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78 articles published/printed


Jan 23, 2014

Report links China elite to tax havens

Relatives of China’s president and other business and political leaders are linked to companies in offshore tax havens that “helped shroud the Communist elite’s wealth,” a U.S.-based journalism group says.

Russia hunts 'black widows' in Sochi

Jan 23, 2014

Russia hunts 'black widows' in Sochi

Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month. Police leaflets seen by an Associated Press reporter at a central Sochi hotel Tuesday contain warnings ...

Schools hit by norovirus reopen

Jan 23, 2014

Schools hit by norovirus reopen

Fourteen elementary schools in Hamamatsu reopened Wednesday morning, about a week after they were closed because some 1,000 children and teachers developed symptoms of food poisoning from norovirus-tainted bread. The board of education in the Shizuoka Prefecture city announced at noon that one school ...

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Jan 23, 2014

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have finished killing about 40 dolphins targeted for their meat as part of a larger group trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four annual hunts. Sea Shepherd, best known ...

Rubble from Atomic Bomb Dome salvaged from river

Jan 23, 2014

Rubble from Atomic Bomb Dome salvaged from river

Rubble believed to be from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, was salvaged Wednesday from the nearby Motoyasu River by a crane with support from Hiroshima University. Rebun Kayo, a 35-year-old graduate student at Hiroshima University, discovered granite chunks ...

Renesas hopes to ax 5,400 more jobs

Jan 23, 2014

Renesas hopes to ax 5,400 more jobs

Struggling chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp., seeking to accelerate restructuring efforts, plans to slash another 5,400 domestic employees, or around 20 percent of its workforce, by the end of March 2016 through early retirements, according to company sources. The labor union, however, opposes the plan. ...

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

Jan 23, 2014

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

France will broaden its military presence in Africa’s turbulent Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the terrorism threat from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview that France is moving toward ...

Firms pin hopes on selling halal rice to Muslims

Jan 23, 2014

Firms pin hopes on selling halal rice to Muslims

A group of small companies has launched a program to offer the Akita Komachi variety of rice to Muslim visitors to Japan, hoping to export the high-quality grain to Islamic nations in the future. The program began after Feed Innovation Inc., a food venture ...

Brutality of Syria war casts doubt on success of peace talks

Jan 23, 2014

Brutality of Syria war casts doubt on success of peace talks

Syria’s conflict was sparked by an act of brutality — the detention and torture of schoolchildren who spray-painted anti-government graffiti in a southern city. In the three years since, the conflict has evolved into one of the most savage civil wars in decades. The ...

Jan 23, 2014

Tobacco's red flag turns 50

It was 50 years ago that a landmark study by the U.S. Surgeon General identified the links between tobacco use, cancer and death. The number of tobacco-related illnesses and fatalities remains too high.

Workshops for theater — and life

Jan 23, 2014

Workshops for theater — and life

by Nobuko Tanaka

“When I worked in an office, I was always nervous and I tensed up a lot just trying to behave correctly. But since coming to these workshops, I often feel like communicating with others spontaneously, of my own free will.” Speaking after an arduous, ...

Radwanska ousts Azarenka

Jan 23, 2014

Radwanska ousts Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka’s run as Australian Open champion ended in a yelling, screaming quarterfinal defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday, continuing the flow of stars tumbling out of the season’s first major. The fifth-seeded Radwanska stopped Azarenka’s 18-match winning run at Melbourne Park and her ...

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

Jan 23, 2014

Women's ice hockey team aiming for podium finish in Sochi

When the Japan women’s ice hockey team makes its first Olympic appearance next month at the Sochi Games since gaining entrance through an automatic berth at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, it will be out to shock the world with a podium finish. Yuji Iizuka ...

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Jan 23, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho remains lone unbeaten wrestler

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho stayed firmly on track for a 28th Emperor’s Cup with a routine defeat of Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu on Wednesday, staying one win clear heading down the stretch at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho has looked invincible at this tournament ...

Durant drops 46 on Trail Blazers

Jan 23, 2014

Durant drops 46 on Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers braced themselves for a late onslaught from Kevin Durant. They still failed to stop him. The 206-cm forward scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Trail Blazers 105-97 on ...

Devils strike early in rout

Jan 23, 2014

Devils strike early in rout

The snow was falling steadily outside, the crowd inside the Prudential Center was small and the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils were hosting the high-flying St. Louis Blues. The Devils rewarded the several thousand fans who braved the storm with a stunning 7-1 rout. ...