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Hosokawa to run, gets nuke foe Koizumi's nod

Jan 15, 2014

Hosokawa to run, gets nuke foe Koizumi's nod

Former Prime Minister Mo­ri­hi­ro Ho­so­ka­wa, on his 76th birthday, announces that he will run for Tokyo governor after securing the backing of fellow former Prime Minister Jun­i­chi­ro Koi­zu­mi.

Thai premier reiterates refusal to resign

Jan 15, 2014

Thai premier reiterates refusal to resign

Thailand’s political crisis continued Tuesday to grind on as the prime minister reiterated her refusal to quit and protesters trying to topple her administration blocked key roads in the heart of Bangkok for a second day. The demonstrators had pledged to “shut down” the ...

Gamers can test out Toyota concept

Jan 15, 2014

Gamers can test out Toyota concept

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota’s new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker’s design future, the company said Monday. The nation’s top automaker took the wraps off ...

Mexico forces deployed to halt militia mayhem

Jan 15, 2014

Mexico forces deployed to halt militia mayhem

Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante groups and drug traffickers erupted over the weekend, a top Mexican official announced Monday. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said federal forces with support ...

Abe recalls Abebe, meets Ethiopia's running heroes

Jan 15, 2014

Abe recalls Abebe, meets Ethiopia's running heroes

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicked off a visit to Ethiopia Monday by meeting the country’s running stars and receiving a gift from the son of late barefoot marathon legend Abebe Bikila, winner of the Tokyo Olympic marathon 50 years ago. “My name is Abe, ...

Jan 15, 2014

Hints of revival at Detroit auto show

The Detroit auto show opened with renewed optimism Monday as confident carmakers forecast more growth and unveiled powerful new trucks, sexy sports cars and an abundance of luxury. After years of mass layoffs and painful restructuring that brought the U.S. auto industry to its ...

ADB: Set aside rows to beat pollution

Jan 15, 2014

ADB: Set aside rows to beat pollution

China and Japan should put aside their diplomatic differences and find common ground in protecting the environment, the Asian Development Bank said Monday. Takehiko Nakao, the ADB’s president, said China could learn from Japan’s historical record in cleaning up its once heavily polluted environment. ...

Lifting of sanctions to benefit Iran

| Jan 15, 2014

Lifting of sanctions to benefit Iran

Unblocking billions of dollars in funds to Iran under a landmark six-month nuclear deal with the West will have a significant economic and psychological impact on the Islamic Republic, experts said Monday. Iran and Western powers announced Sunday that the deal will take effect ...

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

Jan 15, 2014

CGI, scientific studies bring dinosaurs closer

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Advances in computer graphics and scientific studies have made dinosaurs attractive not just to small boys but also women and girls. “It seems nowadays that one of every five children interested in dinosaurs is a girl,” said a representative for the National Museum of ...

Syrian government, main opposition group agree on humanitarian aid

Jan 15, 2014

Syrian government, main opposition group agree on humanitarian aid

In a first yet fragile step toward peace, Syria’s government and the main but disputed moderate opposition group seeking to oust it have agreed to allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the scarred Mideast country. The agreement was announced by the top ...

Jan 15, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Jan 15, 2014

Leave those kids alone

The education ministry should rethink its attempt to introduce "morals" as an official subject of instruction in elementary and junior high schools.

Jan 15, 2014

Lessons from the Diovan scandal

Fallout from the Diovan case in Japan suggests that clinical drug studies on patients should be financed either with public research funds or through formal funding contracts between pharmaceutical companies and the research institutions involved — rather than by pharma donations.

Juiced for a citrus winter

| Jan 15, 2014

Juiced for a citrus winter

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One of my favorite winter pastimes growing up was to snuggle under the futon covering a kotatsu (heated table), doing my homework or watching TV, as I methodically worked my way through a big bowl of Satsuma mikan, the little oval-shaped oranges that are ...

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

Jan 15, 2014

Blue Hawaii surfs Net to an Asia tour

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Though they hail from the same Montreal music scene that spawned crossover electronica star Grimes, the members of Blue Hawaii don’t have any illusions about where they rank in the popularity stakes. “I come home for Christmas, and my family’s like, ‘Woah, you’re going ...

Girls' Generation 'Love & Peace'

Jan 15, 2014

Girls' Generation "Love & Peace"

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K-pop’s golden days in Japan are over. The time when Korean groups could top the Oricon charts and (more importantly) monopolize media coverage is now a memory, in part due to an oversaturation of new acts. K-pop remains a strong niche market, though, even ...

Nishikori outlasts Matosevic

Jan 15, 2014

Nishikori outlasts Matosevic

Kei Nishikori was taken to five grueling sets in baking heat before advancing at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The 16th seed was on court for 3 hours, 41 minutes before subduing Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the second ...

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

Jan 15, 2014

World Cup star Forlan to join Cerezo Osaka: source

J. League first-division side Cerezo Osaka appears likely to acquire Uruguay international Diego Forlan for the 2014 season, an informed source said Tuesday. The 34-year-old Forlan won the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, ...

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Jan 15, 2014

Kisenosato impresses on third day of New Year basho

Ozeki Kisenosato took a big step forward in his second bid at yokozuna promotion with a manhandling of Chiyotairyu to remain one off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. Yokozuna Hakuho, meanwhile, remained in destruction mode as he dispensed ...

Ronaldo ends Messi's four-year run as top FIFA player

Jan 15, 2014

Ronaldo ends Messi's four-year run as top FIFA player

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide how much it meant to him, finally being voted the world’s best soccer player again. Having spent four years in the shadow of his great rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo broke down in tears after being elected the Ballon d’Or winner ...

Whisenhunt returning to Nashville as new coach of Titans

Jan 15, 2014

Whisenhunt returning to Nashville as new coach of Titans

The Tennessee Titans wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach and 17th in franchise history. Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith called the hiring a big day in announcing it Monday. “Ken ...

Knicks claim fifth in a row

Jan 15, 2014

Knicks claim fifth in a row

Another win for the New York Knicks, in another game they might have lost last month. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Knicks held the Phoenix Suns without a field goal in overtime to win 98-96 on Monday night for ...

Flames halt skid with win over Canes

Jan 15, 2014

Flames halt skid with win over Canes

Having lost three straight, the Calgary Flames were looking for something positive when they visited the Carolina Hurricanes. Karri Ramo delivered just what they needed. Ramo made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan provided the offense in ...