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53 articles published/printed


Political stunt in Korea game angers Japan

Jul 30, 2013

Political stunt in Korea game angers Japan

Japan has lodged a protest with the East Asian Football Federation demanding an investigation into a politically charged banner that was displayed at the East Asian Cup finale against South Korea on Sunday.

Nation can weather April tax hike: Kuroda

Jul 30, 2013

Nation can weather April tax hike: Kuroda

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda showed little concern that the first phase of the sales tax hike could derail an economic rebound as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decides whether to proceed with it. “A two-step sales tax increase won’t (inflict) major damage to ...

Saiki dispatched to China to ease tensions over isles

Jul 30, 2013

Saiki dispatched to China to ease tensions over isles

The government dispatched Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki to Beijing on Monday for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions being caused by the Senkaku Islands dispute. Saiki is scheduled to meet with his counterpart, Zhang Yesui. The two may exchange views on ...

Grip on Diet leaves no scapegoats for LDP

| Jul 30, 2013

Grip on Diet leaves no scapegoats for LDP

by Reiji Yoshida

The Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the July 21 Upper House election and regained control of both chambers of the Diet, ending years in which the legislature was effectively divided and bills were held hostage. In recent years, whatever force was ...

Egypt insurgency takes root in Sinai

| Jul 30, 2013

Egypt insurgency takes root in Sinai

by Abigail Hauslohner

More than three weeks after the military coup that ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected — and Islamist — president from power, the roots of a violent insurgency are burrowing fast into the sands of the Sinai Peninsula. The rapid thud of machine-gun fire and ...

Former whistle-blowers struggling

Jul 30, 2013

Former whistle-blowers struggling

by Emily Wax

The former high-ranking National Security Agency analyst now sells iPhones. The top intelligence officer at the CIA lives in a motor home outside Yellowstone National Park and spends his days fly-fishing for trout. The FBI translator fled Washington for the West Coast.

Mideast peace talks set to resume

Jul 30, 2013

Mideast peace talks set to resume

The U.S. announces that the first substantive peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians in years is set to begin in Washington, following a prisoner release.

Morsi backers defiant in face of threat to close sit-in camps

Jul 30, 2013

Morsi backers defiant in face of threat to close sit-in camps

Escalating the confrontation after clashes that left 83 supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president dead, the interim government moved Sunday toward dismantling two pro-Mohammed Morsi sit-in camps, accusing protesters of “terrorism” and vowing to deal with them decisively. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood denounced Saturday’s bloodshed ...

Jul 30, 2013

DPJ must overcome its crisis

Voters' vision of the Democratic Party of Japan has slipped to that of an also-ran and will remain as such until the DPJ can sell an alternative vision of Japan.

Japan eager to prove worth at FIBA Asia Championship

Jul 30, 2013

Japan eager to prove worth at FIBA Asia Championship

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan’s men’s national basketball team has little credibility left after racking up a series of disappointing results on the international stage in recent years. Most recently, Japan finished the William Jones Cup in Taiwan earlier this month with a humiliating 1-6 record. But as ...

Softbank's Saito gives up on comeback

Jul 30, 2013

Softbank's Saito gives up on comeback

Fukuoka Softbank’s Kazumi Saito, who is the Pacific League club’s rehabilitation coach, said Monday he has given up on coming back from right-shoulder surgery and will leave the team at the end of the month. The two-time Sawamura Award winner, whose final mound appearance ...

Jul 30, 2013

CSKA prepared to make Honda wait

CSKA Moscow has made it clear it is in no hurry to sell Japanese international Keisuke Honda to AC Milan. CSKA president Evgeni Giner said in Monday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport that the club will absolutely not sell Honda short, even if it ...