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NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

Mar 01, 2014

NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

A recently appointed member of NHK’s board of governors has admitted withholding payment of the license fee for two months in 2005 to protest a program about the controversial issue of whether school teachers should be required to sing the national anthem. Michiko Hasegawa ...

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

Mar 01, 2014

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

The nation’s industrial production in January grew the most since 2011, indicating the economy is strengthening as a looming consumption tax bump stimulates demand, while inflation matched the highest level in more than five years. Output rose 4 percent in January from the previous ...

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

Mar 01, 2014

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

The unemployment rate remained flat at 3.7 percent in January, while job availability improved for the 14th straight month as the nascent economic recovery helped boost corporate profits, government data showed Friday. The number of people out of work fell a seasonally adjusted 0.8 ...

Abe looks to instill politics in education

Mar 01, 2014

Abe looks to instill politics in education

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Conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is cranking out policies to strengthen the political grip on education, turning the postwar notion on its head that instruction of the nation’s young people should be free of political influence. During his first stint as prime minister in ...

Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia scrambles jets

Mar 01, 2014

Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia scrambles jets

Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine’s fugitive president as gunmen stormed government buildings in the strategic Crimea region and raised a Russian flag over the regional parliament Thursday, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government ...

Thai protest leader places conditions on talks

Mar 01, 2014

Thai protest leader places conditions on talks

The leader of Thailand’s anti-government protest movement said Thursday he is willing to negotiate to end the country’s political crisis if the prime minister is willing to talk with him live, one-on-one, on every national television station. The offer by Suthep Thaugsuban came as ...

Mar 01, 2014

An Abe-Park dialogue needed

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has entered her second year in office with little prospect that the chilly relationship between Japan and her country will improve.

Mar 01, 2014

Problems with 'Abenomics'

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The economic recovery we see in Japan now is almost entirely due to the massive 30 percent depreciation of the yen. We are back to the "structural reform" vicious circle of the Koizumi years.

Mar 01, 2014

G-20 unveils a growth goal

The Group of 20 economies have headed off a feared blame game between advanced and emerging economies and, for the first time, agreed on a collective GDP growth goal.

Sharks devour feeble Flyers

Mar 01, 2014

Sharks devour feeble Flyers

The San Jose Sharks made a simple change to rally for a comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. They started shooting the puck. Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the Sharks ...

LeBron, Heat thrash Knicks

Mar 01, 2014

LeBron, Heat thrash Knicks

For LeBron James, the mask was distinctive. His effort, that was basically the same as usual. So, too, was the outcome for the New York Knicks. Playing with a dark carbon-fiber mask to protect his broken nose — a “menacing” look is how Heat ...

McIlroy takes initiative in Honda first round

Mar 01, 2014

McIlroy takes initiative in Honda first round

On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again on Thursday. McIlroy swung freely and walked briskly on his way to a 7-under 63, with birdies on the last two ...

Darvish impresses in Rangers' spring opener

Mar 01, 2014

Darvish impresses in Rangers' spring opener

Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7 on Thursday. Darvish, who led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second ...