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First 'world citizen' Garry Davis dies

Jul 30, 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 ...

Jul 30, 2013

Dollar just atop ¥98 before FOMC

The dollar climbed back moderately above ¥98 in Tokyo trading Tuesday as traders retreated to the sidelines ahead of a policy-setting meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥98.13-15, up from ¥97.95-97 at the same time Monday. The ...

Papers confirm U.S. planes patrolled around Spratlys

Jul 30, 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 ...

Jul 30, 2013

Nikkei snaps four-day slide as yen rise pauses

The Nikkei 225 average staged a rebound Tuesday thanks to a halt of the yen’s rise and buybacks after sharp falls over the past four sessions. The Nikkei closed up 208.69 points, or 1.53 percent, at 13,869.82 after plunging 468.85 points Monday. The key ...

Hiroshima memoirs still draw readers

Jul 30, 2013

Hiroshima memoirs still draw readers

by Takuma Obinata

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 ...

Jul 30, 2013

Biotech growth fuels need for sophisticated software

by Steven Overly

When Qiagen scooped up Ingenuity Systems this year, the acquisition of the Redwood City, California-based firm marked the first time the biotechnology giant had purchased a firm that exclusively makes software. The purchase allows Qiagen to analyze information it derives from the genetic maps ...

BMW makes 'great leap forward' with electric car

Jul 30, 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 ...

Black-ore gold rush scars Philippine coasts

Jul 30, 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 ...

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

Jul 30, 2013

Actor Hira recalls hibakusha mom, own twist of fate

by Mai Iida

Until not so long ago, renowned actor Mikijiro Hira had not talked much in public about his late mother, Hisayo, who barely survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The bombing, which took place on Aug. 6, 1945, is estimated to have ultimately killed, by ...

Jul 30, 2013

Fukushima tourism on the upswing: survey

Fukushima Prefecture hosted 44.46 million tourists in 2012, up 26.3 percent from the previous year and 77.8 percent of the total in 2010, the year before the triple disaster — an earthquake, tsunami and reactor meltdowns — struck, the prefectural government said Monday. Tourism ...

Jul 30, 2013

Boss IDs worker as South Korean

A Shizuoka resident in his 40s who goes by a Japanese name has sued his employer for invading his privacy and violating his rights by revealing to his colleagues that he is a South Korean resident and demanding that he use his Korean name. ...

Jul 30, 2013

Saudi rights activist gets jail, lashes

A Saudi court sentenced on Monday a rights activist to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a “liberal” network and alleged insults to Islam, activists said. Raef Badawi, a co-founder of the Saudi Liberal Network, was charged with criticizing the ...

Jul 30, 2013

Toronto cops kill knife-wielding teen

Canadians demanded answers Monday in the wake of a fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding teenager in Toronto that has sparked an uproar. Sammy Yatim, 18, was alone on a stopped, downtown streetcar at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, knife in hand, when police asked ...

Jul 30, 2013

Japan to resume sales of U.S. wheat

Japan will resume sales of wheat imported from the United States from Thursday, ending a two-month suspension following the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified crop at an Oregon farm. All wheat imported from the United States will be tested against a genetically modified ...

Jul 30, 2013

Swiss trains collide head-on; 35 hurt

Two trains collided head-on Monday in western Switzerland, injuring 35 passengers, at least five of them seriously, police said. The accident happened in Granges-pres-Marnand shortly before 7 p.m., according to regional police. Frantic efforts continued early Tuesday to free one of the drivers, with ...