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Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

| Feb 25, 2014

Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved a bill this month to bolster punishments issued under the juvenile law. This is partly in response to growing calls by people victimized by juvenile offenders to reduce their apparent impunity. Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki defended the move ...

G-20 looks to press for structural reforms

Feb 25, 2014

G-20 looks to press for structural reforms

Japan may be strongly urged by its Group of 20 counterparts to push forward with structural reforms in the near future as fears grow that it will soon become a country with a constant current account deficit. At a two-day meeting of the G-20 ...

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

Feb 25, 2014

'Abenomics' no help to breweries

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies help manufacturers such as Toyota Motor Corp. rack up record profits, challenges to his reforms are showing up in a more mundane spot: the outlook for beer. Brewers in Japan face an April sales tax increase, stagnant wages ...

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Feb 25, 2014

Volcanoes explain warming 'hiatus'

Volcanoes spewing sun-reflecting particles into the atmosphere have partly offset the effects of man’s carbon emissions over the last 15 years, a period that has become a battleground in the ongoing debate over global warming, researchers said Sunday. A so-called hiatus in warming since ...

Feb 25, 2014

A regime of unparalleled brutality

Sadly little will come of the report on a U.N. human rights inquiry that has concluded that the brutality of the North Korean government "does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."

Nara wins first WTA title

Feb 25, 2014

Nara wins first WTA title

Kurumi Nara won her first career title on the WTA tour on Sunday, when she defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic in the final of the Rio Open. The 22-year-old Nara, the fifth seed, beat Zakopalova, the top seed, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 after ...

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

Feb 25, 2014

Arnold still getting used to life at Vegalta

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New Vegalta Sendai manager Graham Arnold admits to being overwhelmed by the job so far, but the Australian is quietly confident of finding his feet over the coming J. League season. Former Australia boss Arnold was the surprise choice to replace Makoto Teguramori after ...

Late surge puts host Russia atop final Sochi medal standings

Feb 25, 2014

Late surge puts host Russia atop final Sochi medal standings

Russia’s post-Soviet athletic decline hit bottom at the Vancouver Olympics, where the once dominant winter sporting nation left with only three gold medals and the daunting task of rebuilding its team in time to host the Sochi Games. Four years later, the Russians are ...

Feb 25, 2014

Kakuryu relaxed ahead of yokozuna promotion bid

Ozeki Kakuryu said Monday he hopes to stick to his normal preparations ahead of next month’s Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, where a victory should see him promoted to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna. “It doesn’t really do any good to think about it now,” ...

Majors set to announce new plate-collision rule

Feb 25, 2014

Majors set to announce new plate-collision rule

Baseball’s new guidelines regarding home plate collisions was set to be released on Monday. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre made the revelation Sunday after wrapping up a series of meetings to discuss expanded replay with the 15 teams that conduct spring training in ...

Collins makes history as NBA's first openly gay player

Feb 25, 2014

Collins makes history as NBA's first openly gay player

Although Jason Collins played only 10½ minutes in his first game with the Brooklyn Nets, it was a groundbreaking appearance. Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, and Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points along ...

Russia closes curtain on Sochi Olympics in grand fashion

Feb 25, 2014

Russia closes curtain on Sochi Olympics in grand fashion

Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that handed off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang, South Korea. “Russia delivered all what ...