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Hankyu Hanshin Hotels chief to quit over menu scandal

Oct 29, 2013

Hankyu Hanshin Hotels chief to quit over menu scandal

The president of Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. said Monday he will step down on Friday to take the blame for a lengthy food advertising scandal involving menus at its inns and restaurants. “We betrayed our customers, and we can’t deny the allegation that we ...

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Oct 29, 2013

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by Kumamoto Prefecture’s official mascot, the popular black bear character called Kumamon, at the prefectural office Monday. The Imperial Couple, who have been visiting the prefecture since Saturday, thanked Kumamon for his display of comical movements. After ...

SUV veers into Tiananmen Square crowd

Oct 29, 2013

SUV veers into Tiananmen Square crowd

Three people were killed when an SUV crashed into a crowd in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Monday and burst into flames, police said, as a tower of smoke billowed near a giant portrait of former Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong. Immediately after the incident ...

Obama unaware as U.S. spied on Merkel: officials

Oct 29, 2013

Obama unaware as U.S. spied on Merkel: officials

The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel’s phone deepened Sunday, after a U.S. denial that President Barack Obama was informed years ago of electronic surveillance of the German chancellor. As a sense of betrayal spread in European capitals about spying activities conducted on ...

Oct 29, 2013

Pushing for nuclear disarmament

For the first time Japan has joined other nations in signing a U.N. statement calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, despite Japan's reliance on the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

Oct 29, 2013

Two tasks for the opposition

The Diet must thoroughly scrutinize the Abe administration's rationale for pushing to restart some of Japan's 50 nuclear reactors that have been offline for more than two years.

Oct 29, 2013

Ono happy to end career in Sydney

Shinji Ono wants to extend his contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers, which could see him finish his career in Australia’s A-League, a report said Monday. The 34-year-old, who has played for Japan 56 times and appeared in three World Cups, is in the ...

Egyptian promoted to sumo's top division

Oct 29, 2013

Egyptian promoted to sumo's top division

Osunaarashi was named as the first wrestler from Africa to enter the elite makuuchi division when the sumo rankings were announced on Monday for the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The 21-year-old Egyptian, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, went 10-5 in his ...