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JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Jan 16, 2014

JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Japan Airlines is investigating what caused a battery on a Boeing 787 to emit smoke during preflight maintenance, a year after a fire on one of the carrier’s Dream­lin­ers helped spur the grounding of the global fleet.

Jan 16, 2014

Teacher manuals next front in islet disputes

The Abe administration is considering describing the Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets as integral parts of the country in instruction manuals for school curriculum guidelines, education minister Hakubun Shimomura says.

Jan 16, 2014

Hashimoto sued over scrubbed trip

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Six members of a local citizens’ watchdog group file a civil suit against the city of Osaka, demanding that Mayor Toru Hashimoto repay the nearly ¥700,000 bill the city footed after he canceled a trip to the U.S. last June.

'Missing' U.K. man turns up safe in Britain

Jan 16, 2014

'Missing' U.K. man turns up safe in Britain

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Running in fear for his life or just to escape it? A British businessman who mysteriously disappeared from Tokyo last year, sparking speculation of misadventure, has turned up back in England, safe and sound, according to a British media report. Garin Dart, former CEO ...

Corruption probe lifts lid on graft in Chinese military

Jan 16, 2014

Corruption probe lifts lid on graft in Chinese military

Under the cover of night, investigators last year hauled away four truckloads of plunder, including gold statues and boxes of high-end liquor that were allegedly part of the ill-gotten gains of a Chinese general under investigation for corruption, a financial magazine reported. The investigation, ...

Kanagawa girl, 11, missing since Saturday found safe 25 km away

Jan 16, 2014

Kanagawa girl, 11, missing since Saturday found safe 25 km away

An 11-year-old elementary school girl from Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, missing since Saturday was found safe early Wednesday, police said. Michi Shinozaki was found in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The fifth-grader vanished while taking her dog for a walk. According to the police, Shinozaki called the ...

Suntory 'planning $12 billion bridge loan' to buy Beam

Jan 16, 2014

Suntory 'planning $12 billion bridge loan' to buy Beam

Suntory Holdings Ltd. plans to borrow as much as $12 billion to finance the purchase of Beam Inc., two sources said. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.’s lending unit has agreed to provide a bridge loan of $10 billion to $12 billion for the acquisition, ...

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

Jan 16, 2014

Tomato biz generating cross-industry buzz

The tomato-growing business is increasingly attracting attention from various industries in Japan, encouraging cross-sector cooperation in some cases where partners meld their respective strengths. Major trader Mitsui & Co. in September announced plans to launch grape tomato-growing operations in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. Mitsui imported ...

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

Jan 16, 2014

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

A new legal instrument will soon allow children from 10 countries to complain to a key U.N. committee if they believe their human rights have been violated. The optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child received the required 10th ratification ...

Isolated and misinformed, Syria refugees struggle for survival

Jan 16, 2014

Isolated and misinformed, Syria refugees struggle for survival

Fear, confusion and a lack of information are preventing many Syrian refugees in Lebanon from knowing where to turn for aid. With a constant surge of refugees now fighting the bitter winter cold, humanitarian organizations are struggling to find ways to reach them with ...

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

Jan 16, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

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Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now ...

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

The United States must not tolerate China’s use of military coercion in pursuit of its territorial claims in the seas of East Asia, lawmakers said at a hearing Tuesday, where experts warned that Beijing’s assertiveness is unnerving its neighbors and challenges American security interests. ...

Egyptian support of army bubbles to top amid vote on new charter

Jan 16, 2014

Egyptian support of army bubbles to top amid vote on new charter

A referendum on a new constitution laid bare the sharp divisions in Egypt six months after the military removed the elected Islamist president, with pro-army voters lining up Tuesday outside polling stations, singing patriotic songs, kissing images of Egypt’s top officer and sharing upbeat ...

Israeli defense chief comments spark spat with U.S.

Jan 16, 2014

Israeli defense chief comments spark spat with U.S.

An Israeli newspaper quoted the defense minister Tuesday as deriding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Mideast peace efforts as naive and foolhardy, triggering an angry response from Washington and rekindling simmering tensions with Israel’s closest and most important ally. The quotes appeared ahead ...

Jan 16, 2014

The 'Internet of everything'

The advent of the "Internet of things," the ever-expanding array of connectedness between computer sensors and consumer devices, promises convenience as well as privacy and security concerns.

'Kaz' Kumagai brings tip-top tap to town

Jan 16, 2014

'Kaz' Kumagai brings tip-top tap to town

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“Anyone can enjoy being be a tap dancer in their daily life; all you have to do is casually make a rhythm with your feet when you’re walking down the street,” Japan’s leading exponent of the art, Kazunori Kumagai, insists — seemingly oblivious to ...

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

Jan 16, 2014

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

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Most kabuki plays have at their core a dramatic historical episode. Around this, there’s generally a colorful, oft-times melodramatic and action-packed confection of intrigues, loyalties, romances, self-sacrifice and villainy founded on varying degrees of fact — or simply fashioned as pure fiction. In “Sanzenryō ...

Nole on target in heat

Jan 16, 2014

Nole on target in heat

Novak Djokovic stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open singles title with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win Wednesday over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Advancing to the third round with his 26th consecutive match win, Djokovic had a brief scare while serving at ...

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Jan 16, 2014

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato huffed and puffed his way past Okinoumi to stay one win off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, the tournament favorite in the injury-enforced absence of fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, remained perfect and tied for the ...

Jan 16, 2014

Lions hire Caldwell

Jim Caldwell got a ringing endorsement from one of his mentors when Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was doing his homework. The Lions hired Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz, ending a search that included a telephone conversation between Mayhew ...

Shiffrin blows away field to capture World Cup slalom

Jan 16, 2014

Shiffrin blows away field to capture World Cup slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the best slalom skier in the women’s World Cup on Tuesday, winning a night race just 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics. Shiffrin held on to a commanding 0.90-second first-run lead to ...

Jagr, Brodeurstar for Devils

Jan 16, 2014

Jagr, Brodeurstar for Devils

New Jersey Devils veterans Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur just keep summoning good hockey out of their 41-year-old bodies. The sure-fire Hall of Famers stole the show at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, with Jagr moving past Mark Messier for seventh place on ...

Grizzlies triumph in Gasol's return

Jan 16, 2014

Grizzlies triumph in Gasol's return

The Memphis Grizzlies celebrated the return of Marc Gasol with a victory over one of the league’s top teams — and one of their biggest rivals. Courtney Lee scored a season-high 24 points, including the closing two free throws, and the Grizzlies beat the ...