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Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

Mar 22, 2014

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

The Vatican library Thursday began a project to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the church to the 20th century, and make them available online. Working with the technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive ...

Last evacuation shelter cleaned

Mar 22, 2014

Last evacuation shelter cleaned

About 250 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture and volunteers cleaned up a high school gymnasium Friday in Kasu, Saitama Prefecture, that had served as the last evacuation shelter for people who fled in 2011 from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant meltdown disaster. During the ...

Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Mar 22, 2014

Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Nationalism is “absolutely not” on the rise and Japan remains committed to peace almost 70 years after its defeat in World War II, said Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe’s December visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which ...

Images testify to atrocities in Iraq

| Mar 22, 2014

Images testify to atrocities in Iraq

The video shows a male corpse lying in the dirt, one end of a rope tied around his legs, the other fastened to the back of an armored Humvee. Men in Iraqi military uniforms mingle by the vehicle. Someone warns there might be a ...

Russia, its tycoons take sanctions hit

| Mar 22, 2014

Russia, its tycoons take sanctions hit

Russia’s most powerful businessmen waited for over an hour Thursday to hear from President Vladimir Putin, whose decision to annex the Crimean Peninsula has cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in market value. When Putin finally showed up, he spoke to them ...

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

Mar 22, 2014

Fukushima disabled are crafting hit products

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People with disabilities living in Fukushima Prefecture are doing their best to promote the area by making craft goods that are proving popular both at home and overseas. Before the 2011 disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, a ...

Mar 22, 2014

Lay judges' moral dilemma

How does Japan's justice minister respond to a petition from 20 citizens who, as lay judges, agonized over the possibility of having to hand down a death sentence? They call for an immediate halt to capital punishment.

| Mar 22, 2014

Cracks in the ruling coalition

The exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense has become Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political creed, but ruling coalition partner New Komeito wants Abe to slow his approach, and others close to Abe have grown apprehensive about the rise of anti-American conservatism within Abe's ...

Mar 22, 2014

Rising land prices in big cities

For 2013, the megalopolises of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka showed rises in both residential and commercial land prices for the first time in six years.

Tokyo Excellence shooting for NBDL championship

Mar 22, 2014

Tokyo Excellence shooting for NBDL championship

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The Tokyo Excellence, who are in their first season in the National Basketball Development League (formerly the JBL2), have posted a splendid 29-3 record to date. The club is aiming to win the championship in the four-team playoffs this weekend. “It’s unbelievable, because we ...

Spring title far from decided

Mar 22, 2014

Spring title far from decided

The Spring Grand Sumo Tournament took a twist on Friday when both yokozuna Harumafuji and Hakuho suffered defeats, throwing the door wide open in the title race with just two days remaining. Hakuho and promotion-chasing ozeki Kakuryu moved into a two-way tie for the ...

Serena survives tough first set to begin Sony Open with win

Mar 22, 2014

Serena survives tough first set to begin Sony Open with win

Serena Williams capitalized on a critical double-fault by Yaroslava Shvedova to survive a 69-minute first set and win her opening match at the Sony Open 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 on Thursday. “It was an incredibly tough first set,” Williams said. “I just needed to relax ...

Florida avoids upset

Mar 22, 2014

Florida avoids upset

There never came a point when top-seeded Florida looked or felt comfortable against Albany. The Great Danes made 10 of their first 15 shots, swapped the lead back and forth early and even had the Gators reeling late. If not for a 4-minute stretch ...

Ishikawa tied for second at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Mar 22, 2014

Ishikawa tied for second at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Ryo Ishikawa got off to a strong start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, when he shot a 7-under-par 65 to sit three strokes off the pace in a tie for second. The 22-year-old Ishikawa, who is looking for his first victory on ...