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72 articles published/printed


Hospital source disputes Inose's loan story

Nov 24, 2013

Hospital source disputes Inose's loan story

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose sought a ¥100 million donation before last year’s gubernatorial election from the hospital organization currently at the center of a major fraud scandal, a source close to the group said, challenging the governor’s claim that he never asked for that ...

Secrecy bill dodges public debate

Nov 24, 2013

Secrecy bill dodges public debate

The government's rush to curtail public access to information and punish leakers of "special secrets" shows a worrying disregard for debate, a U.S. expert warns.

Nov 24, 2013

Fukushima land grab eyed

The state plans to buy 15 sq. km of land around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to build storage sites for radioactive soil and other decontamination waste.

Avalanche kills seven climbers in Toyama's Tateyama range

Nov 24, 2013

Avalanche kills seven climbers in Toyama's Tateyama range

Seven climbers were killed by an avalanche on Mount Masago in the Tateyama range, Toyama Prefecture, on Saturday. According to the Toyama Prefectural Police, the fatalities were four men and three women who had gone to the mountain for climbing and skiing. They were ...

Moves to allow in-flight phone use spark outrage

Nov 24, 2013

Moves to allow in-flight phone use spark outrage

The complaints started getting loud almost immediately after U.S. regulators said they were considering allowing passengers to use cellphones on airplanes. In petitions, on social media and in press releases, the grumbling began within hours after the Federal Communications Commission said the question will ...

Japan's coast menaced by storm surges

Nov 24, 2013

Japan's coast menaced by storm surges

When monster Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines in early November, it inflicted especially severe damage on Leyte Island, where the city of Tacloban was engulfed by a massive storm surge. Experts said the devastation was caused mainly by two factors — the powerful gusts ...

U.S. marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

Nov 24, 2013

U.S. marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

With flags fluttering at half-staff, the United States paused Friday to mourn President John F. Kennedy and a generation’s shattered dreams, cut down 50 years ago by an assassin’s bullet. The young leader’s brutal death, a dark turning point even in an era gripped ...

U.K. 'slave' women  beaten, brainwashed' in 30-year ordeal

Nov 24, 2013

U.K. 'slave' women beaten, brainwashed' in 30-year ordeal

Three women held captive in a London house for 30 years were beaten and brainwashed, police said Friday, as Britain struggled to comprehend its worst case of modern-day slavery. Detectives are trying to understand the “invisible handcuffs” used to control the women, including a ...

Nov 24, 2013

A helping hand for Philippines

The Philippines was one of the most important contributors to the relief effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, and now Japan has the chance to return the favor.

| Nov 24, 2013

'Selfie'

A “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Oxford Dictionaries, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, last week named selfie as its 2013 word ...

Ozeki's work reflects her complex identity

Nov 24, 2013

Ozeki's work reflects her complex identity

by Kris Kosaka

Ruth Ozeki’s recent novel, the 2013 Man Booker-shortlisted “A Tale For the Time Being,” is best described as a hybrid: a fictional masterpiece with footnotes and appendices like a research paper; a colorful scrawl of inventive creativity marked by scientific asides ranging from ocean ...

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Nov 24, 2013

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

by Andrew Lee

Catherynne M. Valente has been called the Ray Bradbury of her generation — quite a thing to live up to! So that, plus the fact she got her start as a sci-fi writer while living in Japan, should make many SF fans here curious ...

Precarious Japan

Nov 24, 2013

Precarious Japan

by Jordan Sievers

“Precarious Japan” is a forward-thinking commentary on the current state of Japan, detailing a progressive history from the economic collapse in 1991 to how the country functions today in a modern, post-earthquake society. Precarious Japan, Anne Allison, DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS Based on extensive fieldwork, ...

Murakami places seventh at Cup of Russia

Nov 24, 2013

Murakami places seventh at Cup of Russia

Former junior world champion Kanako Murakami delivered a much-improved performance Saturday after a poor short program, finishing seventh at the Cup of Russia, the sixth and final event of the Grand Prix Series. Murakami, fourth at the 2012-13 senior worlds, was bottom of the ...

Eagles ace Tanaka recognized by Guinness World Records

Nov 24, 2013

Eagles ace Tanaka recognized by Guinness World Records

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka received a certificate of recognition Saturday by Guinness World Records for his record-breaking season. The 25-year-old Tanaka went 24-0 this season and, coupled with his 28-game winning streak that began on Aug. 26, 2012, plus two wins ...

Parker leads Spurs to rout

Nov 24, 2013

Parker leads Spurs to rout

Faced with a challenge, the San Antonio Spurs kept their cool Friday night and in the end left another team in their dust. Tony Parker scored 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio’s reserves poured in 45 points to help ...

Machida trails in Russia

Nov 24, 2013

Machida trails in Russia

Maxim Kovtun’s two confident quads gave him a big lead after Friday’s short program in the Cup of Russia, the last of six Grand Prix events before the final. As the only competitor to try two quads, much less complete them, Kovtun ended the ...

Manning, Brady to duel

Nov 24, 2013

Manning, Brady to duel

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have six MVP awards between them in the regular season. They have three more in the Super Bowl. On Sunday night, two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks will meet for the 14th time. But there’s a new twist. One ...

Vonn to skip next World Cup event

Nov 24, 2013

Vonn to skip next World Cup event

Lindsey Vonn will skip the World Cup races next week in Beaver Creek, Colo., as she recovers from a downhill training crash in which she partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her surgically repaired right knee. The reigning Olympic downhill champion will ...

Cards trade Freese

Nov 24, 2013

Cards trade Freese

Former World Series MVP David Freese was traded from his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal Friday that reunites Albert Pujols with a pair of ex-teammates. St. Louis obtained a new starting center fielder in Peter Bourjos ...

Reds' title hopes take hit

Nov 24, 2013

Reds' title hopes take hit

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds all but surrendered the J. League title to Yokohama F. Marinos after a 3-1 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Second-place Urawa went into the game at Saitama Stadium trailing league-leaders Marinos by a single point, but goals from Frontale’s Jeci and ...