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72 articles published/printed


Honda says profit will determine pay

Dec 14, 2013

Honda says profit will determine pay

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Honda Motor Co. Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura said the automaker will set pay based on reaching profitability targets rather than government directives on how fast to increase compensation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called four meetings since September with union and business leaders ...

Hoax photo of Mandela after death brings anger

Dec 14, 2013

Hoax photo of Mandela after death brings anger

The South African government said Thursday it would not release photographs of former President Nelson Mandela lying in state, and urged people to shun a hoax image purporting to be of the dead president that was posted on the Internet. While tens of thousands ...

Vatican bank gets mixed EU review

Dec 14, 2013

Vatican bank gets mixed EU review

European evaluators have given the Vatican a mixed report card in its efforts to comply with international norms to fight money laundering and financing of terrorism, praising progress over the past year while highlighting shortcomings at the Holy See’s financial watchdog agency — especially ...

Town raises a toast with wine law

Dec 14, 2013

Town raises a toast with wine law

In line with growing moves to promote regional alcoholic beverages, the municipal assembly in Furano, Hokkaido, has passed an ordinance urging its residents to raise a toast with its local speciality: Furano wine. According to the Tokyo-based Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, the ...

Celebrity tutor 'kings' thrive in Hong Kong

Dec 14, 2013

Celebrity tutor 'kings' thrive in Hong Kong

When the Hong Kong school year began in September, tutor Tony Chow arranged to have his face plastered on the sides of double-decker buses to raise his profile. The 30-year-old indirectly teaches English grammar to thousands of secondary school pupils who attend his academy’s ...

Dec 14, 2013

JR Hokkaido admits manipulating track data at accident site

Hokkaido Railway Co. says inspection data for the tracks involved in a train derailment in September had been falsified. The accident led to revelations of sloppy management at JR Hokkaido, including leaving problems on some rail tracks unresolved for almost a year and other ...

Dec 14, 2013

Abe's stimulus only a short-term fix

The Abe administration's latest stimulus package has the central government spending more than it is due to receive in revenue from the fiscal 2014 tax hike, showing that the Japanese economy has yet to enter a self-sustaining cycle built on private-sector demand and investment.

Dec 14, 2013

Eliminating pension discrimination

A recent Osaka District Court ruling for a man who sought pension benefits related to his wife's death appears to reject the traditional legal presumption that the husband is the breadwinner in a household.

Dec 14, 2013

Curbing Tehran's ambitions

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A sober second look at the deal on Iran's nuclear program signed in Geneva on Nov. 24 suggests that it is neither a historic breakthrough nor a historic mistake. It is welcome, though, because it suspends Iran's march toward weapons and the West's march ...

Iginla ignitesBruins in win

Dec 14, 2013

Iginla ignitesBruins in win

The Boston Bruins seemed to be cruising toward a win before they had to hold on to beat the Edmonton Oilers. Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins outlasted the West cellar-dwelling Oilers 4-2 on Thursday night. Dennis Seidenberg ...

Dec 14, 2013

Jays, Ohka OK minor league deal

Tomo Ohka, who last pitched in Major League Baseball in 2009, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 37-year-old right-hander went 51-68 for Boston (1999-01), Montreal (2001-04), Washington (2005), Milwaukee (2005-06), Toronto (2007) and Cleveland (2009). Ohka played ...

Aldridge's 31 points, 25 rebounds carry Blazers to victory

Dec 14, 2013

Aldridge's 31 points, 25 rebounds carry Blazers to victory

LaMarcus Aldridge’s big night against the Houston Rockets wasn’t about the stats, the All-Star votes or the fans chanting “MVP! MVP!” “This was a ‘we needed a win’ night for me,” said Aldridge, who had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in the ...