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71 articles published/printed


Feb 27, 2014

Suit filed over dating, property scam

Twelve victims of dating scams involving investments in luxury apartments file a group suit with the Tokyo District Court, demanding ¥200 million in total damages from real estate agencies and mortgage lenders.

China smog drives face masks out of stock

Feb 27, 2014

China smog drives face masks out of stock

China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate ...

Wind power on verge of taking off

Feb 27, 2014

Wind power on verge of taking off

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan hasn’t seen an appreciable increase in wind power in the past few years despite the start of the feed-in tariff system designed to boost renewable energy, but it still has potential and the market will grow in the next several years. That appears ...

Feb 27, 2014

Komeito hits Cabinet defense ploy

by Ayako Mie

Differences between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are surfacing over collective self-defense, in which conservative Prime Minister Shin­zo Abe aims to reverse a long-held pacifist principle by Cabinet decision only.

Mt. Gox crash spells trouble for Bitcoin

| Feb 27, 2014

Mt. Gox crash spells trouble for Bitcoin

by Raphael Satter

The sudden disappearance of one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges only adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual currency, which was just beginning to gain legitimacy beyond the technology enthusiasts and adventurous investors who created it. Prominent Bitcoin supporters said the apparent ...

Line stake said good for SoftBank

Feb 27, 2014

Line stake said good for SoftBank

SoftBank Corp. would attract younger consumers and help boost usage by acquiring a stake in instant messaging service Line Corp., an analyst at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit said. Average revenue per mobile user has declined at wireless phone carriers as consumers ...

1954 radiation survivor continues anti-nuke fight

Feb 27, 2014

1954 radiation survivor continues anti-nuke fight

by Masato Wada

An 80-year-old former crew member of a tuna boat exposed to radiation from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test 60 years ago has vowed to continue a personal crusade against nuclear energy for the rest of his life despite suffering a series of illnesses, including ...

Feb 27, 2014

Japan's new economic realities

Japan's current account surplus in 2013 is at its lowest since the mid-1980s, thanks to soaring trade deficits the past three years. Efforts to revamp the nation's growth strategy face a new trade structure.

Feb 27, 2014

Will tougher approach reduce crime?

The government has submitted revised legislation aimed at meting out stricter punishment to minors who commit crimes. But will more severe punishment, sought by survivors and family members of crime victims, lead to a reduction in juvenile crime

Flying high, but not quite buzzing

Feb 27, 2014

Flying high, but not quite buzzing

by Lindsay Nelson

I have vivid childhood memories of two circuses: Ringling Brothers and Shrine. The latter was a delightfully shabby affair held in an old auditorium where audiences sat on concrete bleachers that were occasionally adorned with tacky plastic chairs. There were lots of animals, and ...

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Feb 27, 2014

Jeonbuk Motors picks apart Marinos in pivotal stretch

Three goals in 10 second-half minutes condemned Emperor’s Cup holders Yokohama F. Marinos to a 3-0 defeat away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in their Group G opener in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. A superb double from Lee Seung-gi and a ...

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

| Feb 27, 2014

Reed finding niche in Yokohama

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Omar Reed is one of the top newcomers in the bj-league season. And for the revamped Yokohama B-Corsairs, fighting for a playoff spot under first-year coach Michael Katsuhisa, he has played a vital role since the start of the season. In Reed’s ...

Rangers name Darvish as opening-day starter

Feb 27, 2014

Rangers name Darvish as opening-day starter

Yu Darvish got the official nod that should surprise no one. The ace from Japan will be the opening-day starter for the Rangers. Texas manager Ron Washington told Darvish on Tuesday that he will start March 31 at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. “I ...

Rockets wallop Kings

Feb 27, 2014

Rockets wallop Kings

James Harden spent the fourth quarter smiling on the Houston Rockets’ bench. DeMarcus Cousins finished the final period in the Sacramento Kings’ locker room. Their performances were just as different on the floor, too. Harden scored a season-high 43 points in three quarters, and ...

Sabres edge Hurricanes

Feb 27, 2014

Sabres edge Hurricanes

Ryan Miller was more concerned about overcoming jetlag than thinking about providing a memorable send-off in what could potentially have been one of the goalie’s final games for the Buffalo Sabres. A little over a day after returning to Buffalo from the Sochi Games, ...

Felton arrested on weapons charges

Feb 27, 2014

Felton arrested on weapons charges

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. The arraignment followed an early morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the ...