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'13 Guam rampage marked by grief

Feb 13, 2014

'13 Guam rampage marked by grief

A year after a random attack on a Guam street left three Japanese tourists dead and 11 injured, the families of the victims are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. On Feb. 12, 2013, then-21-year-old Chad Ryan De Soto drove ...

Toyota recalls 1.9 million Prius hybrids

Feb 13, 2014

Toyota recalls 1.9 million Prius hybrids

Toyota announced Wednesday a global recall of 1.9 million Prius hybrid cars because of a fault that can cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly. The company said it decided on the recall — the biggest for the environmentally friendly vehicle — after it ...

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

Feb 13, 2014

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

SoftBank Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit for the April-December period rose 58.1 percent from a year earlier to ¥488.23 billion, supported by solid sales of Apple iPhones and increased subscriptions. The mobile phone carrier’s consolidated operating profit rose 46.3 percent to ¥924.23 ...

Ban warns of CAR sectarian split

Feb 13, 2014

Ban warns of CAR sectarian split

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the possibility Tuesday that the conflict-wracked Central African Republic could be divided as a result of sectarian brutality, and called for a robust international mission, including a possible U.N. peacekeeping force, to avoid mass atrocities. Ban’s comments marked the ...

Belgium to give kids right to die

Feb 13, 2014

Belgium to give kids right to die

Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first time. The ...

Japan's elderly reach for the joys of romance

Feb 13, 2014

Japan's elderly reach for the joys of romance

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On her first date with her stoop-shouldered “prince,” Tae, a 77-year-old widow, felt her heart flutter in her chest as she gazed with him toward brightly lit Tokyo Tower. While this may just be a scene from a recent Japanese movie about a gray-haired ...

Feb 13, 2014

Sea of Japan dual name bill introduced in New York State

Two New York state lawmakers said Monday that they have introduced legislation to require all new public school textbooks used in the state to refer to the waters between Japan and South Korea as the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan. ...

Feb 13, 2014

Abe's Russia initiative

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his revisionist perception of Japan's war in the 1930s and '40s is putting Japan in a weak position diplomatically, especially with regard to its negotiations with Russia to resolve a northern territorial issue.

Feb 13, 2014

Prioritizing medical research

The Abe administration is seeking to establish a new system for the nation's medical research in which the government takes the lead role in pushing large-scale projects in the development of new drugs and medical technology.

Vegan metalheads go to the Extreme

Feb 13, 2014

Vegan metalheads go to the Extreme

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A little-known part of the music scene will be celebrated next week at Tokyo’s Asakusa Kurawood venue, far from the candy-pop quirk of Harajuku. Obscene Extreme Festival (OEF) promises to be confrontational and dark and — yes, the capital letters are insisted upon — ...

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

Feb 13, 2014

Double-take for a new one-woman 'Tinkerbell'

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Life is hard for Marcello Magni. Not only is he directing a production separately starring famed actress Tomoko Mariya and upcoming talent Kae Okumura, but the work, in Japanese, is also his brand-new version of an early play by his great friend — and ...

Kushida's 'Flapper' comes roaring back

Feb 13, 2014

Kushida's 'Flapper' comes roaring back

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“Young people these days won’t be too familiar with the term the Roaring Twenties, but the 1920s still hold interest as a period. It was a time of changing values, not only in the United States, but in Europe: Dadaism, Cubism, Expressionism and other ...

Feb 13, 2014

Japan schedules friendly against Cyprus

Japan will play Cyprus in a May 27 friendly to prepare for the World Cup finals in Brazil, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. Japan, which is ranked 48th in the world, will play its World Cup Group C games against Colombia, Greece and ...

Feb 13, 2014

Balentien to face unlawful entry charge

Wladimur Balentien, who was arrested on charges of domestic violence and false imprisonment in January, will be prosecuted on lesser charges, Tokyo Yakult Swallows president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa revealed Wednesday. Speaking at the team’s spring training base, Kinugasa revealed that prosecutors in Florida will pursue ...

Durant guides Thunder past struggling Blazers

Feb 13, 2014

Durant guides Thunder past struggling Blazers

Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Portland Trail Blazers 98-95 on Tuesday. Jeremy Lamb had 19 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the Western Conference-leading Thunder, who have won 14 of their ...

Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

Feb 13, 2014

Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood on the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled. “Hello. My name is Masahiro Tanaka,” he said slowly in English. “I’m very happy ...