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Abe hosts 'iftar' dinner party for Muslim nations

Aug 02, 2013

Abe hosts 'iftar' dinner party for Muslim nations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted on Wednesday an “iftar” dinner party, inviting ambassadors and diplomats from around 40 Muslim countries to the prime minister’s office in Tokyo with the aim of deepening mutual understanding. In opening remarks at the dinner, Abe expressed a desire ...

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

Aug 02, 2013

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

British government files from 1983, opened to the public for the first time Wednesday, include an official’s view of the message Queen Elizabeth II would have broadcast to the nation in the event of World War III. The speech was drafted as part of ...

Sony rides weak yen to beat profit estimates

Aug 02, 2013

Sony rides weak yen to beat profit estimates

Sony Corp., considering Daniel Loeb’s push for a partial sale of its entertainment assets, said Thursday it posted first-quarter earnings that beat estimates after cutting costs, introducing new smartphones and benefiting from a weaker yen. Net income totaled ¥3.48 billion in the three months ...

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

Aug 02, 2013

Heavy rains soak Hokuriku; one dead in Niigata

A 61-year-old man died when his home on the Sea of Japan coast collapsed in a mudslide as heavy rain hit many parts of the nation Thursday. According to police, Masatoshi Adachi’s home in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, was knocked down by mud sliding off ...

Aug 02, 2013

Snowden receives Russia asylum, leaves Moscow airport: lawyer

Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month, after being granted one year’s asylum in Russia, his lawyer said Thursday. “Snowden has left Sheremetyevo airport. He has just been given a ...

Aug 02, 2013

Al-Qaida trainees hiding in N.Z.: Key

New Zealand knows of al-Qaida-trained activists within the country who need to be monitored, Prime Minister John Key said Thursday amid debate on the need for stronger spy laws. Key took to the airways to defend legislation that allows the country’s intelligence agency to ...

Aug 02, 2013

Large numbers of communist spies active in Japan, U.K. said in 1983

British officials believed in the early 1980s that Japanese institutions had been “slightly” penetrated by communist intelligence services, according to documents declassified Thursday at the National Archives in London. The documents from 1983 assert that there were approximately 220 communist intelligence officers working in ...

Skepticism of phone program deepens after U.S. releases secret NSA order

Aug 02, 2013

Skepticism of phone program deepens after U.S. releases secret NSA order

White House officials on Wednesday faced deepening political skepticism over a far-reaching counterterrorism program that collects millions of Americans’ phone records, even as they released newly declassified documents in an attempt to spotlight privacy safeguards. The previously secret material — a court order and ...

Aug 02, 2013

4,000 users of Kanebo skin care items suffer white blotches

Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. says it has confirmed that 4,061 users of its group’s skin-whitening cosmetics have suffered unwanted white blotches on their skin. Kanebo said 8,631 people had reported developing such blotches by July 25, though that number could increase. The company issued a ...

Aug 02, 2013

A return to the Mideast table

The announcement that Israel and Palestine will resume long-stalled peace talks is a step forward, and deserves the support of all who seek a permanent peace.

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

Aug 02, 2013

Linkin Park returns to Summer Sonic

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Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park always starts his trips to Tokyo the same way. Jet-lagged and unable to sleep on the first night, the band’s founding member has made a ritual of hitting up the Tsukiji fish market around 4 a.m. for sushi and ...

Boxing: Youngest Kameda brother wins WBO bantamweight crown

Aug 02, 2013

Boxing: Youngest Kameda brother wins WBO bantamweight crown

Japan’s Tomoki Kameda lifted his first world title on Thursday, when he won a unanimous decision over WBO bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda of Namibia in the Philippines. It was the first world title for Kameda, the youngest of three professional boxing brothers. His oldest ...