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Sep 30, 2013

Mizuho to punish yakuza loan officials

Mizuho Bank will punish officials swept up in a scandal involving loans to anti-social groups including yakuza crime syndicates, President Yasuhiro Sato said Monday. “We need to take very stern action. We will discuss what the punishment would be appropriate retroactively,” Sato told reporters. ...

Ho set to roll dice on Japan casinos

Sep 30, 2013

Ho set to roll dice on Japan casinos

by Vinicy Chan and Yuki Yamaguchi

Lawrence Ho, son of Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, plans to invest more than $5 billion in Japan if Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. receives permission to build a casino here as he sees constraints on development at home. Ho’s maneuver to build projects in ...

Sep 30, 2013

Japan, U.S. to OK deal on transfer of marines

Japan and the United States plan to give the go-ahead at a high-level meeting this week to revise the bilateral accord on realigning U.S. Marine Corps personnel in Okinawa, as well as defense cooperation guidelines in response to China’s military buildup. The planned revision ...

Chemical inspectors detail Syria arms plan

Sep 30, 2013

Chemical inspectors detail Syria arms plan

Syria's government has been "businesslike and efficient" ahead of meetings this week to lay the groundwork for the destruction of the country's chemical weapons, officials charged with overseeing the effort said say.

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Sep 29, 2013

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Mayor Osami Takeyama’s victory Sunday in the Sakai mayoral election in Osaka Prefecture has cast a shadow over the political future of brash Nippon Ishin co-leader Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. Takeyama, a 63-year-old independent, defeated former Sakai Assemblyman Katsutoshi Nishibayashi, his sole ...

Sep 29, 2013

'Convincing' search needed: Ishiba

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba said Sunday that a “convincing” effort must be made to find funds for disaster-hit Tohoku if it agrees to end the special corporate tax for reconstruction a year early. “The LDP is worried about whether it will be ...

Sep 29, 2013

Komeito fires warning shot at Abe

New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said Sunday the debate over lifting the ban on collective self-defense may affect his party’s coalition with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who heads the conservative LDP, is intending to lift the ban by changing ...

Sep 29, 2013

Lord Kanaloa runs Grade I victory streak to five races

Lord Kanaloa threw himself into contention for horse-of-the-year honors as the defending champion won the Sprinters Stakes for his fifth consecutive Grade 1 win on Sunday. The 5-year-old Lord Kanaloa lost in the Sprinters Stakes’ Grade 2 trial, the Centaur Stakes, earlier this month ...

Cameron seeks strict porn curbs

Sep 29, 2013

Cameron seeks strict porn curbs

In a land whose uptight reputation is belied by its wicked ways, the Conservative-led British government is in midst of a crusade to enact some of the strictest curbs on pornography in the Western world. The campaign follows the rape and murder of two ...

IPCC report may be ditched

Sep 29, 2013

IPCC report may be ditched

by Richard Ingham and Anthony Lucas

Top U.N. experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review? By the end of 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should ...