disorders among children in developed countries ...

Jun 29, 2013

Asahi to buy Pepsi bottler in Indonesia

Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Thursday it will acquire PepsiCo Inc.’s exclusive bottler in Indonesia through a joint venture with an Indonesian food company. Asahi Group will buy PT Pepsi-Cola Indobeverages for about ¥2.94 billion and turn the company into a consolidated subsidiary. Asahi ...

Jun 29, 2013

Ex-general probed in Stuxnet leak

A former high-ranking U.S. military officer is being probed for allegedly leaking details about a U.S. cyberattack on Iran, a U.S. media report said Thursday. Citing unnamed legal sources, NBC News said retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Cartwright has been told he is under ...

Jun 29, 2013

France tallies bad breast implants

Doctors in France have removed PIP breast implants from more than 16,000 women and found that a quarter of the scandal-tainted products had signs of splitting or leakage. A total of 16,426 women have had the implants removed since investigators found that the devices ...

Jun 29, 2013

Canada backs BCE takeover of Astral

A Canadian regulator on Thursday approved a revised multibillion-dollar takeover bid by telecom and media giant BCE for pay television and radio operator Astral Media. In the modified proposal, there remained “a significant risk that BCE could exert its market power to limit choice ...

Jun 29, 2013

bj-league champ Yokohama sold

The bj-league champion Yokohama B-Corsairs have sold a 51 percent ownership stake to Takeshi Suzuki, who is the J2 soccer club Tokyo Verdy’s majority stockholder, the team announced on Friday. Suzuki is the president of Buddy Kikaku Kenkyujo, which runs pre-elementary schools throughout Kanto. ...