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Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

| Feb 04, 2014

Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December stirred outrage at home and abroad because he was perceived as promoting his revisionist views on wartime history and violating the constitutional separation of state and religion.

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

Feb 04, 2014

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

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Japanese stocks and profits are soaring under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to revive the economy. Even shop prices are up, a key step after years of deflation kept pocketbooks shut tight. None of that matters to Shuzo Matsui.

Repairs may darken giant Christ statue in Rio

Feb 04, 2014

Repairs may darken giant Christ statue in Rio

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, facing renovation after being struck by lightning last month, could take on a darker hue owing to a shortage of replacement stone, heritage officials said Sunday. The 38-meter statue, named in a 2007 global poll as one of seven ...

Whaling fleet being harassed, Japan says

Feb 04, 2014

Whaling fleet being harassed, Japan says

The Japanese government slams the conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for employing dangerous tactics to obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling vessels in the Antarctic Ocean over the weekend, causing one of them to suffer damage to its stern.

Temps fear the worst under biz-friendly Abe

Feb 04, 2014

Temps fear the worst under biz-friendly Abe

The Labor Policy Council is pushing to ease the rules on hiring — and firing — temporary workers. This coincides with the Liberal Democratic Party’s desire to make Japan more “business friendly” — a major shift from the pro-labor Democratic Party of Japan’s policies ...

Feb 04, 2014

New horizon in stem-cell research

A team of scientists led by 30-year-old Dr. Haruko Obokata has challenged the established theory in biology that it is impossible to reprogram specialized cells to become stem cells without tampering with cell nuclei.

Feb 04, 2014

Continue pension investigation

It is inexcusable that the government plans to wrap up the seven-year effort to identify as many as 51 million records of pension premium payments when more than 20 million pension records are still unidentified.

Murray beats Querrey, propels Britain into next round

Feb 04, 2014

Murray beats Querrey, propels Britain into next round

Less than five months after having back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray propelled Britain into the next round of the Davis Cup and earned some time off. Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britain’s opening-round victory against the ...

Stadler wins in Phoenix to collect first PGA title

Feb 04, 2014

Stadler wins in Phoenix to collect first PGA title

The Smallrus finally hoisted a big PGA Tour trophy. Kevin Stadler, the 33-year-old son of major champion Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, won the Phoenix Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory. Stadler won when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par ...

Harvin makes major difference for Seattle

Feb 04, 2014

Harvin makes major difference for Seattle

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Percy Harvin finally did the job the Seattle Seahawks hoped he would when they acquired the injury-prone wide receiver from the Minnesota Vikings via trade last offseason. In Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night, Harvin recorded 137 all-purpose yards, including an 87-yard kickoff return ...

Seahawks rout Broncos in Super Bowl

Feb 04, 2014

Seahawks rout Broncos in Super Bowl

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had their way with the Denver Broncos. And, with help from their relentless top-ranked defense, the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title, beating Peyton Manning & Co. 43-8 on Sunday night. Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception ...