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Obama, Putin face off over Syria at G-20

Sep 08, 2013

Obama, Putin face off over Syria at G-20

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin fail to end their bitter dispute over American plans for military action in Syria at the Group of 20 summit.

What's the real story behind 'Emperor'?

| Sep 08, 2013

What's the real story behind 'Emperor'?

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“Emperor,” a film directed by Peter Webber that takes up the subject of Emperor Showa and the postwar occupation period, has been showing at local theaters since July. The film’s protagonist is Gen. Bonner Frank Fellers, who served as a subordinate to Supreme Commander ...

Photojournalist scoops top award

Sep 08, 2013

Photojournalist scoops top award

Photographer Noriko Hayashi has won the top award for feature reporting at an international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, southern France. Hayashi, a 29-year-old freelancer who lives in Tokyo, won the Visa d’or Feature Award on Friday at the Visa pour l’image festival for a ...

Inose slams Fukushima coverage

Sep 08, 2013

Inose slams Fukushima coverage

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, at his final news conference before the selection of the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics, blasted media coverage of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and said people should not believe scare stories. He also stressed that the central government ...

Sep 08, 2013

Bombs, sing-alongs for N. Korea spies

As well as the obvious classes such as bomb making, Kim Dong Sik’s intensive spy training in North Korea included memorizing hundreds of South Korean pop songs and dance moves. Such strategies for assimilating into South Korean society were considered essential to avoid suspicion, ...

Hitler bodyguard Misch dies in Berlin at 96

Sep 08, 2013

Hitler bodyguard Misch dies in Berlin at 96

Rochus Misch, who spent five years as Adolf Hitler’s square-jawed bodyguard, courier, telephone operator and all-around attendant and was widely believed to be the last surviving veteran of the Nazi leader’s bunker as the Soviet Army closed in on Berlin, died Thursday at the ...

Sep 08, 2013

Google races to keep out government spies

Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday. The move is ...

Judge denied do-over in rape ruling

Sep 08, 2013

Judge denied do-over in rape ruling

A U.S. judge was blocked Friday from increasing the controversial one-month prison term he imposed on a teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student. Montana’s Supreme Court said Judge G. Todd Baugh could not annul the 31-day sentence he imposed on teacher Stacey Rambold ...

Ballet prodigy gets a big lift from mom

Sep 08, 2013

Ballet prodigy gets a big lift from mom

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Sixteen-year old ballerina Miko Fogarty may be an American teen prodigy, but despite hailing from that land steeped in stardom culture, she seems to have none of the usual celebrity trappings — or to be particularly interested in them. When we met recently on ...

Tracing the path of history in northern Nagasaki

Sep 08, 2013

Tracing the path of history in northern Nagasaki

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The horn blast from the incoming ferry echoes clearly through the top-floor hall of Hirado Castle. From the donjon’s vantage point, my husband and I can clearly see the large passenger ship as it enters the sheltered bay of Hirado’s port, marking the end ...

Lennon: Beatles' last album was 'torture'

Sep 08, 2013

Lennon: Beatles' last album was 'torture'

Recording their 12th and last studio album was nothing short of “torture” for The Beatles, said John Lennon in a tape-recorded interview coming up for auction this month. The Fab Four had just completed “Let It Be” in 1969, but had yet to break ...

Giants stage comeback victory over archrival Tigers

Sep 08, 2013

Giants stage comeback victory over archrival Tigers

Shuichi Murata hit a two-run homer off teenage rookie Shintaro Fujinami (10-5) in the fourth inning, and Hisayoshi Chono hit another in the fifth as the CL-leading Yomiuri Giants rallied from a run down to beat the second-place Hanshin Tigers 4-1 on Saturday. Matt ...

Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

Sep 08, 2013

Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

The Japan women volleyball’s team secured its spot in next year’s FIVB Women’s World Championships in Italy with a win over Australia on Saturday in Asian qualifying. Japan, which won the bronze medal in last year’s London Olympics and is ranked third in the ...

Tigers outfielder Hiyama announces plan to retire

Sep 08, 2013

Tigers outfielder Hiyama announces plan to retire

Hanshin Tigers outfielder Shinjiro Hiyama, a 22-year veteran who ranks second in the Central League in career pinch hits, said Saturday this will be his final season. The 44-year-old, who entered play on Saturday with a career .260 batting average over 1,945 games, has ...

Matsuyama cards 5-under 66, leads by four strokes

Sep 08, 2013

Matsuyama cards 5-under 66, leads by four strokes

Hideki Matsuyama set himself up for his third win of the season on Saturday after a bogey-free 5-under-par 66 saw him take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Fujisankei Classic. Matsuyama, who has enjoyed an excellent rookie season that has also ...