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Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Feb 19, 2014

Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained on Tuesday in connection with a theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty. The pair were held for ...

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

Feb 19, 2014

Legal authority to tow abandoned cars eyed

The government is considering legal steps to allow officials to remove abandoned cars from roads to make way for emergency vehicles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Trucks and cars stranded by the heavy snowfalls over the weekend are blocking the way for snowplows, ...

Sinai blast raises tourism worries

Feb 19, 2014

Sinai blast raises tourism worries

A deadly suicide bombing that hit a bus of South Korean Christians visiting biblical sites in Egypt and Israel has raised fears that Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula are turning to target foreign tourists, a potential new blow to a struggling industry vital ...

Rebel sub's feat feted 150 years later

Feb 19, 2014

Rebel sub's feat feted 150 years later

by Bruce Smith

On a clear, moonlight night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked rebel Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship. A century and a half after the American ...

Hokkaido utility eyes raising its rates again

Feb 19, 2014

Hokkaido utility eyes raising its rates again

Amid rising fuel costs for thermal power generation due to the prolonged suspension of its Tomari nuclear plant, Hokkaido Electric Power Co. announced it will apply to raise electricity rates. Among the six utilities that raised rates following the March 2011 start of the ...

BOJ boost to loan programs seen as sign for more easing

Feb 19, 2014

BOJ boost to loan programs seen as sign for more easing

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday boosted lending programs while sticking with a plan for unprecedented asset purchases, as the central bank tries to support a recovery and stamp out 15 years of deflation. At its Policy Board meeting, the BOJ doubled a funding ...

Model of famed Yokohama liner goes on display

Feb 19, 2014

Model of famed Yokohama liner goes on display

A large model of the ocean liner Hikawamaru that was recently returned to Japan went on display Tuesday at Nippon Yusen Rekishi Hakubutsukan, or the NYK Maritime Museum, in Naka Ward, Yokohama. The model, built in 1934, is a replica of the famous liner ...

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

Feb 19, 2014

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

It took months of arduous bargaining before Iran and six world powers could agree on an initial nuclear deal. But the two sides might find the going even tougher Tuesday when they were to start confronting hurdles standing in the path of a final ...

Freud's hysteria theory backed by brain scans

Feb 19, 2014

Freud's hysteria theory backed by brain scans

Sigmund Freud may have been right about repressed memories causing hysteria. Scientists at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne have found, using brain scans, that psychological stress may be to blame for unexplained physical symptoms, including paralysis and seizures. Patients showed differences ...

Potter author Rowling to publish second crime novel

Feb 19, 2014

Potter author Rowling to publish second crime novel

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will publish her second crime novel in June, it was revealed Monday, under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. “The Silkworm,” to be published June 19, will be a follow-up to “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which Rowling wrote using the ...

Black ink flows for three breweries

Feb 19, 2014

Black ink flows for three breweries

Three of Japan’s four major brewers reported year-on-year increases in consolidated operating profits in 2013, according to their financial statements released by Monday. Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Asahi Group Holdings Co. marked record sales, operating profits and net profits thanks to brisk sales of ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

Feb 19, 2014

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

by Siti Rahil

Japanese fashion brand and retailer Satisfaction Guaranteed has launched the sale of “kawaii,” or cute, merchandise usually associated with Japan, through high-tech digital vending machines in Singapore. “Singapore will . . . be the first country outside of Japan to have this intelligent digital ...

Feb 19, 2014

NHK's neutrality is essential

by Hugh Cortazzi

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expression of right-wing extremism has not aroused much attention in British media so far, but if the risks of a confrontation with China escalate, memories of the maltreatment of British POWs during the Pacific War are certain to be revived.

Feb 19, 2014

Reunions at last, for Koreans

February has been a good month for Northeast Asian diplomacy in light of the Chinese and Taiwanese governments' meeting officially for the first time since 1949 and the South and North Korean governments' holding their highest-level discussions in seven years. Pyongyang gave the ...

Ska innovator gets new acts on Spacetrain

Feb 19, 2014

Ska innovator gets new acts on Spacetrain

by Ryotaro Aoki

Ray Charles was the innovator of soul. Rei Mastrogiovanni wants to innovate ska; he says it’s in his blood. “I heard a monk in Kishiwada, where my family is from, hitting a mokugyo (wood block in the shape of a fish) and it was ...

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

Feb 19, 2014

Fukushima kids compose for Philharmonic

by Chiho Iuchi

The Sony Music Foundation took the opportunity of the New York Philharmonic’s current Asia tour to organize a special event on Feb. 11. The concert aimed to provide Japanese youth — some of whom were from Fukushima Prefecture — with first-class live performances by ...

AKB48 'Tsugi no Ashiato'

Feb 19, 2014

AKB48 "Tsugi no Ashiato"

by Patrick ST. Michel

No Japanese music group has been more interesting these past two years than AKB48, but “interesting” doesn’t always mean “good.” Several of the 89-members-and-growing outfit’s most notable moments have been ugly (the Minami Minegishi head-shaving scandal tops that list), but the idol group has ...

Bronze medalist Takeuchi battling autoimmune disorder

Feb 19, 2014

Bronze medalist Takeuchi battling autoimmune disorder

Taku Takeuchi, who won a bronze medal in the team ski jumping competition Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympics, has been competing while struggling with a rare disease. The 26-year-old Takeuchi was hospitalized in January after being told there was a high probability he ...

Slow start doesn't faze Canada's Crosby

Feb 19, 2014

Slow start doesn't faze Canada's Crosby

Reigning gold medal champion Canada said it is not concerned about Sidney Crosby’s lack of scoring punch so far in the Olympic Games. Coach Mike Babcock defended his star player, saying scoring is not the measuring stick he uses to gauge success in a ...

Domracheva captures third biathlon gold of Sochi Games

Feb 19, 2014

Domracheva captures third biathlon gold of Sochi Games

Darya Domracheva is so light-footed on her skis, her rivals have started comparing her with a dancer. Without losing rhythm, the Belarussian eased to her third victory at the Sochi Games by winning the 12.5-km mass start race on Monday, completing an unprecedented haul ...