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Yokota couple: Meeting a 'miracle'

Mar 18, 2014

Yokota couple: Meeting a 'miracle'

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The parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, say their dramatic meeting in Mongolia last week with her 26-year-old daughter was "like a miracle" and they were also very happy to see her 10-month-old baby, both for the ...

Government may put off decision on collective self-defense

Mar 18, 2014

Government may put off decision on collective self-defense

The Abe administration may postpone until this summer officially changing the government's interpretation of the Constitution to enable Japan to come to the defense of allies under attack, amid calls from within the ruling coalition for a careful debate on the matter.

British luxury liner QE3 docks in Yokohama

Mar 18, 2014

British luxury liner QE3 docks in Yokohama

The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth, or QE3, named after Britain’s current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, pulled into Yokohama Sunday night to make its maiden call to Japan. Passengers disembarked from the ship to explore the city Monday. The cruise ship was scheduled to depart ...

No limits in monetary policy adjustment, Kuroda says

Mar 18, 2014

No limits in monetary policy adjustment, Kuroda says

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda says there are no limits for adjusting the bank’s current “quantitative and qualitative” easing regime introduced in April 2013, stressing there room for additional monetary easing. In an recent interview, Kuroda said: “We will adjust our monetary policy ...

Trademark holders fear 'cybersquatters' as Web names grow

Mar 18, 2014

Trademark holders fear 'cybersquatters' as Web names grow

The mass expansion of Internet domain names could cause havoc for the defense of trademarks in cyberspace, the U.N.’s intellectual property body warned Monday. “We have this extraordinary expansion that is going on,” said Francis Gurry, head of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), ...

East-West cyberwar raging over Ukraine

Mar 18, 2014

East-West cyberwar raging over Ukraine

With cyberattacks already launched against Crimean separatists, the Kremlin and NATO, the ground war may not have started in Ukraine, but computer warfare is already raging. In recent days — and with increasing intensity Sunday — a virtual war has commenced in the countries ...

Nikon to fix camera flaws cited by China

Mar 18, 2014

Nikon to fix camera flaws cited by China

Nikon Corp. said it will fix digital cameras at no charge after claims on Chinese state-run television that product defects caused “black spots” on photographs. The camera maker will service its D600 digital cameras even after warranties expire, spokesman Ryota Satake said after China ...

Stones' Rome gig brings heritage fear

Mar 18, 2014

Stones' Rome gig brings heritage fear

One group of ancient stones is under threat from another, fear authorities in Rome, as the Rolling Stones prepare for a huge concert among the “very fragile” ruins of Italy’s capital. The British rockers are set to play to 65,000 fans in the Eternal ...

Putin's games end under Crimea cloud

Mar 18, 2014

Putin's games end under Crimea cloud

Triumphant in the midst of global condemnation, Vladimir Putin clinked his Champagne flute with leading sports officials, toasting the success of his pet project in Sochi. Under chandeliers in ornate surroundings, the wine was flowing over lunch during the Paralympics this past week as ...

Malaysian plane probe spotlights cockpit crew, engineer

Mar 18, 2014

Malaysian plane probe spotlights cockpit crew, engineer

An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified Monday after officials confirmed that the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled. U.S. intelligence efforts were also focusing on Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah ...

Final words from Flight MH370 came after systems shutdown

Mar 18, 2014

Final words from Flight MH370 came after systems shutdown

When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777’s communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the ...

Mar 18, 2014

New burden for Minamata victims

The Environment Ministry appears to have relaxed conditions for the official recognition of Minamata disease victims, but the attached record-keeping requirements make it unlikely that many more people will receive financial relief.

Mar 18, 2014

Change at the top court's helm

It is hoped that incoming new chief Justice Itsuro Terada will stand firm in keeping the Supreme Court independent of political presssures as it considers controversial issues such as the disparity in vote value between legislative constituencies and whether Japan may exercise its right ...

Mar 18, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...

Russian Olympic champions to skip worlds

Mar 18, 2014

Russian Olympic champions to skip worlds

The Russian figure skating federation says Olympic gold medalists Adelina Sotnikova, and Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar won’t be going to this month’s world championships in Saitama. In a statement on the federation’s website, president Alexander Gorshkov says the federation decided not to send ...

Tanaka escapes jams in third start of spring

Mar 18, 2014

Tanaka escapes jams in third start of spring

The New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run in 4⅓-innings Sunday in a 7-4 preseason win against the Atlanta Braves. Pitching in his third preseason game and making his second start, Tanaka escaped with just one run on three hits despite control issues ...

Djokovic holds off Federer in BNP Paribas Open final

Mar 18, 2014

Djokovic holds off Federer in BNP Paribas Open final

Novak Djokovic came into Indian Wells for the first time in four years without a title. He left with a $1 million check and his first trophy of the year, beating Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on Sunday to win the BNP Paribas ...

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Mar 18, 2014

Kakuryu stays on leaders' shoulders

Promotion-chasing Kakuryu kept front-running yokozuna duo Hakuho and Harumafuji in his sights with an eighth win against Takayasu at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Kakuryu stood his ground as Takayasu attempted a throw after getting a firm grip on the belt, and ...

Carp ace Maeda puts focus on raising level

Mar 18, 2014

Carp ace Maeda puts focus on raising level

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda has made no secret of his desire to pitch in the big leagues, but said that will depend on how much he can raise his game. Maeda, who won the 2010 Sawamura Award as Japan’s best starting pitcher and ...

Heat get back on track with victory

Mar 18, 2014

Heat get back on track with victory

Ray Allen was somewhat surprised to see how open he was. So was Dwyane Wade, who even took an extra dribble before believing his eyes and sending a 50-foot pass to the best 3-point shooter in NBA history. Moments later, the Miami Heat were ...