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Eda stirs opposition shake-up

Dec 11, 2013

Eda stirs opposition shake-up

At the center of a possible realignment of the opposition camp, former Your Party Secretary-General Kenji Eda manages to gather some 50 Diet lawmakers as he launches a policy study group expected to lead to a new party.

Dec 11, 2013

Yearend TPP deal not going to happen

Ministers from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations wrap up a four-day meeting without a full agreement but say they made "substantial progress" toward hammering out a final deal.

Dec 11, 2013

Japan aims to double farm exports by 2020

The Abe administration says it will double agricultural exports to \1 trillion by 2020, strengthening the farm industry despite the threat of fierce competition once Japan opens its markets more to foreign products under free trade accords.

World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

Dec 11, 2013

World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela on Tuesday at a Soweto soccer stadium that was two-thirds full amid cold, driving rain. The crowds booed South African President Jacob Zuma, who was to give the keynote address at the service, which ...

Nomura to hire 20 U.S. bankers for M&A push

Dec 11, 2013

Nomura to hire 20 U.S. bankers for M&A push

Nomura Holdings Inc. plans to hire about 20 bankers in the U.S. to help regain lost share of the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions advisory market. The nation’s biggest brokerage will seek people to work on leveraged lending and building relationships with private-equity firms ...

Ukraine's east still backs ties with Russia

Dec 11, 2013

Ukraine's east still backs ties with Russia

In the Ukrainian president’s eastern hometown, the buildings are grimy with black soot from the surrounding coal mines. The air is thick with pollutants. The men here die young, sometimes from industrial accidents. And residents have about had it with the protesters who have ...

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

Dec 11, 2013

Myanmar to get Japan Post model of efficient, fast mail

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An initiative has been launched to modernize Myanmar’s postal system by introducing Japan’s fast, efficient and precise services, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revitalization plans featuring exports of advanced technologies and services, especially to developing countries in Asia. Though the two ...

Antarctica in August '10 set record low minus 94.7: NASA data

Dec 11, 2013

Antarctica in August '10 set record low minus 94.7: NASA data

Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record, set in August 2010, is minus 94.7 Celsius (minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a new look at NASA satellite data. Then on July 31 ...

Yakuza clean up to do dirty work

Dec 11, 2013

Yakuza clean up to do dirty work

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Mobsters driving flashy cars purchased with bank loans. Executives bowing in apology for loaning millions to those underworld figures. And high-level officials vowing to squash the yakuza. Japan Inc. is engulfed in its worst mob scandal in years and it’s shining a rare light ...

New volcanic islet here to stay, for now

Dec 11, 2013

New volcanic islet here to stay, for now

A new island created by a volcanic eruption off a remote islet’s coast is here to stay — for now at least, scientists said Tuesday, adding the new land mass could withstand erosion for several years. Lava that was dramatically vented when an undersea ...

Kennedy says Nagasaki visit 'deeply moving'

Dec 11, 2013

Kennedy says Nagasaki visit 'deeply moving'

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday visited Nagasaki for the first time since taking up her post last month. After visiting the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Kennedy said the visit was a “deeply moving experience” and that she would like to support the activities ...

Elections no magic cure for Thai crisis

| Dec 11, 2013

Elections no magic cure for Thai crisis

The huge show of strength on Bangkok’s streets Monday by anti-government demonstrators determined to eradicate the hated “Thaksin regime” is a stark sign that elections may not end Thailand’s bitter political conflict, experts say. After weeks of protests, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced on ...

Dec 11, 2013

Karzai balks on a deal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is playing a dangerous game. His term in office expires next April, yet he is balking on a security deal with the U.S. to try to preserve his political leverage.

Recalling nature's fury abstractly in oils

Dec 11, 2013

Recalling nature's fury abstractly in oils

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As someone who was born and brought up in Bosnia, educated in Germany and is now based in New York, why should artist Amer Kobaslija have reacted as passionately as he did on hearing about the earthquake and the tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku ...

Guitarist takes from the piano for new sound

Dec 11, 2013

Guitarist takes from the piano for new sound

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One of the most interesting questions guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares has been asked by a Japanese fan had to do with his fingernails. “The fans always ask me very (detailed) things. From my nails to the way I play, they want to know everything,” ...

Mariners GM Zduriencik fires back at Wedge

Dec 11, 2013

Mariners GM Zduriencik fires back at Wedge

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik defended his involvement in the daily operation of the ball club on Monday after pointed remarks by former manager Eric Wedge and other past front-office employees in The Seattle Times. Zduriencik issued the statement a day after a ...

Bears dominate Cowboys

Dec 11, 2013

Bears dominate Cowboys

Neither the brutal cold nor the league’s worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears. Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a ...

Dec 11, 2013

Keane rips Ferguson in documentary

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has lashed out again at retired Old Trafford manager Alex Ferguson in a ITV4 documentary set to be aired on Tuesday. The fiery Irishman claims the Scottish coach is trying to exert “control and power” at the struggling ...

Malkin sharpas Pens prevail

Dec 11, 2013

Malkin sharpas Pens prevail

Evgeni Malkin’s favorite running mate is serving a five-game NHL suspension. No matter. The Pittsburgh Penguins star can handle things by himself when he needs to. Malkin scored in his return from a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby added his 16th goal, and the Penguins ...