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Sumida River fireworks canceled by storm

Jul 28, 2013

Sumida River fireworks canceled by storm

The Sumida River fireworks show, one of the biggest in the nation, was canceled Saturday for the first time in 35 years by a thunderstorm. “It was cloudy at first, but strong winds started to blow after the first 10 minutes and then it ...

Sex slavery victims rally in Manila

Jul 28, 2013

Sex slavery victims rally in Manila

Six Filipino former sex slaves staged a rally Saturday near the entrance of the Philippine presidential palace as Benigno Aquino III held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Justice for the grandmothers! Shinzo Abe, we are here, proof of the Japanese military’s sexual ...

Driver of train in fatal Spanish derailment detained

Jul 28, 2013

Driver of train in fatal Spanish derailment detained

Spanish police said Friday they had detained the driver of a speeding train that hurtled off the tracks in the nation’s deadliest rail accident in decades, accusing him of criminal recklessness. The country was in mourning over Wednesday’s tragedy, which police said had killed ...

Tunisia alleges role by al-Qaida in slaying

Jul 28, 2013

Tunisia alleges role by al-Qaida in slaying

Protests and a general strike swept Tunisia on Friday after gunmen killed an opposition leader, allegedly using “the same gun” that was used to kill a colleague half a year ago, and authorities pointed to al-Qaida links. Mohamed Brahmi was gunned down Thursday with ...

KDDI wins Wi-Fi spectrum, prompting protest by Softbank

Jul 28, 2013

KDDI wins Wi-Fi spectrum, prompting protest by Softbank

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has decided to allocate wireless spectrum to KDDI Corp. as the nation’s mobile carriers seek to boost download speeds. KDDI, Japan’s second-biggest mobile carrier, will get the right to use the new 2,500 MHz spectrum after the ministry ...

Strauss-Kahn to face pimping trial in France

Jul 28, 2013

Strauss-Kahn to face pimping trial in France

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face trial on pimping charges along with 12 other people over an alleged prostitution ring in the French city of Lille, prosecutors announced Friday. Strauss-Kahn was charged last year with “aggravated pimping as part of an organized gang” ...

Jul 28, 2013

Options eyed for softening tax hike

The administration may line up several options before deciding whether to follow through on the first stage of consumption tax hikes next April, including changing the timing —and the size — of the increases.

Jul 28, 2013

Annulling the Upper House poll

As soon as the results were announced for last week's Upper House election, lawsuits were filed demanding the nullifcation because of vote-vale disparities.

Jul 28, 2013

Modern spice routes

Online cross-border shopping is booming, but Japan seems to be lagging behind in sales on these "modern spice routes" because of problems with English.

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

Jul 28, 2013

Exclusive: Red Hat's lethal Okinawa smokescreen

by Jon Mitchell

In July 1969, a leak of chemical weapons on Okinawa sickened more than 20 U.S. soldiers and laid bare one of the Pentagon’s biggest Cold War secrets: the storage of toxic munitions outside of continental United States. Public outrage following the Okinawa accident forced ...

Log-jamming in Shin Kiba

| Jul 28, 2013

Log-jamming in Shin Kiba

by Kit Nagamura

Last month, readers of this column found me frolicking in the sawdust and lumberyards of Shin Kiba — meaning “New Wood Place” — which arose on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in the 1970s when the city’s timber businesses were moved there from their ...

Multiple perspectives in novel on the Russo-Japanese War

Jul 28, 2013

Multiple perspectives in novel on the Russo-Japanese War

by Hiroaki Sato

I asked a Japanese friend how he would characterize Shiba Ryotaro’s famous historical novel, “Clouds Above the Hill.” I’ve known its immense popularity, but Shiba had started its newspaper serialization after I left Japan in 1968, and the size of the finished work — ...

First-place Eagles clobber Marines

Jul 28, 2013

First-place Eagles clobber Marines

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles stretched their Pacific League lead to four games on Saturday as right-hander Kenji Tomura worked eight innings in an 8-1 victory over the second-place Chiba Lotte Marines. Tomura (4-1) missed a shot at his first career complete game when ...

Examining nexus of sports, international relations

Jul 28, 2013

Examining nexus of sports, international relations

by Robert Whiting

Editor’s note: Whiting was a guest speaker and panelist at the inaugural gathering of the International Sports Relations Foundation in Seoul recently. This is a new organization founded by Moon Dae-sung, a Republic of Korea’s National Assembly member and 2004 Athens Olympics taekwondo gold ...

Back injury knocks out Wawrinka in quarters

Jul 28, 2013

Back injury knocks out Wawrinka in quarters

Local interest ended in dramatic fashion at the Swiss Open on Friday as second seed Stan Wawrinka joined compatriot Roger Federer as a back injury victim and out of the tournament. Wawrinka had to quit after just over two hours as he trailed Spanish ...

Jul 28, 2013

Perez named new Hokkaido coach

Levanga Hokkaido have hired Spaniard Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez as their new head coach, the National Basketball League team announced on Friday. The 39-year-old Perez was a coaching consultant for Mexican League team Soles Mexicali in 2010-11. He served as the top-flight Caceres 2016 ...