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Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima No. 1

Dec 19, 2013

Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima No. 1

by Yuri Kageyama

Japan is incapable of safely decommissioning the devastated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant alone and must stitch together an international team for the massive undertaking, experts say. However, only halting progress has been made so far. Unlike the United States and some European countries, ...

Ancient Stonehenge gets modern-day revamp

Dec 19, 2013

Ancient Stonehenge gets modern-day revamp

After thousands of years, Stonehenge has had a makeover. But visitors may initially feel something is missing: the prehistoric monument itself. Tourists now arrive at a gleaming new timber-and-glass visitor center some 2.4 km from Stonehenge. The famous stone circle tucked into the rolling ...

After sea incident, China praises U.S.

Dec 19, 2013

After sea incident, China praises U.S.

Military relations with the United States face a rosy outlook, China’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, in an apparent attempt to limit damage from a recent confrontation between the countries’ navies in the South China Sea. A ministry statement said the sides discussed issues relating ...

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

Dec 19, 2013

Last 3/11 evacuation center to close

The occupants of the last evacuation center for people displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis will find new homes by the end of this year, the mayor of an evacuated town in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday. “We will step forward ...

U.S. considers military trial for Russian detainee

Dec 19, 2013

U.S. considers military trial for Russian detainee

The Obama administration is actively considering the use of a military commission in the United States to try a Russian who was captured fighting with the Taliban several years ago and has been held by the U.S. military at a detention facility near Bagram ...

France says others to send troops to Africa

Dec 19, 2013

France says others to send troops to Africa

France has said other European nations would send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force on the ground attempting to disarm warring militias. Paris had urged its European partners to pitch in and help its 1,600 troops in the ...

Trade deficit soars on fuel import costs

Dec 19, 2013

Trade deficit soars on fuel import costs

The trade deficit ballooned 35 percent last month compared with a year ago, the biggest November deficit on record, as fuel imports soared following the 2011 nuclear catastrophe, the government said Wednesday. The run of 17 straight months of deficits is the longest since ...

SMBC Nikko, Daiwa increase hiring

Dec 19, 2013

SMBC Nikko, Daiwa increase hiring

by Takahiko Hyuga

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. have increased their hiring targets for university graduates to bolster retail brokerage operations as stocks rally. SMBC Nikko recruited 460 graduates to start in April, 50 more than earlier planned, spokesman Tadataka Ishida said Wednesday. ...

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Dec 19, 2013

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man greet visitors to Disney’s MarvelKids.com website, but parents may be surprised to learn that these superheroes may also open the door to tools that track their children’s activities across the Web, according to federal complaints to be filed ...

Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu

Dec 19, 2013

Conductor proud of first opera at Kiyomizu

by Takashi Tahira

Hirofumi Yoshida, 45, said he could feel Italian opera blending with Japanese spirituality when he conducted two new short works at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto in October. “I felt that the history of opera, which I believe is a symbol of Western art, and ...

Political rifts remain deep for Thais

| Dec 19, 2013

Political rifts remain deep for Thais

The last time Thai activist Kanthoop saw her father he brushed past her like she was “invisible,” a tiny gesture that poignantly echoes the bitter political divisions that have wracked Thailand and repeatedly spilled into unrest. “I almost wondered if I was a ghost,” ...

Hundreds feared killed as rival factions clash in South Sudan

Dec 19, 2013

Hundreds feared killed as rival factions clash in South Sudan

A U.N. official said Tuesday between 400 and 500 people are believed to have been killed in South Sudan, where two days of fighting between rival factions has sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing an alleged coup bid. The United States ordered nonessential embassy ...

Putin plies Ukraine with $15 billion bond sweetener

Dec 19, 2013

Putin plies Ukraine with $15 billion bond sweetener

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened his wallet on Tuesday in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine’s future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor. The ...

Dec 19, 2013

WTO breakthrough in Bali

Meeting with trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, the World Trade Organization has concluded its first trade reform agreement despite last-minute threats from Cuba and India. It is a moment to savor, but it is just a start.

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

Dec 19, 2013

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

by Mio Yamada

The simplicity of form and color on display at “Product Design Today: Creating ‘Made in Japan’ ” is undeniable. The ceramics are predominantly white, wooden items reveal natural grains, cast iron is kept jet black, contours are uncomplicated and there is not one single ...

What goes around comes around in Nagatsuka's 'Macbeth'

Dec 19, 2013

What goes around comes around in Nagatsuka's 'Macbeth'

by Nobuko Tanaka

Whether he likes it or not, unassuming Keishi Nagatsuka is widely seen as being foremost among the coming generation in Japan’s contemporary theater world. Though the 38-year-old director, actor and playwright began to stand out after founding the Asagaya Spiders company in his early ...

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

Dec 19, 2013

Miura's sex 'Whirlpool' wows a bashful Paris

by Bronwyn Mahoney

Looking around before “Ai no Uzu” began, there was an almost palpable anticipation ahead of our plunge into the realm of young Japanese people’s sex lives. What to talk about while waiting for the orgy to begin? The excitement was less to do with ...

Josef Koudelka:  the theatrics of life

Dec 19, 2013

Josef Koudelka: the theatrics of life

by John L. Tran

Wild white hair and beard, but dressed in a drab, olive shirt and combat jacket, Josef Koudelka is like a guerrilla Father Christmas. Wearing scuffed shoes, and with a roughly unceremonious joviality, the Czech photographer appears uncomfortable being stalked around his exhibition by dozens ...

Lillard fires dagger into Cavs

Dec 19, 2013

Lillard fires dagger into Cavs

The Portland Trail Blazers kept it real simple with the game on the line. Just get the ball to Damian Lillard, and get out of the way. No need for any fancy calls when Lillard’s on the court. The point guard made a tiebreaking ...

Schild sisters shine in World Cup slalom

Dec 19, 2013

Schild sisters shine in World Cup slalom

Marlies Schild joked that her younger sister wouldn’t have received any Christmas presents if she had stopped her from tying the record for World Cup slalom wins on Tuesday. Marlies overcame Bernadette Schild’s leading time from the first run to win her 34th slalom ...

Iginla helpsburn Flames

Dec 19, 2013

Iginla helpsburn Flames

With the emotions and hoopla of playing against his former team now a week and some, 4,023 km behind him, Jarome Iginla felt more relaxed facing Calgary again. Iginla assisted on Zdeno Chara’s two power-play goals, which were all the Boston Bruins needed in ...

Family of murder victim sues Hernandez

Dec 19, 2013

Family of murder victim sues Hernandez

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been sued by the family of a man he’s accused of killing while police investigate the death of another person on the periphery of that case. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Monday in Superior Court ...