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Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

Dec 26, 2013

Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades. The findings ...

Methane hydrate gets budgetary OK

Dec 26, 2013

Methane hydrate gets budgetary OK

The Abe administration plans to boost spending on the development of undersea methane hydrate, a potential next-generation energy source, as well as on renewable energy projects in fiscal 2014. In its draft budget adopted Tuesday, the administration set aside ¥12.7 billion for methane hydrate ...

U.S. vets hit streets to save homeless

Dec 26, 2013

U.S. vets hit streets to save homeless

David Dyer has a family, a home and a job: helping homeless U.S. military veterans get off the streets, like he did. Dyer is part of a team that the state of Massachusetts has hired to get veterans off the streets in the Boston ...

Kerama Islands to become 31st national park

Dec 26, 2013

Kerama Islands to become 31st national park

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said he will designate Okinawa’s Kerama Islands, known for their coral reefs, as Japan’s 31st national park on March 5. The announcement came Tuesday after the Central Environment Council approved a plan to designate the islands and surrounding waters up ...

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

| Dec 26, 2013

In Haiyan's wake, Christmas infused with tragedy

Christmas lights blink in a handful of restaurants in Tacloban, but at nightfall, much of this city flattened by Typhoon Haiyan slips into darkness. A few downtown shops have reopened. Roadside vendors peddle fruits of the season: oranges and red apples. There is rebuilding, ...

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

Dec 26, 2013

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch a new large-scale test rocket in fiscal 2020 and another the following year. The rocket, provisionally dubbed H-III, is a successor to JAXA’s H-IIA launch vehicle. According to JAXA’s plan, reported to a science ministry panel ...

Fishermen seek big fine for blown Isahaya dike deadline

Dec 26, 2013

Fishermen seek big fine for blown Isahaya dike deadline

Fishermen in Nagasaki and Saga prefectures filed a petition Tuesday calling for a fine of ¥100 million per day on the government for not abiding by a court ruling that ordered the opening of floodgates in a state reclamation project in Isahaya Bay in ...

Sumitomo Mitsui may resume JGB buys once inflation picks up

Dec 26, 2013

Sumitomo Mitsui may resume JGB buys once inflation picks up

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., the biggest seller of Japanese government bonds among the nation’s three biggest banks, may start buying again once inflation picks up, President Koichi Miyata said. The lending unit of Japan’s second-largest bank by market value stopped selling JGBs after ...

Uotani picked to head Shiseido

Dec 26, 2013

Uotani picked to head Shiseido

Cosmetics maker Shiseido Co. said it will name Masahiko Uotani, outside chief marketing adviser, as its next president and chief executive officer effective April 1. Uotani, 59, will be appointed as representative director at a broad meeting after a general shareholders’ meeting in late ...

Patissier of 'fakes' takes the cake, eats it, too

Dec 26, 2013

Patissier of 'fakes' takes the cake, eats it, too

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A confectionery store in suburban Saitama is generating a buzz thanks to its uniquely deceiving assortment of sweets. One of them is the “Nanchatte ramen,” which can translate roughly as “fake ramen noodle.” The name sounds like a Chinese dish, but in reality it’s ...

Car bomb kills 15, injures scores in northern Egypt

Dec 26, 2013

Car bomb kills 15, injures scores in northern Egypt

A car packed with explosives detonated outside a security headquarters building in this city north of Cairo early Tuesday, killing 15 people and wounding more than 130 in one of the deadliest militant attacks in Egypt in years. The powerful blast, which occurred just ...

Israel launches Gaza airstrikes for worker killing

Dec 26, 2013

Israel launches Gaza airstrikes for worker killing

Israeli air and ground forces launched a series of attacks Tuesday on targets across the Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding 10 in response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian by a Palestinian sniper. It was the heaviest burst of ...

U.N. says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan

Dec 26, 2013

U.N. says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan

U.N. investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the United Nations said Tuesday, as a possible opening occurred for negotiations to avert civil war in the world’s newest country where ethnic violence has erupted. In New York, the U.N. ...

Dec 26, 2013

Breaching the weapons-export ban

It is deplorable that the Abe administration decided to provide rifle ammo to South Korean troops engaged in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan without consulting government officials first.

Dec 26, 2013

Rein in government spending

The government's draft budget for fiscal 2014, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved Tuesday, reflects a lack of government will to reduce public spending and debt even as the tax burden on consumers is set to increase.

Top billings of 2013

Dec 26, 2013

Top billings of 2013

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Although all Japan’s 50 reactors have been shut down since September, cleaning up in the wake of the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is making very slow progress and tens of thousands of people still live in temporary ...

Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache

Dec 26, 2013

Kumakawa blends ballet and business — with panache

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Being good at business may be “the most fascinating art,” as Andy Warhol said — and few likely know that better than Tetsuya Kumakawa, dancer extraordinaire turned extraordinary businessman. Once the darling prodigy of The Royal Ballet as the first Asian dancer and youngest ...

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Dec 26, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

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Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 26, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

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Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...

Aisin's Kanamaru fits in well with new team

Dec 26, 2013

Aisin's Kanamaru fits in well with new team

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The Aisin SeaHorses (24-2) are tied with the Toshiba Brave Thunders for the NBL’s best record through Sunday. That alone isn’t anything unusual for the powerhouse NBL team. But if you look at the team’s personnel, you’ll notice the Aichi Prefecture-based club made some ...

Dec 26, 2013

Swallows acquire lefty pitcher Narveson

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows announced Wednesday that they have signed 32-year-old pitcher Chris Narveson. The 191-cm southpaw has a career major league record of 26-18 with a 4.65 ERA over six seasons, mostly with the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers. He was a fixture in ...

Winston earnsanother honor

Dec 26, 2013

Winston earnsanother honor

The Winter of Winston continues for Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback. Jameis Winston is The Associated Press national player of the year, adding to his cadre of postseason accolades. He’s this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, the Walter Camp national player of the year, the ...

Dodgers re-sign 3B Uribe, shore up bullpen

Dec 26, 2013

Dodgers re-sign 3B Uribe, shore up bullpen

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held ...

Romo may play against Eagles

Dec 26, 2013

Romo may play against Eagles

Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys aren’t ruling Tony Romo out of a winner-take-all game against Philadelphia because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury. Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that his quarterback has proven he can play with ...

49ers surging as playoffs draw near

Dec 26, 2013

49ers surging as playoffs draw near

For everyone who figured the San Francisco 49ers might stumble after reaching the Super Bowl considering their tougher schedule, added pressure and a much-improved division nemesis, the reigning NFC champions are headed back to the playoffs. With plenty of momentum. Despite a pair of ...