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U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

Dec 04, 2013

U.S. backs Japan against ADIZ: Biden

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received the assurance of visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday that Washington stands behind Japan as it responds to China’s recent declaration of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that encompasses the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. ...

Tepco expects 1,700 to quit by March

Dec 04, 2013

Tepco expects 1,700 to quit by March

Tepco anticipates that the number of employees taking voluntary retirement since the 2011 start of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis will reach an unusually high 1,700 by the end of next March.

Syrian opposition remains splintered; West-backed forces losing ground

Dec 04, 2013

Syrian opposition remains splintered; West-backed forces losing ground

Within minutes of opening a Twitter account this past week, the leader of Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group received an onslaught of criticism. “Welcome to Twitter Mr. Western Puppet,” one comment to Ahmad al-Jarba read. Others called him a Saudi stooge and scorned the ...

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Dec 04, 2013

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Japanese publishers and distributors of electronic books are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming consumption tax hike in the absence of a system to tax e-books and other digital content purchased from overseas vendors such as the U.S.-based Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. and Japanese online ...

Pre-games, Russia gives mixed signal on gays

Dec 04, 2013

Pre-games, Russia gives mixed signal on gays

Anyone who switched on Russian TV recently might have been forgiven for thinking the Kremlin was relaxing its hard line on gays: Images of rainbow flags and a happy same-sex couple looking adoringly at their child flashed across the screen. But the show, with ...

Kim's VIP uncle ousted, cronies executed: South

Dec 04, 2013

Kim's VIP uncle ousted, cronies executed: South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle, seen as his nephew’s political regent and one of the most powerful men in the country, has apparently been ousted and several associates executed, South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday. The National Intelligence Service told a parliamentary ...

Dec 04, 2013

Fukushima voter discontent

Voters' defeat of incumbent mayors in Fukushima Prefecture should flag the Abe administration that they not happy with the slow pace of reconstruction from the nuclear disaster in March 2011.

Dec 04, 2013

Malala's fight for girls' education

The award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the 16-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai is welcome, as it will promote schooling for the huge number of children worldwide who are deprived of education opportunities.

Bruce Lee's yellow jumpsuit up for auction

Dec 04, 2013

Bruce Lee's yellow jumpsuit up for auction

Bruce Lee fans who covet the original yellow jumpsuit that the martial arts legend wore onscreen will get a chance to bid for it, and other Lee-related items, at a Hong Kong auction on Thursday. Lee wore the yellow suit, with black stripes down ...

Kameda defends WBO bantamweight title

Dec 04, 2013

Kameda defends WBO bantamweight title

World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda beat Namibian challenger Immanuel Naidjala by unanimous decision to retain his title on Tuesday. Judges scored the 12-round title match 117-111, 118-110, 119-109 in favor of the 22-year-old Japanese, who nonetheless failed to live up to his ...

Dec 04, 2013

Eagles' McGehee granted release

Infielder Casey McGehee, who contributed in leading the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series championship this season, has been granted a release, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday. McGehee was among the commissioner’s list of protected players retaining negotiating rights for next ...

Trail Blazers overcome George's 43, storm past Pacers

Dec 04, 2013

Trail Blazers overcome George's 43, storm past Pacers

After Portland had withstood a late barrage from the Indiana Pacers and Paul George, the Trail Blazers gathered at midcourt and raised their hands together. It might be early in the season, but this was a statement win for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 ...

Seahawks steamroll Saints

Dec 04, 2013

Seahawks steamroll Saints

The rest of the top NFC teams better get ready to visit the Pacific Northwest in January. After Monday night’s rout, the road through the NFC playoffs is almost certain to go through Seattle. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and ...

Wild feast onFlyers in third

Dec 04, 2013

Wild feast onFlyers in third

Someone has to score first and for the first time in eight games the Minnesota Wild beat their opponent to the punch. Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle scored goals 57 seconds apart early in the third period to break open a defensive standoff and ...

Sarkisian leaves Washington to take over at USC

Dec 04, 2013

Sarkisian leaves Washington to take over at USC

Steve Sarkisian was named the head coach at Southern California on Monday, leaving Washington to return to the Trojans’ storied football program for another run at national titles. Two days after USC’s regular season ended with a home loss to UCLA, Trojans athletic director ...

Dec 04, 2013

Akita 16-2 after weekend sweep of Gunma

by Ed Odeven

With three teams with double-digits wins setting the pace in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference-leading Ryukyu Golden Kings enjoying a bye week, the 2013-14 bj-league season has entered its third month. Surprising nobody, the Akita Northern Happinets improved to 10-0 at home ...