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Job market set to overheat with labor shortage

Mar 08, 2014

Job market set to overheat with labor shortage

Kazufumi Yamamoto is having such a hard time finding waiters and sushi chefs to fill jobs at Ganko Food Service Co. that he’s going to boost wages for the first time in more than a decade. “Positions remain open for several months, leaving some ...

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

Mar 08, 2014

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

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A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki’s claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing ...

Japan-born man denies founding bitcoin

Mar 08, 2014

Japan-born man denies founding bitcoin

The man Newsweek claims founded bitcoins denied he had anything to do with the digital currency. In an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press, Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of bitcoins until his son told him he had ...

U.S. lays out Ukraine strategy of containing Russian foray

Mar 08, 2014

U.S. lays out Ukraine strategy of containing Russian foray

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns on Thursday laid out a strategy of patiently trying to counter Russia, including its intervention in Ukraine, reminiscent of legendary American diplomat George Kennan’s concept of containment. Testifying before Congress, Burns suggested that Russia’s seizure of the ...

Era of personal genomic medicine dawns at last

| Mar 08, 2014

Era of personal genomic medicine dawns at last

When President Bill Clinton announced in 2000 that Craig Venter and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Human Genome Research Institute had succeeded in mapping the human genome, he solemnly declared that the discovery would “revolutionize” the treatment of virtually all human diseases. The ...

Breakup of asteroid witnessed for first time

Mar 08, 2014

Breakup of asteroid witnessed for first time

Scientists have observed for the first time an asteroid breaking apart, crumbling into at least 10 pieces in a kind of slow-motion celestial train wreck. The rocky asteroid, named P/2013 R3, was one of the innumerable objects populating the crowded asteroid belt between the ...

Obama: West won't let Kremlin carve up Ukraine

Mar 08, 2014

Obama: West won't let Kremlin carve up Ukraine

President Barack Obama ordered the West’s first sanctions in response to Russia’s military takeover of Crimea on Thursday, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine. He asserted that a hastily scheduled referendum on Crimea seceding and becoming part of Russia ...

Witness says Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend

Mar 08, 2014

Witness says Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend

As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday ...

Mar 08, 2014

Don't reopen old wounds

If the Abe administration tries to weaken or scrap the 1993 "Kono statement," the perception is likely to strengthen in the international community that it is bent on whitewashing Japan's wartime behavior and, even today, lacks respect for the honor and dignity of women.

Mar 08, 2014

China gains from U.S.-Russia face-off

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The clear geopolitical winner from the U.S.-Russian face-off over Ukraine will be an increasingly muscular China, which harps on historical grievances — real or imaginary — to justify its claims to territories and fishing areas long held by other Asian states.

Mar 08, 2014

What happens now in Ukraine?

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe sounds precisely like the organization to sort out the Ukraine crisis and underwrite an impartial solution — if U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to accept its mediation.

Mar 08, 2014

Enormous tasks ahead for China

As Premier Li Keqiang kicks off the National People's Congress, Japan, for its part, needs to think about developing a coolheaded strategy for dealing with perceived Chinese territorial and political provocations.

Mar 08, 2014

What U.S. media won't say about Russia's actions

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If America's foreign correspondents only knew that millions of ethnic Russians in former Soviet Republics have suffered widespread discrimination and harassment since the 1991 Soviet collapse — beginning with laws eliminating Russian as an official language — maybe they wouldn't be falling down on ...

Naruse holds Tigers scoreless for four innings

Mar 08, 2014

Naruse holds Tigers scoreless for four innings

Chiba Lotte Marines ace Yoshihisa Naruse threw four scoreless innings in his preseason debut on Friday in a 6-2 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. Naruse, who has been named to start on Opening Day by Marines manager Tsutomu Ito, allowed three ...

Tanaka allows HR to Phillies in 2nd outing

Mar 08, 2014

Tanaka allows HR to Phillies in 2nd outing

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits including a solo home run in his first spring start for the New York Yankees on Thursday, but otherwise kept the Philadelphia Phillies quiet in his three innings of a 4-3 win. The 25-year-old Tanaka, who took the ...

Rookie sparks Avs in OT win

Mar 08, 2014

Rookie sparks Avs in OT win

Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom. The sensational rookie took full advantage of the attention, breaking one of Wayne Gretzky’s records while helping his team ...

Lakers smoked by Clips in record-setting defeat

Mar 08, 2014

Lakers smoked by Clips in record-setting defeat

The Lakers were the designated home team this time. That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened ...