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74 articles published/printed


Mar 25, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the ...

Mar 25, 2014

Court rejects nursery tsunami suit

The Sendai District Court rejects a lawsuit filed over schoolchildren in Miyagi Prefecture who were killed as their caretakers belatedly fled the March 2011 tsunami by car.

Tokyo court approves Chongryon HQ sale to developer Marunaka

Mar 25, 2014

Tokyo court approves Chongryon HQ sale to developer Marunaka

The Tokyo District Court gave permission Monday for the Tokyo headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, a pro-Pyongyang entity better known as Chongryon, to be sold to real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. Chongryon has already appealed the decision. Marunaka ...

Obama urged to send Ukraine arms

Mar 25, 2014

Obama urged to send Ukraine arms

Republicans in Congress on Sunday urged the Obama administration to dispatch small weapons and other military equipment to aid Ukraine as Russian troops amassed at the country’s eastern border. “You can do noncombatant military aid in a way that allows them to defend themselves,” ...

JPX's integrated derivatives market debuts in Osaka

Mar 25, 2014

JPX's integrated derivatives market debuts in Osaka

Japan Exchange Group Inc. (JPX), launched a new derivatives market Monday by integrating the related market at the Tokyo Stock Exchange with that of the Osaka Securities Exchange. The launch of the new Osaka Exchange completes the merger between the TSE and the OSE ...

Pilots' sanity a worry amid jet mystery

Mar 25, 2014

Pilots' sanity a worry amid jet mystery

Reinforced doors with keypad entries. Body scanners and pat-downs. Elaborate crew maneuvers when a pilot has to use the restroom. All those tactics are designed to keep dangerous people out of the cockpit. But what if the pilot is the problem? With no answers ...

Malaysia jet search intensifies on new debris sighting

Mar 25, 2014

Malaysia jet search intensifies on new debris sighting

Ships and planes from several nations swarmed over the southern Indian Ocean on Monday as mounting evidence of floating debris energized the search for Malaysia’s missing passenger jet. But the challenge of recovering the elusive and still-unidentified flotsam took on added urgency as a ...

Mar 25, 2014

The abduction drama game

by Gregory Clark

Clearly there are people in Japan who do not want any rapprochement with Pyongyang — who are using the abduction drama to continue the image of a Japan threatened by enemies and needing strong military forces for defense.

Mar 25, 2014

Cold response to global warming

A new Environment Ministry report estimates damage from anticipated global warming. Unfortunately efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions do not appear high on the Abe administration's policy agenda.

Mar 25, 2014

Abe's transparency move falls short

The Abe administration's decision to keep and release summaries of the minutes of Cabinet meetings sounds like a positive step, but it is not likely to lead to a substantial increase in the transparency of how the government makes decisions.

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

Mar 25, 2014

Yokozuna council recommends Kakuryu for promotion

The Japan Sumo Association’s Yokozuna Deliberation Council unanimously recommended ozeki Kakuryu for promotion to sumo’s top rank on Monday after claiming his first career title at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu needed the nod from at least two-thirds of the council after lifting ...

Kentucky ends Wichita State's run

Mar 25, 2014

Kentucky ends Wichita State's run

John Calipari stood frozen on the Kentucky sideline. Every player on the Wichita State bench held his breath. Everything seemed to stop inside the Scottrade Center as Fred VanVleet let loose with a 3-pointer that could have kept the Shockers perfect. When it bounced ...

Murray into fourth round

Mar 25, 2014

Murray into fourth round

Andy Murray won Sunday while Ivan Lendl watched as a fan rather than a coach. With Lendl among the stadium spectators, Murray advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1. The tournament is the first for the ...

Cavaliers cool off Knicks' hot streak

Mar 25, 2014

Cavaliers cool off Knicks' hot streak

A chance to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away. Now the New York Knicks have nearly 5,000 km to think about how this game — and maybe any realistic postseason hopes they had — was lost. ...