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Mar 04, 2014

Abe between rock and hard place after Putin nabs Crimea

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Russia’s deployment of troops on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine put Japan in a difficult position Monday, as Tokyo, which has tried to build closer ties with Moscow, joined its Group of Seven counterparts to issue a statement strongly condemning Russia. Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

| Mar 04, 2014

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

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NHK, which is often compared with the BBC in the U.K., has been a focus of public attention and intense criticism in recent weeks. Many people are taking a closer look at the public broadcaster, including its history and whether it has been politically ...

Museum to host exhibit honoring Anne Frank

Mar 04, 2014

Museum to host exhibit honoring Anne Frank

A memorial museum in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, will host an exhibit to mark the 85th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth. The Holocaust Education Center will host the exhibition between March 15 and May 3, according to the museum. News of the exhibition follows the ...

Athlete Pistorius pleads not guilty at start of murder trial

Mar 04, 2014

Athlete Pistorius pleads not guilty at start of murder trial

Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, marking the start of the Olympian’s murder trial that was being broadcast live on TV. The first witness, a neighbor of Pistorius, was called before even an hour had ...

Bankrupt Bitcoin exchange looks into criminal complaint

Mar 04, 2014

Bankrupt Bitcoin exchange looks into criminal complaint

The Tokyo bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection blamed theft through hacking for its losses Monday, and said it was looking into a criminal complaint. In an announcement posted on the Mt. Gox exchange’s website, CEO Mark Karpeles outlined the events that resulted ...

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Mar 04, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, ...

Bus hits parked trucks at rest area; two dead

Mar 04, 2014

Bus hits parked trucks at rest area; two dead

An overnight bus rammed two parked trucks early Monday at a rest stop in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, killing two people and leaving dozens injured. The bus, which departed from Sendai on Sunday night, was headed to a hot springs resort in Ishikawa Prefecture. The ...

Japanese, North Korean envoys chat at Red Cross meeting

Mar 04, 2014

Japanese, North Korean envoys chat at Red Cross meeting

Foreign Ministry officials held informal talks with their North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a meeting Monday between the Red Cross societies of their respective nations in Shenyang, northeastern China. The talks between Keiichi Ono, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asia Division, ...

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

Mar 04, 2014

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

North Korea said Monday it will deport an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity, saying he had apologized for his anti-state religious acts in a news conference and requested forgiveness. Authorities in North Korea have been investigating John Short since his arrest for secretly ...

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

Mar 04, 2014

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

A long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro completed in the early 19th century has been discovered in Japan and will be put on public display for the first time in 66 years, a museum said Sunday. The painting, titled “Fukagawa no Yuki” (“Snow ...

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Mar 04, 2014

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday — the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed ...

China vows to punish Kunming knife-rampage perpetrators

Mar 04, 2014

China vows to punish Kunming knife-rampage perpetrators

China Sunday promised tough punishment for knife-wielding attackers who killed 29 people in an unprecedented train station rampage, blaming separatists from Xinjiang, as witnesses described a city in shock. Victims spoke of black-clad attackers slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets late Saturday ...

World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

Mar 04, 2014

World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

Warning that it was “on the brink of disaster,” Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia. Outrage over Russia’s military moves mounted in world ...

Mar 04, 2014

Don't scrap weapons-export ban

The Abe administration plans to ditch the nation's long-standing three-point weapons exports ban and replace it with a policy that would turn Japan into a weapons exporting country.

Mar 04, 2014

Taxing adjustments ahead

With the consumption tax hike set to rise in less than a month, the government must make sure the hike doesn't lead to unfair transaction practices between large firms and their subcontractors and suppliers.

Parker's return sparks Spurs

Mar 04, 2014

Parker's return sparks Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are whole for the first time in months and they performed in the same efficient style that helped them battle through the rash of injuries. Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, ...

Mar 04, 2014

Tanaka set for first Yankees start

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will get his first action as a starter for his next assignment when he pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in Clearwater, Florida, manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday. Tanaka, who allowed two singles in two scoreless innings against the Phillies ...

City fights back to beat Sunderland in League Cup final

Mar 04, 2014

City fights back to beat Sunderland in League Cup final

An exquisite equalizer from Yaya Toure sparked a second-half comeback by Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday, with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland giving Manuel Pellegrini his first trophy as manager. Returning to the stadium where Roberto Mancini’s City career ended ...

Henley wins playoff; Tiger pulls out

Mar 04, 2014

Henley wins playoff; Tiger pulls out

Russell Henley chipped in for birdie and then hit into the water on his next shot for double bogey. He watched Rory McIlroy throw away a lead with a double bogey and a bogey, only to stand over a 12-foot eagle putt on the ...