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Dec 03, 2013

Airlines urged to defy China's ADIZ

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The government repeats that it will continue to urge Japan's airlines not to comply with the rules laid down in China's recently, unilaterally declared air defense identification zone over the East China Sea.

Yingluck calls Thai protesters' demands unacceptable

Dec 03, 2013

Yingluck calls Thai protesters' demands unacceptable

Thailand’s prime minister said Monday she is willing to do anything it takes to end violent protests against her government and restore peace, but cannot accept the opposition’s “unconstitutional” demand to hand power to an unelected council. Yingluck Shinawatra’s comments, broadcast in a televised ...

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Dec 03, 2013

Amazon to deliver packages in U.S. via drones

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Sunday that his company is looking to the future with plans to use “octocopter” minidrones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes. The U.S. retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety testing and federal approval, ...

University students start job hunt

Dec 03, 2013

University students start job hunt

University juniors planning to graduate in spring 2015 started their job hunt Sunday, when companies began their recruiting activities. In Tokyo, job information service companies hosted seminars for students to receive explanations on business activities from firms in which they are interested. Companies will ...

Steel-makers target high-end market in Asia

Dec 03, 2013

Steel-makers target high-end market in Asia

Japanese steel-makers are expanding into high-end product markets in Southeast Asia in order to survive fierce competition with their Chinese and South Korean rivals. Supply of ordinary steel products exceeds demand in the member economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, due to ...

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

Dec 03, 2013

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

This holiday shopping season in America, it’s Amazon versus everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers away from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now physical stores are fighting back as the contest for customers heats ...

U.S. National Zoo's 100-day-old panda named Bao Bao after public vote

Dec 03, 2013

U.S. National Zoo's 100-day-old panda named Bao Bao after public vote

The most popular giant panda in U.S.-China relations finally was given an identity Sunday as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo named its female 100-day-old cub Bao Bao after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public. Bao Bao, which means “treasure” or “precious,” is ...

Mass protests threaten Ukraine government

Dec 03, 2013

Mass protests threaten Ukraine government

Thousands of Ukrainian protesters on Monday blocked entrances to the government building and called for the ouster of the prime minister and his Cabinet, as anger at President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to ditch a deal for closer ties with the European Union gripped other ...

Entrance exams get failing grade

| Dec 03, 2013

Entrance exams get failing grade

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National university exams are notorious for their emphasis on book learning. Once a year, examinees throng test sites, doing their best to regurgitate heaps of facts in the hopes of getting into the university of their choice. Once done, however, the pressure to study ...

China launches its first moon rover mission

Dec 03, 2013

China launches its first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang’e 3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1:30 a.m., the official broadcaster CCTV ...

Dec 03, 2013

The politics of secrets

Flip-flops in government explanations of the contentious bill for protecting state secrets — now under deliberation in the Upper House — suggest that the government itself does not have a clear idea of how it plans to prevent the arbitrary designation of information as ...

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

Dec 03, 2013

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

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The Yomiuri Giants have, at long last, finally found their second baseman. Again. This time it’s Yasuyuki Kataoka, the former Seibu Lions infielder who on Sunday announced his intention to join the two-time defending Central League champions. Kataoka will become the next in a ...

Vonn putting off knee surgery with Olympics looming

Dec 03, 2013

Vonn putting off knee surgery with Olympics looming

Lindsey Vonn is delaying further surgery on her right knee for as long as possible in hopes of skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Vonn partially tore one of her reconstructed knee ligaments during a crash in training two weeks ago at Copper Mountain. She ...

Twins reach agreement on contract with former Yankees pitcher Hughes

Dec 03, 2013

Twins reach agreement on contract with former Yankees pitcher Hughes

Phil Hughes probably needed to leave hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins were desperate for proven arms to strengthen a woeful rotation. The two parties have come together, hoping to help each other out. The Twins and Hughes agreed to a $24 million, ...

Dec 03, 2013

Becks joins United stars for premiere

Six Manchester United icons including David Beckham on Sunday attended the London premiere of a film celebrating the youth team that would go on to transform the soccer club into a global phenomenon. Speaking on the red carpet in front of hordes of fans ...

Canucks hold off surging Hurricanes

Dec 03, 2013

Canucks hold off surging Hurricanes

Ryan Kesler shut off the Carolina Hurricanes’ onslaught after an early second-period surge and put the Vancouver Canucks back in control. They maintained it for much of the final 40 minutes and skated off with a 3-2 road win on Sunday. Kesler capped a ...

Pacers stop Clippers' winning streak at four

Dec 03, 2013

Pacers stop Clippers' winning streak at four

Despite having the NBA’s best record, the Indiana Pacers realize there’s always room for improvement. David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Paul George had 27 points, and the Pacers improved their best start in ...