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Tax hike, Crimea cloud economy

| Mar 30, 2014

Tax hike, Crimea cloud economy

The first sales tax hike in 17 years and the ongoing geopolitical crisis over Crimea could turn into a double-whammy for Japan's fragile economic revival.

Mar 30, 2014

Nanjing tally was 300,000: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping returns Japan's wartime atrocities to the spotlight by insisting its troops killed over 300,000 people in the 1937 Nanjing Massacre.

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Mar 30, 2014

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information. Major data breaches at Target and other retailers have made data security a boardroom issue ...

Rivalries hamper hunt for jet

Mar 30, 2014

Rivalries hamper hunt for jet

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The search for Flight MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships, but it has also been bedeviled by regional rivalries. While Malaysia has been ...

Fashion takes a baby step in right direction

| Mar 30, 2014

Fashion takes a baby step in right direction

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The fashion industry has been criticized for promoting impossible body images by pressuring models, directly or indirectly, to remain as skinny as possible. Nevertheless, so-called plus-size models have become well-represented in the industry over the past 30 years. In the beginning, it was a ...

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

Mar 30, 2014

Under the beat of the Taiko in Kyoto

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Kyoto’s long history has ensured that it has seen its fair share of giants. Yet few of these legends have marked the city’s physical appearance to the extent of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, despite the man’s reputedly smallish stature. The most obvious of these landmarks was ...

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

Mar 30, 2014

Chishaku-in: a Kyoto garden of deep repose

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As a garden, Chishaku-in has many of the attributes of Japanese landscape design that should attract a good number of visitors. The fact that the temple in Kyoto’s southeastern Higashikawara-cho district is rarely crowded, and that scant attention is paid to it in guidebooks, ...

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

Mar 30, 2014

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

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Shake the hand of Marcus Luttrell, and there’s no mistaking the grip of someone who spent many a year holding a weapon. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Luttrell is your 21st-century war hero, with a book and movie deal relating his near-fatal experiences in ...

A wistful note on a triumphant battle

Mar 30, 2014

A wistful note on a triumphant battle

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When I was a boy, my father told me and my kid brother stories from the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and taught us how to sing some of the threnodies that Gen. Maresuke Nogi composed in classical Chinese on the battlefield. My father was born ...

Antlers rally for win

Mar 30, 2014

Antlers rally for win

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Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F . Marinos 3-1 on Saturday as the J. League’s early front-runners went head to head. Yuzo Kurihara put Marinos in front three minutes before halftime at Nissan Stadium with a bullet header, only for Shoma ...

Nishikori can't play semi

Mar 30, 2014

Nishikori can't play semi

No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point on Friday. Both received walkovers when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title on Sunday ...

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

Mar 30, 2014

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won for the second day in a row, 5-2 over the Seibu Lions following a victory on Opening Day, getting eight strong innings from lefty Takahiro Shiomi on Saturday afternoon. Shiomi, who was sidelined last season due to a ...

Tanaka fans 10 in final spring outing

Mar 30, 2014

Tanaka fans 10 in final spring outing

Masahiro Tanaka got 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the New York Yankees beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Friday. It was Tanaka’s final spring appearance for the Yankees. The Japanese right-hander replaced starter Hiroki Kuroda in the fourth inning, allowed three hits ...

Spurs roll to 16th consecutive win

Mar 30, 2014

Spurs roll to 16th consecutive win

As the winning streak climbs, so does the stress level for San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. At least, that was Tim Duncan’s assessment after the Spurs ran their streak to 16 straight by beating the Denver Nuggets 133-102 on Friday night. This is their ...