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43 articles published/printed


Time running out for South Korean POWs still in North

Jul 16, 2013

Time running out for South Korean POWs still in North

Sixty years ago this month, a 21-year-old South Korean soldier named Lee Jae-won wrote a letter to his mother. He was somewhere in the middle of the peninsula, he wrote, and bullets were coming down like “raindrops.” He said he was scared. The next ...

Online electioneering no boon for Net firms

Jul 16, 2013

Online electioneering no boon for Net firms

Despite high expectations, the approval of online election campaigning hasn’t generated a lot of extra business for Internet services companies. The July 21 House of Councilors election is the first in which online campaigning has been permitted. But the market isn’t turning out to ...

Nintendo brought arcade games into homes 30 years ago

| Jul 16, 2013

Nintendo brought arcade games into homes 30 years ago

by Jun Hongo

On July 15, 1983, Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. launched the Family Computer video game console, or “Famicom.” Priced at ¥14,800, more than 63 million units of the iconic white, red and gold machine were sold worldwide, laying the foundations for today’s gaming industry. Here are ...

Kochs use Web to slam critical reports

Jul 16, 2013

Kochs use Web to slam critical reports

by Paul Farhi

When environmental journalist David Sassoon began reporting about the billionaire Koch brothers’ interests in the Canadian oil industry last year, he sought information from their privately held conglomerate, Koch Industries. The brothers, who have gained prominence in recent years as supporters of and donors ...

Jul 16, 2013

Mom of China sex slave wins prison redress

A Chinese court awarded damages to the mother of a rape victim after she was sent to a labor camp for demanding her daughter’s attackers be punished, a spokesman said Monday. Tang Hui, who became a figurehead for critics of the “re-education through labor” ...

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

Jul 16, 2013

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

A senior U.S. official flew to Cairo early Monday, hours after Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the freezing of assets belonging to 14 top Islamists. Undersecretary of State Bill Burns, the first U.S. official to visit since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, is scheduled to ...

Zimmerman verdict unlikely to end Martin saga

| Jul 16, 2013

Zimmerman verdict unlikely to end Martin saga

It’s over. But it’s not really done. The not-guilty verdict that sounded so final, so utterly unequivocal, in Courtroom 5D of the Seminole County courthouse Saturday night has quickly given way to a kaleidoscope of demonstrations across the country, debate about wrongful-death lawsuits and ...

Anger flows over Zimmerman acquittal

Jul 16, 2013

Anger flows over Zimmerman acquittal

George Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday night on all charges in the killing of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, sparked deep emotional reactions across the country Sunday, resurrecting an intense national debate about the role of race and racism in American life. President Barack Obama declared ...

Jul 16, 2013

'Do-shu' system details missing

As the Upper House election nears, some political parties propose setting up several administrative regions for Japan and abolishing prefectural governments.

Jul 16, 2013

Keeping Mount Fuji safe and clean

The U.N. designation of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage cultural site is something to celebrate, but it imposes moral obligations on local governments and hikers.

Zaccheroni casts wide net for East Asian Cup

Jul 16, 2013

Zaccheroni casts wide net for East Asian Cup

National team coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Monday handed first callups to in-form strikers Yoichiro Kakitani of Cerezo Osaka and Sagan Tosu’s Yohei Toyoda in naming a 23-man squad for the upcoming East Asian Cup in South Korea. Toyoda, who was part of Japan’s 2008 ...

Hakuho moves closer to second 40-win streak

Jul 16, 2013

Hakuho moves closer to second 40-win streak

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho easily maintained his lead on Monday, the ninth day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. Hakuho holds a one-win led over ozeki Kotooshu and No. 12 maegashira Kaisei. In the day’s final match, Hakuho consigned sekiwake Goeido ...

Rakuten ace Tanaka turning heads

Jul 16, 2013

Rakuten ace Tanaka turning heads

Although Masahiro Tanaka didn’t get to showcase his wares in the World Baseball Classic final, interest from major league clubs should be intense if he is posted this autumn by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Tanaka would have started in this year’s WBC final, ...