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Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco

Mar 15, 2014

Fukushima No. 1 workers rally against Tepco

Workers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant rallied Friday outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., complaining they are being forced to work for meager pay in dangerous conditions. The group of about 100 demonstrators shouted and pumped their fists in the ...

Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'

Mar 15, 2014

Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'

by Masaaki Kameda

The president of the government-backed Riken institute admitted Friday there were “grave errors” in two papers produced by its researchers on a possible method to create pluripotent stem cells but wouldn’t say whether the alleged irregularities were intentional. Separately Friday, Haruko Obokata, lead author ...

Youths taking to auto repair classes

| Mar 15, 2014

Youths taking to auto repair classes

Toyota Motor Corp. is conducting a class in Aichi Prefecture so young people can discover the fun of building cars by learning how to repair popular old cars such as the Publica and Sports 800. Engineers from the Toyota group volunteer as teachers so ...

Tokyo cuts CO₂ emissions but hoards credits

Mar 15, 2014

Tokyo cuts CO₂ emissions but hoards credits

by Maya Kaneko

About four years after Asia’s first mandatory greenhouse gas emissions-reduction scheme was launched by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, businesses in the capital have succeeded in drastically cutting carbon dioxide emissions without depending on emissions credit trading. Due mainly to the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear ...

West embarks on last attempt to preserve Ukraine

Mar 15, 2014

West embarks on last attempt to preserve Ukraine

In a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Thursday that it faces immediate and “very serious” sanctions if it annexes Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. His comments echoed ...

Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours

Mar 15, 2014

Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours

A Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying for hundreds of kilometers or more, a U.S. official briefed on the search said Thursday. Six days after the plane ...

Mar 15, 2014

Death knell of the XP system

Microsoft Corp. will end all support services for its XP operating system on April 8. After that, individual and business users who don't switch to a newer system will be left to their own devices in protecting their computers from hackers and viruses.

Mar 15, 2014

Will pay hikes become a trend?

The pay raises offered by leading Japanese firms this week are an encouraging sign that some companies, at least, are translating better corporate earnings posted the past year into higher wages for workers — thanks partly to unusual government pressures put on management.

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

Mar 15, 2014

Ryukyu outlasts West rival Fukuoka in OT

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings ended the Rizing Fukuoka’s five-game winning streak on Friday, handing the hosts an 80-74 defeat in overtime. Sixth man extraordinaire Draelon Burns scored a game-high 31 points for the Golden Kings, draining 11 of 14 free throws. Reigning bj-league MVP ...

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Mar 15, 2014

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Former Boston Red Sox coach Jon Deeble, who’s been around Australian baseball for more than 30 years, figures next weekend’s season-opening, two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will have a “massive impact” on the sport Down Under. Certainly ...

Egyptian maegashira tied for lead

Mar 15, 2014

Egyptian maegashira tied for lead

Egyptian maegashira Osunaarashi remained one of three wrestlers with perfect records on Friday, the sixth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Osunaarashi, sumo’s first wrestler from Africa, was joined at the top of the leaderboard by the Mongolian yokozuna duo of Harumafuji and ...

Federer clears path to semis

Mar 15, 2014

Federer clears path to semis

Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, where the Swiss star has yet to drop a set in four matches. Anderson failed to break Federer’s serve in a match that lasted just over an ...

Revis, Sproles change teams

Mar 15, 2014

Revis, Sproles change teams

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes. Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year ...

League-leading Blues defeat Oilers

Mar 15, 2014

League-leading Blues defeat Oilers

Vladimir Sobotka needed just a couple shifts to return to top form Thursday night. Back after missing the previous 12 games because of a left knee injury, Sobotka had a goal and two assists to help the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton ...