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Officer testifies U.S. general sexually assaulted her

Mar 09, 2014

Officer testifies U.S. general sexually assaulted her

A U.S. Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year illicit affair. Taking the stand on the first day of ...

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

Mar 09, 2014

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

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There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technologies and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need. With dozens of aging ...

Mar 09, 2014

Malaysia's Anwar 'guilty of sodomy'

A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in prison on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and throwing his political career into jeopardy. An angry Anwar vowed to appeal to the country’s highest court. He accused Prime Minister ...

Mar 09, 2014

Civil servant body to get first female chief

The government plans to select former Sendai High Court Chief Justice Nahomi Ichimiya as the first woman to lead the National Personnel Authority, it was learned Saturday. After Cabinet approval, which is expected soon, Ichimiya, 65, will replace outgoing NPA President Tsuneo Hara, who ...

Sexy Jesus in 'Son of God' becomes hot issue

Mar 09, 2014

Sexy Jesus in 'Son of God' becomes hot issue

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood. But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is so easy on the eyes that ...

Fewer than 40 percent of Tokyoites prepared for big quake

Mar 09, 2014

Fewer than 40 percent of Tokyoites prepared for big quake

Fewer than 40 percent of Tokyo’s residents and commuters have taken specific measures to prepare for the possibility of a major earthquake striking the capital, despite the nation’s latest wave of disaster preparedness campaigns, a Metropolitan Police Department survey said. The survey, released Friday, ...

Chinese court rejects damages suit over forced wartime labor

Mar 09, 2014

Chinese court rejects damages suit over forced wartime labor

A regional court in northeastern China has rejected a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government and two Japanese companies by a group of Chinese demanding damages for forced labor during World War II, an informed source said Friday. The group of 12, comprising former ...

Abe, Obama agree Ukraine's sovereignty must be respected

Mar 09, 2014

Abe, Obama agree Ukraine's sovereignty must be respected

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed on Friday to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In a 40-minute telephone conversation, Obama explained to Abe the United States’ decision to place economic sanctions and visa restrictions on Russians following Russia’s military ...

Mar 09, 2014

Sixty years since Bikini's sacrifice

It has been 60 years since the U.S. tested a hydrogen bomb — a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima — in the Bikini Atoll, destroying an island and exposing thousands of people to deadly radiation.

Mar 09, 2014

Let Nihonbashi Bridge rise again

A new push by business executives is calling for the removal of the ugly elevated expressway over the famous Nihonbashi Bridge before the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 09, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

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One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Mar 09, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

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Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what ...

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

Mar 09, 2014

Island hop to friendly Okinoerabu

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At the end of March, having reached the age of 70 three months ago, I’ll retire from my post as a lecturer at Okinawa Christian University — mandatory retirement. Knowing this has given me a real sense of liberation in the past year or ...

Noisy bulbuls change with the seasons

| Mar 09, 2014

Noisy bulbuls change with the seasons

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On cold winter mornings the bulbuls come squawking their full-throated calls as they swoop onto bird-feeders, their white-tipped gray breast feathers appearing frosted by the chill. There, they will eat bread crusts and seeds — or halved mikans given a chance — but in ...

Photos found after the tsunami leave a mark

Mar 09, 2014

Photos found after the tsunami leave a mark

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Family photographs are essentially a collection of memories, snapshots of happiness frozen in time. As treasured as these printed images may be to the individuals captured in them, they are no match for the destructive power of the tsunami that swept away town after ...

Ranma 1/2

Mar 09, 2014

Ranma 1/2

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The premise behind Rumiko Takahashi’s massively popular manga “Ranma ½” is delightfully bizarre: A father and son martial arts duo who are cursed to change form when doused in hot or cold water — the dad, Genma, into a giant panda and the 16-year-old ...

Mar 09, 2014

Hustle, all-out effort propel Aomori past Saitama

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The Aomori Wat’s didn’t rely on gimmicks or flashy showmanship against the Saitama Broncos on Saturday night. That wasn’t necessary. The first-year franchise used balanced scoring and persistent defense in a methodical, 90-77 victory over the Broncos in the bj-league series opener. Aomori (18-19) ...

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

Mar 09, 2014

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

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A stunning second-half strike from Yoshizumi Ogawa provided Akira Nishino with his first win as Nagoya Grampus manager as the 2010 J. League champions edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 away on Saturday. Ex-Japan striker Keiji Tamada finished with aplomb in the 53rd minute and Ogawa ...

Otani outshines pitching peer Fujinami

Mar 09, 2014

Otani outshines pitching peer Fujinami

Hokkaido Nippon Ham right-hander Shohei Otani outpitched fellow second-year man Shintaro Fujinami as the Fighters defeated the Hanshin Tigers 6-5 in a preseason game on Saturday. Otani changed speeds effectively to hold Hanshin to a run on two hits over five innings at Koshien ...

Ramirez returns to lead Dodgers past Rangers

Mar 09, 2014

Ramirez returns to lead Dodgers past Rangers

Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup and hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday. Ramirez was pulled in the sixth inning Thursday as a precaution after ...

Azarenka loses first match back from injury

Mar 09, 2014

Azarenka loses first match back from injury

Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka tumbled out of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night in her first match in more than a month, falling 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) to American Lauren Davis. Azarenka, from Belarus, had been sidelined since the Australian Open because of a left ...

Panthers beat Sabres

Mar 09, 2014

Panthers beat Sabres

Robert Luongo’s return to Florida couldn’t have been better. Luongo made 25 saves, while Dmitry Kulikov and Jesse Winchester each scored power-play goals to lead the Panthers over the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Friday night. Luongo, acquired in a trade with Vancouver on Tuesday, ...

Rockets avenge blowout loss

Mar 09, 2014

Rockets avenge blowout loss

James Harden and the Rockets were determined to make up for their most lopsided loss of the season when they got a second shot at Indiana on Friday night. Not only did Houston do that, but it handed the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers their biggest ...

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

Mar 09, 2014

Kakuryu targets promotion in Osaka

When the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament begins on Sunday, a number of compelling storylines are likely to spice things up over the two-week haul at Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. Ozeki Kakuryu makes his maiden run at sumo’s ultimate rank of yokozuna, Harumafuji returns after ...