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No plan best plan in Kansai nuclear disaster

| Jan 27, 2014

No plan best plan in Kansai nuclear disaster

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Ten months after regional governments were required to submit nuclear disaster evacuation plans, a lack of central government guidance and local-level cooperation is generating concern that Kansai will be ill-prepared to respond if any of Fukui Prefecture’s 13 commercial reactors suffers a meltdown. Questions ...

American tribes to eject members

Jan 27, 2014

American tribes to eject members

Mia Prickett’s ancestor was a leader of the Cascade Indians along the Columbia River and one of the chiefs who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon. But the Grand Ronde now wants to disenroll ...

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

Jan 27, 2014

Farmers reaping benefits with apps

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Smartphone apps that help farmers monitor crops and control costs are becoming popular as the rapid graying of the population continues to thin the ranks of skilled veterans in agriculture. Software developers are interested in developing applications for agriculture because the threat perceived from ...

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

Jan 27, 2014

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

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President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic mobility in the U.S., asserting in his State of the Union policy address Tuesday night that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink ...

Trierweiler falters under limelight

Jan 27, 2014

Trierweiler falters under limelight

Valerie Trierweiler rose from modest origins to having her own office at the Elysee Palace, but the glamorous journalist never managed to win over the French during her short stint as first lady. That role came to a messy end on Saturday when her ...

French women defy stereotypes

Jan 27, 2014

French women defy stereotypes

Shock news: French women do get fat, they have brattish, fussy-eater children, chipped nails, they sometimes sleep on their own wearing big cotton knickers and they do mind if their husband is enjoying “cinq-a-sept” trysts with his mistress. President Francois Hollande’s split from his ...

Thai protesters block polling stations in Bangkok

Jan 27, 2014

Thai protesters block polling stations in Bangkok

Anti-government demonstrators trying to derail a contentious general election scheduled for next week in Thailand swarmed dozens of polling stations Sunday, chaining doors and gates shut and blocking hundreds of thousands of voters from casting advance ballots in the latest blow to the country’s ...

Ukrainian opposition decline deal to end turmoil

Jan 27, 2014

Ukrainian opposition decline deal to end turmoil

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych offered sweeping concessions on Saturday to the opposition — including the prime minister’s post — but his opponents vowed to press on with protests until all their demands are met as fresh clashes erupted. Stick-wielding protesters in helmets threw Molotov ...

Jan 27, 2014

Leadership change at Keidanren

Keidanren has selected a new leader just as its clout declines and it faces challenges to its role as the nation's most powerful business lobby.

Jan 27, 2014

War appetite outlasts an era

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If there is no longer a British Empire and the American effort to sustain Europe while creating a new, balanced, Israel-friendly greater Middle East has failed, does the continued appetite for war and conquest mean that Darwin was wrong?

Jan 27, 2014

Guarding against norovirus

Norovirus food poisoning is back this season, and the health ministry says the number of cases has been on the rise for the past 10 years. No drug or vaccine will weaken or kill norovirus. Hand-washing with soap is the best preventive.

Healing words for a hospital stay

| Jan 27, 2014

Healing words for a hospital stay

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One morning, you wake up feeling kibun ga warui (気分が悪い, under the weather) and slightly darui (怠い, lethargic). Rising out of bed, you take two steps forward when the world goes dark and you taoreru (倒れる, pass out). In a panic, your roommate calls ...

| Jan 27, 2014

Tenkin-de kite, sonomama sumitsuite-shimau hito-mo ooi-sō-desu

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Tenkin-de kite, sonomama sumitsuite-shimau hito-mo ooi-sō-desu. (There are many people who settled there after getting transferred, I heard.) Situation 1: Mr. Kamata returns to the main office in Tokyo after having been transferred to Fukuoka for two years. 三田: 蒲田さん、おかえりなさい。福岡の生活はいかがでしたか。 蒲田: 福岡は、とてもいい所でしたよ。転勤で来て、そのまま住みついてしまう人も多いそうです。 Mita: Kamata-san, ...

DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Jan 27, 2014

DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for “Gravity” on Saturday night. In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, “Gravity,” David O. Russell’s con caper “American Hustle,” and Steve McQueen’s historical epic “12 Years a Slave” were ...

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Australian Open

Jan 27, 2014

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Australian Open

After letting the distraction of Rafael Nadal’s painful back problems cost him a set, Stanislas Wawrinka regained his composure to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final. The 28-year-old Swiss player had ...

Jan 27, 2014

East tops West in All-Star Game

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In a fast-paced game highlighted by slam dunks (19 in all) and rapid-fire 3-point shooting (the teams combined for 87), a stellar start and balanced scoring carried the Eastern Conference to a 98-91 triumph over the Western Conference at the 2013-14 All-Star Game on ...

Gamera-Shmyrko outlasts Akaba at Osaka Women's Marathon

Jan 27, 2014

Gamera-Shmyrko outlasts Akaba at Osaka Women's Marathon

Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko of Ukraine won the Osaka Women’s Marathon for the second year in a row on Sunday, while Yukiko Akaba scored a runnerup finish in the last competitive race of her career. Gamera-Shmyrko, fifth at the London Olympics, cut the tape at Nagai ...

Ducks skate by Kings at Dodger Stadium

Jan 27, 2014

Ducks skate by Kings at Dodger Stadium

The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings walked between the palm trees into the Dodger Stadium outfield, a beach volleyball court on their right and a Kiss performance stage to their left. A surprisingly good ice rink was straight ahead, glistening in the ...

Manning has shot at Super Bowl history

Jan 27, 2014

Manning has shot at Super Bowl history

For all the NFL records Peyton Manning owns — and there are plenty — he is one victory away from the one accomplishment that eventually might define his legacy more than any other. If Manning’s Denver Broncos beat the Seattle Seahawks next weekend, he ...

Durant scores triple-double in return

Jan 27, 2014

Durant scores triple-double in return

Kevin Durant went from a game off to a game to remember. Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a shoulder injury to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their seventh straight win, a 103-91 victory over the ...