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Typhoon leaves 18 dead on Tokyo isle, in metro area

Oct 17, 2013

Typhoon leaves 18 dead on Tokyo isle, in metro area

Typhoon Wipha brought strong winds and heavy rains to Tokyo early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people on Izu-Oshima Island and disrupting metropolitan area transportation systems during the morning rush hour. On Izu-Oshima, which is in the Pacific about 120 km south of Tokyo, ...

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Oct 17, 2013

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Two Japanese companies have acquired control of the Finnish game company Supercell, creator of “Clash of Clans,” the Helsinki-based firm said Tuesday amid hopes of creating a global Nintendo-style brand. Softbank Corp. and GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. spent $1.5 billion to buy 51 percent ...

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

Oct 17, 2013

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and British Foreign Secretary William Hague agreed Wednesday to deepen bilateral security cooperation, especially in the fields of maritime, computers and outer space as well as counterterrorism. During the second Japan-U.K. strategic dialogue in Tokyo, the ministers also agreed to ...

From Osaka to remote island life

Oct 17, 2013

From Osaka to remote island life

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Seeking to reverse the exodus of young people to big cities, fishing industry operators on remote Nishinoshima in the Sea of Japan have waged a long-running campaign with the local town office to attract new talent to the area. The island’s fisheries union branch, ...

Tepco's toxic water failures pitiful: NRA

Oct 17, 2013

Tepco's toxic water failures pitiful: NRA

The Nuclear Regulation Authority concludes that Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s efforts to keep radioactive water at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 power station from spilling into the sea have been ineffective.

Boehner's control of his caucus slipping

Oct 17, 2013

Boehner's control of his caucus slipping

Republican House Speaker John Boehner started Tuesday with a last-ditch attempt to exert control over his restive caucus, proposing a new plan to open the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling in an effort to give Republicans a bit of leverage. But as ...

U.S. soldier honored after Afghan battle dispute

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. soldier honored after Afghan battle dispute

President Barack Obama honored a former U.S. Army captain’s courage and compassion Tuesday, almost four years after an acrimonious dispute stalled his nomination for the military’s prized Medal of Honor. Capt. William Swenson, 34, was lauded at an emotional White House ceremony, but it ...

ITS tech on display in Tokyo

Oct 17, 2013

ITS tech on display in Tokyo

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The newest technologies showcasing the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS) will be on view to the public starting Thursday as part of an ongoing conference in Tokyo. The exhibition under the 20th ITS World Congress at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward features ...

Softbank's Son on buying spree

Oct 17, 2013

Softbank's Son on buying spree

A day after Softbank Corp. said it was buying a majority stake in Finnish game maker Supercell, the company’s billionaire chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is at it again.

Regime, rebel threats have reporters avoiding Syria

Oct 17, 2013

Regime, rebel threats have reporters avoiding Syria

Journalists in Syria have been killed by snipers, accused of spying and kidnapped by gunmen. With the threats growing, many say the conflict is now too dangerous to cover. The risks have increased the challenge of reporting, which was already difficult there because of ...

Oct 17, 2013

Policy speech overlooks key issues

An extraordinary Diet session starts ostensibly to deal with radioactive contamination, reconstruction of disaster-hit areas and world trade, but the prime minister's policy speech misses.

Oct 17, 2013

Raising fees for nursing care services

The government plans to raise the out-of-pocket share paid by "high-income" earners for services received under the elderly nursing care insurance system from 10 to 20 percent.

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

Oct 17, 2013

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

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I’ve always thought that the “Roppongi Crossing” exhibitions try too hard. They take themselves too seriously and usually end up missing the point. Held every three years at the Mori Art Museum, the shows bring together heavily curated selections of contemporary art in an ...

'Edward II': The back story

Oct 17, 2013

'Edward II': The back story

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Atheist, blasphemer, sodomite, spy, counterfeiter, lover of boys and tobacco — playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe has never been easily accepted into the comfortable canon of English literature. Born in 1564, the same year as William Shakespeare, in 1593 Marlowe was stabbed to death ...

Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

Oct 17, 2013

Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

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Beneath Kyoto, the destination par excellence of tourists, aesthetes, and historians, are the scars and ashes of a much older capital of Japan. Founded in 794 as the seat of imperial authority, after a devastating civil war from 1467 to 1477, the city was ...

'Edward II': The director's take

Oct 17, 2013

'Edward II': The director's take

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Two years ago, Shintaro Mori made his directorial debut at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, with a minimalist production of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece “Waiting for Godot.” Now, at age 37, he’s back there at the helm of probably one of the West’s first-ever ...

Kyoto Experiment 2013: 'Do as you like'

Oct 17, 2013

Kyoto Experiment 2013: 'Do as you like'

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Language, memory and identity politics are at the core of the fourth edition of Kyoto Experiment, the annual feast of progressive and experimental theater now being served up by organizers the Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival. Along with artists from Japan, the event, running ...

Uehara, Tazawa star in victory

Oct 17, 2013

Uehara, Tazawa star in victory

Koji Uehara picked up his third save of the postseason as the Boston Red Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the American League Championship Series. John Lackey’s pitching and a clutch homer by Mike Napoli in ...

Cleo strike propels Reysol past J2 Fagiano

Oct 17, 2013

Cleo strike propels Reysol past J2 Fagiano

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A late penalty from Brazilian striker Cleo put holders Kashiwa Reysol into Sunday’s draw for the fourth round of the Emperor’s Cup with a 1-0 win over second-division Fagiano Okayama on Wednesday night. Referee Nobutsugu Murakami pointed to the spot after Keita Goto handled ...

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Oct 17, 2013

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Japan head coach Eddie Jones will be hospitalized indefinitely to undergo tests after showing symptoms of a stroke, Kyodo News learned on Wednesday. The announcement of the Japan squad for the Nov. 2 test against New Zealand was overshadowed by the news that the ...

Belarus deals Japan another defeat

Oct 17, 2013

Belarus deals Japan another defeat

Japan will head home empty-handed from its Eastern Europe tour as the Asian champions went down meekly 1-0 at the hands of Belarus on Tuesday. Yan Tigorev’s strike just before halftime sent Belarus past Alberto Zaccheroni’s side, which lost yet again to a team ...