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Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Mar 27, 2014

Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Japan and South Korea successfully created the semblance of an alliance in a U.S.-brokered trilateral summit in The Hague but have yet to find a clear path to fully improving their strained ties. Tuesday’s talks, also involving President Barack Obama, began with a surprise ...

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

Mar 27, 2014

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

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First off, no one who works at Tepco’s wrecked nuclear plant calls it Fukushima “Dai-ichi,” comic book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It’s “ichi efu,” or 1F. It’s not “hell on earth,” but a life filled ...

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

Mar 27, 2014

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

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Good news for cat lovers without cats: You can now find your new pet and an apartment to share it with at the same time. Keiko Morishita, an embassy employee and Tokyo resident, is one of those whose apartments have become “temporary shelters” for ...

Strike-hit Toyota India resumes 'limited' operations

Mar 27, 2014

Strike-hit Toyota India resumes 'limited' operations

Toyota Motor Corp. said it has resumed “limited production” after unionized employees at its Indian plant refused to return to work following an end to a company lockout. The workers and the company’s management at two plants near the high-tech city of Bangalore are ...

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Mar 27, 2014

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and three other utilities are contemplating boosting non-nuclear thermal power generation by either building new facilities or expanding existing plants. Tepco is planning a major increase in capacity by building facilities to generate around 6 million kilowatts, equivalent to nearly ...

U.S. mudslide victims 'knew of risk'

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. mudslide victims 'knew of risk'

A scientist working for the government issued a warning 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the northwestern U.S. fishing village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 16 people and left scores missing. ...

Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences

| Mar 27, 2014

Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences

Egypt’s judiciary is rife with judges who are harsh opponents of Islamists, and they are operating amid a media frenzy demanding swift and harsh verdicts against the Muslim Brotherhood. The result, judicial experts say, is this week’s stunning verdict sentencing hundreds of suspected Islamists ...

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

Mar 27, 2014

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

North Korea said on Tuesday that talks with Japan this month should include a demand for compensation for wartime Korean sex slaves and not only the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago, which it considers closed. But So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to ...

Mar 27, 2014

The G-7 against Russia

The G-7 countries adopt an emergency declaration condemning "Russia's illegal attempt to annex Crimea." The question, though, is whether the G-7 is prepared to impose industrial sanctions that could hurt Europe as well, if Russia takes more bites out of Ukraine.

Mar 27, 2014

A year into the deflation fight

A year after taking the helm of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda appears on course to achieving the targets he set in the quest to rein in Japan's protracted deflation and put the economy on a growth path. Unfortunately bank lending to businesses ...

A chance to shine at an early age

Mar 27, 2014

A chance to shine at an early age

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It’s 9:15 on a cold and rainy Saturday morning, and Wendell Harrison is running late. “The one day I send an email telling them not to be late, and I’m the one having problems,” he laments. Harrison’s doing double duty at the moment: directing ...

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

Mar 27, 2014

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

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It's not surprising that the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has organized a retrospective on Shimooka Renjo, one of the first commercial photographers in Japan. What is surprising is that it didn't happen sooner.

Mar 27, 2014

Japan drawn with Jordan, Iraq for 2015 Asian Cup

Defending champions Japan will face Jordan, Iraq and a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent in the first round of the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia following the draw on Wednesday at Sydney Opera House. In addition to 2007 champions Iraq and Jordan, Japan will also meet in ...

Bills owner, Pro Football Hall of Famer Wilson dies at age 95

Mar 27, 2014

Bills owner, Pro Football Hall of Famer Wilson dies at age 95

During his 95 years, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson went from fan to “Foolish Club” member to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, enjoying every step along the way. The NFL lost the person regarded as the league’s “conscience” on Tuesday, when Wilson died ...

Injured Darvish won't start Rangers' opener

Mar 27, 2014

Injured Darvish won't start Rangers' opener

Yu Darvish will miss his scheduled start in Monday’s season opener, leaving the already injury-riddled Texas Rangers without their ace. Darvish said through his interpreter Tuesday that he knew he wasn’t going to be ready to pitch in the opener at home against Philadelphia ...

Nowitzki guides Mavs past Thunder

Mar 27, 2014

Nowitzki guides Mavs past Thunder

Dirk Nowitzki was frustrated by his poor shooting performance in Dallas’ previous game. That disappointment, plus a little help from an old friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran forward. Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Mavericks ...

Blues prolong Leafs' slump

Mar 27, 2014

Blues prolong Leafs' slump

David Backes enjoys playing in Toronto. The sights. The sounds. And, getting a hat trick isn’t too shabby, either. Backes scored his third goal of the game into an empty net to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night that ...

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

Mar 27, 2014

Kakuryu promoted to yokozuna

The Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday formally promoted Mongolian-born ozeki Kakuryu to sumo’s highest rank in a unanimous vote to become the 71st yokozuna. His promotion was confirmed after the rankings for the summer basho in May were decided followed by a meeting of ...