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Abe tries to dispel rumors about Fukushima seafood

Oct 20, 2013

Abe tries to dispel rumors about Fukushima seafood

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the port of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday and pledged efforts to dispel rumors about the safety of local fishery produce. Abe took a firsthand look at Matsukawaura port, where fishermen resumed trial catches in late September after ...

In about-face, Saudi Arabia rejects seat on U.N. Security Council

Oct 20, 2013

In about-face, Saudi Arabia rejects seat on U.N. Security Council

Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The unprecedented ...

U.N. expert urges U.S. to reveal civilian drone deaths

Oct 20, 2013

U.N. expert urges U.S. to reveal civilian drone deaths

U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson said that preliminary information gathered for a new report indicated more than 450 civilians may have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, but more work needs to be done to confirm the figures. The U.S. ...

Foley, former U.S. House speaker and ambassador to Japan, dies at 84

Oct 20, 2013

Foley, former U.S. House speaker and ambassador to Japan, dies at 84

Tom Foley, the genteel U.S. deal-maker who served as an enthusiastic ambassador to Japan following a crushing defeat as speaker of the House of Representatives, died Friday. He was 84. Foley, a Democrat who represented a district around his native Spokane, Washington, in Congress ...

Oct 20, 2013

Remedies for rigged research

It still isn't clear who manipulated clinical research data in favor of Novartis Pharma's blood-pressure drug Diovan, casting a cloud on the credibility of Japan's medical universities.

Countryside campaigner for us all

Oct 20, 2013

Countryside campaigner for us all

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In the mid-1970s, Souichi Yamashita, a farmer in northern Kyushu who also writes books about rural Japan, got to know a young man named Yutaka Une. Une had just started work there as an agricultural outreach officer with the Fukuoka prefectural government — and ...

| Oct 20, 2013

Omotenashi: The spirit of selfless hospitality

おもてなし Domestic TV programs, radio shows and newspapers have jumped on the omotenashi bandwagon ever since Tokyo Olympic bid ambassador Christel Takigawa uttered the word in her speech to the International Olympic Committee early last month. Difficult to define, it can roughly be summed ...

On the beat with a cultural detective

Oct 20, 2013

On the beat with a cultural detective

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The recent success of Barry Lancet, first time author and resident of Japan for over 25 years, reads like a bar-stool fantasy for any wanna-be writer, and Lancet’s definitely enjoying the dream-like reality. With the TV rights optioned by Hollywood, positive reviews surging in ...

Oct 20, 2013

Shimane falls to 0-5 under new coach Vlaikidis

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It’s been a rough start this season for the Shimane Susanoo Magic. After three straight playoff-qualifying seasons, the Magic fell to 0-5 on Saturday, losing 68-50 to the visiting Kyoto Hannaryz in Unnan, Shimane Prefecture. Shimane shot 17-for-59 from the field in the low-scoring ...

Mima tosses four-hit shutout against Marines

Oct 20, 2013

Mima tosses four-hit shutout against Marines

Manabu Mima pitched his first career shutout and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles moved to within one win of bringing Sendai its first Japan Series after a 2-0 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines in Saturday's Game 3 of the Pacific League Climax Series ...

Oct 20, 2013

Maradona owes $53 milion in taxes

Italy’s tax collection agency says it has formally notified Diego Maradona that it will begin procedures to freeze his assets in Italy to pay off his tax debt of $53 million. Equitalia confirmed reports Friday saying its agents had served Maradona with the notification ...

Saito fires Marinos by Sanfrecce

Oct 20, 2013

Saito fires Marinos by Sanfrecce

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Manabu Saito struck early in the second half to put Yokohama F. Marinos in control of the J. League title race with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday. Defending champions Sanfrecce went into the game at Nissan Stadium in first place ahead ...

Giants put away Carp

Oct 20, 2013

Giants put away Carp

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This was the realist’s ending. In the movies, the ball always clears the fence in the bottom of the ninth; scrappy, gritty, underdogs rarely lose; and the hero gets the girl in the end. Reality, though, has a way of getting in the way ...