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Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

Jan 08, 2014

Tamogami pledges SDF disaster prep

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Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announces he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics ...

Rokkasho plant seeks screening

Jan 08, 2014

Rokkasho plant seeks screening

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. filed Tuesday for regulatory safety screening of its spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, whose completion has been delayed more than 20 times. The company aims to complete the plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, by October, expecting safety ...

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

Jan 08, 2014

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

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Toyota Motor Corp., which is getting ready to sell Camry-size sedans powered by fuel cells in the U.S. next year, plans to help create a network of hydrogen stations that may include pumps at car dealers and even trash dumps. The world’s largest automaker ...

Iran tries to reverse its slumping birthrate

Jan 08, 2014

Iran tries to reverse its slumping birthrate

In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns. Having successfully curbed birthrates for two decades, Iran now is promoting a baby boom to help make ...

Bar for pre-crisis bankers falls on hard times

Jan 08, 2014

Bar for pre-crisis bankers falls on hard times

Heartland, the bar in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills complex where bankers from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. partied before the 2008 financial crisis, has shut its doors after more than a decade. The bar, downstairs from the Japan headquarters of Goldman ...

Nissan unveils the NV200, London's new black taxi

Jan 08, 2014

Nissan unveils the NV200, London's new black taxi

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled Monday its version of London’s iconic black taxi, a market currently dominated by Chinese firm Geely. Nissan claims its new 1.6-liter gasoline engine is cleaner than the current diesel cabs cruising the streets of the British capital. “The NV200 cab ...

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

Jan 08, 2014

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

After a bombing hit a security headquarters in Egypt’s Nile Delta, calls flooded in to a hot-line run by security agencies as people reported suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their neighborhoods. In the weeks that followed, hotline numbers have run in a ...

Bangladesh leader's one-sided poll win decried

Jan 08, 2014

Bangladesh leader's one-sided poll win decried

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of “murdering democracy” as her archrival faced growing calls Tuesday to hold fresh polls after a walkover election. The United States led international pressure for a swift rerun that will include all the major parties, ...

Shotgun weddings fading as cohabitation gains favor

Jan 08, 2014

Shotgun weddings fading as cohabitation gains favor

No longer taboo, living together has become a more common arrangement for America’s couples who become pregnant while dating. Soon-to-be-released government figures show a major cultural shift since the days of shotgun weddings aimed at avoiding family embarrassment. With marriage on the decline, the ...

Turkey fires 350 cops amid graft scandal

Jan 08, 2014

Turkey fires 350 cops amid graft scandal

The Turkish government fired 350 police officers in Ankara overnight, including heads of major departments, amid a vast corruption scandal that has ensnared key allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported Tuesday. The officers were sacked by a government decree published ...

Jan 08, 2014

LDP's secrecy law propaganda

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rebutting newspaper articles that have criticized the recently enacted state secrets protection law. But its documented arguments are far from convincing.

Jan 08, 2014

Will the bitcoin bite the dust?

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Bitcoin was one of Oxford Dictionaries' runners-up for the word of the year for 2013. The virtual currency has received a partial blessing from the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. But will it bite the dust because of its volatility?

Jan 08, 2014

China's anti-Kim campaign

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The next target of China's autocrats, already waging an undeclared war over territory against multiple neighboring countries, is likely to be fellow communist state North Korea, now an estranged ally.

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

Jan 08, 2014

'King of K-pop' gets ready to reign again

South Korean singer Rain, known by some as the “King of K-pop,” last week released his first album in four years as part of a long-awaited comeback following mandatory military service. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, released online his sixth album, “Rain ...

Jan 08, 2014

Harumafuji slowed by ankle pain

With just a handful of days remaining before the start of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, yokozuna Harumafuji remained unable to go all out on Tuesday due to pain in his left ankle. The Mongolian, who ended 2013 on a high ...

Jan 08, 2014

Forward Osako joins Munich squad

German second-division club TSV 1860 Munich on Tuesday unveiled Japan forward Yuya Osako, who has joined the team from J.League first-division side Kashima Antlers. “In order to improve, you need to change your environment,” the 23-year-old told a news conference. “The biggest thing is ...

Florida State wins BCS title

Jan 08, 2014

Florida State wins BCS title

For all Jameis Winston had done as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat. In the biggest game of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put ...

T-Wolves use 3-point shooting barrage to blast 76ers

Jan 08, 2014

T-Wolves use 3-point shooting barrage to blast 76ers

Nikola Pekovic had to chuckle on the bench as fans held a pair of gigantic cutouts of his head right over him. His Minnesota teammates were certainly amused, laughing at the trio of Pekovic heads. “When you look at the heads, then you hold ...

Neureuther captures slalom, rips IOC over Pyeongchang

Jan 08, 2014

Neureuther captures slalom, rips IOC over Pyeongchang

Regaining his health from a series of injuries and falls, German skier Felix Neureuther announced himself as a medal contender for the Sochi Olympics by edging first-run leader Marcel Hirscher to win a World Cup slalom on Monday night. Then Neureuther used the spotlight ...

Tavares leads Isles to victory

Jan 08, 2014

Tavares leads Isles to victory

With John Tavares and the rest of the Islanders’ offense clicking, it hardly mattered who was protecting New York’s net at the other end. The Islanders captain scored three goals and added two assists, prized rookie Ryan Strome scored the first goal of his ...

Buccaneers counting on Smith for turnaround

Jan 08, 2014

Buccaneers counting on Smith for turnaround

Lovie Smith spent the past year watching lots of football, analyzing himself and preparing for his next job in the NFL. “How many times in life do you get a chance to take a break and really evaluate everything that you’ve done and who ...