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52 articles published/printed


Oct 12, 2013

Congress eyes bill on abductions

A U.S. congressional panel calls for Washington to reach legal agreements with Japan and other countries to help resolve hundreds of cases of children abducted by estranged parents.

Toyota wins first acceleration trial

Oct 12, 2013

Toyota wins first acceleration trial

Toyota Motor Corp. was not responsible for an accident that killed a 66-year-old woman who crashed her 2006 Camry into a tree after it sped out of control on a road and into oncoming traffic, a Los Angeles jury finds.

Nuclear disaster drill aims for more realism

Oct 12, 2013

Nuclear disaster drill aims for more realism

The government on Friday kicked off a two-day nuclear evacuation drill — its first since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 power plant disaster — with the aim of making the exercise more realistic than its usual scripted rehearsals. The drill is based on a ...

Oyster-harvesting season starts in Hiroshima

Oct 12, 2013

Oyster-harvesting season starts in Hiroshima

The oyster harvest began Friday in Hiroshima Prefecture, the country’s largest region for the mollusks. This year, the season began 10 days later than normal. The association of oyster growers decided to postpone the opening of the season for that amount of time as ...

Kuroda vows end to deflation

Oct 12, 2013

Kuroda vows end to deflation

The Bank of Japan will do what is necessary to defeat deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said, declining to discuss specific additional measures it might take. The central bank’s asset-purchase program has “been exerting its intended effect, which is quite encouraging,” Kuroda said at ...

Toyota shows off autopilot tech system

Oct 12, 2013

Toyota shows off autopilot tech system

Toyota on Friday unveiled next-generation car technologies that automatically swerve to avoid collisions while also keeping to the middle of the road — without drivers touching the wheel — and which could be on the market in just a few years’ time. “These advanced ...

Pre-dawn blaze guts hospital for aged in Fukuoka, kills 10

Oct 12, 2013

Pre-dawn blaze guts hospital for aged in Fukuoka, kills 10

A pre-dawn blaze ripped through an orthopedic hospital Friday in the city of Fukuoka, claiming 10 lives and leaving eight others injured, four of whom are reportedly in critical condition. The Fukuoka Prefectural Police said the fire at Abe Seikeigeka (Orthopedics) hospital killed three ...

Freed Libyan premier accuses 'political party'

Oct 12, 2013

Freed Libyan premier accuses 'political party'

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has accused a “political party” of organizing his abduction by armed gunmen Thursday, the latest example of the lawlessness prevailing since Moammar Gadhafi’s overthrow. Zeidan appeared in good health when he arrived at government headquarters after his ordeal, waving ...

Oct 12, 2013

U.S. 'forcibly' took custody of militant leader, Afghans say

The United States recently seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, snatching him from the custody of Afghan intelligence operatives who had spent months trying to recruit him as an interlocutor for peace talks, Afghan government officials charged Thursday. Latif Mehsud, an ...

Oct 12, 2013

Crashes, sticker shock mark Obamacare shopping

by Ted Rall

Either because he is not an average person or because the online administrators are idiots, a New York columnist spent six hours setting up an account with so-called Obamacare. ither because he is not an average person or because the online administrators are idiots, a ...

Oct 12, 2013

Preparing for the 2020 Olympics

The government plan to establish an athlete-nurturing Sports Agency ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics should not overlook the need for a stronger sports foundation nationwide.

Oct 12, 2013

Police must take stalking seriously

The murder of an 18-year-old Tokyo high school student underscores a failed police approach to stalking cases and the danger in giving out contact info to "friends" on social networks.

Strays become woman's calling

Oct 12, 2013

Strays become woman's calling

by Kris Kosaka

It’s a typical evening in the Mercer-Tojo household. Susan Mercer, 37, has just settled down their 2-year-old for the night, tucking him in as he cuddles with five or six cats. Several dogs prowl restlessly, eager for a pat or a kind word. Scooping ...

Tsonga dominates Mayer, reaches Shanghai semis

Oct 12, 2013

Tsonga dominates Mayer, reaches Shanghai semis

by Jack Gallagher

Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga roared into the semifinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Friday with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-3 victory over unseeded German Florian Mayer. Tsonga, who beat Kei Nishikori in the third round on Thursday, overpowered Mayer with his booming serve and ...