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Global rainfall satellite launched

Feb 28, 2014

Global rainfall satellite launched

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket Friday, carrying a high-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The H-IIA rocket blasted off from the island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Preecture, at 3:37 am as ...

Feb 28, 2014

South Koreans sue MHI over war labor

Another group of South Korean women who were forcibly conscripted as laborers to work in a wartime factory in Nagoya run by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. files suit against the company.

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

Feb 28, 2014

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

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In the northern Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, population 192,000, sits a public park with a simple statue that has become a lightning rod in the brewing political storm among the United States, Japan and South Korea over the past few months. Erected by ...

Samurai stash rivals top collections

Feb 28, 2014

Samurai stash rivals top collections

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Gabriel Barbier-Mueller bought his first samurai armor about 20 years ago from an antiques dealer in Paris, sparking a fascination that helped him create one of the most significant private collections in the world related to the Japanese warriors. Although the vast majority of ...

U.K. soldier's killers get life, 45 years

Feb 28, 2014

U.K. soldier's killers get life, 45 years

A Muslim extremist was imprisoned for life and his accomplice got 45 years on Wednesday for hacking British soldier Lee Rigby to death on a London street in a “terrorist” killing that shocked the nation. Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were dragged ...

S. Korean begs North for clemency

Feb 28, 2014

S. Korean begs North for clemency

A South Korean Baptist missionary who was arrested more than four months ago for allegedly trying to establish underground Christian churches in North Korea told reporters Thursday he is sorry for his “anti-state” crimes and appealed to North Korean authorities to show him mercy ...

Tepco lets media into Fukushima control room

Feb 28, 2014

Tepco lets media into Fukushima control room

Tokyo Electric Power Co. allowed media representatives into the central control room for reactors 1 and 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station on Wednesday for the first time since the nuclear crisis started in March 2011. Inside the room, traces could ...

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

Feb 28, 2014

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

The municipal assembly of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, passed rare legislation Wednesday prohibiting loud music and huts staying open at night on a beach in the city. The ordinance reform by the assembly followed complaints from local residents in recent years over loud parties at ...

Warm January sees Japan flooding Asia with kerosene exports

Feb 28, 2014

Warm January sees Japan flooding Asia with kerosene exports

The mildest winter in four years is prompting Japan to export its biggest volume of kerosene in a quarter century, squeezing profits for Asian refiners while cutting fuel expenses for airlines. Japan has shipped enough of the transportation and heating fuel since December to ...

U.S. looks at freeing up heroin antidote

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. looks at freeing up heroin antidote

As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers increase throughout the U.S., governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and people who abuse drugs. Proponents say the opportunity to ...

Arizona governor vetoes contentious 'religious freedom' bill

Feb 28, 2014

Arizona governor vetoes contentious 'religious freedom' bill

Arizona’s governor on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination. The bill, backed by Republicans in Arizona’s Legislature, was designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in ...

Feb 28, 2014

Stroke prevention drug found to slow mild dementia

Researchers have found that a drug used in the prevention of strokes, cilostazol, is effective in slowing the progression of mild dementia, according to a study published Thursday in the U.S. online science journal Plos One. The team including Masafumi Ihara, chief physician at ...

Feb 28, 2014

Steps toward politicized education

The Abe administration plans to submit bills in this Diet session that would reduce the autonomy of a local board of education and make it easier for the education ministry to challenge a board of education's decision on, say, textbook selection.

Feb 28, 2014

Postponing toll-free expressways

A new government bill pushes back the deadline for eliminating expressways tolls from 2050 to 2065 — because of the need to borrow more money to repair and renovate aging bridges and tunnels.

What we can learn from cats and dogs

| Feb 28, 2014

What we can learn from cats and dogs

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Chikao Muratani is a veterinarian and owner of Anima Animal Hospital in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. Having worked in the United States for years, Dr. Muratani is fully bilingual and his spotless and beautifully designed clinic is known as a neighborhood hangout. People with pets ...

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

Feb 28, 2014

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

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“Lovelace” is a biopic on the 1970s porn superstar Linda Lovelace (real name: Linda Boreman), who rose to fame in “Deep Throat,” the low-budget hardcore sex comedy that went on to gross something like $600 million. Its story is based almost entirely on “Ordeal,” ...

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Feb 28, 2014

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

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“What have we done?” cries Bilbo Baggins at the end of “The Desolation of Smaug,” and he could well be speaking for the filmmakers. Peter Jackson and company have taken JRR Tolkien’s one-volume predecessor to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and blown it ...

'Lovelace'

Feb 28, 2014

'Lovelace'

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“Lovelace” is a film that comes bifurcated, with a big red line down the middle separating its two acts into “The Dream” and “The Bummer.” In the first act we get the breezy story of Linda Lovelace, star of the 1972 mainstream porn blockbuster ...

'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

Feb 28, 2014

'Walking Dead' explores a world of gore and order

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When it comes to crack TV, AMC’s massively addictive series “The Walking Dead” reigns supreme. The shorthand description would be “zombie-apocalypse survival thriller,” and that’s true enough, but it goes deeper too. If you take away law, religion and society — what’s left? Can ...

Gamba looking for payback

| Feb 28, 2014

Gamba looking for payback

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranked teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Last season was a huge disappointment for Reysol, who began ...

Angels reel in Trout with record $1 million, one-year contract

Feb 28, 2014

Angels reel in Trout with record $1 million, one-year contract

Mike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal. “It feels good,” Trout said Wednesday after agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The salary is the highest for a one-year ...

Woods gets into Masters mind set

Feb 28, 2014

Woods gets into Masters mind set

The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there’s something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it’s all about to get under way. “I think ...

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Feb 28, 2014

Honda, Kagawa selected for World Cup tuneup against New Zealand

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Thursday named AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to a 23-man squad for the Asian champions’ upcoming World Cup warmup at home to New Zealand. With Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida and captain Makoto Hasebe of ...

Feb 28, 2014

NPB commissioner reveals plan for Japan to face MLB stars

Japan is preparing to send its national team against visiting major league stars in November, Nippon Professional Baseball’s new commissioner revealed Thursday. Katsuhiko Kumazaki told a press conference at the National Press Center in Tokyo, “We are planning Japan-U.S. games. It’s something one might ...

Feb 28, 2014

Kasai reaches podium in return to World Cup

Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai reached Wednesday’s ski jumping World Cup podium in his first competition since the Sochi Winter Games. The 41-year-old Kasai was third on Falun’s K-120 hill behind Germany’s Severin Freund and Slovenia’s Peter Prevc, who leads the World Cup standings with ...

Irving surges late to lift Cavs

Feb 28, 2014

Irving surges late to lift Cavs

Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn’t like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star Game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors. Brooks ...

D'Agostini powers Sabres to victory over Bruins in OT

Feb 28, 2014

D'Agostini powers Sabres to victory over Bruins in OT

Matt D’Agostini and the last-place Buffalo Sabres caught Zdeno Chara and the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins by surprise Wednesday night. After squandering a 3-1 lead, the Sabres rallied for two goals in the span of 75 seconds to come away with a 5-4 overtime ...

Feb 28, 2014

Davis, White undecided on worlds participation

For 17 years, Meryl Davis and Charlie White always had another competition to train for, another goal to accomplish. With Olympic gold medals now hanging around their necks, the American ice dancers have nothing like that on their to-do list right now — and ...