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72 articles published/printed


Dec 17, 2013

'Tankan' signals drop in spending

Big businesses pare their spending projections for the year, signaling headwinds for "Abenomics" ahead of April's tax hike and doubts the recovery is sustainable, the "tankan" report says.

Tokyo Gov. Inose changes story on handling Tokushukai cash

Dec 17, 2013

Tokyo Gov. Inose changes story on handling Tokushukai cash

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose said Monday that he canceled a contract in May for a safety deposit box he leased to hold the ¥50 million he received from the Tokushukai hospital group and transferred it to another one, contradicting an earlier explanation. In intensive ...

MHI maintains wartime reparations issue settled

Dec 17, 2013

MHI maintains wartime reparations issue settled

The president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said the company will maintain its stance that wartime compensation issues related to Korean workers forcibly conscripted as laborers have already been settled. “We will continue to maintain our claim is right,” even if South Korea’s Supreme ...

Two U.S. senators vow support in Ukraine

Dec 17, 2013

Two U.S. senators vow support in Ukraine

A showdown between Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other drew closer Sunday, as two American senators told a crowd of hundreds of thousands of protesters that Ukraine’s future lies to the west, not east. “We ...

Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

| Dec 17, 2013

Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

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In recent months, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has rekindled the public debate on atomic power, drawing attention to perhaps the most critical question about its future: Is there a safe place and way to dispose of high-level radioactive waste? Koizumi lashed out at ...

India gang rapes rise despite growing awareness

| Dec 17, 2013

India gang rapes rise despite growing awareness

The chauffeur’s boss was out of town, so the driver called a friend and said “Let’s have some fun” — which police say meant finding a woman to rape. Hopping into a luxury car, the two soon spotted their victim — a young software ...

Navy copter crash-lands; pair hurt

Dec 17, 2013

Navy copter crash-lands; pair hurt

A U.S. Navy helicopter crash-landed Monday afternoon apparently in a landfill near the port of Misaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and two of its four-member crew were hurt.

'Lawrence of Arabia' legend Peter O'Toole dead at 81

Dec 17, 2013

'Lawrence of Arabia' legend Peter O'Toole dead at 81

Known on the one hand for his starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia,” leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O’Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun ...

Nearly 300,000 Ukrainians rally after EU halts talks

Dec 17, 2013

Nearly 300,000 Ukrainians rally after EU halts talks

Nearly 300,000 outraged Ukrainians braved freezing temperatures Sunday to demand closer Western integration after the European Union abruptly suspended historic partnership talks because of the government’s continued courtship of Russia. The ex-Soviet nation of 46 million has been at the heart of a furious ...

Dec 17, 2013

Abe shows totalitarian bent

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The president of a Japanese university classifies the Abe administration as neither conservative nor liberal. Instead, he calls it "totalitarian" and suggests that Japan is drifting away from European ideals based on democracy and individualism.

Dec 17, 2013

Defaulting to the old ways

The Abe administration seems to be reverting to an old energy policy by revisiting an old policymaking process, despite the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

Sorting out that battery-life problem

| Dec 17, 2013

Sorting out that battery-life problem

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This month saw the launch of the hybrid Arrows A SoftBank 301F, Fujitsu’s latest Android 4G LTE smartphone for SoftBank customers. Using advanced power-saving technology, the Arrow A SoftBank 301F only needs 10 minutes of charging to run a full day. Once fully charged, ...

Hot-shooting Love leads charge as T-Wolves end losing streak

Dec 17, 2013

Hot-shooting Love leads charge as T-Wolves end losing streak

Kevin Love’s 3-point shooting is opening up things for Minnesota’s offense and the Timberwolves took advantage Sunday, notching their first victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in almost four years. Love had 30 points and nine rebounds, the Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and ...

Packers rally stuns Cowboys

Dec 17, 2013

Packers rally stuns Cowboys

If this was Matt Flynn’s last start in place of Aaron Rodgers, it was quite a memorable one. Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after an interception by Tony Romo gave ...

Injury forces White out of qualifier

Dec 17, 2013

Injury forces White out of qualifier

Shaun White found himself on the “Road to Couchi” on Sunday — not exactly where he wanted to be with a key Olympic qualifying event going on outside. The world’s most decorated snowboarder pulled out of the slopestyle final at the Dew Tour so ...

NPB formally approves new posting system

Dec 17, 2013

NPB formally approves new posting system

Nippon Professional Baseball formally agreed on the terms of a new posting system with Major League Baseball on Monday. NPB’s executive committee met and signed off on an agreement that both sides had agreed to in principle. The new rules will be in force ...

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

Dec 17, 2013

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

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The last few years have seen a small group of pitchers trying to master the knuckleball in an attempt to revive or extend their careers. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey rode the pitch to the NL Cy Young Award while pitching for the ...

Dec 17, 2013

Nagatomo scores in Inter Milan loss

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo scored his fourth goal of the season on Sunday for Inter Milan, although the Italian Serie A side went down to a 4-2 defeat at Napoli. Nagatomo, who also played in midfield during his full shift, scored in first-half injury ...