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72 articles published/printed


Jan 18, 2014

905 kids ill in Shizuoka norovirus outbreak

Thirteen public elementary schools in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, are closed due to a suspected outbreak of food poisoning affecting 905 kids and probably caused by norovirus, officials said.

Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

Jan 18, 2014

Smaller is getting bigger in the satellite business

by Takashi Amano

As emerging space pioneers in China and India race to the moon and Mars, private-sector startups are quietly launching satellites the size of microwave ovens that aim to satisfy much more terrestrial desires. Axelspace Corp. in November launched a micro-satellite from Yasny, Russia, that ...

Economy rated as 'recovering'

Jan 18, 2014

Economy rated as 'recovering'

The government on Friday revised upward its basic assessment of the economy, describing it as “recovering” for the first time in six years, on the back of robust consumer spending ahead of the sales tax hike in April and improvement in business investment. “The ...

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Jan 18, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment ...

Imperial soldier who waged war until '74 dies

Jan 18, 2014

Imperial soldier who waged war until '74 dies

A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades because he did not believe World War II was over has died in Tokyo at age 91. Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign on Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally ...

California driver cleared in 'Google Glassing' case

Jan 18, 2014

California driver cleared in 'Google Glassing' case

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman who authorities said was driving while wearing the Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof ...

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Jan 18, 2014

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Google on Thursday unveiled a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five ...

Comet probe to be awoken

Jan 18, 2014

Comet probe to be awoken

One of the most ambitious missions in the history of space will go into high-risk mode Monday when Europe rouses a comet-chasing probe from years of hibernation. “The most important alarm clock in the solar system” will end the scout Rosetta’s long slumber, gearing ...

Jan 18, 2014

A vision for Japan's future

by Shinji Fukukawa

Thanks to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" initiative for national economic recovery, Japan's economy as well as its currency and stock markets started the New Year on a positive note for the first time in a long while.

Jan 18, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Jan 18, 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon

by Ramzy Baroud

Ariel Sharon, the late former Israeli prime minister, was not called the "the Bulldozer" for being a fearless leader. Nor do Arabs call him "the Butcher of Beirut" for simply overseeing the invasion of Lebanon.

Jan 18, 2014

Global economic prospects

As the world watches for signs of stable global economic growth this year, Japan should be ready to take remedial measures for its own economy if the consumption tax increase in April causes negative effects.

Jan 18, 2014

Hamamatsu beats Tokyo for fifth straight win

by Ed Odeven

The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix are hitting their stride as the second half of the season begins. Coach Tomoya Higashino’s squad extended its winning streak to five games on Friday, beating the host Tokyo Cinq Reves 75-69. Fueled by high-energy veterans and all-around depth, the ...

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 18, 2014

Nomo inducted into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

by Kaz Nagatsuka

People don’t remember Hideo Nomo by his records. They remember him as a trailblazer. And that’s enough to get him into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. The former starting pitcher in both Japan and the major leagues was selected by the Players Selection ...

Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Jan 18, 2014

Murai presented as next J. League chairman

Mitsuru Murai, who is set to be approved as the J. League’s next chairman on Jan. 31, said Friday the league has come to a “huge turning point.” “The league is at a huge turning point, but I will accept the challenge and do ...

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Jan 18, 2014

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Highly sought-after pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is likely to narrow down his preferences among major league suitors in the coming days, a member of his staff said Friday. “There is about a week left, so I think that is something that is going to start ...

Serena cruises; Li nearly loses

Jan 18, 2014

Serena cruises; Li nearly loses

Serena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela ...

Johnson powers Nets past Hawks in London

Jan 18, 2014

Johnson powers Nets past Hawks in London

The Brooklyn Nets should think about making another franchise move — to London. Brooklyn improved to 3-0 in regular-season NBA games in the British capital with a 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. Joe Johnson, who spent seven years with the ...

Jan 18, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back; Hakuho continues march

Ozeki Kisenosato got back in the winner’s column a day after suffering his second defeat in his bid at yokozuna promotion, while yokozuna Hakuho continued to steamroll with his sixth win in a row at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Hakuho, ...

Zuccarello goal leads Rangers past Wings

Jan 18, 2014

Zuccarello goal leads Rangers past Wings

The only shot the New York Rangers put past Detroit’s Jimmy Howard was actually meant to be a pass. Mats Zuccarello had no complaints when the puck found its way into the net. Zuccarello broke up a scoreless duel between two Olympic goalies with ...