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Feb 14, 2014

Obama to shore up ties with Asia trip

U.S. President Barack Obama will make a trip to Asia, including Japan and South Korea, in late April in a bid to promote his administration’s commitment to the region, the White House said Wednesday. Obama’s trip to Japan, during which he will meet with ...

Feb 14, 2014

Groundwater cesium reaches record level

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that it has detected a record 54,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per liter in groundwater collected Wednesday from an observation well east of the reactor 2 turbine at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The radioactive cesium ...

Feb 14, 2014

Lawyer challenges secrets law

A lawyer filed a lawsuit Thursday against the government, seeking a court ruling that the recently enacted state secrets law, which imposes stricter penalties on leakers of state secrets, runs against the Constitution. Katsumi Fujimori, who belongs to the Shizuoka Bar Association, filed the ...

Italian prime minister challenged from own party

Feb 14, 2014

Italian prime minister challenged from own party

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta faces a new challenge to his leadership Thursday as his own party decides whether to yank support from the fragile cross-party government of bitter rivals. Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, who was voted leader of the Democratic Party in December, ...

Breakthrough brings nuclear fusion closer

Feb 14, 2014

Breakthrough brings nuclear fusion closer

U.S. scientists say they’ve taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of ...

Kentucky sinkhole gulps eight Corvette Museum classics

Feb 14, 2014

Kentucky sinkhole gulps eight Corvette Museum classics

It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments. It happened ...

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Feb 14, 2014

GSDF hunkers down in Sudan compound

Japanese troops involved in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan do not see any prospect of resuming their original task of infrastructure building, despite a cease-fire deal signed last month, their commander said Tuesday. The Ground Self-Defense Force engineering unit will instead continue ...

Man admits slaying teen girlfriend

Feb 14, 2014

Man admits slaying teen girlfriend

An unemployed 35-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his 17-year-old girlfriend to death at his home in Hachioji, Tokyo, the Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday. Yoshio Nakata turned himself in at a police station in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, shortly after 3 a.m. ...

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

Feb 14, 2014

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a new service for dogs Thursday that enables owners to monitor their pets’ health and location by smartphone. “We’d like pet owners to have more communication with their dogs through mobile technologies,” Koichi Takahara, Docomo’s director of M2M (machine-to-machine) business, ...

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

Feb 14, 2014

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment. ...

Feb 14, 2014

Pork-filled supplementary budget

The Diet's passage last week of a ¥5.465 trillion supplementary budget for fiscal 2013 is deceptive as it includes items that an expert panel had recommended eliminated from the fiscal 2014 budget last fall because they were deemed wasteful.

Feb 14, 2014

Transparent interrogations

It is time to refute, once and for all, the objections of police and prosecution officials and move forward to the day when the entire interrogation process for criminal susepcts, in principle, is recorded electronically.

A butler who brought color to the White House

Feb 14, 2014

A butler who brought color to the White House

by Kaori Shoji

“The Butler” director Lee Daniels didn’t start out as a filmmaker but as an owner of a nursing agency in Los Angeles. “So I know how to gather funds, get the people, and treat filmmaking like a business,” he tells The Japan Times. “At ...

'The Butler'

Feb 14, 2014

'The Butler'

by Kaori Shoji

Back in 1997, when Steven Spielberg released “Amistad,” it was a pretty huge deal for a big-name Hollywood filmmaker to tackle slavery. Now the deal is a lot bigger for Lee Daniels, the second African-American filmmaker in United States history to be nominated for ...

'Iya Monogatari: Oku no Hito (The Tale of Iya)'

Feb 14, 2014

'Iya Monogatari: Oku no Hito (The Tale of Iya)'

by Mark Schilling

Cycling in the mountains near Tokyo, I often have two thoughts: First, I feel sorry for big-city denizens missing all the natural beauty so near. Second, I wonder how the locals can wrest a living from their tiny fields and orchards, perched precariously on ...

'Jeune & Jolie'

Feb 14, 2014

'Jeune & Jolie'

by Giovanni Fazio

François Ozon’s “Jeune & Jolie” (“Young & Beautiful”) is a mystery — not in the sense of whodunit, but why. We first meet Isabelle (model Marine Vacth) on summer holiday with her family. She’s at that age — on the cusp of turning 17 ...

Sid Caesar, comic genius of 1950s television, dies

| Feb 14, 2014

Sid Caesar, comic genius of 1950s television, dies

Sid Caesar, the prodigiously talented pioneer of TV comedy who paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became classics and who inspired a generation of famous writers, died Wednesday. He was 91. Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld said Caesar, who also played Coach Calhoun in ...

Li skates clear of pile-up, captures 500m gold

Feb 14, 2014

Li skates clear of pile-up, captures 500m gold

China’s Li Jianrou steered clear of a three-skater pile-up to sprint to gold in the women’s 500-meter short track at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. Two-time defending champion Wang Meng missed the Sochi Games after breaking her ankle, but Li ensured the title stayed ...

Japan women's hockey team remains winless

Feb 14, 2014

Japan women's hockey team remains winless

Japan, which had already bowed out of the medal rounds, fell to its third straight loss at the hands of Germany, taking in a 4-0 walloping to finish in last place in Group B of the preliminary round in women’s ice hockey at the ...

Fractured foot can't stop Kowalczyk

Feb 14, 2014

Fractured foot can't stop Kowalczyk

Justyna Kowalczyk dominated her favorite event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, winning the women’s cross-country 10-km classical race despite skiing with a fractured foot. On a warm, sunny day in the Krasnaya Polyana mountains, Kowalczyk led from the first intermediate time in the ...

Feb 14, 2014

JGTO sanctions new tournament in Fukushima

Japan’s JGTO tour announced Thursday that it will sanction a new event this season, the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open. The new event, to be held at the Grandee Nasushirakawa Golf Club in Fukushima Prefecture from July 31 to Aug. 3, means there will 25 ...

Yankees captain Jeter to retire after 2014 season

Feb 14, 2014

Yankees captain Jeter to retire after 2014 season

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season “with absolutely no regrets,” ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball’s most storied franchise. The 39-year-old New York captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying ...

Volosozhar, Trankov restore Russia to summit with pairs gold

Feb 14, 2014

Volosozhar, Trankov restore Russia to summit with pairs gold

Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics. The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination. Volosozhar and Trankov ...