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Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

Jan 29, 2014

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

Jan 29, 2014

Governors address Tokyo nuke debate

As Tokyo prepares for its Feb. 9 gubernatorial election, governors of prefectures with nuclear power plants are split over whether they believe the nation’s reliance on atomic energy should be a campaign issue.

Thai government to proceed with troubled election

Jan 29, 2014

Thai government to proceed with troubled election

Thailand’s government vowed Tuesday to push ahead with controversial elections this weekend despite threats by opposition protesters to disrupt the polls in an attempt to stop the ruling party returning to power. The announcement came after talks between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and election ...

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

Jan 29, 2014

Olympics a mixed bag for Okinawans

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When Tokyo won the bid last Sept. 7 to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, it was a mixed blessing to people in Okinawa, especially seniors. On the same day 50 years earlier, the Olympic torch arrived in Okinawa ahead of the 1964 Tokyo Summer ...

Mexico OKs vigilantes, nabs drug lord

Jan 29, 2014

Mexico OKs vigilantes, nabs drug lord

Mexico on Monday essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year. The government ...

Scientists extract ancient plague DNA from teeth

Jan 29, 2014

Scientists extract ancient plague DNA from teeth

Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by ...

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

Jan 29, 2014

Plan gives SDF medics freer hand under fire

The government is looking to grant Self-Defense Forces paramedics more discretionary authority in treating wounded service members if Japan comes under attack. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants the SDF to play a greater security role abroad as part of his drive to redefine ...

JR Kyushu looks to woo women with Sweets Train

Jan 29, 2014

JR Kyushu looks to woo women with Sweets Train

JR Kyushu plans to introduce a Sweets Train service on the Omura Line in Nagasaki Prefecture and Kyudai Main Line connecting Fukuoka and Oita prefectures, targeting mainly female riders with local confectionery, officials said. The service, to debut in 2015, will be the first ...

History shows peace deal progress a grinding process

Jan 29, 2014

History shows peace deal progress a grinding process

After nearly a week of meetings in Geneva, there is little sign of progress in talks to end Syria’s devastating civil war that already has claimed about 130,000 lives. In matters of diplomacy, that’s par for the course. Negotiating an end to armed conflicts ...

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Jan 29, 2014

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published Monday by The New York Times, The Guardian, and ProPublica, ...

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

Jan 29, 2014

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

The U.S. government and leading Internet companies Monday announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with ...

Jan 29, 2014

The Mac computer turns 30

Thirty years ago this month, little-known Apple Computer began to transform the world. Its signal event was a television advertisement broadcast during America's Super Bowl, announcing the introduction of a new product in two days.

Jan 29, 2014

New dawn breaking over Japan

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Writing from Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it is not twilight, but a new dawn, that is breaking over Japan, thanks to his administration's overcoming the notion that certain reforms could never be carried out.

The logistics of a luxury Valentine's

Jan 29, 2014

The logistics of a luxury Valentine's

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Advances in technology have made it possible for people as far away as Japan to enjoy the best of France’s chocolate delights. “We can send our product quickly by airplane and it will arrive in just two or three days,” says Clément Groisne, managing ...

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

Jan 29, 2014

Ten years on, Hyperdub finds that it pays to be weird

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Most journalists hope to get a few decent quotes from an interview. Steve Goodman ended up getting a record label. It was 2003 when the Glasgow-born DJ, producer and sometime music writer interviewed fellow bass enthusiast Kevin Martin for XLR8R magazine. The latter was ...

Jan 29, 2014

Swallows slugger Balentien returns to Japan

Wladimir Balentien, who was arrested in Florida this month on charges of domestic violence, arrived in Japan on Tuesday in time for the start of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ spring training. The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges following an incident with his ...

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Jan 29, 2014

Veteran jumper Kasai showing no signs of slowing down

Despite turning 41 last summer, Noriaki Kasai is showing no signs of slowing down and a recent World Cup win suggests the ski jumper nicknamed “Kamikaze” could emerge as a surprise medalist in his seventh Winter Olympics appearance at next month’s Sochi Games. Kasai ...

Durant shines in crunch time

Jan 29, 2014

Durant shines in crunch time

Kevin Durant played the fourth quarter Monday night with the intensity of an NBA Finals game. Showing plenty of emotion down the stretch and scowling at the Atlanta bench on multiple occasions, Durant scored 41 points to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder past the ...

Fleury blanks lowly Sabres

Jan 29, 2014

Fleury blanks lowly Sabres

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still determined to finish as the NHL’s best team — despite a recent slump. The Penguins rebounded from a loss on Saturday and beat the league’s worst team on Monday night as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his ...

Wenger poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Jan 29, 2014

Wenger poised to sign new deal with Arsenal

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said Monday he expected manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract when the Frenchman’s current deal expires at the end of this season. The 64-year-old Wenger is currently the Premier League’s longest-serving manager, having joined north London side ...