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Feb 12, 2014

Weapons export ban under siege

Japan may soon allow exports of defense equipment to international organizations, such as those involved in U.N. peacekeeping missions, on condition that they do not take sides in conflicts.

California law flusters sushi chefs

Feb 12, 2014

California law flusters sushi chefs

by Chuck Del Rosario

At popular Los Angeles restaurant Sushi Gen, 66-year-old Toshiaki Toyoshima slices fish in preparation for dinner. The chef has honed his sushi-making technique for nearly 50 years and the daily long lines of customers are a testament to that. But to Toyoshima, the sushi ...

China prostitution expose triggers surprising backlash

Feb 12, 2014

China prostitution expose triggers surprising backlash

An expose by China’s state broadcaster on rampant prostitution in the country’s “sex capital” of Dongguan triggered a huge police operation — as well as a surprising online backlash. More than 6,000 police officers swept through hundreds of hotels, saunas and karaoke parlors in ...

Toyota plant closures put paid to Aussie industry

Feb 12, 2014

Toyota plant closures put paid to Aussie industry

Toyota Motor Corp. will stop building cars in Australia in 2017, spelling the end of the local industry after Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. announced last year they also plan to pull out. Toyota, which started making cars in the country in ...

Mexico kidnapping battle tested in farm town

Feb 12, 2014

Mexico kidnapping battle tested in farm town

Gunmen grabbed a taxi driver near his home in this bustling central Mexico farm town in December and demanded a $3,000 ransom. His family paid but his captors killed him anyway. A 22-year-old student was taken, slain and dumped by a highway after his ...

Benedict resignation effects still felt

Feb 12, 2014

Benedict resignation effects still felt

It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunderclap on the Catholic world: A year ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear (and in a Latin not all could easily follow) ...

China executions part of murky, fickle justice

Feb 12, 2014

China executions part of murky, fickle justice

In letters to his daughter from death row, Zeng Chengjie assured her he would be reprieved, like others convicted of economic crimes in China. Instead he was executed, his body cremated, and his loved ones left to find out days later via a written ...

'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

Feb 12, 2014

'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Who created the “Dumb Starbucks” coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated California shopping center. After several days of speculation, the news arrived Monday: The shop had been ...

Obama administration weighs drone strike on U.S. suspect

Feb 12, 2014

Obama administration weighs drone strike on U.S. suspect

The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaida who is planning attacks on U.S. targets overseas underscores the complexities of President Barack Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones.

Feb 12, 2014

Food safety measures fall short

The case of intentional food contamination by an employee at a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. has exposed shortcomings in the product safety measures taken by Japanese food makers.

Feb 12, 2014

Protect Syria's suffering children

Since it began in March 2011, Syria's civil war has led to the deaths of as many as 10,000 children, with many more injured or missing. Japan must continue to do all it can to improve humanitarian relief.

Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

Feb 12, 2014

Mitsume play the indie game, but are winning the mainstream

by Patrick ST. Michel

Mitsume subscribes to an easy-to-get-behind ethos regularly found in indie-rock communities: “Since our first album, we’ve been under nobody’s control but our own,” says lead vocalist Moto Kawabe. “We prefer to do whatever we can ourselves.” Accordingly, the Tokyo-based quartet has released all its ...

Struggling Takahashi running out of time

Feb 12, 2014

Struggling Takahashi running out of time

by Jack Gallagher

One day after revealing that he was still having trouble with his injured right knee, Daisuke Takahashi went through an uneven practice on Tuesday at the training rink next to the Iceberg Skating Palace. Takahashi worked out for 30 minutes with compatriots Yuzuru Hanyu ...

Japan women's curling team falls to South Korea

Feb 12, 2014

Japan women's curling team falls to South Korea

Japan suffered a 12-7 defeat to South Korea in its opening round-robin match in the women’s curling competition at the Sochi Games on Tuesday. Japan, who were missing flu-hit Kaho Onodera, took a 2-0 lead in the first end, but the South Koreans pulled ...

Miller bemoans decision not to have eye surgery

Feb 12, 2014

Miller bemoans decision not to have eye surgery

American veteran Bode Miller once again topped training on Tuesday in the super-combined, but lamented his decision not to undergo eye surgery before the Olympics after a missing out on the downhill podium. The 36-year-old, competing at his fifth Winter Games, clocked 1 minute, ...

Ovechkin touches down in Russia

Feb 12, 2014

Ovechkin touches down in Russia

A few hours after Alex Ovechkin awoke on the NHL’s chartered luxury jet Monday, he was among the first Russians on the Olympic ice for practice. Ovechkin has been waiting several years for the chance to play for gold at his home Olympics, and ...

IOC reinstates India Olympic Association

Feb 12, 2014

IOC reinstates India Olympic Association

The IOC lifted the suspension of the India Olympic Association on Tuesday, allowing Indian athletes to compete under their national flag for the rest of the Sochi Games. The IOC executive board reinstated the Indian body after it held a new ballot that complied ...

Feb 12, 2014

Osako notches goal in German debut

Forward Yuya Osako scored in his overseas debut for German second-division club TSV 1860 Munich in Monday’s 1-1 home draw with Dusseldorf. The former Kashima Antlers man put his club in front when he opened his account in the 63rd minute. Osako pounced on ...

Howell triumphs in slopestyle skiing

Feb 12, 2014

Howell triumphs in slopestyle skiing

Dara Howell continued Canada’s dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, soaring to Olympic gold in women’s slopestyle skiing on Tuesday. Howell posted a score of 94.20 during her first run of the finals, trouncing the rest of the field on a warm and sometimes ...

Feb 12, 2014

Yamanaka, Hasegawa to box in April world title doubleheader

Shinsuke Yamanaka, the WBC bantamweight champ, and Hozumi Hasegawa, a former world champion in two different weight classes, will each fight in a world title doubleheader on April 23, it was announced Tuesday. Yamanaka will be making his sixth title defense, while Hasegawa is ...

Warriors hand reeling Sixers another big loss

Feb 12, 2014

Warriors hand reeling Sixers another big loss

By the time reporters were allowed in the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena late Monday night, most of the Philadelphia 76ers already had cleared out. The television in the center of the room was turned off. There were no boxscores from the game ...

Fourcade captures gold in men's 12.5K pursuit

Feb 12, 2014

Fourcade captures gold in men's 12.5K pursuit

With 2.5 km still to ski, Martin Fourcade was feeling so strong he started celebrating his first Olympic gold medal. Having hit all five targets in his final round of shooting, the Frenchman stretched his arm in the air and pumped his fist. Minutes ...

Japan off to slow start in Sochi

Feb 12, 2014

Japan off to slow start in Sochi

It’s still early at 2014 Winter Olympics, but for Japan, Sochi is looking more like a repeat of the 2006 Torino Games than the 2010 Vancouver Olympics so far. For a team that set a goal of five gold medals — and 10 medals ...

Canada's Bilodeau repeats in Olympic men's moguls

Feb 12, 2014

Canada's Bilodeau repeats in Olympic men's moguls

Alex Bilodeau carried the Canadian flag along with the prodigy who pushed him to history. Moments later, the greatest moguls skier of his time bearhugged his inspiration, pulling him over the fence in the process. The first two-time Olympic gold medalist in freestyle skiing ...