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'Love of buses' trips up Osaka man

Aug 24, 2013

'Love of buses' trips up Osaka man

A 36-year-old self-proclaimed bus lover from Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, was arrested Thursday for stealing bus destination sign rolls, police said. Police found about 1,000 destination signs and stacks of bus magazines at the home of Naoki Murata, an office worker who owned up to ...

Convicted wife Gu details alleged bribes via video

Aug 24, 2013

Convicted wife Gu details alleged bribes via video

During a video appearance Friday at the trial of Bo Xilai, China’s ousted political star, evidence was heard from Gu Kailai, his wife who herself has been convicted of murder, describing telling her husband of a series of bribes. The pre-recorded appearance by a ...

Tepco radioactive flow raises alarm over seafood safety

Aug 24, 2013

Tepco radioactive flow raises alarm over seafood safety

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Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s revelation that massive amounts of radioactive water are flowing into the Pacific further raised fears about the harm to marine life. Tepco estimated that between May 2011 and this month, a staggering 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium, 20 trillion ...

Reform plan no remedy for health care

Aug 24, 2013

Reform plan no remedy for health care

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Japan has been resorting to patchwork reforms over the past decade to prevent the health care system from collapsing as a rapidly graying society demands more funds from an ever-shrinking pool of tax revenue. Despite improvements, the outline of the government’s latest reform plan, ...

Aug 24, 2013

Board's request to restrict 'Barefoot Gen' assailed

The Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, board of education is bent on covering up negative aspects of Japan’s wartime history, as evidenced by its decision to have local elementary and junior high schools curb student access to the longtime iconic anti-war manga “Hadashi no Gen” (“Barefoot ...

MHI jet wins U.S. backing from SkyWest, Trans States

Aug 24, 2013

MHI jet wins U.S. backing from SkyWest, Trans States

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s new regional jet, Japan’s first such aircraft, won fresh support from U.S. commuter carriers SkyWest Inc. and Trans States Holdings even as its debut was delayed by more than a year. SkyWest and Trans States said Thursday they are in ...

Aug 24, 2013

TPP ministers vow to end talks by year's end

Ministers of the 12 countries involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations vowed Friday to speed up the talks and conclude them by year’s end. In a joint statement released after their two-day meeting in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, the ministers said they ...

No. 1 plant leak clouds Abe nuke spiel

Aug 24, 2013

No. 1 plant leak clouds Abe nuke spiel

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Radiation spreading from the Fukushima No. 1 plant threatens to derail Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive nuclear power and deliver the lower energy prices needed to power his economic reforms. As Abe prepares for a trip Saturday to the Middle East, where ...

West's military options in Syria are few, risky

| Aug 24, 2013

West's military options in Syria are few, risky

Pressure is mounting on the United States and its Western allies to act to halt the violence in Syria. But with politicians and the public alike loath to get sucked into another drawn-out land war in the Middle East, what military options remain on ...

Aug 24, 2013

U.S. stocks shake off Nasdaq shutdown

U.S. stocks managed solid gains Thursday despite a three-hour shutdown of the Nasdaq market that disrupted trade on other exchanges as well. Nasdaq blamed technical problems in its computers for the shutdown, which came after midday and lasted until trade resumed at around 3:25 ...

N.Y. creates cop watchdog, reins in 'stop and frisk'

Aug 24, 2013

N.Y. creates cop watchdog, reins in 'stop and frisk'

The New York City Council has created an inspector general to review police practices, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto and putting a check on the stop-and-frisk policy he championed as a crime-fighting tool. The predominantly Democratic council voted 39 to 10 Thursday to pass ...

British police investigate files seized from Greenwald's partner

Aug 24, 2013

British police investigate files seized from Greenwald's partner

British counterterrorism police launched a criminal investigation Thursday into documents seized from the Brazilian assistant of a journalist working to publish secrets from U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The development came after Britain’s High Court ruled that material seized from David Miranda, the assistant ...

Aug 24, 2013

Hiding the reality of war

he Matsue City board of education in Shimane Prefecture has limited students' access to the best-selling, anti-war manga series "Hadashi no Gen" since December.

Aug 24, 2013

Less Diet time by prime minister

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to reduce the amount of time that the prime minister and Cabinet members are required to Diet committee sessions.

| Aug 24, 2013

Kyoto temple presents 1,000 lights memorial

Saturday is the second day of the Sento (1,000 lights) memorial service at Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple in Kyoto. Numerous candles will be lit between 5:30-8:30 p.m. in honor of thousands of deceased buried in the temple without any surviving relatives to pray for their ...

Eagles ace Tanaka improves to 18-0

Aug 24, 2013

Eagles ace Tanaka improves to 18-0

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka won his 22nd consecutive decision Friday, extending his own Japanese pro baseball record dating back to Aug. 26, 2012. Tanaka, 24, improved to 18-0 on the season after pitching seven shutout innings to open Pacific League leader ...

Aug 24, 2013

Heyward undergoes jaw operation

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch. The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season. Atlanta has a commanding ...