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Deflation off slightly last month: data

Dec 28, 2013

Deflation off slightly last month: data

Consumer prices rose 1.2 percent last month, the fastest pace in five years, edging closer to the Bank of Japan’s 2.0 percent target in its war on deflation as Tokyo battles to reverse years of falling prices. But if volatile food and energy, by ...

Medal of Honor winner from Korean War dies

Dec 28, 2013

Medal of Honor winner from Korean War dies

Rodolfo “Rudy” Hernandez, a U.S. Army paratrooper who received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly carrying out a bayonet assault on enemy forces during the Korean War, died Dec. 21 at a hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was 82. He had been treated ...

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

Dec 28, 2013

Iran rebuilding famed Bam citadel

While Iran’s Bam citadel will never be returned to its past glory, experts who are painstakingly rebuilding the architectural masterpiece after an earthquake destroyed it a decade ago are hopeful they will be able to restore some of it. Situated about 1,000 km southeast ...

Chinese media slam shrine trip but public quiet

Dec 28, 2013

Chinese media slam shrine trip but public quiet

No demonstrations against Japan were seen in Chinese cities Friday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his visit to war-linked Yasukini Shrine the previous day, but the newspapers were nearly unanimous in criticizing him for blatantly challenging the postwar international order. A larger-than-usual police ...

Nakaima OKs offshore work at Nago base site

Dec 28, 2013

Nakaima OKs offshore work at Nago base site

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima granted permission Friday to start offshore fill work for building the base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, ending his long opposition to allowing a successor facility to be built in the prefecture. The decision comes after years ...

Dec 28, 2013

Okinawa governor approves landfill to relocate U.S. base

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Friday approved landfill work to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma base within his prefecture, reversing his previous policy of trying to move the base out of Okinawa, a senior prefectural official said. The decision marks a major breakthrough in ...

Dec 28, 2013

16 Japanese reactors up for restart safety checks

Tohoku Electric Power Co. applied Friday for a safety assessment of its No. 2 reactor at the Onagawa power plant in Miyagi Prefecture, making it the 16th unit that will be checked before a possible restart. The Onagawa plant was the closed nuclear complex ...

Dec 28, 2013

Another backward step by Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit Thursday to Yasukuni Shrine, Japan’s war shrine, is a thoughtless act that could lead Japan into isolation in the international community. It also revealed his shallow understanding of the immense destruction that Japan’s wars in the 1930s and 1940s ...

Dec 28, 2013

Progress on Futenma relocation

The Okinawa governor's go-ahead for the start of landfill work in building an alternative U.S. military facility in the northern part of the island may mark a political breakthrough for Tokyo in its security alliance with Washington, but it hardly closes the divide with ...

Dec 28, 2013

Why is work a zero free-speech zone?

If a reality TV show star, or any American for that matter, can be fired for expressing him- or herself when at work — or not at work — then the right to free speech is a meaningless abstraction that applies only to the ...

Dec 28, 2013

Putin outflanking the West

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In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin made U.S. President Barack Obama look like a conman's stooge — a lame duck president so weak that he can barely waddle to the pond.

Posting period for Tanaka starts

Dec 28, 2013

Posting period for Tanaka starts

The bidding for star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has begun. All 30 major league teams have been notified that the 30-day period to sign the 25-year-old right-hander began on Thursday, according to Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan. Clubs have until Jan. 24 to attempt ...

LeBron nabs AP top male athlete award

Dec 28, 2013

LeBron nabs AP top male athlete award

The only thing keeping LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, he’s the game’s best player. On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 — when ...

Murray returnends in defeat

Dec 28, 2013

Murray returnends in defeat

Andy Murray’s return to action after a three-month injury lay-off ended in a straight sets defeat to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Mudabala World Tennis Championship on Thursday. The Wimbledon champion and world No. 4 went down 7-5, 6-3 to 10th-ranked Tsonga on the ...