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U.S. bombers defy Chinese air zone

Nov 28, 2013

U.S. bombers defy Chinese air zone

The U.S. defies China by flying two B-52 warplanes over the East China Sea, ignoring a recent edict from Beijing that it be informed in advance.

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

| Nov 28, 2013

Asia-Pacific pivot sent spinning

The Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of Mideast's most thorny security issues but problems are piling up in a region that Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in American foreign policy: Asia.

With shift to Russia, ex-leader stays in cell

Nov 28, 2013

With shift to Russia, ex-leader stays in cell

For many in the United States and Europe, Ukraine’s future had been bound up with the fate of a former prime minister with halolike braids who was jailed in an act of political retribution. Freeing Yulia Tymoshenko, according to this view, would affirm Ukraine’s ...

Pope criticizes unfettered capitalism in statement

Nov 28, 2013

Pope criticizes unfettered capitalism in statement

Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a lengthy paper outlining a populist philosophy that he says will guide his papacy as he pushes the Catholic Church to reach out more, particularly to the disenfranchised. Using sharply worded ...

ANA, JAL, Peach now disregard China ADIZ

Nov 28, 2013

ANA, JAL, Peach now disregard China ADIZ

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., the nation’s largest carriers, flew through China’s newly declared air defense identification zone without notifying the country after Japan asked airlines to stop giving flight information to China. ANA’s flight from Tokyo touched down in Taipei at ...

Sony seeks patent for high-tech 'SmartWig'

Nov 28, 2013

Sony seeks patent for high-tech 'SmartWig'

Sony Corp. is seeking a U.S. patent for “SmartWig” hairpieces that could help navigate roads, check blood pressure or flip through slides in a presentation. The wig would communicate wirelessly with another device and include tactile feedback, Sony said in the filing with the ...

Toyota says Aqua more efficient than Fit

Nov 28, 2013

Toyota says Aqua more efficient than Fit

Toyota Motor Corp. says a renovated version of its Aqua hybrid going on sale next Monday will overtake Honda Motor Co.’s Fit compact as the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicle apart from plug-in hybrids. The increased fuel efficiency of 37.0 km per liter achieved by ...

Leakers, activists find new homes in Berlin

Nov 28, 2013

Leakers, activists find new homes in Berlin

During the Cold War, Berlin was one of the most spy-ridden cities in the world. Now it’s the place where people go to escape government surveillance. An international cadre of privacy advocates is settling in Germany’s once-divided capital, saying they feel safer here than ...

Iran nuclear deal faces test with hard-liners

| Nov 28, 2013

Iran nuclear deal faces test with hard-liners

Even before Iran’s envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: selling the give and take to his country’s powerful insider interests led by the ...

Oldest profession targeted in France

Nov 28, 2013

Oldest profession targeted in France

France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft law set to go before parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world’s oldest profession — by ...

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

Nov 28, 2013

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

by Keiji Hirano

A Tokyo museum has published a book about wartime sex slaves aimed at enhancing public awareness following a series of remarks by politicians demonstrating their ignorance over the “comfort women” issue. The book is based on a 2007 exhibition at the Women’s Active Museum ...

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

Nov 28, 2013

Yoga practitioners moving to the next level

by Takeshi Nishide

There is a “natural” convergence among yoga practitioners in Japan: Those who have practiced it primarily for slimming or health are becoming more interested in its spiritual aspects, while those who have approached it as a philosophy are more actively engaging in physical exercise, ...

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

Nov 28, 2013

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

Egyptian police violently disbanded a small protest mounted Tuesday night by activists calling for democracy in central Cairo, arresting dozens of some of the country’s best-known rights advocates just two days after the military-appointed interim president signed an acutely restrictive law regulating demonstrations in ...

Nov 28, 2013

JR Hokkaido in crisis

Drastic measures will be inevitable to resolve the deep crisis at JR Hokkaido, including the resignation of current executives and the introduction of completely new management.

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

Nov 28, 2013

Takarazuka dances to a different tune

by Mika Eglinton

What happens when Takarazuka, Japan’s longest-running all-female theater troupe, takes on Masayuki Suo’s hit movie “Shall We Dance?,” which won 14 Japanese Academy Awards in 1996 and aired internationally in 16 countries? There must have been tremendous pressure for director Naoko Koyanagi to adapt ...

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

Nov 28, 2013

Kichiemon Nakamura II : For the love of 'Chushingura'

by Natsume Date

As December draws near, the streets are decorated with Christmas ornaments and in Japan, concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are held all over the nation. In addition to these Western-inspired traditions, there is a made-in-Japan December tradition that has been held since the 18th ...

The Imperial Household of tradition

Nov 28, 2013

The Imperial Household of tradition

by Matthew Larking

The catalog for The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto’s exhibition, “Treasures of the Imperial Collection: The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Art,” tells us that this “sublime collection of resplendent masterpieces shines brilliantly in the history of modern Japanese art.” The collection, represented here ...

Nov 28, 2013

Tomoki Kameda expresses confidence before title bout

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda said Wednesday he is brimming with confidence ahead of his first world title defense against sixth-ranked challenger Immanuel Naidjala of Namibia at Osaka’s Bodymaker Colosseum on Dec. 3. Tomoki, the youngest of the three Kameda boxing brothers, said if ...

Magic halt 17-game road skid

Nov 28, 2013

Magic halt 17-game road skid

Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn challenged his players at halftime to tighten up defensively and force the Atlanta Hawks to take bad shots. Arron Afflalo was pleased that everyone did as they were told. “We got some fast-break layups and made some shots, but defense ...

Nov 28, 2013

Nagatomo honored as AFC's top Asian player

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo was named the Asian International Player of the Year at the Asian Football Confederation Awards on Tuesday evening. The award goes to Asia’s best player based outside the continent. China and Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi was recognized as ...

Stars use blitz to stop Ducks

Nov 28, 2013

Stars use blitz to stop Ducks

Talk about a quick 1-2-3 for the Dallas Stars. Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt produced a three-goal flurry in a 53-second span of the third period, and the Stars beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Tuesday night for their first ...