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LDP takes aim at rice farmers

Nov 04, 2013

LDP takes aim at rice farmers

In a major shift in farm policy, the government plans to stop controlling rice prices by halving subsidies to farmers who voluntarily reduce their harvests.

Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

Nov 04, 2013

Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found. The boat was in the Bay of Bengal and headed for Bangladesh when it went down early Sunday, ...

Tsukiji's final days

| Nov 04, 2013

Tsukiji's final days

by Satoko Kawasaki

Tsukiji, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market, has sold fresh marine produce for more than half a century. Tourists the world over show up at dawn to get a glimpse of its busy fishmongers at work in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. With fish coming in ...

Gulf allies tire of waiting for U.S. on Syria

Nov 04, 2013

Gulf allies tire of waiting for U.S. on Syria

Persian Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, are moving to strengthen their military support for Syrian rebels and develop policy options independent from the United States in the wake of what they see as a failure of U.S. leadership following President Barack Obama’s decision ...

In tablet era, U.S. debates cursive script

Nov 04, 2013

In tablet era, U.S. debates cursive script

by Robert Macpherson

For third-grade pupils at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in suburban Ellicott City, an hour’s drive from Washington, learning to write joined-up letters is a no-brainer. “I like writing it sometimes. It’s kind of fun,” said Oren Dubensky after he and his fellow 8-year-olds mastered ...

Sake masters draw fans at first U.N. tasting event

Nov 04, 2013

Sake masters draw fans at first U.N. tasting event

Twenty-three sake masters held a tasting event at U.N. headquarters Friday, giving diplomats and their staff a chance to sample various kinds the Japanese liquor often called rice wine. While sampling sakes made by 48 breweries across Japan, some hailed the “sophistication and craftsmanship” ...

Emporiums target upscale spenders

Nov 04, 2013

Emporiums target upscale spenders

Department stores are stepping up their year-end sales campaigns in hopes of attracting high-spending customers emboldened by an upsurge in economic sentiment. In Tokyo, Sogo & Seibu Co. opened its year-end gift center at Seibu’s flagship store in the Ikebukuro district on Tuesday, while ...

Nov 04, 2013

The memory of sacrificed youth

The plan is to preserve the National Stadium monument dedicated to 100,000 college students sent off to World War II battlefields and to place it in the new Olympic stadium in 2019.

Nov 04, 2013

Code of conduct for South China Sea

Although the East Asia Summit welcomed "positive progress" on official consultations toward a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, China seems in no hurry to conclude the accord.

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Nov 04, 2013

Impact of climate change 'harrowing'

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...

Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama

Nov 04, 2013

Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama

by Ed Odeven

Since playing his first game for the then-expansion Toyama Grouses in 2006, Nile Murry has been one of the bj-league’s best all-around players. The hard-working backcourt leader made an impact for the Grouses and then for the Evessa (2008-10) and Rizing Fukuoka (2010-11) before ...

Ferrer shocks Nadal

Nov 04, 2013

Ferrer shocks Nadal

David Ferrer stunned top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5 and Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer from a set and break down in the Paris Masters semifinals on Saturday. Djokovic prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his 16th straight match win. Ferrer had lost nine straight times ...

Surprising 76ers top Bulls, improve to 3-0 under new coach

Nov 04, 2013

Surprising 76ers top Bulls, improve to 3-0 under new coach

Forget tanking. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers can’t lose. Pegged in the preseason to be one of the league’s worst teams, the Sixers continued their stunning start to the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night behind 26 points and ...

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

Nov 04, 2013

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

by Andrew Mckirdy

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has warned his new-look All Blacks to stick to the game plan ahead of their tour of Europe after going rogue for periods of Saturday’s 54-6 win over Japan. The All Blacks brushed past the Brave Blossoms with the ...

Rangers find scoring touch

Nov 04, 2013

Rangers find scoring touch

Initially, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t pleased with Derek Stepan and his linemates. By the end of the night, Vigneault’s assessment of his top line had changed dramatically. Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added ...

Mucho Macho Man wins by a nose

Nov 04, 2013

Mucho Macho Man wins by a nose

Mucho Macho Man won the $5 million Classic by a nose Saturday, making Kathy Ritvo the first female trainer to win North America’s richest race at a Breeders’ Cup that began tragically with the death of a horse in the first race. Gary Stevens ...

Lee captures Hisako Higuchi Ladies title

Nov 04, 2013

Lee captures Hisako Higuchi Ladies title

Overnight leader Lee Bo-mee equaled a course-record 65 to secure her second title of the season at the Hisako Higuchi Ladies on Sunday. The South Korean sank four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine at Morinaga Takataki Country Club and picked ...