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Women's ice hockey team banking on Sochi

Aug 27, 2013

Women's ice hockey team banking on Sochi

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Instant fame does not mean instant cash. That is the reality faced by members of Japan’s women’s ice hockey team amid the glow of media attention it has received since booking a spot in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The team sealed its Olympic ...

Kuroda says stimulus 'starting to exert effects'

Aug 27, 2013

Kuroda says stimulus 'starting to exert effects'

Central bankers from Japan and the U.K. predicted their new campaigns to encourage expansion will work, sustaining support for global growth even as the Federal Reserve considers a reduction in stimulus. As the annual gathering of central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, ...

U.N. rights panel slams North's 'slander' claim

Aug 27, 2013

U.N. rights panel slams North's 'slander' claim

The head of a U.N. inquiry into human rights in North Korea challenged Pyongyang on Monday to back its allegation that testimony gathered by his panel in Seoul amounted to “slander.” The three-member Commission of Inquiry chaired by retired Australian Judge Michael Kirby wrapped ...

Google adds Japan to new Nexus 7 tablet launch

Aug 27, 2013

Google adds Japan to new Nexus 7 tablet launch

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday with a lighter body and high-definition screen to counter Apple Inc.’s popular iPad and other products. Running on the ...

Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle

Aug 27, 2013

Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle

Russia repeated an offer first made two years ago to help Japan clean up its radiation-ravaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear station, welcoming Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s decision to seek outside help. As Tepco pumps thousands of tons of water through the wrecked Fukushima station ...

Aug 27, 2013

ALPS filter off till at least September

Tokyo Electric says the advanced liquid processing system at Fukushima No. 1 was closed Aug. 8 due to corrosion, compounding concerns it is losing its battle against radioactive water.

Incumbent Hayashi re-elected as Yokohama mayor

Aug 27, 2013

Incumbent Hayashi re-elected as Yokohama mayor

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi beat two challengers in the mayoral race Sunday, securing a second four-year term, the election board said. Hayashi, a 67-year-old independent backed by the Liberal Democratic Party, the Democratic Party of Japan and New Komeito, garnered 694,360 votes. Among the ...

Aug 27, 2013

Stop eating Pacific bluefin tuna

One Japan's favorite foods, Pacific Bluefin tuna, is about to become harder to get and more expensive as Japan proposes cuts in the tuna catch in response to overfishing.

Aug 27, 2013

Poisoned mongooses in Okinawa

Japanese researchers have detected high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mongooses found near two U.S. military bases in Okinawa.

Observing the world in Yokohama's giant Orbi

Aug 27, 2013

Observing the world in Yokohama's giant Orbi

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What’s on show at this new, nature-themed high-tech museum should appeal to your senses — literally. Take in the smell of the ocean while watching penguins wander in the polar region. Feel the wild presence of the world’s biggest lizard right next to you ...

Former Flyers pitcher Dobashi dies at 77

Aug 27, 2013

Former Flyers pitcher Dobashi dies at 77

Masayuki Dobashi, who won 162 games over an illustrious career with the Toei Flyers and managed the Yakult Swallows and Nippon Ham Fighters, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on Sunday. He was 77. Dobashi, who passed away from the same ailment as legendary New ...

Miyamoto says 'right time' to call it a day

Aug 27, 2013

Miyamoto says 'right time' to call it a day

Tokyo Yakult Swallows infielder Shinya Miyamoto on Monday formally announced that he will retire at the end of the season, saying, “it is the right time” to leave. The 42-year-old Miyamoto, who reached Japan’s major batting milestone of 2,000 hits last season and has ...