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U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

Dec 08, 2013

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

The United States has urged China to set up an emergency hotline with Japan and South Korea to avoid confusion in Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone. Washington does not recognize Beijing’s air defense identification zone, which extends over the East China Sea and ...

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

Dec 08, 2013

Inequality threatens Mandela legacy

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Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in apartheid jails in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Four years later, his government slashed spending and courted foreign investors, paving the way for the longest period of growth in the country’s history. The ...

Ukraine, Russia leaders meet as protests persist

Dec 08, 2013

Ukraine, Russia leaders meet as protests persist

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Friday to discuss closer cooperation while protests clung to the capital over Ukraine’s decision to scrap a deal with the EU. Yanukovych held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi ...

World mourns for peace icon Mandela

Dec 08, 2013

World mourns for peace icon Mandela

The world united Friday to mourn Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-apartheid hero, as the country marked his passing with flowers, songs and dance. President Jacob Zuma announced a 10-day mourning period for Mandela, the founding father of modern South Africa and its ...

Mandela saved nation from race war

| Dec 08, 2013

Mandela saved nation from race war

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To fully appreciate what former South African President Nelson Mandela was able to accomplish, it is necessary to harken back to the South Africa he found when he emerged from prison in 1990, and what the country was like in those critical four years ...

Dec 08, 2013

English teachers to study abroad

In a bold move to raise the level of English instruction, the Tokyo Board of Education plans to start sending its junior high and high school teachers to an English-speaking country for three months of study.

Dec 08, 2013

More women working for less

Although a record high 63 percent of Japanese women held jobs in September, acccording to a government survey, the details show that Japan's women are still relegated to part-time, nonregular positions.

Fabled strand of 500 pines

Dec 08, 2013

Fabled strand of 500 pines

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Beautiful beaches, we’ve all seen our share, right? But a beautiful beach that’s also historic and sacred? That sounds worth driving out of our way for — especially as the way takes us over a span I’ve long yearned to traverse: the Ondo Bridge, ...

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

Dec 08, 2013

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

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Yasujiro Ozu once had a reputation for making films only other Japanese could understand. His studio bosses believed overseas audiences wanted the exoticism of samurai and geisha, not Ozu’s quietly realistic dramas about contemporary middle-class families. This explains the reluctance of Ozu’s studio, Shochiku, ...

Wabori: Traditional Japanese Tattoo

Dec 08, 2013

Wabori: Traditional Japanese Tattoo

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It may not have been their sole purposes for visiting Japan during their respective reigns, but Queen Victoria’s grandson George V and the last emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, both received tattoos on visits to Japan, despite the government’s ban on a craft reserved ...

Aussies take commanding lead in second test

Dec 08, 2013

Aussies take commanding lead in second test

Mitchell Johnson terrified the England batsmen on Saturday, taking seven wickets with some fearsome fast bowling and helping Australia move to the cusp of back-to-back victories to start the Ashes series. In a hectic third day of the second test, 12 wickets tumbled after ...

Sanfrecce defend J. League crown

Dec 08, 2013

Sanfrecce defend J. League crown

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Defending J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima retained their title as Yokohama F. Marinos suffered a final-day meltdown with a 1-0 loss to Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Marinos, who began the day two points clear at the top of the table, needed a win to ...

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Dec 08, 2013

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Japan will play Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire and Greece in a relatively even Group C at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Asian champion Japan, which made the round of 16 for the first time on foreign turf in 2010 at South Africa, will ...

Murata learning lessons as pro

Dec 08, 2013

Murata learning lessons as pro

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Ryota Murata learned many valuable lessons from the second professional fight of his career on Friday in Tokyo. The 27-year-old finished Dave Peterson, of the United States, with an eighth-round technical knockout to win in front of the large crowd that gathered at Ryogoku ...

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Akita making run for title

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The stars have aligned for a special basketball season in Akita. Just ask any of the Akita Northern Happinets’ die-hard fans. Coach Kazuo Nakamura’s club is 16-2 entering this weekend and the Happinets are hosting the 2013-14 bj-league All-Star Game on Jan. 26. Expect ...

Hanyu wins in grand fashion

Dec 08, 2013

Hanyu wins in grand fashion

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Despite falling on the opening jump of his free skate, Yuzuru Hanyu held off three-time world champion Patrick Chan to win the Grand Prix Final on Friday night in dramatic fashion at Marine Messe. With the Sochi Olympics just two months away, Hanyu raised ...

Kim leads in season debut

Dec 08, 2013

Kim leads in season debut

Two-time defending Olympic Kim Yu-na returned from injury on Friday to kick off her Olympic season by taking the lead after the short program at the Golden Spin. Dressed in bright yellow, Kim skated to “Send in the Clowns,” opening with a triple-triple toeloop ...

Ducks beat Blackhawks

Dec 08, 2013

Ducks beat Blackhawks

Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks finally grabbed another shootout win. Against a good team, too. Hiller stopped Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane in the tiebreaker, leading the Ducks to a 3-2 win Friday night and sending the Chicago Blackhawks to their third consecutive ...

Cano set to leave Yanks

Dec 08, 2013

Cano set to leave Yanks

The Seattle Mariners shook up baseball’s free-agent market, reaching a rich deal with Robinson Cano on a day when Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson and other familiar names found new homes. Meanwhile, New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is staying put. “Kuroda is coming back,” ...

Blazers rout woeful Jazz

Dec 08, 2013

Blazers rout woeful Jazz

The Trail Blazers had the perfect recipe for a record shooting night — nice ball movement, open shooters, a good rhythm, and one of the NBA’s worst teams as an opponent. “We were feeling it,” Wesley Matthews said after Portland set franchise and league ...

Kobe set to make return vs. Raptors

Dec 08, 2013

Kobe set to make return vs. Raptors

Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors Sunday night. In a dramatic video posted on his Facebook page before the Lakers played at Sacramento on Friday night, Bryant set ...