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Anne Frank's work defaced in libraries

Feb 22, 2014

Anne Frank's work defaced in libraries

Libraries across Tokyo report hundreds of copies of the "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank and related books have been vandalized, prompting a U.S. Jewish group to call for a probe.

Ukraine announces deal to end crisis; shots fired

Feb 22, 2014

Ukraine announces deal to end crisis; shots fired

Ukraine’s presidency said Friday that it has negotiated an international deal intended to end battles between police and protesters that have killed scores and injured hundreds. It was unclear whether the deal would appease protesters, and shots rang out Friday morning in central Kiev. ...

Nagoya first city to get own Net domain name

Feb 22, 2014

Nagoya first city to get own Net domain name

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan has just received its first geographical top-level Internet domain, “.nagoya,” named after the nation’s third-largest metropolitan area, according to GMO Registry Inc. People can now start registering in advance for Internet addresses with the “.nagoya” domain, the Tokyo-based domain manager said Thursday. Nagoya ...

Record trade deficit pressures Abenomics

| Feb 22, 2014

Record trade deficit pressures Abenomics

Japan’s record trade deficit adds to sinking consumer confidence and an April consumption tax increase, threatening to undermine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to engineer a sustained recovery. Credit Suisse Group AG on Thursday cut its 2014 economic growth forecast for Japan to 1.6 ...

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Feb 22, 2014

Mori criticizes Asada, draws international fire

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the head of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic organizing committee, came under fire Friday after he criticized Japanese figure skater Mao Asada’s performance in the women’s short program at the Sochi Olympics. The two-time world champion finished 16th in Wednesday’s short ...

Feb 22, 2014

Ex-Denso exec to be jailed in U.S. over obstructing cartel probe

A former executive of Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp. will be jailed in the United States after pleading guilty to obstructing a 2010 investigation of a price-fixing allegation, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. The move was part of the department’s probe of ...

Scores killed in deadly Ukraine day of protest

Feb 22, 2014

Scores killed in deadly Ukraine day of protest

Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, and government snipers to shot back and kill scores of people in the country’s deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. The European Union imposed ...

Feb 22, 2014

Abe guts constitutional government

People should realize that Japan's prime minister has a shallow understanding of constitutional government. Shinzo Abe thinks he is the "highest responsible person" for interpreting Japan's right to a collective self-defense, and that's dangerous.

Feb 22, 2014

The volcanoes among us

While the nation continues to step up its defense against earthquakes and tsunamis, it still hasn't made much progress in devising plans to protect people during volcanic eruptions.

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Feb 22, 2014

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots, lifting Sweden over Finland 2-1 on Friday and into the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics. The 2006 Olympic champions will face the United States or Canada ...

Canada takes top two spots in women's ski-cross final

Feb 22, 2014

Canada takes top two spots in women's ski-cross final

Marielle Thompson narrowly edged out Canadian compatriot Kelsey Serwa to win the Olympic women’s ski cross title at the Sochi Games on Friday. The two Canadians, who seized control of the race from the start, gave their country a third gold and silver double ...

Norway takes Nordic team gold; Japan fifth

Feb 22, 2014

Norway takes Nordic team gold; Japan fifth

After failing to win a medal at the Vancouver Olympics, the country that spawned Nordic combined more than 125 years ago made quite a comeback at the Sochi Games. Norway won its second gold medal in three days after taking Thursday’s large hill team ...

Canada caps perfect run with title

Feb 22, 2014

Canada caps perfect run with title

Her gold medal-clinching rock wasn’t even halfway to the house when Canada skip Jennifer Jones put her hands to her face, soaked in the moment, then jumped up with her broom hoisted in the air. Jones didn’t need to see the end result. After ...

James sets tone in lopsided victory over Thunder

Feb 22, 2014

James sets tone in lopsided victory over Thunder

LeBron James sat silently in front of his locker with a towel draped over his head, not wanting to reveal the effects of a hit to his nose that prematurely ended his night. His Miami Heat teammates finished off a 103-81 win over the ...

Onozuka captures bronze in ski halfpipe

Feb 22, 2014

Onozuka captures bronze in ski halfpipe

Ayana Onozuka gave up speed on a downhill course for spins in a halfpipe. Her reward? An Olympic bronze medal. Onozuka turned in a high-flying run in the halfpipe Thursday night to finish behind gold medalist Maddie Bowman of the United States and silver ...