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Land prices rise in big metro areas

Mar 19, 2014

Land prices rise in big metro areas

Residential land prices in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya rose by an average of 0.5 percent last year, while commercial land prices increased by an average of 1.6 percent, both rising for the first time in six years.

Putin signs treaty for Crimea to join Russia

Mar 19, 2014

Putin signs treaty for Crimea to join Russia

With a historic sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Tuesday to annex Crimea, describing the move as correcting past injustice and a necessary response to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia’s vital interests. In an emotional 40-minute speech that ...

Putin riding high on Crimea move

| Mar 19, 2014

Putin riding high on Crimea move

President Vladimir Putin may face international condemnation for his fast-track seizure of Crimea, but asset freezes and travel bans imposed by the West will not force him to alter course as he rides high in the polls. Putin has seen his approval rating rise ...

Long road to hold Kim, North Korea liable for crimes

| Mar 19, 2014

Long road to hold Kim, North Korea liable for crimes

Western and Asian powers will begin pressing this week for North Korea to be held liable for crimes against humanity documented in a United Nations report, but concede that their chances of influencing the isolated country are slim. North Korean security chiefs and possibly ...

Thailand to end state of emergency as protests ease

Mar 19, 2014

Thailand to end state of emergency as protests ease

Thailand announced Tuesday the end of a nearly two-month-long state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas, hoping to lure back foreign visitors following an easing of deadly political protests. The use of emergency rule dealt a heavy blow to Thailand’s key tourism industry ...

MH370 debacle reveals tough truths

Mar 19, 2014

MH370 debacle reveals tough truths

It’s apparently a challenge to find people satisfied with the Malaysian government’s performance in its search for Flight 370: A mainstream daily newspaper there ran a story Monday on praise being lavished by an anonymous Facebook user from Sweden. The mysterious disappearance of a ...

Cabinet to mull bitcoin regulation 'if necessary'

Mar 19, 2014

Cabinet to mull bitcoin regulation 'if necessary'

The Abe administration decided Tuesday to consider taking steps to regulate bitcoin trading, if necessary, after obtaining more information about the digital currency. But the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not say whether it will immediately seek a legal system to regulate ...

Hilton extends soap recycling to Japan

Mar 19, 2014

Hilton extends soap recycling to Japan

Hilton Worldwide has extended to Japan its key corporate social responsibility program to recycle leftover soap for reuse in developing Asian countries, the hotel chain operator said Tuesday. All 10 hotels in Japan have joined Hilton’s global initiative, alongside 700 fellow hotels worldwide, to ...

In Ukraine, Putin eyes a return to glory

| Mar 19, 2014

In Ukraine, Putin eyes a return to glory

As tensions between Russia and the West grew more heated with Vladimir Putin’s rapid move Monday to recognize Crimea as an independent state, his actions and motives remain opaque to U.S. and European officials. Some in the U.S., including former Secretary of State Madeleine ...

Mar 19, 2014

Overhaul the electoral systems

Diet members need to set their sights on overhauling the electoral systems for both houses before the next national election and explore what kinds of systems would better suit the different roles of each chamber.

Mar 19, 2014

Combating climate change

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Britain's former ambassador to Japan urges public pressure on governments to stop their shilly-shalling over unresolved questions about whether human activity is contributing the most to climate change and to get on with concluding effective agreements on curbing carbon emissions.

Mar 19, 2014

China rocked by fallen tiger, shaken dragon

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It wasn't clear whether Chinese President Xi Jingping would actually prosecute Zhou Yongkang — thus breaking the Communist Party's unwritten rule of immunity for retired members of the Politburo Standing Committee — until the Chinese media revealed shocking details of corruption involving Zhou's family ...

Japan acts rock on at this year's SXSW

Mar 19, 2014

Japan acts rock on at this year's SXSW

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After somersaulting through a shallow puddle, the lead singer of Osaka’s Vampillia stared intently at a nearby taco truck. As his band plowed through a noisy, violin-assisted song on the third afternoon of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference And Festival, he scaled ...

Babymetal 'Babymetal'

Mar 19, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

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It’s not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the “weird Japan” fans on the Internet. What’s surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal’s eponymous debut ...

Melbourne defeats Yokohama; Forlan scores for Cerezo Osaka

Mar 19, 2014

Melbourne defeats Yokohama; Forlan scores for Cerezo Osaka

Yokohama F. Marinos were sunk by a first-half strike from Kosta Barbarouses as the Emperor’s Cup holders went down 1-0 away to Melbourne Victory in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Barbarouses netted with a clinical strike early in the first half, but despite ...

Mar 19, 2014

Yamasaki to re-sign with Dragons for retirement ceremony

The Chunichi Dragons announced Tuesday that they will sign retired slugger Takeshi Yamasaki and will use Friday’s preseason game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as a farewell game. Yamasaki, who retired with the Dragons last season, turned pro out of high school and ...

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

Mar 19, 2014

Hakuho, Harumafuji still unbeaten

The three-way race for the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament title remained intact on Tuesday as each yokozuna improved to 10-0 and ozeki Kakuryu moved to 9-1 on the 10th day of competition at Bodymaker Colosseum. Yokozuna Hakuho needed just 2.2 seconds to earn his ...

76ers lose 21st straight game

Mar 19, 2014

76ers lose 21st straight game

After Philadelphia’s latest loss gave the 76ers their longest skid in franchise history, coach Brett Brown insisted he doesn’t dwell on the streak. Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia 99-90 on Monday night, ...

Athletics lose Parker for season to Tommy John surgery

Mar 19, 2014

Athletics lose Parker for season to Tommy John surgery

Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season. Parker was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired his elbow on Oct. 28, 2009, when Parker was with Arizona. Parker is to have surgery ...

Backes steers Blues past Jets

Mar 19, 2014

Backes steers Blues past Jets

With Vladimir Tarasenko and T.J. Oshie both out of the St. Louis Blues lineup, captain David Backes stepped up to fill the void. Backes scored twice in the third period, giving him 23 goals on the season, and the Blues skated to a 3-1 ...

Colts owner Irsay arrested on DUI, drug charges

Mar 19, 2014

Colts owner Irsay arrested on DUI, drug charges

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was released from jail Monday after being held overnight following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. Irsay was pulled over late Sunday after he was spotted ...