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French data show possible debris from Malaysia jetliner

Mar 24, 2014

French data show possible debris from Malaysia jetliner

France provided new satellite data Sunday showing possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as searchers combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean tried without success to locate a pallet that could be a key clue in solving one of the ...

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

Mar 24, 2014

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

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Michaella Bostrom has been crowned winner of the 5th Japan Times Spelling Bee after besting 37 other students from around the country, booking a ticket to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on her third try. “I’m surprised!” the 14-year-old student at ...

Germans finally start poking fun at the Fuhrer

Mar 24, 2014

Germans finally start poking fun at the Fuhrer

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If Hitler were alive today, would he become a standup comic? Incredible though that may sound to anyone who lived through World War II, that is the scenario sketched out in “Look Who’s Back,” a satirical novel by Timur Vermes, which topped the best-seller ...

Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

Mar 24, 2014

Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

The official opening ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington on Saturday drew a crowd of some 2,000 people to the capital’s tree-lined Potomac River, where events to highlight Japanese culture are slated to run for about three weeks. About 1.5 million ...

Euroskeptics slam EU over Crimea

Mar 24, 2014

Euroskeptics slam EU over Crimea

If Russia has occupied and annexed Crimea, it’s the European Union’s fault for offering closer ties with Ukraine, according to Euroskeptic parties of the far left and nationalist right. European governments and mainstream politicians may have united in condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ...

Mar 24, 2014

Education ministry's heavy hand

Two weeks before school starts, Japan's education minister tells the town of Taketomi, Okinawa Prefecture, that it may not use the junior high school civics textbook it adopted in place of the "conservative" textbook selected by an area-wide council.

| Mar 24, 2014

Being laughed at can help your Japanese evolve

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Students of Japanese are often Japanese-as-a-second-language (JSL) cavemen. JSL cavemen live a mostly pleasant existence of blissful ignorance, using a devolved form of the language as best they can. However, JSL cavemen are not total ignoramuses — their thick hide can be penetrated by ...

Ryukyu improves to 15-5 on road, sweeps Nara

Mar 24, 2014

Ryukyu improves to 15-5 on road, sweeps Nara

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The Ryukyu Golden Kings have the league’s stingiest defense this season, allowing 68.0 points a game. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s squad’s success on the road is also quite impressive, with the Golden Kings winning 15 of 20 away games to date. Their latest road game, ...

Tanaka struggles in victory

Mar 24, 2014

Tanaka struggles in victory

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs over 5⅔ innings on Saturday and earned the win in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tanaka, who has shown periodic lack of control but plenty of movement on his pitches in his first ...

Louisville runs past St. Louis

Mar 24, 2014

Louisville runs past St. Louis

It’s not always pretty with Louisville. And sometimes, it’s ugly by design. The defending national champions shrugged off poor shooting, 19 turnovers and a subpar performance by star Russ Smith and still won handily Saturday to get back to the Sweet 16 of the ...

76ers dealt 24th consecutive defeat

Mar 24, 2014

76ers dealt 24th consecutive defeat

Henry Sims can see the growth and he’s not referring to the stack of losses. The Philadelphia 76ers’ skid continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record. They have dropped 24 straight after losing 91-81 to the Chicago Bulls on ...

Bruins wax Coyotes for 12th straight victory

Mar 24, 2014

Bruins wax Coyotes for 12th straight victory

For the first time in seven games, the Boston Bruins actually fell behind. It didn’t last, and the third-longest win streak in franchise history is still alive. The Bruins scored three times in the third period, the go-ahead goal by Shawn Thornton with 3:18 ...