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Jan 31, 2014

East Asia tensions on display at U.N. Security Council

The tensions gripping East Asia flared Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council debate on war and peace. China, along with North and South Korea, blamed Japan for the deepening animosity and lambasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war ...

Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Jan 31, 2014

Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Conflicts, disasters, record-high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber — the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters. With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, ...

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

Jan 31, 2014

Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered more than $100 million to find her a male suitor has issued a heartfelt open letter urging him to accept her sexuality. In the letter, which starts “Dear Daddy,” socialite Gigi Chao asked her ...

Toyota looks to log record group operating profit

Jan 31, 2014

Toyota looks to log record group operating profit

Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to log a record operating profit for the current business year through March aided by the yen’s fall, which boosts export competitiveness, sources said. The auto giant’s full-year operating profit is likely to reach ¥2.40 trillion or ¥2.50 trillion, ...

Freak snowstorm paralyzes U.S. South

Jan 31, 2014

Freak snowstorm paralyzes U.S. South

The usually balmy U.S. South was paralyzed Wednesday by a freak snowstorm that forced thousands of children to shelter in schools overnight and left hundreds of thousands of motorists stranded on area roads. Schools were closed in towns and cities across the region as ...

Cell reprogramming advances

Jan 31, 2014

Cell reprogramming advances

A team of scientists led by a woman from Chiba has discovered that by simply exposing body cells to acidic liquids, the cells can be reprogrammed to grow into any type of mature tissue. The discovery was announced Wednesday in the journal Nature. The ...

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

Jan 31, 2014

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

On her path to success, 30-year-old Haruko Obokata, who began experimenting on stem cells in 2008 while conducting research at Harvard University toward a scientific breakthrough, had to face rejection and criticism. The criticism of the results of the study that were published in ...

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Jan 31, 2014

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Nintendo Co. says it will explore new businesses, including health care-related entertainment, while keeping its existing gaming platform as the main focus, after the video game maker's Wii U console flopped with consumers.

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

Jan 31, 2014

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. President Toshio Kushiro apologizes for a food poisoning case involving one of its subsidiaries in which a factory worker has been arrested on suspicion of lacing frozen food products with pesticide.

U.S. official: North Korea nuclear reactor restarted

Jan 31, 2014

U.S. official: North Korea nuclear reactor restarted

North Korea has followed through on its threat to advance its nuclear weapons program, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday, while a research institute pointed to signs the communist country is preparing to launch bigger rockets. Those developments will add to the international ...

Assad adviser rejects call for transitional govt

Jan 31, 2014

Assad adviser rejects call for transitional govt

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s adviser on Wednesday rejected the opposition’s call for a transitional governing body and suggested for the first time that a presidential election scheduled to be held later this year may not take place amid the raging violence. The comments by ...

Jan 31, 2014

Repair unraveling Tokyo-Seoul ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye should realize that the past year showed nothing positive for bilateral relations, which appear to have entered a blind alley.

Jan 31, 2014

Calling Abe to account

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito should refrain from ramrodding their proposals through the Diet as they did with the state state secrets bill during the recent extradordinary Diet session.

Can traditional toys fend off the tablet?

Jan 31, 2014

Can traditional toys fend off the tablet?

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The big players in the traditional toy market have come out fighting in Britain as little fingers are increasingly occupied by iPad-type devices at playtime. Previously seen as the preserve of grown-ups, tablets are increasingly top of children’s wish lists. The best-selling toy in ...

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

Jan 31, 2014

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

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Across the ages, individuals standing at the peak of each society’s pyramid of power and fame have depended on artists to ensure their immortality: Khafre, pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, conscripted an army of artisans to carve his likeness into the Great Sphinx ...

Music to the ears of audiophiles

Jan 31, 2014

Music to the ears of audiophiles

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Music technology has advanced rapidly, leaving vinyl singles and LPs behind, and the bump of a needle landing on a record a nostalgic sound. Now we have high-quality audio, boosted bass and virtually no distortion in digital music. Yet there are still two camps ...

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

Jan 31, 2014

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

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Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel aren’t known for blockbusters, but their films, including the duo’s 1994 debut feature “Suture,” have a reputation for artful framing and pensive little spaces of silence in the dialogue. McGehee and Siegel attribute this trick to their deep ...

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Jan 31, 2014

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

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I’m working on a screenplay which, as they say in the industry, is “inspired by true events”. It’s about an actor — let’s call him Leo — who at a very early stage in his career co-stars with his idol — let’s call him ...

Six-time All-Star Berkman retires

Jan 31, 2014

Six-time All-Star Berkman retires

Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman is retiring after 15 seasons in the major leagues. Berkman almost left the game last offseason before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season and was limited to 73 games. The 37-year-old Berkman was Houston’s first-round ...

Silent Seahawk Lynch dodges spotlight again

Jan 31, 2014

Silent Seahawk Lynch dodges spotlight again

Beast Mode was Least Mode again. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch abruptly ended his media availability — again — walking away from a throng of reporters while escorted by a member of the New Jersey State Police on Wednesday after about 7 uncomfortable ...

Durant fuels Thunder win

Jan 31, 2014

Durant fuels Thunder win

Down by 18 points midway through the opening quarter, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder looked well on their way to witnessing a rout. That’s exactly what happened. And they enjoyed every moment. Durant remained sizzling with 33 points, Serge Ibaka added 22 ...

Jan 31, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club’s departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at ...

Jan 31, 2014

Nishikori to open Davis Cup action against Polansky

Japan ace Kei Nishikori will play Canada’s Peter Polansky in singles on Friday to kick off their nation’s Davis Cup World Group first-round fixture. Polansky, ranked 135th in the world, was drawn to play 18th-ranked Nishikori in Thursday’s draw, when Canada’s injury woes became ...

Scrivens sets record as Oilers shut out Sharks

Jan 31, 2014

Scrivens sets record as Oilers shut out Sharks

When the Edmonton Oilers traded for goalie Ben Scrivens on Jan. 15, they hoped he would help bring some consistency to the position. The never expected a performance like the one he gave Wednesday night. Scrivens stopped 59 shots, an NHL regular-season record for ...