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Video showing Russian jetliner's vertical crash emerges

Nov 19, 2013

Video showing Russian jetliner's vertical crash emerges

Video broadcast by Russian television stations on Monday showed a Russian plane going down at a near-vertical angle and exploding on the tarmac in Kazan in a giant fireball. Sunday’s crash in the central Russian city of Kazan killed all 50 people on board. ...

Kennedy, Saiki vow to strengthen U.S.-Japan alliance

Nov 19, 2013

Kennedy, Saiki vow to strengthen U.S.-Japan alliance

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Monday met with Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki in Tokyo, where the two agreed to strengthen the bilateral alliance, the Foreign Ministry said. During the roughly 25-minute meeting at Saiki’s office, Kennedy, 55, said it was ...

Famed Kaminarimon lantern gets rare makeover

Nov 19, 2013

Famed Kaminarimon lantern gets rare makeover

The giant red lantern at Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which serves as the entrance to Sensoji Temple, made its first appearance after a once-in-a-decade makeover during a dedication ceremony Monday. This was the fifth time the lantern, the symbol of the historical Asakusa district in ...

Reactor 4 pool fuel removal begins

Nov 19, 2013

Reactor 4 pool fuel removal begins

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. started a yearlong operation Monday to remove hundreds of nuclear fuel assemblies stored atop reactor 4 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to prevent the rods from causing another radiation catastrophe. The building housing reactor 4 was hit by ...

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

Nov 19, 2013

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

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Car sharing services are getting popular, and one important reason is that more types of vehicles have become available, including imported luxury brands and sport utility vehicles. One of the biggest selling points car sharing services offer over standard rental companies has been that ...

Japan Inc. doubles profit on quick cost-cutting moves

Nov 19, 2013

Japan Inc. doubles profit on quick cost-cutting moves

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Companies that made tough decisions about exiting businesses, closing factories and revamping management led to a doubling of corporate earnings last quarter, now at the highest level since 2007. Net income jumped to about ¥5.5 trillion at more than 1,280 of the largest listed ...

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G

Nov 19, 2013

Diaper makers target Asia in challenge to P&G

Japanese manufacturers of paper diapers for babies are boosting business in Asian economies outside Japan to attract demand from an expanding class of middle-income earners benefitting from economic growth. Unicharm Corp., the leading disposable diaper maker in Japan, and domestic rivals Kao Corp. and ...

Graft compounds pain of Philippine survivors

Nov 19, 2013

Graft compounds pain of Philippine survivors

When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that the Philippine Embassy had sent over. ...

Nov 19, 2013

Stop squeezing the poor

If a bill revising the Livelihood Protection Law passes, it will lead to more deaths from hunger and suicide. The Abe administration should stop squeezing the poor.

Nov 19, 2013

Poor use of reconstruction funds

The government must make better use of reconstruction funds to help the hundreds of thousands of people who have yet to rebuild their lives after the Tohoku disasters.

Honda issues warning to world's best teams

Nov 19, 2013

Honda issues warning to world's best teams

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda dared the world’s best teams to write them off because mark his words, the Asian champions will make them pay. “Japan are challengers,” Honda said following training on Sunday, a night after Japan raised a few eyebrows during a 2-2 ...

Seahawks beat back Vikings

Nov 19, 2013

Seahawks beat back Vikings

Every chance he got during the week, Percy Harvin got into Pete Carroll’s ear and asked for a chance to not just make his awaited debut in Seattle, but do it both as a wide receiver and a kick returner. And every time Harvin ...

Hakuho tops Homasho; Harumafuji keeps pace

Nov 19, 2013

Hakuho tops Homasho; Harumafuji keeps pace

Hakuho and Harumafuji stayed neck and neck for the year’s last championship as the two yokozuna remained perfect through nine days at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. The Mongolians outclassed their opponents, both beating a fourth-ranked maegashira. Hakuho showed Homasho (2-7) out ...

Dominant Vettel sets F1 record with eighth straight win

Nov 19, 2013

Dominant Vettel sets F1 record with eighth straight win

Sebastian Vettel climbed out of his Red Bull car, pumped his right fist then held up eight fingers, one for each of his consecutive victories. Formula One’s German dominator just keeps on winning. The four-time world champion won the U.S. Grand Prix in easy ...

Nov 19, 2013

NPB, MLB to reopen posting system talks

Nippon Professional Baseball will reopen talks with Major League Baseball over a new bidding system for Japan by no later than Tuesday after MLB pulled its proposal last week. Representatives from the 12 teams in Japan met on Monday, when they were told by ...