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87 women fall sick at aborted concert

Jul 29, 2013

87 women fall sick at aborted concert

Eighty-seven women got sick and 41 were taken to the hospital Saturday evening after the pop group NEWS aborted an outdoor concert due to rain, the Tokyo Fire Department said Sunday. None of the women were found to be in serious condition. The all-male ...

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Jul 29, 2013

Heavy thunderstorms in west leave two missing

Parts of western Japan were deluged by rain early Sunday, triggering mudslides and floods that left at least two people missing in Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. The storm prompted the weather agency to warn that “some areas are seeing unprecedentedly heavy rains” and to ...

Obama: Korean War vets 'deserve better'

Jul 29, 2013

Obama: Korean War vets 'deserve better'

President Barack Obama praised veterans of the Korean War at a ceremony Saturday marking the anniversary of the armistice, using their return to an apathetic America decades ago as a promise to better care for the generation that is returning from distant battlefields today. ...

Sandy's offspring: baby boom nine months after superstorm

Jul 29, 2013

Sandy's offspring: baby boom nine months after superstorm

The lights go out, there is no television and the kids had been packed off to the grandparents. As they say in New York, “Waddaya gonna do?” When Superstorm Sandy crashed into the northeastern seaboard of the United States in October last year, it ...

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

Jul 29, 2013

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday unveiled a renovated Korean War museum with a U.S.-baiting centerpiece in the form of the spy ship USS Pueblo, captured in 1968. Kim cut the red ribbon on the monumental Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum after ...

Italy's first black minister subject of banana attack

Jul 29, 2013

Italy's first black minister subject of banana attack

The latest racist attack against Italy’s first black minister, in which bananas were hurled at her during a rally, sparked outrage across the political spectrum Saturday. Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge was speaking at a Democratic Party rally Friday when an unidentified spectator threw bananas ...

Rights group calls Egyptian deaths deliberate

Jul 29, 2013

Rights group calls Egyptian deaths deliberate

Human Rights Watch on Sunday condemned the deaths of more than 70 people in violence that erupted at protests in Egypt, accusing authorities of a “criminal disregard for people’s lives.” At least 72 people were killed in Cairo alone at a rally of supporters ...

Jul 29, 2013

Question of objectivity

A Kyoto university's announcement that research on blood-pressure drug Diovan was manipulated raises concerns about the drugmaker's objectivity.

Jul 29, 2013

Key to Korean peace

The armistice that ended the Korean War 60 years ago has never brought real peace to the Peninsula. North Korea holds the key to make that happen.

Hyper, mega, ultra: talking in superlatives

| Jul 29, 2013

Hyper, mega, ultra: talking in superlatives

by Peter Backhaus

One of the ultra-fascinating facets of Japanese is its super-large arsenal of intensifying prefixes that provide an otherwise neutral expression with some emphatic edge. The best-known (and least spectacular) of them is dai (大), which usually translates as “big.” When something went really well, ...

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Jul 29, 2013

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Yoichiro Kakitani completed a brace with a dramatic winner as Japan won its first East Asian Cup title by beating host South Korea 2-1 in Sunday’s tournament finale. The Cerezo Osaka striker broke the deadlock with his second goal in as many games in ...

Eagles rally to sweep Marines

Jul 29, 2013

Eagles rally to sweep Marines

Shintaro Masuda singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Eagles came from behind to beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-4 on Sunday. The Eagles overcame a four-run deficit after right-hander Manabu Mima’s first ...