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7-Eleven wizard, 80, to take on U.S.

Jul 31, 2013

7-Eleven wizard, 80, to take on U.S.

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Over the past 39 years, Toshifumi Suzuki has expanded 7-Eleven to 50,000 outlets, more than any other retail chain. Now, at the age of 80, he says he has no interest in retiring. He’s got too much work to do. “I’m not thinking about ...

Judo chief to quit early over abuse, fund fiasco

Jul 31, 2013

Judo chief to quit early over abuse, fund fiasco

All Japan Judo Federation Chairman Haruki Uemura announced during an extraordinary board meeting Tuesday that he will resign in August over the physical abuse meted out by coaches and the misuse of funds. Vice Chairmen Hiroaki Fujita and Nobuyuki Sato, Secretary-General Koshi Onozawa and ...

Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

Jul 31, 2013

Yokota said candidate for Ospreys

Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, indicated Monday that besides the Kadena base in Okinawa, Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo is a possible candidate site to host CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Carlisle said discussions ...

First 'world citizen' Garry Davis dies

Jul 31, 2013

First 'world citizen' Garry Davis dies

Peace activist Garry Davis, who dramatically renounced his U.S. citizenship in the dark days of the Cold War and founded a government for self-declared “world citizens” like himself, has died. Davis passed away in a hospice in Vermont, where he had lived for many ...

Papers confirm U.S. planes patrolled around Spratlys

Jul 31, 2013

Papers confirm U.S. planes patrolled around Spratlys

A classified government document seen by Kyodo News on Friday confirmed that U.S. Navy surveillance planes conduct routine maritime patrol to monitor activities in the disputed South China Sea. “(There were) confirmed flights of U.S. P3C Orion aircraft over the South China Sea especially ...

Hiroshima memoirs still draw readers

Jul 31, 2013

Hiroshima memoirs still draw readers

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A number of survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima nearly 70 years ago have left memories of their terrifying experiences in the form of poetry and other writings that are cherished by their relatives and friends and continue to attract readers. Tamiki Hara ...

BMW makes 'great leap forward' with electric car

Jul 31, 2013

BMW makes 'great leap forward' with electric car

BMW on Monday took the bold strategic step of revealing its first all-electric car and said it plans to clinch a significant share of a market still in its infancy. Launching its BMW i3 model, the German group compared the prospects of the electric ...

Jul 31, 2013

Korean War's far-reaching legacy

For North Korea, the day the United Nations Command, North Korea and China signed the armistice ending the Korean War 60 years ago is a day to celebrate.

Black-ore gold rush scars Philippine coasts

Jul 31, 2013

Black-ore gold rush scars Philippine coasts

Catholic priest Sammy Rosimo followed truck tread marks to a coastal mine in the northern Philippines, where a stockpile of fine black sand presided over scenes of a desert apocalypse. Instead of tall, brush-covered sand dunes that have for centuries protected the small farming ...