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Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

Nov 25, 2013

Daytime discounts on expressway tolls to end

The transport ministry plans to abolish daytime discounts for expressway tolls on weekdays at the end of March, informed sources said. Drivers using the electronic toll collection system receive a 30 percent discount between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on routes managed by East ...

Latvian leader dubs roof collapse 'murder'

Nov 25, 2013

Latvian leader dubs roof collapse 'murder'

President Andris Berzins on Saturday demanded that a supermarket cave-in that killed at least 54 people be treated as murder, and rescuers threatened by falling debris halted their search for survivors until dawn. All search and investigation work was suspended until Sunday morning after ...

Typhoon-hit towns begin rebuilding

Nov 25, 2013

Typhoon-hit towns begin rebuilding

A frantic campaign to reach millions of hungry, injured and homeless people in the Philippines following one of the world’s strongest storms is almost over. Now the grinding slog of rebuilding begins. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to ...

Will airlines allow in-flight calls?

| Nov 25, 2013

Will airlines allow in-flight calls?

by Scott Mayerowitz

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a ...

Major powers reach deal with Iran to freeze nuclear program

Nov 25, 2013

Major powers reach deal with Iran to freeze nuclear program

A deal has been reached between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, the French and Iranian foreign ministers said early Sunday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “Yes, we have ...

Modest deal ends deadlock at U.N. climate talks

Nov 25, 2013

Modest deal ends deadlock at U.N. climate talks

Avoiding a last-minute breakdown, annual U.N. climate talks limped forward Saturday with a modest set of decisions meant to pave the way for a new pact to fight global warming. More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new ...

Is the JLPT really worth it?

| Nov 25, 2013

Is the JLPT really worth it?

by Jun Hongo

The final countdown to this Sunday’s Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has begun, but professionals say piling pressure on examinees might do more harm than good at this point. Having said that, recruitment specialists and Japanese language teachers interviewed by The Japan Times stress ...

Oldest known recording by black group sold

Nov 25, 2013

Oldest known recording by black group sold

A 120-year-old wax-covered cylinder containing the earliest known recording of a black vocal group in the U.S. was sold at auction Saturday. Discovered in a private collection in Portland, Maine, the 1893 recording of “Mama’s Black Baby Boy” by the New York-based Unique Quartet ...

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Nov 25, 2013

Harumafuji claims title with win over Hakuho

Yokozuna Harumafuji beat rival Hakuho in what turned out to be an anticlimactic finale between wrestlers tied at 13-1 to win his sixth career title at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Harumafuji (14-1) bolted quickly to the left of Hakuho and moved ...

Sharp Machida wins Cup of Russia crown

Nov 25, 2013

Sharp Machida wins Cup of Russia crown

Tatsuki Machida and Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia won gold Saturday in the Cup of Russia, the last of the season’s six preliminary Grand Prix events. Machida landed a clean quad-double combination and followed with a triple axel-triple toe loop to race past early leader Maxim ...

Nihon University beats Hosei for Kanto supremacy

Nov 25, 2013

Nihon University beats Hosei for Kanto supremacy

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Nihon University freshman quarterback Ryohei Takahashi connected with slot back Yoshimasa Iwamatsu on a 66-yard touchdown strike, and the defense shut down Hosei University as the Phoenix defeated the Tomahawks 13-6 in the Azuma Bowl on Sunday to clinch their first Kanto Collegiate League ...

Gentildonna becomes first back-to-back Japan Cup champion

Nov 25, 2013

Gentildonna becomes first back-to-back Japan Cup champion

Reigning horse of the year Gentildonna became the first back-to-back winner of the Japan Cup with a historic photo-finish victory over Denim and Ruby on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. The 4-year-old Gentildonna, in her first partnership with English jockey Ryan Moore and who hadn’t ...

Japan beats Spain to finish Euro tour

Nov 25, 2013

Japan beats Spain to finish Euro tour

Japan finished off its European tour and 2013 international season on a winning note Saturday, downing Spain 40-7 at Madrid Ciudad Universitaria Stadium. The Brave Blossoms produced a gutsy display in the face of combative opposition intent on slowing the ball down at every ...

NFL played on while U.S. grieved for JFK

Nov 25, 2013

NFL played on while U.S. grieved for JFK

by Tim Dahlberg

Americans mourned in front of their television sets on a brutally grim Sunday afternoon 50 years ago as a horse-drawn caisson took the body of President Kennedy from the White House to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. In Dallas, a nightclub operator ...

Yankees near deal to acquire catcher McCann

Nov 25, 2013

Yankees near deal to acquire catcher McCann

Free-agent catcher Brian McCann and the New York Yankees are about to complete a five-year deal worth around $85 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t ...