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Jun 28, 2013

ANA, MUFG taken to task at shareholder meets

Shareholders’ meetings peaked Thursday as investors focused on strategic decisions to take advantage of the surge in confidence being credited to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive economic ploys. A total of 718 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange held their annual meetings Thursday, ...

Jun 28, 2013

Cerberus impasse with Seibu appears set to drag on

by Hiroko Nakata

How the public battle between U.S. private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management L.P. and Seibu Holdings Inc. over management of the struggling railway and hotel operator remains unclear even after the Seibu shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. Experts and industry insiders say that if talks between ...

Nash set for second season at Toyama

| Jun 28, 2013

Nash set for second season at Toyama

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses solidified their chance of being a quality playoff contender again next season by securing the services of head coach Bob Nash and veteran guards Masashi Joho and Takeshi Mito for the 2013-14 campaign. The Eastern Conference, which had a team-record 35-17 ...

Throwing may have given humans edge over chimps

Jun 28, 2013

Throwing may have given humans edge over chimps

In most respects, chimpanzees are physically superior to humans. Pound for pound, they are perhaps four times stronger. They are faster. They can run straight up a tree, climb and swing with an agility that is the envy of an Olympic gymnast. But ask ...

Mizuho Bank inaccessible this weekend

Jun 28, 2013

Mizuho Bank inaccessible this weekend

Bank account holders of Mizuho Bank Ltd. may wish to withdraw some cash for the weekend before the firm’s online services, including ATMs, are halted right after midnight Friday. According to Mizuho Bank’s website, the suspension is part of the merger process with Mizuho ...

Jun 28, 2013

Nadeshiko, England play to draw

Nahomi Kawasumi scored a second-half equalizer as women’s world champion Japan drew 1-1 away to England in a friendly on Wednesday. England took the lead through Eniola Aluko shortly before the break, but Kawasumi earned Japan a share of the spoils with a well-taken ...

Jun 28, 2013

Players union pressuring NPB commissioner Kato to resign

Japan’s players union on Thursday called on Nippon Professional Baseball to select a new commissioner who can carry out reform following the revelation that this year’s ball was secretly altered. Toru Matsubara, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, submitted a ...

Jun 28, 2013

Police to monitor online campaigning for Upper House race

Prefectural police departments across the nation set up task forces Thursday to crack down on campaign violations prior to the Upper House election next month, focusing particularly on online activity. With the ban on online campaigning no longer in force, the Metropolitan Police Department ...

Fallout decontamination efforts falling short

Jun 28, 2013

Fallout decontamination efforts falling short

Decontamination efforts in Fukushima are failing in some areas, prompting increasing calls from radiation-tainted municipalities for a second round of government-sponsored cleaning work. Although many residential areas tainted by the meltdown-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant have supposedly completed decontamination work, some haven’t seen ...

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

Jun 28, 2013

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

The state of Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th convict since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:37 p.m. in the ...

Marc Rich, fugitive financier pardoned by Clinton, dies at 78

Jun 28, 2013

Marc Rich, fugitive financier pardoned by Clinton, dies at 78

Marc Rich, a fugitive financier who made deals with shady international regimes and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list before his controversial presidential pardon on Bill Clinton’s final day in office in 2001, died Wednesday at a hospital in Lucerne, Switzerland. He ...

China to mar visit, activist Chen fears

Jun 28, 2013

China to mar visit, activist Chen fears

by Ko Shu-Ling

Prominent Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, who has lived in the United States since leaving China last year, said he expects China will try to interfere with his planned trip to Japan. “There is no doubt that an authoritarian regime exerts pressure, but ...

Indian reporter who rode atop flood victim is fired

Jun 28, 2013

Indian reporter who rode atop flood victim is fired

An Indian television journalist who reported on deadly floods while perched on a survivor’s shoulders has been fired, the head of the channel said Wednesday. “What he did was very inhuman. You cannot ride on someone’s back for a story. We terminated him on ...

Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki adventure still inspires

Jun 28, 2013

Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki adventure still inspires

by Kaori Shoji

In 1947, Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl was a 33-year-old anthropologist and marine biologist who had recently finished a stint fighting in World War II (he served in the Free Norwegian Forces). Coming out of such a major life experience, he was then able to devote ...

Jun 28, 2013

China lets Tibetans venerate Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has loosened restrictions that kept Tibetan monks in two provinces from openly revering the Dalai Lama, Radio Free Asia reported. Authorities in Sichuan province announced people can display pictures of the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, and ordered officials not to criticize ...

Jun 28, 2013

Tableware color affects food flavor

British hospitals use red trays in a program to combat malnutrition but may have chosen the worst possible color, according to a study Wednesday linking the tinge of tableware to food enjoyment. Researchers from the University of Oxford contributed data to the growing body ...