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65 articles published/printed


Jan 28, 2014

Return arms-grade plutonium: U.S.

Washington is pressuring a reluctant Tokyo to return over 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium it let Japan experiment with during the Cold War.

War redress reversal in South Korea

| Jan 28, 2014

War redress reversal in South Korea

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Recent South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate Koreans who were forced to perform labor for them during the war have cast a shadow on already strained bilateral ties. In July, the Seoul High Court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. ...

Emirates President Khalifa suffers stroke, has surgery

Jan 28, 2014

Emirates President Khalifa suffers stroke, has surgery

The president of the United Arab Emirates has undergone emergency surgery after having a stroke and is in stable condition, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said Saturday. Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan suffered the stroke Friday morning, according to a ministry statement released ...

Moody's cuts Sony's credit rating to junk

Jan 28, 2014

Moody's cuts Sony's credit rating to junk

Moody’s cut its credit rating on Sony Corp. to junk on Monday, saying the electronics giant had more work to do in repairing its battered balance sheet. The major international ratings agency lowered its view of the company to Ba1 from Baa3, meaning its ...

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Jan 28, 2014

Yamaha hits Indonesia target for motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Co., the world’s second-largest motorcycle maker, said it probably met a reduced 2013 sales target in Indonesia and expects to at least maintain the level of deliveries in its largest market this year. Yamaha cut its 2013 sales estimate for Indonesia by ...

Online child porn ring shocks Cebu

| Jan 28, 2014

Online child porn ring shocks Cebu

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In a remote Philippine village, toddlers played oblivious at a nursery as the house next door became part of a horrifying child pornography ring, with live footage of children performing sex acts being streamed online to pedophiles around the world. The depraved scenes in ...

Violence ups ante for Ukraine demonstrators

Jan 28, 2014

Violence ups ante for Ukraine demonstrators

For protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square, the uprising against Ukraine’s rulers has also become a battle for their own freedom. On permanent alert against a police attack and with the threat of years in prison looming over them, protesters carry plastic shields and don ...

Jan 28, 2014

Abe's dangerous path

Efforts must be made to stop Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to drag the nation down a dangerous path in the fields of foreign policy and energy policy.

Jan 28, 2014

Alcohol dependency in Japan

A major problem in Japan, where an estimated 6.45 million people have alcohol-related problems, is the lack of social recognition that alcohol dependency is an illness.

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

Jan 28, 2014

Violinist Goto wins Grammy award

An album featuring Japanese violinist Midori Goto on Sunday won the Best Classical Compendium award at the Grammys. Goto, 42, is a soloist in the violin concerto on “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. The album, in which Germany’s ...

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Jan 28, 2014

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Daft Punk’s electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys. The French electronic duo’s “Random Access Memories” won album of the year and their infectious hit, “Get Lucky,” won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile ...

Jan 28, 2014

Apologetic Braun tries to turn page

While Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun doesn’t think he can ever stop apologizing, he’s also ready for a new chapter in his baseball career. It’s been a unique offseason for Braun, the 2011 NL MVP trying to make amends with fans and teammates following his ...

Garnett, Pierce win in return to Boston

Jan 28, 2014

Garnett, Pierce win in return to Boston

Kevin Garnett stole the ball from his friend and put the finishing touch on an emotional night with a layup that helped him and Paul Pierce become winners in their return to Boston. It started with pregame standing ovations for the leaders of the ...

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Jan 28, 2014

Kakuryu to get shot at yokozuna promotion

Mongolian ozeki Kakuryu will be a candidate for promotion to sumo’s highest rank in March, the head of the Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council indicated Monday. The council held its regular meeting following the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, ...

Indonesian Bachdim joins Ventforet

Jan 28, 2014

Indonesian Bachdim joins Ventforet

Dutch-born Indonesia forward Irfan Bachdim announced Monday he has officially joined J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu. “I am very happy about this move to a higher level such as the J. League,” Bachdim told a news conference. The idea to invite Bachdim came ...

Rice's squad wins Pro Bowl

Jan 28, 2014

Rice's squad wins Pro Bowl

Jerry Rice has fresh bragging rights on Deion Sanders nearly a decade after both players retired from the NFL. Dallas running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left and Carolina running back Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone ...

Cold greets Super Bowl teams in N.J.

Jan 28, 2014

Cold greets Super Bowl teams in N.J.

An icy wind made its way through the Meadowlands, cut across the Hudson River and into frigid Manhattan. Looks like Mother Nature is taking seriously the NFL’s slogan for the upcoming Super Bowl: Best Served Cold. One week before kickoff, on the day the ...