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Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Mar 13, 2014

Key firms agree to hike pay scales

Many major firms notified their labor unions Wednesday that they will raise pay scales to conclude this year’s spring wage negotiations, responding to strong calls from the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help end long-standing deflation. Toyota Motor Corp., which has huge ...

Jaczko recalls chaos of Fukushima early days

Mar 13, 2014

Jaczko recalls chaos of Fukushima early days

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The central government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. fell into chaos when the triple meltdown crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission also faced a tough crisis-management situation characterized by limited information and mounting pressure to ...

Syria rebels defend dreams in Homs

Mar 13, 2014

Syria rebels defend dreams in Homs

Once hailed as the heroes of Syria’s revolution, Homs’ besieged, starved and abandoned rebels are now defending a shattered enclave, fearing their uprising will die if they are defeated. Homs was dubbed “the capital of the revolution” against President Bashar Assad after the uprising ...

Fresh uprisings erupt across Turkey

Mar 13, 2014

Fresh uprisings erupt across Turkey

Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer. Police unleashed water cannon and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators, another ...

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

Mar 13, 2014

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

The level of market access proposed by Japan does not meet the standards of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, James Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, said recently. “It is clear that Japan has more work to do in order to meet the expectations,” ...

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

Mar 13, 2014

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

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The space rock that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, famously wiping out the dinosaurs, unleashed acid rain that turned the ocean surface into a witches’ brew, Japanese researchers say. Delving into the riddle of Earth’s last mass extinction, the scientists said in ...

Mascot Kumamon turns cute into bear market

Mar 13, 2014

Mascot Kumamon turns cute into bear market

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The clumsy bear mascot for a remote Kyushu farming region has rocketed to superstar fame and has notched up an unlikely marketing triumph in a nation obsessed with all things cute. The life-sized Kumamon and his now nationally ubiquitous image — red cheeks and ...

Mar 13, 2014

Government tech lab shelves launch of video tracking at JR Osaka

A government technology laboratory said Tuesday it has delayed the launch of a video-tracking program to monitor passers-by at a major train station — originally scheduled to begin in April — due to “voices of concern” raised by citizens. The project, designed by the ...

Senator accuses CIA of meddling in torture probe

Mar 13, 2014

Senator accuses CIA of meddling in torture probe

The head of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture as a tool in its terror investigations during the Bush administration. Democrat ...

Mar 13, 2014

Was breakthrough premature?

Questions and suspicions have challenged the validity of a Japanese scientific paper that reported in January on a method for reprogramming body tissue cells into stem cells by simply exposing them to acidic liquids.

Mar 13, 2014

Reducing PM2.5 pollutants

Recent spikes in the concentration of so-called PM2.5 air pollutants over wide areas of Japan once again raise alarms over the potential health risks from the small particles.

Super Kabuki 'spells fun'

Mar 13, 2014

Super Kabuki 'spells fun'

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Just like the many native English-speakers who have difficulty understanding the language and classical references in the works of William Shakespeare, so Japanese people generally feel a sense of distance from kabuki, as though it were a foreign language. However, Ennosuke Ichikawa III, who ...

Paris Opera Ballet chief hails Japan 'challenge'

Mar 13, 2014

Paris Opera Ballet chief hails Japan 'challenge'

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Thanks to Louis XIV’s love of dance, French is the language of ballet and Paris has remained the center of the art for more than 300 years since the Sun King’s splendiferous 72-year reign ended with his death in 1715. Yet for a company ...

Marinos, Guangzhou settle for draw in Asian Champions League

Mar 13, 2014

Marinos, Guangzhou settle for draw in Asian Champions League

Yokohama F. Marinos collected their first point of the Asian Champions League with a 1-1 draw to champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night at Nissan Stadium. The Emperor’s Cup holders, who were thumped 3-0 away to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors last month in their first ...

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Mar 13, 2014

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Hideaki Wakui’s fresh start with the Chiba Lotte Marines hit a rough patch on Wednesday, when the right-hander surrendered eight runs in five innings in a 12-5 preseason loss to the Yomiuri Giants. The 27-year-old former Lions ace joined Lotte in the offseason as ...

Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 13, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

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The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...

Kakuryu prevails against Kotooshu

Mar 13, 2014

Kakuryu prevails against Kotooshu

Kakuryu got his yokozuna bid back on track after the previous day’s defeat with a comfortable win against former ozeki Kotooshu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji, meanwhile, were in demolition mode to feature among five wrestlers, including ...

Big stars Ware, Peppers released as NFL free agency opens

Mar 13, 2014

Big stars Ware, Peppers released as NFL free agency opens

A couple of accomplished NFL pass rushers suddenly became available when DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released to create room under the salary cap in two of the biggest moves at Tuesday’s start of the free-agency signing period. The Bears cut ties with ...

Nole, Li advance to 4th round

Mar 13, 2014

Nole, Li advance to 4th round

Facing an opponent he had never seen play, Novak Djokovic relied on some old-fashioned word of mouth. Asking around the locker room and getting some intel from his coach, Djokovic went out and beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday, ending the Colombian’s ...

Peverley stays in hospital as Stars triumph

Mar 13, 2014

Peverley stays in hospital as Stars triumph

Stars forward Rich Peverley remained hospitalized Tuesday in Dallas, undergoing heart tests after collapsing on the bench during a game that was postponed a night earlier. His teammates? They did a fine job concentrating on the business at hand and earned a 3-2 overtime ...

Spurs roll past Bulls for 10th victory in 11 games

Mar 13, 2014

Spurs roll past Bulls for 10th victory in 11 games

It didn’t take long for the San Antonio Spurs to show the Chicago Bulls why they’re leading the NBA. Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, and the Spurs beat the Bulls 104-96 Tuesday for their seventh ...