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Nov 16, 2013

Collective defense gets panel's OK

The prime minister's top panel on security issues drafts a report to propose that Japan exercise its right to collective self-defense, requiring the government to change its interpretation of the pacifist Constitution.

Manila defends typhoon response

Nov 16, 2013

Manila defends typhoon response

The Philippine government on Friday defended its efforts to deliver assistance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, many of whom have received little or no assistance since the monster storm struck one week ago. “In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough,” Interior Secretary ...

Lamborghini sets up shop at NITech

| Nov 16, 2013

Lamborghini sets up shop at NITech

Nagoya Institute of Technology in Aichi Prefecture has teamed up with Lamborghini SpA on finding a way to mass produce carbon fiber-reinforced plastic so the light yet durable material can be applied to products other than cars and planes. The CFRP project will be ...

Condo ditches lawn mowers for goats

Nov 16, 2013

Condo ditches lawn mowers for goats

A suburban Tokyo condominium complex has decided to ditch noisy lawn mowers and their paid pushers for a more natural option: goats. The complex in Machida has obtained four grass-munching animals to help beautify the walled property and chomp on weeds in hard-to-reach areas. ...

Nov 16, 2013

Tepco pins profit on restarts, rate rise

Tepco would amass a pretax profit of around ¥100 billion in the business year through March 2015 if two reactors at its Niigata plant can resume operations by next July, according to a plan presented to the utility's creditor banks.

Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho bump up profit goals

Nov 16, 2013

Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho bump up profit goals

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. raised their full-year profit goals after the economic revival spurred lending and an equity rally boosted fees and the value of their shareholdings. Net income at Mitsubishi UFJ will probably total ¥910 billion in ...

LNG, coal use hits record amid zero nuclear power

Nov 16, 2013

LNG, coal use hits record amid zero nuclear power

Regional power utilities used a record amount of LNG and coal for October as they turned to fossil fuels to offset lost output from idled nuclear reactors. The utilities consumed 4.62 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas, the highest for October and up ...

Electric car runs record-setting 1,300 km on one charge

Nov 16, 2013

Electric car runs record-setting 1,300 km on one charge

A Japanese team set a world record Friday for distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single battery charge, running 1,300 km on a course in Akita Prefecture. The four-driver team included Kenjiro Shinozuka, 64, who in 1997 became the first Japanese driver ...

Nov 16, 2013

Japan changes emissions target in setback for U.N. talks

The government has set a new target for greenhouse gas emissions that critics say will set back United Nations talks for a treaty limiting fossil fuel emissions. The new target effectively reverses course from the goal set four years ago by allowing a 3.1 ...

Nov 16, 2013

Mentor Koizumi shows protege Abe how to reboot

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By lending his popularity to the anti-nuclear chorus and exciting the public about a pro-growth energy future, Junichiro Koizumi isn't just counseling a better way. He's offering his protege Shinzo Abe an invitation into the pantheon of true Japanese reformers.

Japan spikers triumph over Thailand

Nov 16, 2013

Japan spikers triumph over Thailand

Japan defeated Thailand 3-0 (25-20, 29-27, 25-22) in a thrilling evening match on the third day of the FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Friday. The hosts raised their record to 2-1 with six points while the Thais dropped to ...

Cabrera, McCutchen named league MVPs

Nov 16, 2013

Cabrera, McCutchen named league MVPs

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera both coasted Thursday to Most Valuable Player awards. McCutchen won the National League honor by a surprisingly wide margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh. He drew 28 of the 30 ...

Nov 16, 2013

Kennedy rips Shimane management following release

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The Shimane Susanoo Magic, who reached the playoffs in each of their first three seasons, have dropped nine of their first 10 games under new coach Vlasios Vlaikidis. On Tuesday, leading scorer Thomas Kennedy was released despite averaging 17.1 points per game, which places ...

Boyle notches OT goal to lift Sharks past Canucks

Nov 16, 2013

Boyle notches OT goal to lift Sharks past Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks were about a minute from celebrating a hard-earned victory Thursday night. Instead, they were left to ponder what went wrong against an opponent that almost always has their number. Tomas Hertl tied the game on a broken play with 65 seconds ...

Nov 16, 2013

MLB pulls posting offer

Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said Japanese officials had not acted quickly enough on ...