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Abe, Obama agree to cooperate on Syria

Sep 07, 2013

Abe, Obama agree to cooperate on Syria

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed to cooperate toward improving in the situation in war-torn Syria during a bilateral meeting at the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. During their hour-long discussion Thursday, Abe and Obama shared ...

GM, Nissan log record sales of plug-in vehicles in U.S.

Sep 07, 2013

GM, Nissan log record sales of plug-in vehicles in U.S.

General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co., the biggest sellers of rechargeable cars, posted record U.S. plug-in sales in August as their low-cost leases pushed battery-vehicle deliveries this year past last year’s tally. GM delivered 3,351 Chevrolet Volt plug-in sedans last month, up 18 ...

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

Sep 07, 2013

Miyazaki vows he won't be idle in retirement

by Tomohiro Osaki

Hayao Miyazaki, the retiring czar of Japanese animation, said Friday that while he will no longer be at the forefront of creating feature-length animated movies, he will be a “freed man” pursuing his own interests as long as he can. “I know I made ...

Diplomat wrestles for peace in riven Sudan

Sep 07, 2013

Diplomat wrestles for peace in riven Sudan

by Ian Timberlake

In the thousands of years of Sudanese Nuba wrestling history, there had never been anything like it: a barefoot Japanese diplomat in a tight-fitting blue singlet stepping onto the sandy pitch to take on Sudan’s toughest fighter. Four times this year, Yasuhiro Murotatsu, 33, ...

G-20 leaders vow 'credible' fiscal plans

Sep 07, 2013

G-20 leaders vow 'credible' fiscal plans

Despite the U.S.-Russia standoff over the Syrian civil war and Moscow’s granting of temporary asylum of U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, they managed to sit down at the table of the Group of 20 summit Thursday to look at the fluctuating global economic picture. ...

Sep 07, 2013

Japan, U.S. agree to share criminal fingerprint data

Japan and the United States agreed Friday to conclude a pact that will let them instantly access each other’s fingerprint databases to identify people suspected of terrorism and other serious crimes, Japanese officials said. Among the 36 nations and Taiwan that maintain visa-waiver arrangements ...

Syria bio-weapon threat worries neighbors

Sep 07, 2013

Syria bio-weapon threat worries neighbors

by Joby Warrick

Last month’s alleged chemical attack near Damascus has refocused attention on Syria’s 30-year-old biological weapons research and raised concerns about whether its regime could activate an effort to make a weapon. Syria’s bio-weapon program, which U.S. officials believe has been largely dormant since the ...

Rudd headed for 'wipe-out' but refuses to concede

Sep 07, 2013

Rudd headed for 'wipe-out' but refuses to concede

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd refused to concede defeat Friday despite a new poll showing he is heading for an election wipe-out as the media swung behind rival Tony Abbott. The Galaxy survey in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, a day before voters cast their ...

Sep 07, 2013

Belated justice in inheritance cases

It is unfortunate that it took so long for the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a Civic Code provision that discriminated against children born out of wedlock.

Pacific islands fighting for survival as sea levels rise

Sep 07, 2013

Pacific islands fighting for survival as sea levels rise

by John Vidal

Pacific islanders challenged world leaders this week to act on climate change, warning that their low-lying atolls are close to becoming uninhabitable because of rising seas and increasingly severe floods, droughts and storm surges. “The Pacific is fighting for its survival. Climate change has ...

How Marvel's film magic made us true believers

Sep 07, 2013

How Marvel's film magic made us true believers

by Jeffrey A. Brown

Marvel Comics revolutionized the superhero genre in the 1960s with comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron-Man and The Hulk. Colorfully costumed adventurers who fought criminals and alien monsters primarily on the streets of New York City, and who, despite their incredible superpowers, ...

Determined Japan eases past Guatemala

Sep 07, 2013

Determined Japan eases past Guatemala

CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda was on target as Japan got back on the winning track with a comfortable 3-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly in Osaka on Friday night. Honda came off the bench to head Japan into a 50th-minute lead and ...

Sep 07, 2013

Hawks' Senga sidelined with muscle strain

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks rookie Kodai Senga has been diagnosed with a muscle strain that will sideline him for several weeks, the Pacific League club said Friday. Senga, who took part in this summer’s All-Star series, was the fifth of 10 Hawks pitchers used in ...

Sep 07, 2013

Tanaka breaks Ichiro's mark for monthly MVP honors

Record-setting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was named the Pacific League’s August pitcher of the month on Friday, becoming the first player to receive four consecutive monthly MVP awards. By winning for the 11th time, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles star surpassed current New York Yankees ...

Sep 07, 2013

Knicks' Tyler recovering from foot surgery

by Ed Odeven

New York Knicks big man Jeremy Tyler underwent surgery on Thursday to repair “a stress fracture of his right fifth metatarsal,” the team announced. The former Tokyo Apache post player underwent the procedure on his foot at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. ...

Sep 07, 2013

Akita releases star guard Burns

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Draelon Burns sustained an eye injury playing pickup basketball in late August in Milwaukee, and his plans to play for the Akita Northern Happinets have been derailed. The bj-league team announced on Thursday it has voided his contract after an eye doctor ...

Sep 07, 2013

Nani finalizes deal with Man United

Portuguese winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday. The 26-year-old made only seven league starts last season, but new manager David Moyes has confirmed his faith in him by awarding him a deal ...

Red Sox down Yankees in 10

Sep 07, 2013

Red Sox down Yankees in 10

Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 9-8 on Thursday night. Down to their ...

Sep 07, 2013

Carroll named chief for 2019 RWC

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Japan Organizing Committee on Thursday announced it had hired Matt Carroll as interim chief operating officer. Carroll, who served as the general manager of the 2003 Cup in Australia and was a leading figure in the establishment of Australia’s ...