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Sony tells Loeb key units stay with firm

Aug 07, 2013

Sony tells Loeb key units stay with firm

Sony rejects billionaire Daniel Loeb's call to sell a portion of its entertainment business, saying 100 percent ownership of the film and music units is crucial to the company's success.

Leprosarium 'prison' dig site opens

Aug 07, 2013

Leprosarium 'prison' dig site opens

The health ministry began work Tuesday at a leprosarium to excavate what was once the only “prison” for rebellious Hansen’s disease patients brought in from facilities nationwide, as part of efforts to create a replica of the abusive jail for public viewing next year. ...

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

Aug 07, 2013

Nuke opponents feud over bombs vs. power

by Eric Johnston

Every August, thousands of visitors from Japan and around the world gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bombs. In addition to the solemn ceremonies that draw survivors and VIPs, there are numerous side events dedicated to seeking the ...

Al-Qaida's Yemen branch rises as core falters

| Aug 07, 2013

Al-Qaida's Yemen branch rises as core falters

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the head of the terrorist group’s Yemen affiliate to carry out an attack, according to intercepted communications that have led to the closure of U.S. embassies and a global travel alert, said a person briefed on the case. In ...

N.Z. takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

Aug 07, 2013

N.Z. takes charge of Fonterra milk scare response

New Zealand seized control of Fonterra’s response to a milk contamination scare Tuesday after criticizing the dairy giant’s handling of a crisis that has triggered global recalls and tainted the nation’s “clean, green” image. Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce said officials had been sent ...

Hiroshima mayor skeptical of Abe atomic arms vow

Aug 07, 2013

Hiroshima mayor skeptical of Abe atomic arms vow

At the ceremony Tuesday marking the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to do whatever he can to achieve a world without nuclear arms and to offer better support to atomic-bomb survivors fighting radiation-caused health problems. ...

Aug 07, 2013

Take a stand against nuclear weapons

Sixty-eight years since atomic bombs were used against people for the first time, U.S. President Barack Obama's call for further cuts in nuclear arsenals is up in the air.

Aug 07, 2013

Police blunders taint murder probe

The case of the assistant police inspector who confessed to killing a Toyama couple in 2010 appears headed for an inquest panel after prosecutors decline to indict him.

Giants bash BayStars in series opener

Aug 07, 2013

Giants bash BayStars in series opener

Shuichi Murata and John Bowker homered, lefty Tetsuya Utsumi went seven shutout innings, and the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants blanked the Yokohama BayStars 6-0 to open a three-game series on Tuesday night. Yomiuri center fielder Hisayoshi Chono went 3-for-4, delivering a two-run single to ...

Aug 07, 2013

Japan falls to 1-3 in FIBA Asia Championship

by Ed Odeven

Former Osaka Evessa center Tseng Wen-ting scored a game-high 19 points and Lin Chih-chieh poured in 16 as Taiwan edged Japan 79-76 in Group E action at the FIBA Asia Championship on Tuesday in Manila. Japan slipped to 1-3 in the tournament, which serves ...

Aug 07, 2013

New judo chief to be chosen next week

The All Japan Judo Federation said Tuesday it will select its new chairman at an extraordinary board meeting next week. Chairman Haruki Uemura last week announced his intention to resign by the end of the month to take responsibility for the physical abuse of ...

Aug 07, 2013

Baseball: Rakuten's Tanaka wins 3rd straight monthly MVP

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka became the first player to win the Pacific League’s monthly MVP award for the third straight month Tuesday. Tanaka, widely believed to be Japan’s next big export to the majors this offseason, won the honor for a ...