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Mar 31, 2014

Tokyo Metro unveils subway navigation app for visitors

by Masaaki Kameda

Tokyo Metro Co. is providing a free smartphone application to help foreigners navigate the capital’s subway system. Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists will be available for Android phones through Google Play on Tuesday and “sometime soon” for iPhones at Apple’s App Store, Tokyo Metro ...

North ready to discuss abductions again

Mar 31, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea ...

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

Mar 31, 2014

Japan's antarctic whale hunts not scientific: ICJ

The U.N.’s top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. The judgment by the International Court of Justice in The Hague is binding, final ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

by Eric Johnston

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...

Liberia confirms first Ebola cases; Senegal closes Guinea border

Mar 31, 2014

Liberia confirms first Ebola cases; Senegal closes Guinea border

Liberia has confirmed two cases of the deadly Ebola virus that is suspected to have killed at least 78 people in neighboring Guinea, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO said in a statement released Sunday the cases were among seven samples tested ...

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Mar 31, 2014

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley ...

Mar 31, 2014

Ex-United striker Cole dismisses Moyes' excuse

Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole isn’t buying the explanation that David Moyes’ squad is “aging” as the reason for its disastrous campaign. United is in seventh place with six matches left to play this season, 17 points off the pace of ...

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

Mar 31, 2014

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

The reeling Chicago Blackhawks took another hard hit. The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be coming together at just the right time. Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the final five minutes, helping the Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Blackhawks on Sunday ...

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

Mar 31, 2014

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

For one day at least, the moderate-payroll San Diego Padres are in first place in the NL West, ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home ...

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

Mar 31, 2014

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough. First, they’re heading to the Final Four — a trip to Big D courtesy ...

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

Mar 31, 2014

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

They have gone from disappointment to dominant, a team that was booed on its home floor and now rarely loses there. And pretty soon, the Brooklyn Nets will also be a playoff team. Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and the Nets ...

Mar 31, 2014

Cubs' Fujikawa to start season on disabled list

The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on the disabled list as they set their Opening Day 25-man roster on Sunday. Fujikawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21. ...

Mar 31, 2014

Japan secures core Sevens berth

Japan defeated Italy 26-5 to win the final of the qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Yusaku Kuwazuru scored two tries and Katsuyuki Sakai also went over and made two conversions as Japan took control in the first half. Kenki Fukuoka ...

Mar 31, 2014

Hirano, Ito enjoy historic victory

Miu Hirano and Mima Ito made table tennis history on Sunday when they became the youngest-ever doubles winners in the history of the ITTF Tour with victory in the women’s final at the German Open. The 13-year-old eighth-seeded pair beat fourth-seeds Katarzyna Grzybowska and ...

Mar 31, 2014

Uehara falls apart in final round

Ayako Uehara suffered a final-round 77 to drop out of contention and finish tied for 25th at the Kia Classic on Sunday. Uehara started the day tied for third just two strokes off the pace, but her title hopes evaporated after she made one ...