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Kim purge puts world on alert

Dec 15, 2013

Kim purge puts world on alert

North Korea's execution of its second-most powerful figure may become a hefty price to pay, especially on economic development, experts say.

Dec 15, 2013

Cadmium poisoning redress eyed

Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. intends to pay ¥600,000 in compensation to those it poisoned by cadmium in one of Japan's worst industrial disasters.

Mandela makes final journey for burial in hometown

Dec 15, 2013

Mandela makes final journey for burial in hometown

Taking a final journey to his home village, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored amid pomp and ceremony Saturday at an air base in Pretoria before being flown aboard a military plane bound for this simple village in the wide-open spaces of eastern ...

North Korea's purge puts China on spot

| Dec 15, 2013

North Korea's purge puts China on spot

The stunning execution of Jang Song Thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, strips China of its most important link to Pyongyang’s leadership and deepens concerns over how its unruly neighbor will proceed on Beijing’s key issues of nuclear disarmament ...

Japan, ASEAN tie up on flight rights

Dec 15, 2013

Japan, ASEAN tie up on flight rights

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Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Saturday to bolster cooperation on ensuring “the freedom of overflight and civil aviation safety,” alluding to the risks posed by China’s new air defense identification zone over the East China Sea. In a joint statement ...

Asset bubbles loom over 2014

Dec 15, 2013

Asset bubbles loom over 2014

Cash is so cheap these days that investors have been borrowing and plowing them in assets from artwork to wine to bitcoins, betting that prices would rise. And rise they did, some even setting records, but market watchers are now warning that asset bubbles ...

Dec 15, 2013

Nursing services under the knife

The health and welfare ministry plans to end some services under the nursing care insurance system for people whose conditions are not so severe, and have municipalities take them over.

Dec 15, 2013

A fair division of tax revenues

The central government should try to work out a permanent system of distributing prefectural corporate taxes to local governments that will help stabilize local revenue and decentralize administrations.

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

Dec 15, 2013

Waiter . . . there's a bug in my soup

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The crickets chirp before they are thrown into a pan, sauteed in vegetable oil and turned into crispy, crunchy snacks. They are one of the three toppings offered on crackers as hors d’oeuvres; a jam made from ants and rice grasshoppers boiled in a ...

Haruna adds sparkle to a seasonal getaway

Dec 15, 2013

Haruna adds sparkle to a seasonal getaway

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As the brilliant red, green and white explosions reflected off the surface of the lake, I turned to my partner with two simple words: “Merry Christmas.” Our journey had begun eight hours earlier at Takasaki Station in eastern Gunma Prefecture. Alighting from the Niigata ...

Naomi

| Dec 15, 2013

Naomi

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The best hint of what “Naomi” by Junichiro Tanizaki is about is its Japanese title “Chijin no Ai,” (“A Fool’s Love”). Written between 1924 and 1925, Tanizaki’s classic tale of Japan’s roaring ’20s is a warning to any man who falls for a much ...

The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya

Dec 15, 2013

The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya

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Released in English last month, “The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya” is the 10th in the (currently) 11-volume “Haruhi Suzumiya” series of light-novels, written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito. The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nagaru Tanigawa, LITTLE, BROWN Those who are hearing ...

Saban will coach Tide next season

Dec 15, 2013

Saban will coach Tide next season

Alabama’s Nick Saban is staying put, apparently for the duration of his coaching career. The university announced Friday night that Saban has reached “a long-term agreement” to remain with the Crimson Tide. “We are very pleased to have this agreement completed,” Saban said in ...

Yankees brass responds to Cano barb

Dec 15, 2013

Yankees brass responds to Cano barb

The Yankees had plenty of praise for Robinson Cano, just not the money he wanted. “Bouquets. Bouquets. Bouquets. I’ll throw him bouquets all he wants,” general manager Brian Cashman said, “But I couldn’t throw him $235 million.” Cashman and Yankees officials spoke Friday, a ...

Ellsbury debuts in Bronx

Dec 15, 2013

Ellsbury debuts in Bronx

Joe Girardi is happy to see Jacoby Ellsbury in Yankees pinstripes instead of the uniform of the rival Boston Red Sox. “You are going to make my job a lot easier,” the New York manager told his new outfielder. “You no longer are a ...

Toshiba rolls to 13th straight victory

Dec 15, 2013

Toshiba rolls to 13th straight victory

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Brave Thunders big man Nick Fazekas racked up 26 points and 16 rebounds to help Toshiba extend its winning streak to 13 with an 89-80 win over the Mitsubishi Electric Dolphins at Torodoki Arena on Saturday. Swingman Cedric Bozeman followed his compatriot with 18 ...

Klinsmann gets four-year extension

Dec 15, 2013

Klinsmann gets four-year extension

U.S. Soccer wasn’t taking any chances of losing Jurgen Klinsmann to another country or club. The federation broke with tradition and gave its coach a four-year extension before the World Cup in part because it feared other teams would pursue him after the tournament ...

Thunder rout hapless Lakers

Dec 15, 2013

Thunder rout hapless Lakers

Three games into his comeback from injury, Kobe Bryant remains a work in progress for the Los Angeles Lakers. While Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder continued their early season roll Friday night. Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added ...