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SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

Jan 25, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

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With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, ...

Protesters storm governors' offices across west Ukraine

Jan 25, 2014

Protesters storm governors' offices across west Ukraine

Thousands of protesters on Thursday stormed the offices of governors in several regions of western Ukraine, in a new wave of antigovernment anger in the provinces. Governors of Ukrainian regions are appointed by President Viktor Yanukovych and have now become targets of protesters in ...

Industrial materials demand rebounding

Jan 25, 2014

Industrial materials demand rebounding

Demand for industrial materials is showing clear signs of recovery, with steel and cement production in 2013 in Japan hitting their highest levels in five years on the back of the building boom in disaster-struck regions and urban areas undergoing economic expansion. Production of ...

Sony expected to lower profit outlook again

Jan 25, 2014

Sony expected to lower profit outlook again

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Nintendo Co. shocked investors last week by lowering its profit forecast for the year. Analysts are concerned Sony Corp. could be next. At least nine analysts cut their profit estimates for Sony over the past two months after slow holiday sales of televisions, personal ...

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

Jan 25, 2014

Railroads try out natural gas locomotives

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Rail companies want ...

Tepco selling hospital to Tokyo Tatemono

Jan 25, 2014

Tepco selling hospital to Tokyo Tatemono

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has reached a deal to sell an affiliated hospital to major real estate developer Tokyo Tatemono Co. for ¥10 billion. The building and land in the Shinanomachi district of Shinjuku Ward owned by Tokyo Denryoku Hospital will be transferred to ...

ANA veteran to revamp safety regime at Asiana

Jan 25, 2014

ANA veteran to revamp safety regime at Asiana

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A former All Nippon Airways pilot has been hired by Asiana Airlines to improve its safety standards after a fatal crash last July at San Francisco International Airport. “I have extensive international experience and will aim to enhance safety management at Asiana on the ...

NSA's acts worry early digital spies

Jan 25, 2014

NSA's acts worry early digital spies

Former U.S. prosecutor Eric Friedberg conducted the first court-approved email wiretap nearly 20 years ago while investigating an international conspiracy to sell fraudulent cellphones. “It was entirely novel. Even email was new,” he said. “CompuServe, the provider, had no way to comply. They had ...

Jan 25, 2014

Quake will cut water to 94% of Osaka

A powerful earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast could cut off tap water to roughly 8.32 million people in Osaka, or 94 percent of the prefecture's residents, Osaka Prefecture says.

Ukraine talks fail to end deadlock, uneasy truce holds

Jan 25, 2014

Ukraine talks fail to end deadlock, uneasy truce holds

Crunch talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych failed Thursday to end Ukraine’s crisis but an uneasy truce held after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces. Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych but ...

Jan 25, 2014

Limits of secrecy oversight panel

An expert council for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be able to serve as a minor check against the arbitrary application of the new state secrets law, but the the defects of the law will remain.

Jan 25, 2014

Opposition needs unified agenda

There are budding moves to reorganize Japan's fragmented political opposition to create a new force that can stand up to the giant ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

Nadal knocks off Federer, advances to Australian Open final

Jan 25, 2014

Nadal knocks off Federer, advances to Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal continued his dominant streak over Roger Federer to reach the Australian Open final for the third time, beating the 17-time major winner 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 Friday night to set up a championship decider against No. 8-seeded Stan Wawrinka. Nadal has won ...

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

Jan 25, 2014

Jump star Takanashi flying high going into Sochi Games

The Sochi Olympic Games could not have been timed better for 17-year-old women’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi. In the first Olympics in which women will jump for medals, Takanashi is firmly established as the best in her field. Coming off her first overall World ...

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Jan 25, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho maintains one-win advantage

Yokozuna Hakuho condemned ozeki Kisenosato to a sixth defeat with a vicious eruption on Friday, putting an exclamation on his would-be rival’s utter implosion on the 13th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Bulgarian Kotooshu, meanwhile, was also dumped to a sixth ...

Browns settle on Pettine as coach

Jan 25, 2014

Browns settle on Pettine as coach

After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man. Mike Pettine is Cleveland’s new coach. Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, who met with team officials for the first time just a week ago, finalized a five-year contract Thursday to become the ...

Jackets stretchwin streak to 8

Jan 25, 2014

Jackets stretchwin streak to 8

Relentless is the word Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky chose to describe the surging Blue Jackets’ style of play. Dubinksy and Matt Calvert each had a goal and assist to lead Columbus to a team-record eighth-straight win — the longest active streak in the league ...