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Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

Mar 31, 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling “outstanding issues” impeding bilateral ties. The meeting, to end Monday in Beijing, was held amid mixed signals from North Korea over its willingness ...

Finding MH370 may take years: U.S. Navy

Mar 31, 2014

Finding MH370 may take years: U.S. Navy

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could take years, a U.S. Naval Officer suggested on Sunday, as search and rescue officials raced to locate the plane’s black box recorder days before its batteries are set to die. Ten ships and as many ...

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Mar 31, 2014

Black Death wasn't spread by fleas

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of central London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century. Analysis of ...

Mt. Gox workers challenged CEO

Mar 31, 2014

Mt. Gox workers challenged CEO

Two years before Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy, a half dozen employees at the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange challenged CEO Mark Karpeles over whether client money was being used to cover costs, according to three people who participated in the discussion. The question of how ...

Yokohama landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2014

Yokohama landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Lights went off simultaneously Saturday night at about 40 major sites in Yokohama in support of a worldwide movement to generate awareness about global warming. Landmark Tower, Bay Bridge and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse were among the structures in the port city that took ...

Black box detector to join Malaysian jet search

Mar 31, 2014

Black box detector to join Malaysian jet search

A warship with an aircraft black box detector was set to depart Australia on Sunday to search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, a day after ships plucked objects from the Indian Ocean to determine whether they were related to the missing plane. None were ...

| Mar 31, 2014

Kaoru Yosano, liberal patriot

Some people's traits are not recognized for a long time even by those close to them. One such person is Kaoru Yosano, a 75-year-old former Lower House member — and a liberal politician full of patriotic fervor.

Mar 31, 2014

Sleepy driving can kill

All drivers should make sure they are well rested before they take the wheel and not hesitate to take a break if they feel sleepy.

The sounds of everyday Japanese life

| Mar 31, 2014

The sounds of everyday Japanese life

by Peter Backhaus

Living in Japan can be quite a noisy experience. Even in my quiet little neighborhood, rarely a day passes without a great variety of sounds being heard. Four days a week the garbage truck fills the air with its most peculiar orugōru (オルゴール, music ...

Uchikawa sparks Hawks to series sweep of Marines

Mar 31, 2014

Uchikawa sparks Hawks to series sweep of Marines

The reinvigorated Softbank Hawks are off to a flying start to the regular season after completing a three-game sweep since Opening Day of the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday. Seiichi Uchikawa hit his second home run in three days following a three-run blast in ...

Serena beats Li to win title

Mar 31, 2014

Serena beats Li to win title

The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras — a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday ...

Sixers beat Pistons to avoid worst losing streak in history

Mar 31, 2014

Sixers beat Pistons to avoid worst losing streak in history

Desperate to see a victory again, Philadelphia fans wouldn’t even wait for the end, standing to cheer as time was running out in the third quarter. By then it was clear: The 76ers were going to win for the first time in two months, ...

Matsuzaka 'shocked' by minor league demotion

Mar 31, 2014

Matsuzaka 'shocked' by minor league demotion

The New York Mets on Saturday reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas, a move that shocked the veteran right-hander. The 33-year-old Matsuzaka will start the season in the minors despite his 3.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 23⅔ spring innings. He had eight ...

Florida ends Dayton's Cinderella run

Mar 31, 2014

Florida ends Dayton's Cinderella run

Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 victory on Saturday over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Regional final. The Gators reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this ...

Bruins clinch division championship

Mar 31, 2014

Bruins clinch division championship

Check two more items off the list in an impressive homestretch by the Boston Bruins. They are now Atlantic Division champions, and Jarome Iginla has recovered from his slow start to reach 30 goals once again. Boston accomplished those feats Saturday against the Washington ...