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Tepco's tank leaks blamed on seals, reassembly

Aug 25, 2013

Tepco's tank leaks blamed on seals, reassembly

The huge radioactive water leak discovered at a storage tank last week at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was likely caused by deteriorating rubber seams and distortions that emerged after the tank was reassembled, Tokyo Electric Power Co. says. Tepco said Saturday that ...

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

Aug 25, 2013

Shimane residents urged to evacuate amid heavy rain

Torrential rain damaged railroad lines and left one man missing in Shimane Prefecture on Saturday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to urge residents to evacuate and “take immediate action to protect life.” Jugoro Takahashi, 86, disappeared in western town of Onan after going to inspect ...

Koreas agree to let families reunite in North

Aug 25, 2013

Koreas agree to let families reunite in North

North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold a new round of reunions for family members separated by the Korean War, the first such arrangement in three years and the latest sign of a thaw between the fractious neighbors. After a daylong meeting at ...

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue turns 100

Aug 25, 2013

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue turns 100

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with parties for children as well as grown-ups, illustrating the universal appeal of Hans Christian Andersen’s poignant fairy tale. Perched on a rock in the water just off the star-shaped Kastellet fortress near the city’s ...

Bo tears into witness in new twist during graft trial

Aug 25, 2013

Bo tears into witness in new twist during graft trial

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai launched a scathing attack Saturday on a key witness in his corruption trial, saying even the stupidest official knows not to discuss bribery where he can be overheard. During the trial, Bo admitted “some responsibility” for 5 million yuan ...

Aug 25, 2013

Strong oversight of Tepco needed

The discovery that about 300 tons of highly radioactive water have leaked from a tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant reminds us how far the nuclear crisis is from ending.

Aug 25, 2013

New round of TPP talks

Japan is urged not to make hasty or unnecessary concessions under pressure in the new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, which continue in Brunei through Aug. 30.

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

Aug 25, 2013

Long-gone writer tells it how it is

by Roger Pulvers

When Kenji Miyazawa was writing his stories and poems nearly a century ago, Japan was a country with a two-pronged mission: To become the first non-white, non-Christian nation to create a modern prosperous state — and to be the leader of an Asian revival. ...

Two's company on laid-back Zamami

Aug 25, 2013

Two's company on laid-back Zamami

by Hillel Wright

Being naturally averse to traffic jams, long lines at airports, overcrowded trains and cranked-up hotel rates, I’ve never been one for traveling far on a national holiday in Japan, especially during Golden Week in May when a few of them cluster together. But this ...

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

Aug 25, 2013

China's contribution to Japan's defeat

by Jeff Kingston

An estimated 14 million to 20 million Chinese died during this epic struggle of resistance against Japanese aggression in a war that produced a staggering 80 million to 100 million refugees. Despite the prolonged onslaught of Japan’s modern military machine for eight long years, ...

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

Aug 25, 2013

Collection of American Zen koans for quiet contemplation

by Kris Kosaka

American Zen Koan No. 96: A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen, “If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?” ONE BIRD, ONE STONE: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories, by Sean Murphy. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2013, 288 pp., $17.95 (paperback) ...

Ardija handed seventh consecutive loss

Aug 25, 2013

Ardija handed seventh consecutive loss

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kashiwa Reysol beat Omiya Ardija 3-2 on Saturday night to consign the free-falling Saitama side to its seventh straight defeat. Omiya went into the match at Nack5 Stadium having appointed new manager Tsutomu Ogura earlier in the week in an attempt to stop the ...

Dice-K shelled in Mets debut

Aug 25, 2013

Dice-K shelled in Mets debut

Daisuke Matsuzaka received a rude welcome back to the major leagues on Friday as the right-hander took the loss after allowing five earned runs in five innings in the New York Mets’ 6-1 drubbing by the Detroit Tigers. Matsuzaka, who signed with the Mets ...

A look back at when Tokyo was awarded 1964 Olympics

Aug 25, 2013

A look back at when Tokyo was awarded 1964 Olympics

by Ed Odeven

It’s been more than 50 years since Tokyo was awarded the 1964 Summer Olympics, and it was done before several landmark events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Consider the following: ■ The IOC’s decision on May 26, 1959, occurred in ...

Aug 25, 2013

Mourinho confident Blues will get Willian

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham Hotspur target Willian to join the Stamford Bridge club as the two London teams battle for the services of the Anzhi Makhachkala forward. Tottenham appeared poised to sign the Brazilian after he completed a physical, but Chelsea now ...