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46 articles published/printed


Jul 01, 2013

EU officials 'targeted' by U.S. spying

The European Union was targeted by Washington's vast Internet spying program, which also involved bugging its offices in Brussels and the U.S., a German magazine says.

Matsuzakaya closes Ginza flagship for high-rise makeover

Jul 01, 2013

Matsuzakaya closes Ginza flagship for high-rise makeover

Matsuzakaya, the oldest department store in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district, closed Sunday for a total makeover and will reopen as a large commercial complex in four years. Under a block-wide redevelopment project, the venerable 88-year-old, seven-story department store will be replaced in fiscal ...

Secret surveillance court is thrust into spotlight

Jul 01, 2013

Secret surveillance court is thrust into spotlight

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Wedged into a secure, windowless basement room deep below the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates appeared before dozens of senators last month for a highly unusual, top-secret briefing. The lawmakers pressed Bates, according to people familiar with the session, to ...

No country safe from social upheaval: Kim

Jul 01, 2013

No country safe from social upheaval: Kim

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No country in the world is immune from unrest arising from poverty and inequality, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. The protests in Brazil, Turkey, and elsewhere show that even governments that have made significant efforts already cannot let up in programs ...

Sydney bids farewell to monorail

Jul 01, 2013

Sydney bids farewell to monorail

Sydney on Sunday bid farewell to what has been termed a transport “white elephant” — a futuristic monorail that has looped the center of the Australian city for almost a quarter of a century. The New South Wales state government announced in March that ...

Indian surgeons reconstruct baby's swollen head

Jul 01, 2013

Indian surgeons reconstruct baby's swollen head

Indian doctors have successfully completed a second round of reconstructive surgery on the skull of a baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to nearly double in size. The four-hour-long surgery on the skull of 1-year-old Roona Begum was carried out ...

'Super-Earth' trio may support life

Jul 01, 2013

'Super-Earth' trio may support life

Three “super-Earth” planets have been found orbiting a nearby star at a distance where life could exist in theory, according to a record-breaking tally announced by the European Southern Observatory. The three are part of a cluster of as many as seven planets that ...

Jul 01, 2013

Mr. Snowden's revelations

There is real debate over whether Edward Snowden is a whistleblower for civil rights violations or a traitor who has harmed U.S. national security.

Voting for idols is bigger than politics

| Jul 01, 2013

Voting for idols is bigger than politics

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Elsewhere in the world, the kind of sōsenkyo (総選挙, general election) that fires up public interest and garners media attention is one where political parties compete for national office. In Japan, however, the sōsenkyo of aidoru gurūpu (アイドルグループ, idol group) AKB48 tends to grab ...

U.S. plans first tribal national park to protect buffaloes

Jul 01, 2013

U.S. plans first tribal national park to protect buffaloes

Buffalo stroll undisturbed, pausing occasionally to wallow in the grass and caked dirt, while prairie dogs yip intermittently as they dive into their holes and pop out again to survey the landscape. This northern stretch of Badlands National Park, known as Sage Creek Wilderness, ...

Japanese film picks up prize at Moscow festival

Jul 01, 2013

Japanese film picks up prize at Moscow festival

“The Ravine of Goodbye,” a Japanese film by director Tatsushi Omori, won the Special Jury Prize at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival that ended Saturday, while “The Particle,” a drama by Turkish director and writer Erdem Tepegoz, won the best film prize. “The ...

Marinos oust champion Antlers from Nabisco Cup

Jul 01, 2013

Marinos oust champion Antlers from Nabisco Cup

Brazilian striker Marquinhos helped Yokohama F. Marinos reach the semifinals of the Nabisco Cup at the expense of his former club on Sunday in a 3-1 win at home to holders Kashima Antlers. Yokohama went through 5-1 on aggregate, and Kawasaki Frontale also completed ...

Marines' bats come alive to sink Hawks

Jul 01, 2013

Marines' bats come alive to sink Hawks

Shunichi Nemoto homered and drove in four runs and Daichi Suzuki went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Chiba Lotte Marines walloped the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 11-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Pacific League-leading Marines matched a season high with 17 hits and improved to ...

Nadeshiko Japan loses to Germany in friendly

Jul 01, 2013

Nadeshiko Japan loses to Germany in friendly

Women’s world champion Japan was overpowered 4-2 away to Germany in the final exhibition match of its mini tour of Europe on Saturday. Norio Sasaki’s team, which drew 1-1 away to England on Wednesday, twice came from behind through goals from Shinobu Ono and ...