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57 articles published/printed


Disaster debris trains make final run

Jan 14, 2014

Disaster debris trains make final run

The cargo trains dedicated to bringing disaster debris from Tohoku to Tokyo ended operations Monday because the volume of the rubble has been substantially reduced two years and 10 months after a massive offshore earthquake and tsunami wrecked its Pacific coastline in March 2011. ...

Thai protesters block roads in bid to shut capital

Jan 14, 2014

Thai protesters block roads in bid to shut capital

Antigovernment protesters seized key intersections across Thailand’s capital on Monday, blockading major roads into the heart of Bangkok’s downtown districts at the start of a renewed push to derail elections next month and overthrow the prime minister. The protesters vowed to “shut down” the ...

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

| Jan 14, 2014

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

by Tomoko Otake

Last week, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against Novartis Pharma K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, alleging the firm made exaggerated advertising claims for its blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan. The ministry alleges the ...

India envoy vows to clear her name

Jan 14, 2014

India envoy vows to clear her name

An Indian diplomat at the center of a bitter row with the United States told Sunday of her “immense stress” at leaving behind her young family in New York and vowed to clear her name. Indian consulate official Devyani Khobragade was allowed to leave ...

De Blasio opens liberal N.Y. agenda

Jan 14, 2014

De Blasio opens liberal N.Y. agenda

by Jonathan Lemire

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, propelled by a landslide election victory and the hopes of a party out of power for a generation, will be quickly unveiling an ambitious liberal legislative program that could fundamentally reshape the role of government in the largest ...

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

Jan 14, 2014

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

by Agnes C. Poirier

On Friday morning, I woke up as my usual French self. Then, from under the duvet, I reached for my smartphone and learned from Twitter that the French edition of Closer magazine had published pictures purportedly revealing an affair between President Francois Hollande and ...

Izumo to serve as command ship

Jan 14, 2014

Izumo to serve as command ship

The brand new Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer Izumo will undergo a refit to serve as the command center for defending remote islands in the southwest, sources said. By deploying a vessel with front-line headquarters functions, the Defense Ministry aims to strengthen the integrated ...

Jan 14, 2014

Protecting consumers against fraud

The Diet has enacted a law that sets the procedure for class-action lawsuits aimed at helping consumers who have suffered financial damage from unscrupulous sales methods receive compensation from companies.

Jan 14, 2014

Keep power in boards of education

The Abe administration next year plans to submit a bill to the Diet that would give local government heads the final responsibility for local education administration, thus downgrading boards of education.

'Downton Abbey' thrives as viewers look for romance

Jan 14, 2014

'Downton Abbey' thrives as viewers look for romance

by Robert Macpherson

The global success of “Downton Abbey” is vivid proof that romance and drama are alive and well and thriving on the small screen, its executive producer said last week. In a telephone interview from London, two days after season four of the post-Edwardian soap ...

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Jan 14, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato rebounded from his loss the previous day, tossing down Myogiryu for his first win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. On the celebration of Coming of Age Day, Kisenosato had yet to find his sea legs, but he ...

Niners oust Panthers

Jan 14, 2014

Niners oust Panthers

Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newton’s Superman touchdown celebration. Three years of frustration had come to a head. “Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said. To whom? “I think you know ...

Date-Krumm falls in opener

Jan 14, 2014

Date-Krumm falls in opener

Kimiko Date-Krumm is used to questions about retirement but still has no answer. For now, she’s content to continue the “miracle” of playing professional tennis at age 43. She is also used to the distinction of being the oldest women’s singles player at Grand ...

Honda makes losing Serie A debut as Sassuolo stuns Milan

Jan 14, 2014

Honda makes losing Serie A debut as Sassuolo stuns Milan

Teenage striker Domenico Berardi scored four goals for Sassuolo in a 4-3 win over AC Milan on Sunday to steal the limelight from new Rossoneri midfielder Keisuke Honda. Japan international Honda, signed on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow, came off the bench for ...