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72 articles published/printed


Feb 15, 2014

Lawyer group charges Abe with constitutional ignorance

Alarmed by what they charge as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's lack of commitment to constitutionalism, a group of lawyers from around the country send him a reminder of the principles of the Constitution — accompanied by chocolates — for Valentine's Day.

Bridgestone to pay $425 million fine

Feb 15, 2014

Bridgestone to pay $425 million fine

The U.S. Justice Department says Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $425 million criminal fine for its role in a price-fixing conspiracy for anti-vibration rubber parts for automobiles sold in the United States and elsewhere.

State official to attend Takeshima Day event

Feb 15, 2014

State official to attend Takeshima Day event

A senior government official will attend a ceremony next week commemorating Japan’s “incorporation” of the two tiny islets at the center of the simmering sovereignty dispute with South Korea, the minister in charge said Friday. Yoshitami Kameoka, a parliamentary secretary in the Cabinet Office, ...

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots

Feb 15, 2014

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots

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Budget carrier Peach Aviation is stepping up efforts to win the competition for pilots as scores of new carriers enter the aviation market. Peach, one of the low-cost carriers struggling in the increasingly competitive industry, says getting hold of pilots is one of the ...

Drift rightward has been building for years

Feb 15, 2014

Drift rightward has been building for years

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Fashion model Junko Amo made headlines on Aug. 15, 2002, when she initiated a visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine with a group of some 180 people she met via 2channel, Japan’s biggest Internet forum. Amo, now 35, said she developed strong feelings for the ...

Widespread snow takes heavy toll on transport

Feb 15, 2014

Widespread snow takes heavy toll on transport

Snow snarled transportation in Tokyo and many other parts of the country Friday as the Meteorological Agency projected a heavy accumulation for the second weekend in a row. The snow was generated after cold air poured into an atmospheric depression off the southern coast ...

Feb 15, 2014

A bridge across the Taiwan Strait

For the first time since the end of China's civil war in 1949, official representatives from Beijing and Taipei sat down at the same table to discuss a shared future.

Feb 15, 2014

Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration

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Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against "massive immigration."

Kim settles in as Murakami gets going

Feb 15, 2014

Kim settles in as Murakami gets going

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Kim Yu-na participated in her second practice since arriving here at the training rink next to the Iceberg Skating Palace on Friday. Kim went through her free skate to “Adios Nonino” and worked on several elements during a 45-minute session. The defending Olympic and ...

Feb 15, 2014

Longtime MLB skipper Fregosi dead at 71

Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, has died after an apparent stroke. He was 71. The Atlanta Braves say they were notified by a family member that died early Friday in Miami, where ...

Viletta shocks field with super-combined victory

Feb 15, 2014

Viletta shocks field with super-combined victory

For Sandro Viletta, it was a stunning Olympic gold. For Ivica Kostelic, it was the same old Olympic silver. The Swiss winner took advantage of a blistering slalom run to beat the favored Kostelic in Friday’s super-combined, a race held in spring-like conditions with ...

Feb 15, 2014

Ide provides spark as Tokyo edges Gunma

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Yuji Ide canned four 3-point shots and scored a game-high 22 points and Ricky Woods and Edward Morris poured in 19 points apiece as the Tokyo Cinq Reves defeated the Gunma Crane Thunders 81-75 on Friday night. The Cinq Reves led 38-37 at halftime ...

Zetterberg to miss remainder of Olympics

Feb 15, 2014

Zetterberg to miss remainder of Olympics

Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament because of a back injury. Sweden made the announcement Friday before facing Switzerland in its second game of the tournament. Zetterberg scored a goal in the Swedes’ opening victory over ...

Tanaka begins training as a Yankee

Feb 15, 2014

Tanaka begins training as a Yankee

Masahiro Tanaka shed the dark business suit and put on a gray Yankees T-shirt and blue shorts. Time to get to work. After agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 22 and chartering from Tokyo to New York in a 787 for ...

Skaters pay tribute to legend Plushenko

Feb 15, 2014

Skaters pay tribute to legend Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko’s rivals were stunned Thursday night after hearing that the four-time Olympic medalist had withdrawn injured at the last minute from the Winter Olympics. Plushenko pulled out shortly before he was due to skate his short program at the Iceberg Skating Palace, after ...

Russia, United States renew hockey rivalry

Feb 15, 2014

Russia, United States renew hockey rivalry

The United States and Russia continue their quest for Olympic hockey gold with a preliminary round game Saturday and while it won’t match the drama of the “Miracle on Ice” it will be one of Sochi’s most watched contests. Russia’s national hockey team is ...