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Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Aug 28, 2013

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that his recent remark suggesting Japan follow the example of the Nazis in Germany in revising its pacifist Constitution would not affect Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. “I’ve already retracted the comment and I think ...

Daughters of Gin-san to make traffic safety ad

Aug 28, 2013

Daughters of Gin-san to make traffic safety ad

Three daughters of the late Gin-san, one of Japan’s famous centenarian twins, will appear in a TV commercial to be aired from September as a part of the Aichi Prefectural Government’s traffic safety campaign. Chitayo Tsuda, 94, Yuriko Sano, 92, and Mineyo Kanie, 89 ...

Harada quits helm of McDonald's

Aug 28, 2013

Harada quits helm of McDonald's

said Tuesday that McDonald’s Co. (Japan) Ltd. President Eiko Harada has stepped down, with the post being taken over the same day by Sarah Casanova from the global hamburger chain’s Canadian unit. Harada remains as chairman of McDonald’s Co. (Japan), the group’s Japanese operating ...

Chinese Internet struck by 'largest cyberattack' ever

Aug 28, 2013

Chinese Internet struck by 'largest cyberattack' ever

China has been hit by the “largest ever” attack on its Internet infrastructure, crashing the country’s .cn servers, according to a government-linked agency. The national domain name resolution service came under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack for around two hours early on ...

Aug 28, 2013

U.S. faces deadline to raise borrowing limit

The United States is set to run out of borrowing authority in mid-October, leaving the government at a high risk of not being able to pay for Social Security checks, military salaries and other operations, the White House said Monday. The announcement, which comes ...

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Aug 28, 2013

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Tens of thousands of builders halted work and aircraft technicians disrupted air traffic Monday in the latest strikes to hit South Africa, fanning fears of new violence. Around 90,000 construction workers embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a 13 percent pay increase, against employers’ ...

'Whack-a-mole' Tepco can't cut it, so state steps in

Aug 28, 2013

'Whack-a-mole' Tepco can't cut it, so state steps in

The government will lead “emergency measures” to combat the radioactive water leaks at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, wresting control of the disaster recovery from the besieged Tokyo Electric Power Co. “We’ve allowed Tepco to deal with the contaminated water situation on ...

Aug 28, 2013

Reducing food loss

More than 30 Japanese food companies, wholesalers and convenient store chains are testing a way to reduce "food loss" caused by strict obeisance to expiration dates.

Aug 28, 2013

Improving relations with Russia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin will meet on the fringe of the Group of 20 leaders summit next week in Saint Petersburg to discuss mutual trust.

Balentien blasts 49th, 50th homers of season

Aug 28, 2013

Balentien blasts 49th, 50th homers of season

Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows hit his 49th and 50th home runs Tuesday to move within five of tying Japanese baseball’s single-season record. Balentien hit a three-run homer in the second inning and added a solo shot in the seventh at Jingu ...

Casey Hill named Santa Cruz head coach

Aug 28, 2013

Casey Hill named Santa Cruz head coach

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Casey Hill, a former Tokyo Apache assistant coach, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Development League team announced over the weekend. Hill, 30, was the franchise’s assistant coach for two seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign ...

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Aug 28, 2013

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Young judoka hopeful Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday. The 20-year-old took the men’s-60 kg title beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his ...