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Feb 28, 2014

Bitcoin-wise Ukraine protesters tap digital money's global reach

Ukrainian activists are turning to bitcoins to fund a three-month protest in Kiev’s Independence Square that helped oust President Viktor Yanukovych amid violence that left at least 82 people dead. Photos of demonstrators on the barricades with signs seeking donations in the digital currency ...

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'armed invasion' in Crimea

Feb 28, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'armed invasion' in Crimea

Ukraine accused Russia of staging an “armed invasion” of Crimea on Friday and appealed to the West to guarantee its territorial integrity after pro-Moscow gunmen took control of the peninsula’s main airport. Amid the spiralling tensions in the ex-Soviet state, the country’s ousted president, ...

Feb 28, 2014

Fukuoka heaps more misery on Oita

by Ed Odeven

The free-falling Oita HeatDevils and Rizing Fukuoka have been heading in opposite directions. The Rizing’s 69-64 victory Friday over the HeatDevils in Hita, Oita Prefecture, gave them six victories in their past 10 games. And now the Rizing (17-20) occupy the fifth of six ...

Veteran midfielder Hasege awaits second knee surgery

Feb 28, 2014

Veteran midfielder Hasege awaits second knee surgery

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is to undergo a second right knee operation as the Nuremberg midfielder continues his battle to be fit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup. The 30-year-old, who has won 70 caps for Japan, was operated on in January following a ...

Feb 28, 2014

Japan's Kasai to miss World Cup event with knee injury

Sochi Olympic double medalist Noriaki Kasai will sit out Friday’s ski jumping individual World Cup event due to an injury to his right knee, Japan coach Tomoharu Yokokawa said the same day. The 41-year-old Kasai, who won the silver medal in the men’s large ...

Feb 28, 2014

SNS-linked crimes target more kids

A record number of children under 18 years old fell victim to crimes involving social networking services in 2013, the National Police Agency said in a report. The number of victims rose by 271, or 20 percent, from the previous year to 1,293, the ...

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

Feb 28, 2014

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch-style resort and theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is busier than ever as its annual tulip festival — one of the biggest of its kind in Japan — approaches its peak. This year, the resort, which has seen a ...

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

by David Rohde

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine’s leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin’s potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how ...

NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

Feb 28, 2014

NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

A recently appointed member of NHK’s board of governors has admitted withholding payment of the license fee for two months in 2005 to protest a program about the controversial issue of whether school teachers should be required to sing the national anthem. Michiko Hasegawa ...

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

Feb 28, 2014

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

The nation’s industrial production in January grew the most since 2011, indicating the economy is strengthening as a looming consumption tax bump stimulates demand, while inflation matched the highest level in more than five years. Output rose 4 percent in January from the previous ...

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

Feb 28, 2014

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

The unemployment rate remained flat at 3.7 percent in January, while job availability improved for the 14th straight month as the nascent economic recovery helped boost corporate profits, government data showed Friday. The number of people out of work fell a seasonally adjusted 0.8 ...

Feb 28, 2014

Government will finally study bitcoins: Aso

Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed eagerness Friday to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the bitcoin virtual currency market. “We do not clearly know what bitcoins are, so we have to start studying it,” ...

Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and ...

Harley-Davidson aims trikes at Japan's drivers

Feb 28, 2014

Harley-Davidson aims trikes at Japan's drivers

Harley-Davidson Inc. has hit on what it thinks is a rich trove of untapped demand in Japan: four-wheel drivers who can’t ride two-wheel motorcycles. To give them a taste of what the iconic American company has to offer, Harley-Davidson is rolling out the three-wheel ...

Mormons clarify talk of personal planets

Feb 28, 2014

Mormons clarify talk of personal planets

The Mormon church is pushing back against the notion that members of the faith are taught they will get their own planet in the afterlife, a misconception popularized in pop culture most recently by the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon.” A newly posted ...

Rash of killings in South Sudan horrify aid groups

| Feb 28, 2014

Rash of killings in South Sudan horrify aid groups

House after house has been burned to the ground. Hospital patients have been shot by armed rebels while lying in their beds. Dozens of corpses litter the streets. “This is about revenge now. There is no humanity here,” said Col. Jan Hoff, a Norwegian ...