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63 articles published/printed


Son says quality of network 'is critical'

Oct 01, 2013

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

by Kazuaki Nagata

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son said Monday that providing a quality communications network will be even more critical now that all three major carriers are selling the iPhone. “The scene of the cellphone industry is changing,” Son said during an event unveiling Softbank’s winter-spring ...

Scholars shed light on 'Jerusalem of the North'

Oct 01, 2013

Scholars shed light on 'Jerusalem of the North'

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, was once a thriving Jewish cultural hub before Nazi Germany wiped out the “Jerusalem of the North” and killed off most of the country’s Jews. Now individuals and state institutions alike are trying to revive the memory of this Jewish heritage ...

Austria coalition scrapes majority; far right gains

Oct 01, 2013

Austria coalition scrapes majority; far right gains

Austria’s two main political parties looked Monday to have little alternative but to continue their unloved “grand coalition” for another five years after just scraping together a majority in elections. This is unless the conservatives attempt a repeat of their 2000 coalition with the ...

India's plan for 'women-only' spaces welcomed, criticized

Oct 01, 2013

India's plan for 'women-only' spaces welcomed, criticized

In the months since a gruesome gang rape riveted India, a “women-only” culture has been on the rise, with Indians increasingly seeking out women-only buses, cabs, travel groups and hotel floors. One city is preparing to open a women-only park. And in November, the ...

Oct 01, 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

Oct 01, 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 ...

Oct 01, 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

Oct 01, 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.

Oct 01, 2013

Spreading worries about Osprey

The government has not given a convincing reason why the U.S. Marine Corps will train with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Shiga and Kochi prefectures in October.

Oct 01, 2013

North Korea's hard and soft tactics

Pyongyang's recent cancellation of a planned reunion for North and South Korean families suggests that it is using hard and soft tactics to gain diplomatic advantage.

Blanco homers twice as BayStars down Swallows

Oct 01, 2013

Blanco homers twice as BayStars down Swallows

Tony Blanco homered twice to drive in five runs, powering the Yokohama BayStars to a 6-3 win over the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Monday night. Yakult’s Wladimir Balentien extended his Japanese single-season record to 59 homers with a two-out solo blast that gave ...

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

| Oct 01, 2013

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

by Jason Coskrey

Clinching the Pacific League pennant a little early gave the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles a chance to really enjoy the moment. Ace Masahiro Tanaka, 22-0 this season, was on the mound for the last inning of the PL pennant race on Sept. 26 at ...

Harumafuji escapes wrath of yokozuna council

Oct 01, 2013

Harumafuji escapes wrath of yokozuna council

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council was largely sympathetic with the performance of yokozuna Harumafuji, who finished with a subpar 10-5 mark at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. It was the second consecutive tournament that Harumafuji posted just 10 wins — ...