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Forget the beach, try an on-the-job vacation

Aug 14, 2013

Forget the beach, try an on-the-job vacation

by Masaaki Kameda

KidZania, the theme park where children can role-play professions such as doctor or firefighter, has proved popular around the world: entertainment centers are now operating in 10 countries in addition to Japan, including Mexico, Indonesia and Portugal. Similarly, in Tokyo, there is a business ...

Kintetsu's sales rise as flagship draws crowds

Aug 14, 2013

Kintetsu's sales rise as flagship draws crowds

Kintetsu Department Store Co. logged a roughly 30 percent increase in sales in July from a year earlier, while its new flagship store that opened two months ago saw an 80 percent jump in shoppers over the outlet it replaced, the company said. However, ...

Heat wave continues to bake nation

Aug 14, 2013

Heat wave continues to bake nation

The severe heat wave continued Tuesday to engulf wide areas of Japan, with temperatures in one western city reaching 40 degrees for the fourth day in a row, the Meteorological Agency said. The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday logged the country’s ...

Emirati royals dethrone Abramovich in mega-yacht race

Aug 14, 2013

Emirati royals dethrone Abramovich in mega-yacht race

The royal family of the United Arab Emirates has dethroned Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in the race to own the world’s biggest mega-yacht, an annual survey of the world’s 100 biggest yachts has shown in the magazine Yachts France. The 180-meter Azzam built for ...

Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria

| Aug 14, 2013

Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria

by Liz Sly

A rebranded version of Iraq’s al-Qaida affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting ...

Philippines begins cleanup in typhoon's wake

Aug 14, 2013

Philippines begins cleanup in typhoon's wake

Philippine rescuers cleared landslide-choked roads Tuesday in an effort to reach isolated villages devastated by deadly Typhoon Utor, which killed two people and left tens of thousands of people homeless. The government also reported that 11 people remain missing after Utor, the strongest storm ...

| Aug 14, 2013

PNG women face extreme brutality: study

Women in poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea suffer “severe brutality” with violence, including savage attacks involving knives, axes and whips, occurring in two-thirds of all families, a new study said Tuesday. Based on interviews in Central province’s Rigo district, the report by Australian charity ChildFund ...

N. Korea unveils 'secure, homemade' smartphone

Aug 14, 2013

N. Korea unveils 'secure, homemade' smartphone

North Korea, one of the most isolated and censored societies on the planet, has unveiled what it claims is a domestically produced smartphone. Industry analysts, however, say the Arirang, built around Google’s Android OS, is likely manufactured in neighboring China. The existence of the ...

Aug 14, 2013

Mexico opens oil sector to investment

President Enrique Pena Nieto proposes historic changes to Mexico's state-run energy sector, cracking open the door for global oil giants such as Exxon Mobil and Shell to invest in Mexico's lethargic 75-year-old state oil monopoly.

Aug 14, 2013

Opportunity to raise wages

armakers and other large Japanese manufacturers should take a cue from better business results of late, due to the weaker yen, and increase workers' wages.

Aug 14, 2013

Nursing homes' financial reserves

Cash reserves are piling up at Japan's intensive-care nursing homes under the insurance system, but there are few plans disclosing how the reserves will be used.

BayStars stave off Giants comeback

Aug 14, 2013

BayStars stave off Giants comeback

Daisuke Miura won a battle of aces, working into the eighth inning behind outstanding run support as the Yokohama BayStars defeated the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 10-7 on Tuesday. Miura (8-9) held the Giants to two runs through the first six innings, but began ...

Aug 14, 2013

Struggling Ardija to appoint Ogura as new coach

Omiya Ardija will name technical director and former Japan national team assistant Tsutomu Ogura as their new manager, club president Shigeru Suzuki said Tuesday. Omiya, despite being fourth in J1 only six points off the pace, sacked coach Zdenko Verdenik on Sunday, a day ...

Aug 14, 2013

Kakitani aims for piece of history against Uruguay

by Gus Fielding

Rising star Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani is relishing the prospect of making Japanese soccer history in Wednesday’s friendly with South American champion Uruguay. Kakitani earned his first call-up last month and responded by scoring three goals in two games at the East Asian ...

| Aug 14, 2013

It's not easy being 'Johnny Football'

by Dave Wiggins

Up front, I admit it: MAS has a huge man-crush on “Johnny Football.” That, of course, would be Johnny Manziel, the sensational Texas A&M quarterback who last season became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. MAS likes and envies everything about ...