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Thousands still cut off by snowfall

Feb 18, 2014

Thousands still cut off by snowfall

The record snowfall that hit eastern Japan over the weekend continued to leave thousands of people stranded in remote towns in the Kanto, Tohoku and other regions on Monday. In Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, the closure of a highway has cut off some 1,200 residents, ...

GDP growth sags below forecasts

Feb 18, 2014

GDP growth sags below forecasts

Japan's economy grew at a feeble annualized rate of 1 percent in the October-December quarter, underscoring risks to the recovery, a preliminary report says.

Games organizing committee clock is ticking

| Feb 18, 2014

Games organizing committee clock is ticking

by Masaaki Kameda

With the organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics up and running, preparations for the mega-project have commenced. The main hurdles it faces are how to amass the vast sums of money needed to stage the games and the personnel needed to run ...

Venezuela blasts U.S. interference, expels three diplomats

Feb 18, 2014

Venezuela blasts U.S. interference, expels three diplomats

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday accused Washington of plotting with anti-government protesters and expelled three U.S. diplomats in retaliation. Maduro’s order came on the same day that fugitive opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez re-appeared and called for a mass rally on Tuesday and challenged ...

Guam rampage trial delayed by psych claim

Feb 18, 2014

Guam rampage trial delayed by psych claim

The trial over a vehicular rampage and stabbing spree on Guam a year ago that left three Japanese dead and several others injured has yet to begin after the defendant waived his right to a speedy trial and claimed mental illness as his defense. ...

Unions set to get forceful in pay demands

Feb 18, 2014

Unions set to get forceful in pay demands

The nation’s unions have started demanding wage hikes from cash-rich firms as annual pay talks get under way, setting up a rare showdown after years of drama-free labor relations. Unionists are questioning if usually quiescent workers should stick by a decades-long strategy of keeping ...

Hokkaido town opens ice hotel, with wet bar

Feb 18, 2014

Hokkaido town opens ice hotel, with wet bar

Tobetsu, a little known Hokkaido town aiming for revitalization, has opened Japan’s first hotel made of ice, with three guest rooms, a bar and a variety of attractions. The Ice Hills Hotel, designed by 61-year-old Hidenobu Nakaya, owner of a Sapporo-based design company, opened ...

Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world’s “most fearsome” destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. In a speech to Indonesian ...

Vietnam deploys dancers to thwart anti-China protests

Feb 18, 2014

Vietnam deploys dancers to thwart anti-China protests

Anti-China protesters hoping to lay wreaths at a famous statue in the Vietnamese capital on Sunday were obstructed by an unusual sight of ballroom dancers and an energetic aerobics class held to a thumping sound system. The demonstrators suspect the government deployed the dancers ...

Feb 18, 2014

Long flawed march to 'stability'

Chinese leaders seem to be operating under the strange notion that tightening their clampdown on activists, dissidents, journalists and Internet bloggers will help to stabilize Chinese society even as people increasingly express their dissatisfaction with corruption, the economic gap, air pollution and food ...

Japan's women stay in contention for curling medal

Feb 18, 2014

Japan's women stay in contention for curling medal

The Japan women’s curling team defeated China 8-5 on Monday, the final day of round-robin play, to remain alive for a berth in the semifinals. The top four teams from the 10-team round-robin field will advance to the semifinal round, and Japan’s victory left ...

U.S. dancers set world record

Feb 18, 2014

U.S. dancers set world record

Charlie White threw his arms in the air in celebration to try to describe how he’d felt Sunday morning. After four years, the moment had finally arrived for White and Meryl Davis, seeking to win the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in ice ...

East claims rare All-Star Game win

Feb 18, 2014

East claims rare All-Star Game win

From the first play to the final minute, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving made it clear how the East felt about this All-Star Game. “We took this one personal a bit,” Irving said. Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the ...

Dutch speedskaters display dominance

Feb 18, 2014

Dutch speedskaters display dominance

They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. And if there had been room for one more, she would’ve been wearing orange, too. The Dutch, you see, are just racing against themselves at the ...

Canada puts away Finland on Doughty's goal in overtime

Feb 18, 2014

Canada puts away Finland on Doughty's goal in overtime

Drew Doughty earned a spot on Canada’s Olympic team because of his ability to move the puck, skate and hit hard. The Los Angeles defenseman is also providing Canada with a surprising offensive boost at the Sochi Games. Doughty broke a scoreless tie midway ...

Nishikori defends title in Memphis

Feb 18, 2014

Nishikori defends title in Memphis

Kei Nishikori came to Tennessee wanting more matches to help him keep up his strong start to 2014. He’s leaving with his fourth career title after successfully defending a championship. Nishikori repeated as champion at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, beating Ivo Karlovic ...