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Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado

Sep 04, 2013

Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado

Recovery and repair efforts continued Tuesday, a day after a tornado tore a path through Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, and Noda, Chiba Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency continued its investigation into whether the tornado was produced by a supercell, the least common type of thunderstorm ...

Rich on luxury item spree at emporiums

Sep 04, 2013

Rich on luxury item spree at emporiums

Sales of high-priced merchandise are growing at department stores as stronger stock prices and the weaker yen from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic policy mix stimulate spending by affluent people. Department store sales across the country totaled some ¥3 trillion in the first ...

Rakuten to buy video streaming provider

Sep 04, 2013

Rakuten to buy video streaming provider

Rakuten Inc., controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, said it has agreed to buy streaming video service provider Viki Inc. as the Internet retailer seeks to expand into new digital offerings. The companies see opportunities for Viki to boost revenue by selling more advertising against ...

Tokyo is odds-on favorite for games

Sep 04, 2013

Tokyo is odds-on favorite for games

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Tokyo is the odds-on favorite to host the 2020 Olympic Games in the days before the winning city is announced, according to bookmakers. According to OddsChecker.com, a website that gathers online gambling data, Tokyo, which last hosted the Olympics in 1964, has 44 percent ...

JET alumni advocates for Japan

Sep 04, 2013

JET alumni advocates for Japan

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Clifton Strickler never thought of coming to Japan until he met his boss at the University of Texas while engaged in an undergraduate work-study. His boss lived in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, teaching English with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. For Strickler, the JET ...

Brazil, Mexico summon U.S. envoys

Sep 04, 2013

Brazil, Mexico summon U.S. envoys

Brazil and Mexico on Monday demanded explanations from the United States over allegations that the National Security Agency spied on the communications of their presidents. Brazilian Foreign Minister Luis Figueiredo said the interception of Internet data from President Dilma Rousseff reported by U.S. journalist ...

Sep 04, 2013

Tepco dealt another criminal complaint

Three people file a criminal complaint against Tokyo Electric Power and 32 executives, claiming they neglected to prevent radioactive water at Fukushima No. 1 from flowing into the ocean.

Sep 04, 2013

No active fault under Oi plant, NRA team says

A team from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Monday that no active geological faults exist under the key facilities of the Oi nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture. The five-member team reached its conclusion after inspecting the Kansai Electric Power Co. facility from November ...

Obama shows flexibility on Syrian strike proposal

Sep 04, 2013

Obama shows flexibility on Syrian strike proposal

As the Obama administration launches what it describes as a "flood the zone" campaign to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Syria, officials say they are willing to rewrite the proposed resolution to clarify that any operation would be limited in scope and ...

Sep 04, 2013

America's unfinished business

There is no mistaking the progress that has been made in the United States in the half century since Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. But there remains a long way to go.

Matsuzaka falls to 0-3 after another bad outing for Mets

Sep 04, 2013

Matsuzaka falls to 0-3 after another bad outing for Mets

Once again struggling with his pace on the mound, New York Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was roughed up for six runs in three innings in a 13-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Matsuzaka, who spent the bulk of the season with the ...

Daiki Kameda outpoints Guerrero, nabs IBF super flyweight title

Sep 04, 2013

Daiki Kameda outpoints Guerrero, nabs IBF super flyweight title

Third-ranked Daiki Kameda defeated fourth-ranked Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero by unanimous decision to take the vacant IBF super flyweight title on Tuesday. Kameda was on top on all three judges’ scorecards after the bout which didn’t really get going until the 10th round, winning 114-112, ...

First-place Eagles rally past Lions

Sep 04, 2013

First-place Eagles rally past Lions

A trio of former big leaguers led the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Seibu Lions on Tuesday. Andruw Jones trimmed the deficit to 3-1, when he led off the fifth inning with his 20th home run. ...

Sep 04, 2013

Nishikori named to Davis Cup team

Kei Nishikori is set to make his first Davis Cup appearance in a year after the world No. 12 was named Tuesday to Japan’s team for its World Group playoff against Colombia. Go Soeda, Yuichi Sugita and Tatsuma Ito were also named to the ...