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Mar 20, 2014

Rakuten hit over ivory, whale meat marketing

E-commerce giant Rakuten is the world’s largest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products, an environmental campaign group alleges, saying that running the advertisements is akin to arming poachers.

Officials faulted in death of Ghanaian

Mar 20, 2014

Officials faulted in death of Ghanaian

by Tomohiro Osaki

In a landmark verdict, the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ruled that immigration officials were responsible for the death of a Ghanaian man they were forcibly deporting in 2010. Finding that the officials “illegally” used excessive force to subdue Abubakar Awudu Suraj aboard a ...

'Tank girls' lead the charge

Mar 20, 2014

'Tank girls' lead the charge

by Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo

Being a soldier in Japan after World War II was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youths from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan’s postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige — helped ...

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

Mar 20, 2014

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Shares in Japan Display, the world’s biggest maker of screens for smartphones and tablets and a key Apple supplier, lost more than 15 percent of their value Wednesday following a $3.2 billion initial public offering. The stock, which at one stage lost more than ...

Uniqlo set to boost staff status

Mar 20, 2014

Uniqlo set to boost staff status

Fast Retailing Co. plans to turn about 16,000 of the 30,000 part-timers at its domestic Uniqlo casual clothing stores into regional regular employees, company sources said Wednesday. The company has begun interviewing candidates for regular employment with the aim of implementing the plan over ...

Universal Japan draws 10 million

Mar 20, 2014

Universal Japan draws 10 million

The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka reached 10 million for the current business year Wednesday, hitting the threshold for the first time since the park’s inaugural year of operation. The operator of the Hollywood-themed amusement park said Hollywood Dream — ...

Is the world ready for another Bush?

Mar 20, 2014

Is the world ready for another Bush?

By all appearances, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a man on a mission. His itinerary for the next several weeks includes stops in Tennessee, New Mexico and Nevada to appear with Republican candidates in this fall’s elections or help them raise money for ...

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. scientist corrects Obokata's 2011 stem cell study

A U.S. scientist who assisted Haruko Obokata with what appeared to be groundbreaking stem cell research has corrected a paper she published in a U.S. magazine in 2011, citing an erroneous figure. Charles Vacanti, a professor at Harvard Medical School and former adviser to ...

What if the missing Malaysia plane is never found?

| Mar 20, 2014

What if the missing Malaysia plane is never found?

The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart’s. Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if ...

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

Mar 20, 2014

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

U.N. investigators said Tuesday they had expanded their list of suspected war criminals from both sides in Syria’s civil war and the evidence was solid enough to prepare any indictment. The U.N. inquiry has identified individuals, military units and security agencies as well as ...

Mar 20, 2014

Riken's credibility on the line

The prestigious government-backed Riken Research Institute finds itself in the awkward spot of defending its credibility as a science institute after "grave errors" were found in two recent papers describing a possible new method for creating pluripotent stem cells.

Mar 20, 2014

A sign from North Korea

Last week's meeting in Ulan Bator between the parents of 1977 Japanese abductee Megumi Yokota and Megumi's North Korean daughter could be a sign that Pyongyang wants to resolve the abduction issue and end its diplomatic isolation.

Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

Mar 20, 2014

Genders revel in Bausch's iconic 'Kontakthof'

by Kris Kosaka

To watch “Kontakthof,” Pina Bausch’s masterpiece of dance theater, is to be like a voyeur peering from behind a one-way mirror into the everyday battlefield of male-female interaction. The dancers, too, seem to treat the audience as a mirror, slicking back hair, adjusting bra ...

Deep feelings at high altitudes

Mar 20, 2014

Deep feelings at high altitudes

by Danielle Demetriou

The photographs, taken by artist Naoya Hatakeyama, hint at both the beauty and dangers of a mountain, as reflected in the shades of light and darkness alongside textures of soft-edged snow and sharply lined rocks.

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

Mar 20, 2014

Tohoku school's plays tell how it is

by Nobuko Tanaka

“We always start creating our next work by having a meeting with everyone involved in the drama club,” high school teacher Michiko Ishii explained. “We discuss what is actually happening around us and what we should focus on in the next play. So, what ...

Jackson back where it began

Mar 20, 2014

Jackson back where it began

Phil Jackson is back in New York, providing the Knicks stability, championship-building ideas and a link to the franchise’s best days. Now they need him to get some good players. Jackson was introduced on Tuesday as team president of the Knicks, in the midst ...

Two-man title chase continues

Mar 20, 2014

Two-man title chase continues

Harumafuji knocked the daylights out of Kisenosato while fellow yokozuna Hakuho ran roughshod over sekiwake Goeido as the undefeated pair remained in a two-way tie for the lead at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Harumafuji and Hakuho lead with 11-0 marks while ...

Serena set to defend title in Miami

Mar 20, 2014

Serena set to defend title in Miami

Serena Williams steps back into her comfort zone as the world No. 1 begins her campaign to defend her title at the Miami Masters on Thursday. The 32-year-old last played while suffering back pains in a semifinal loss a month ago in Dubai, going ...

Mar 20, 2014

Ishigaki replaces Fukuhara for worlds

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

An unexpected phone call turned out to be surprising, but a pleasant one for Yuka Ishigaki when the 24-year-old table tennis player learned she would replace the injured Ai Fukuhara in the upcoming Japan Table 2014, the World Team Table Tennis Championships. The Japan ...

Streaking Bruins beat Devils for 10th straight victory

Mar 20, 2014

Streaking Bruins beat Devils for 10th straight victory

The Boston Bruins are not only threatening to run away with the Eastern Conference, they are challenging St. Louis for the NHL’s best regular-season record. The Bruins rolled to their 10th straight victory Tuesday night, getting goals from Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla in ...

Newton requires surgery on ankle, will be out four months

Mar 20, 2014

Newton requires surgery on ankle, will be out four months

Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, the Carolina Panthers announced. The team said Tuesday the Pro Bowl quarterback has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season and the problem ...

LeBron erupts for 43

Mar 20, 2014

LeBron erupts for 43

As shot after shot dropped through the net, it became clear LeBron James was going to have one of those special nights. The kind he has every so often. The kind he has when Dwyane Wade sits. James scored 43 points — 25 in ...