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Nov 21, 2013

Top court balks at voiding 2012 poll

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The Supreme Court declares that the 2012 Lower House general election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to the large disparity in vote value among constituencies, but declines to nullify its outcome.

Nov 21, 2013

Reactors 5, 6 to be test units for scrapping plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to permanently idle the two reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant that were unscathed in the 2011 catastrophe and use them as test platforms for ultimately removing the fuel in the three reactors that suffered core meltdowns.

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

Nov 21, 2013

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

NTT Docomo Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer soon, a senior official at the mobile phone carrier said Wednesday. The company will offer the product “in the not-too-distant future,” Senior Executive Vice President Kazuto Tsubouchi said. It will do so by ...

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Nov 21, 2013

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s undying call for a “new birth of freedom” at the bloody turning point of the U.S. Civil War, turns 150 years old as the union he fought to preserve quarrels bitterly over the role of government.

Grisly race to identify dead from typhoon

Nov 21, 2013

Grisly race to identify dead from typhoon

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Clouds of flies rise as forensic pathologist Cecilia Lim opens body bags one by one in a grim but crucial search for the identities of unknown typhoon victims in the Philippines. “Some of these remains, their faces are gone. We’re trying to do it ...

Sharp eyes tie-up deal with HP on copiers

Nov 21, 2013

Sharp eyes tie-up deal with HP on copiers

Sharp Corp. is planning to join hands with Hewlett-Packard Co. over the copier business, providing some of its digital copiers to the U.S. computer giant for sale under its name, sources said Wednesday. Sharp will also consider working with HP on toners and other ...

Elder care with a human touch

Nov 21, 2013

Elder care with a human touch

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Humanitude, a caregiving method developed in France that emphasizes eye contact, touch and verbal communication to convey respect for the patient as a human being, is gaining attention in Japan for treating patients with dementia. Tokyo Medical Center in Meguro Ward, one of the ...

Family lying low as Ford self-destructs

| Nov 21, 2013

Family lying low as Ford self-destructs

While the spotlight shines brightly on Toronto’s embattled and erratic mayor, Rob Ford’s wife and two children have remained almost invisible — save for one widely known embarrassing incident. Little is known about his family, although it is clear that his wife craves her ...

Return to life reveals Filipinos' spirit

Nov 21, 2013

Return to life reveals Filipinos' spirit

They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. A crowd gathered around. And on one of the few stretches of road here ...

Indonesia 'downgrades' relations with Australia over alleged snooping

Nov 21, 2013

Indonesia 'downgrades' relations with Australia over alleged snooping

Indonesia has “downgraded” its relations with Australia and suspended cooperation on people smuggling following outrage over reported eavesdropping on senior Indonesian leaders’ phones, officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Australia’s parliament that he would do everything he “reasonably can” to ...

Nov 21, 2013

Japan trade deficit widens as imports surge

The trade deficit nearly doubled in October as growth in imports outpaced robust increases in exports to the U.S. and China, the Finance Ministry reported Wednesday. The weakening of the yen over the past year has helped exports, but it has also increased the ...

Nov 21, 2013

Tepco gives first glimpse of Fukushima fuel rod removal

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has offered the first glimpse of the operation to remove fuel rods at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the most dangerous job since the runaway reactors were brought under control two years ago. Video footage supplied by Tepco on ...

Nov 21, 2013

Kill the secrecy bill

The government's proposed amendments to its secrecy bill do not changed its basic undemocratic nature. It should be killed.

'Jack the Ripper' strikes again

Nov 21, 2013

'Jack the Ripper' strikes again

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“I’m a huge Beumrae fan,” the woman seated next to me gushed during the intermission, pointing to a glossy photo in my program. “His voice gives me chills.” Makiko, as I’ll call her, was seeing this production of “Jack the Ripper” for the fourth ...

Tea bowls, simple emblems of power

Nov 21, 2013

Tea bowls, simple emblems of power

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“Ido Tea Bowls: Treasured Possessions of Muromachi Daimyo,” currently showing at the Nezu Museum, presents an array of 72 rare tea bowls that were once owned by renowned warlords, tea masters and Buddhist temples. Produced by country potters in kilns in Korea’s South Kyungsang ...

The Charles in Charlie Brown

Nov 21, 2013

The Charles in Charlie Brown

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The advertising surrounding “Ever and Never: The Art of Peanuts” focuses on the cutest character from the classic American comic strip. So much so, promotions for this exhibition at the Mori Arts Center Gallery has been dubbed the “Snoopy Exhibit,” a title that also ...

Russia spikers dominate Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

Nov 21, 2013

Russia spikers dominate Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

Coming off a disappointing loss against the Italians on the opening day of the 2013 FIVB Men’s Grand Champions Cup, Russia looked for a better effort against host Japan. Historically, Russia has dominated head-to-head volleyball competition with Japan, winning 56 of 66 total contests. ...

Two-man hunt for title

Nov 21, 2013

Two-man hunt for title

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji remained on a championship collision course Wednesday as the unbeaten co-leaders both scored their 11th wins at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho brought the day’s action to a close at Fukuoka Kokusai Center with an imperious performance against ...

Wings can'tsnap slump

Nov 21, 2013

Wings can'tsnap slump

The Nashville Predators scored only two goals on Tuesday night. But it was enough for a win because the slumping Detroit Red Wings couldn’t get a puck past rookie Marek Mazanec. Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout, helping Nashville extend the ...

Backups help Heat in rout of Hawks

Nov 21, 2013

Backups help Heat in rout of Hawks

For the Miami Heat, the third quarter was pretty much the whole story. Chris Bosh tumbled over some courtside seats on one end, and LeBron James apologized to a few fans during one particularly frustrating moment on the other. In between, Mario Chalmers gave ...

Vonn crashes while prepping for return to racing

Nov 21, 2013

Vonn crashes while prepping for return to racing

Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed Tuesday while training in Copper Mountain, Colorado, ahead of her planned return to racing following major knee surgery. U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was taken down the hill on a sled, which he noted ...

Japan bests Belgium on road

Nov 21, 2013

Japan bests Belgium on road

Japan wrapped up 2013 on a high with a 3-2 away victory over World Cup dark horses Belgium in a friendly on Tuesday. Yoichiro Kakitani scored a goal and set up another for the Asian champions, who managed to improve on their impressive 2-2 ...