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Freighters collide south of Tokyo; one dead

Sep 28, 2013

Freighters collide south of Tokyo; one dead

At least one crew member was killed Friday after a cargo ship capsized in a collision with a larger freighter in Japanese waters about 100 km south of Tokyo, the Japan Coast Guard said. The collision between the 498-ton Eifuku Maru No. 18 and ...

Japanese units shell out for rigging U.S. auto parts prices

Sep 28, 2013

Japanese units shell out for rigging U.S. auto parts prices

A consortium of Japanese companies used code names and secret meetings to rig bids for dozens of types of auto parts imported to the United States in a decade-long conspiracy that may have cost U.S. consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, U.S. officials announced. ...

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

Sep 28, 2013

Cyclists warned on new left side rule

by Mizuho Aoki

Many cyclists may be unaware that a ban on riding against the flow of traffic will take effect by the end of the year to curb an increasing number of bicycle-related accidents, police warned Friday. Under the revised Road Traffic Law, which will take ...

Japan, S. Korea fail to mend fences

Sep 28, 2013

Japan, S. Korea fail to mend fences

Ministerial-level talks between Japan and South Korea have failed to mend acrimonious ties strained by the Takeshima territorial dispute, differing interpretations of wartime history and the safety of Japanese fishery products in view of the nuclear disaster. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that ...

Hope for colony: Mars soil sample holds 2% water

Sep 28, 2013

Hope for colony: Mars soil sample holds 2% water

The first scoop of Martian soil analyzed by NASA’s Curiosity rover held about 2 percent water, offering hope for hydrating humans who may someday explore the red planet, scientists said in a study Thursday. “We saw Mars as a very dry desert, and while ...

Pakistan quake relief hampered by attacks

Sep 28, 2013

Pakistan quake relief hampered by attacks

Some security officials and relief groups are coming under attack as they struggle to reach victims in earthquake-ravaged southwestern Pakistan, demonstrating the volatile conditions in areas hardest hit by Tuesday’s magnitude 7.7 temblor. As rescue efforts continued for a fourth day on Friday, officials ...

Sep 28, 2013

Moving forward with Iran

Although Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani did not meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the U.N. this week, each man signaled a desire for a rapprochement.

Miyazato tied for lead after first round of Miyagi TV Cup

Sep 28, 2013

Miyazato tied for lead after first round of Miyagi TV Cup

Ai Miyazato carded a 3-under-par 69 on Friday to share the first round lead at the Miyagi TV Cup, where 10 years ago she first won a tour event as an amateur. Miyazato, a U.S. LPGA tour regular playing in her first domestic event ...

Sep 28, 2013

Third-party report on ball scandal critical of commissioner

An investigating body looking into the turmoil surrounding the secret modification of Nippon Professional Baseball’s official ball, indicated Friday that commissioner Ryozo Kato is ultimately responsible. Kato, who had insisted since the start that he would not resign over the flap caused when his ...

Sep 28, 2013

Ando begins comeback

Competing for the first time in two years, two-time world champion Miki Ando took the ice on Thursday in the Nebelhorn Trophy and finished second in the short program. The 25-year-old Ando, who is still looking for a coach, landed all her jumps: a ...

Marines rout new PL champion Eagles

Sep 28, 2013

Marines rout new PL champion Eagles

by David Hueston and Dave Hueston

A night after breaking out the bubbly to celebrate their first ever Pacific League title, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were understandably in need of a collective pick-me-up during a sluggish performance against the second-place Chiba Lotte Marines. Left-hander Takahiro Matsunaga (4-1) allowed four ...

Kvitova slips by Venus in semis at Pan Pacific

Sep 28, 2013

Kvitova slips by Venus in semis at Pan Pacific

Petra Kvitova rallied to defeat Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) and advance to the Pan Pacific Open final on Friday. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the other semifinal. Kerber leads the head to head series ...

Players react after NBL takes unilateral action

Sep 28, 2013

Players react after NBL takes unilateral action

by Kaz Nagatsuka

On Sept. 16, after a pair of National Basketball League preseason games wrapped up, four players came into the press room at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in suits to announce something the nation’s sport had never seen before. They were there to inform ...

Sep 28, 2013

Carp veteran Maeda to retire

Veteran Hiroshima Carp outfielder Tomonori Maeda on Friday said he will retire at the end of this season, his 24th with the Central League club. “It may sound like a bad thing to say, but it feels like I’m finally done with this,” the ...

| Sep 28, 2013

Di Canio hiring doomed from start

by Christopher Davies

Ellis Short is a billionaire, rich beyond the dreams of most. The American owner of Sunderland achieved this by being one step ahead of his business rivals, making shrewd and correct decisions while appointing the best senior management. So why on earth did Short ...

Sep 28, 2013

Hakuho beats Kakuryu to edge closer to title

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho capitalized on a slip-up by closest challenger Kisenosato to zero in on his fourth straight Emperor’s Cup at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Ozeki Kisenosato lost the plot against Goeido, and Hakuho (12-1) took full advantage in the day’s ...