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Mizuho has more loans to the mob

Nov 14, 2013

Mizuho has more loans to the mob

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Mizuho Bank has outstanding loans to yakuza and other antisocial elements apart from car loans extended through its affiliate credit company, Orient Corp., President Ya­su­hi­ro Sa­to tells the Diet.

Nov 14, 2013

Thyroid cancers up in Fukushima

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Screening of Fukushima residents who were 18 or younger at the time of the 2011 nuclear disaster had found 26 confirmed and 32 suspected cases of thyroid cancer as of Sept. 30, the Fukushima Prefectural Government says.

Deadly crush as Filipinos try to flee typhoon nightmare

Nov 14, 2013

Deadly crush as Filipinos try to flee typhoon nightmare

Thousands of people jostled and begged for seats Wednesday on scarce flights out of a Philippine city demolished by a super typhoon, as authorities struggled to dispose of bodies and faced anger at the slow arrival of aid turned deadly. Corpses putrefying in the ...

Tokyo-bound Kennedy attends welcome event

Nov 14, 2013

Tokyo-bound Kennedy attends welcome event

Caroline Kennedy, the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, attended a welcome event Tuesday in Washington hosted by the Japanese Embassy ahead of her departure for Tokyo. She is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Friday. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a swearing-in ceremony ...

Isahaya ruling puts the state in a quandary

Nov 14, 2013

Isahaya ruling puts the state in a quandary

The fate of the contentious plan to open the floodgates of the Isahaya Bay dike protecting filled-in land in Nagasaki Prefecture has become even more uncertain now that a district court has ruled that the government must keep them closed, in direct contradiction to ...

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

Nov 14, 2013

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

The Okayama Prefectural Nature Conservation Center in the town of Wake, known for having the nation’s largest population of Japanese cranes, has been wrestling with overcrowded breeding facilities as the birds age. Officials say that the unexpected longevity of the Japanese cranes, also known ...

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

Nov 14, 2013

Kumamon, governor tickle the ivies

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima on Tuesday took Kumamon to Harvard to give a lecture at one of America’s most prestigious universities on how the cuddly black bear mascot has helped “maximize the overall happiness” of the prefecture’s residents. Later at Fenway Park in nearby ...

Ghosn: Mexico to be key export hub

Nov 14, 2013

Ghosn: Mexico to be key export hub

Nissan Motor Co. is accelerating operations in Mexico to allow the production of 1 million vehicles annually within three years, putting the country on par with Japan as an export hub for the carmaker. About 700,000 of that total will be exported to such ...

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

Nov 14, 2013

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

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Yuki Kawauchi, 26, is a top marathon runner, but he defies the conventional wisdom of the sport in Japan. Kawauchi is known as a “citizen runner” because he works full time at a public night high school in Saitama Prefecture, while most top runners ...

Magazine seeks to counter bias toward poor

Nov 14, 2013

Magazine seeks to counter bias toward poor

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Many Japanese may regard people on welfare as not merely unfortunate have-nots, viewing them instead as contemptible slackers who don’t seek work because they prefer to stay “comfortably poor.” Mainstream perceptions of welfare recipients in Japan are becoming increasingly hostile, said well-known anti-poverty activist ...

Man admits 'sextortion' of U.S. beauty queen

Nov 14, 2013

Man admits 'sextortion' of U.S. beauty queen

A computer science student pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and other young women, secretly photographing them and threatening to post the pictures online if they didn’t send him more naked photos. Jared James Abrahams, 19, answered a series ...

Aid operations gather steam in disaster-hit Philippine region

Nov 14, 2013

Aid operations gather steam in disaster-hit Philippine region

Relief operations in the typhoon-devastated region of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but still only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies were making it to the hardest-hit areas. Aviation authorities said two more airports in the region had reopened, allowing for ...

Nov 14, 2013

Spotlight on the Deep Web

It's hard to believe that the prodigious talents at America's National Security Agency cannot apply themselves to the problems of the unregulated dark domain of the "Deep Web.

An audience with Sylvie Guillem

Nov 14, 2013

An audience with Sylvie Guillem

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There are many wonderful ballet dancers the world over, but Sylvie Guillem is undoubtedly in a category of her own — and not only because of her famously self-willed ways. Born in Paris in February 1965, in 1984, Guillem — whose first love as ...

Brecht's 'Fatzer' underground in Kyoto

Nov 14, 2013

Brecht's 'Fatzer' underground in Kyoto

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The term “metatheater” refers to devices in a play that break the so-called “fourth wall” — the illusion of theatrical reality — in order to involve the audience as critical participants in the production. Metatheatricality is a hallmark of early 20th-century Modernist drama, and ...

The politics behind Japan's modern era of proletarian art

Nov 14, 2013

The politics behind Japan's modern era of proletarian art

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“Art and Literature in Japan 1926-1936″ follows the close of the Taisho Era (1912-1926), which was characterized by democracy, artistic experimentation and widespread social self-absorptions by the citizenry in new fashions such as the “beach pajama” outfits of “modern” girls. The successive Showa Era ...

Nov 14, 2013

Tokyo overwhelms Saitama in fourth quarter, completes series sweep

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Despite John “Helicopter” Humphrey’s 45-point outburst, the Saitama Broncos couldn’t quell the Tokyo Cinq Reves’ momentum and spirited comeback on Wednesday night at Musashino General Gymnasium. The result? An 82-76 Tokyo triumph. The Broncos (2-10) suffered their seventh straight defeat in the bj-league, failing ...

Both yokozuna post impressive victories

Nov 14, 2013

Both yokozuna post impressive victories

Hakuho sent out Kyokutenho in clinical fashion and fellow yokozuna Harumafuji also won handsomely as both Mongolian yokozuna improved to 4-0 to remain in a tie for the lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. On a day when Kotooshu became the ...

Heat pulverize Bucks

Nov 14, 2013

Heat pulverize Bucks

The defensive effort was closer to Miami Heat standards. LeBron James made it difficult to notice anything but offense. James scored 33 points on 13-for-21 shooting — with an array of post-up moves getting him going early, then a barrage of 3-pointers fueling a ...

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

Nov 14, 2013

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

A second-string Japan XV went down 40-5 to Gloucester at Kingsholm on Tuesday evening, as the Brave Blossoms once again failed to turn possession into points and struggled with the interpretations of the local referee. With test matches three days either side of this ...

Lowly Panthers stun Ducks

Nov 14, 2013

Lowly Panthers stun Ducks

When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Instead, they scored three unanswered goals and Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots in ...

Francona, Hurdle named MLB managers of year

Nov 14, 2013

Francona, Hurdle named MLB managers of year

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the Manager of the Year awards Tuesday after guiding their small-budget teams to charming turnarounds. Francona edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox for the American ...