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| Apr 02, 2014

Ruling puts whaling in doubt

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi says he will look for ways to continue whaling despite an order by the world court to discontinue the hunt.

CIA misled Congress over interrogations: report

Apr 02, 2014

CIA misled Congress over interrogations: report

A damning U.S. Senate report concluded that the CIA misled Congress and the American public by downplaying the severity of its interrogations and overstating intelligence gleaned from the sessions, The Washington Post said Monday. Several officials familiar with the classified 6,300-page document, years in ...

Consumer minister eyes price tags amid tax hike

Apr 02, 2014

Consumer minister eyes price tags amid tax hike

Consumer affairs minister Masako Mori warned against price gouging after the consumption tax was hiked to 8 percent from 5 percent Tuesday. “The Consumer Affairs Agency will strive to ensure that prices are properly indicated and that the consumption tax is reflected (in prices) ...

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 02, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

by Mari Yamaguchi

The greatest threat to Japan’s whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled ...

Living in no-go zone allowed for first time

Apr 02, 2014

Living in no-go zone allowed for first time

The government Tuesday lifted the evacuation advisory for part of the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, more than three years after the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The Miyakoji district is the first to have the advisory removed in the ...

U.S. health law sign-ups set to hit 7 million

Apr 02, 2014

U.S. health law sign-ups set to hit 7 million

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to beat expectations with more than 7 million Americans signing up for health insurance by deadline day Monday, government officials said. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was ...

Apr 02, 2014

High-profile stem cell papers contain fraudulent parts: Riken

Some portions of purportedly trailblazing stem cell research papers by Riken researchers and others were fraudulent, the government-backed institute acknowledged Tuesday. A Riken panel investigating allegations leveled at the papers on so-called STAP cells found that two sets of images used in the papers ...

Apr 02, 2014

Reducing disaster-related deaths

The government outlines a policy of reducing by 80 percent in 10 years the death toll of 332,000 currently anticipated from the next massive quake in Japan, which is predicted to happen off the Pacific coasts stretching from Shizuoka Prefecture to Shikoku.

Apr 02, 2014

Watanabe should come clean

Your Party chief Yoshimi Watanabe's lame excuse that he borrowed ¥800 million for individual rather than political expenses from a cosmetics firm chairman only adds to people's distrust of politicians.

Where to sip on <em>sakura</em> this <em>hanami</em> season

Apr 02, 2014

Where to sip on sakura this hanami season

by Angela Erika Kubo

While sakura are definitely a beautiful sight, their subtle flavor can also be enjoyed in a cocktail. ANA Intercontinental Tokyo (1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato-ku; 03-3505-1111; www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp) in Akasaka is among the best places in the capital to find such a creation. The champagne bar on ...

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

Apr 02, 2014

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

by Mike Sunda

Video-chatting with Los Angeles resident Shinya Mizoguchi toward the tail end of a particularly testing Tokyo winter, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of jealousy. I deliberately avoid defaulting to my typically British weather-related opening gambit of small talk, but it’s not long ...

Against Me! singer on transition, new album

Apr 02, 2014

Against Me! singer on transition, new album

by Mesfin Fekadu

Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she’s able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band’s latest album because she’s no longer hiding. Grace, 33, came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel ...

Frontale defeat Wanderers on Oshima's 88th-minute goal

Apr 02, 2014

Frontale defeat Wanderers on Oshima's 88th-minute goal

Ryota Oshima’s first goal in the Asian Champions League gave Kawasaki Frontale a much-needed 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Group H on Tuesday. Labinot Haliti opened the scoring for Western Sydney shortly before the break, but captain Kengo Nakamura leveled for the ...

Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Apr 02, 2014

Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Jose Lopez continued his spring power surge with a 10th-inning solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants spoiled the Yokohama BayStars’ home opener on Tuesday with a 2-1, 10-inning victory at Yokohama Stadium. The homer was Lopez’s third of the new season and gave him ...

Five-time Olympian Uemura retires in upbeat mood

Apr 02, 2014

Five-time Olympian Uemura retires in upbeat mood

Freestyle moguls skier Aiko Uemura, who narrowly missed out on an elusive medal in her fifth consecutive Winter Games in Sochi in February, said she was able to enjoy a “happy career” at her retirement news conference on Tuesday. “I was able to compete ...

Spurs roll to 18th straight win

Apr 02, 2014

Spurs roll to 18th straight win

San Antonio is steamrolling its way into the playoffs. Indiana can’t even figure out what’s wrong. And a game that might have been billed as an NBA Finals preview just a week or two ago demonstrated just how wide the disparity is now. Tony ...

Orioles edge Red Sox in season-opening pitching duel

Apr 02, 2014

Orioles edge Red Sox in season-opening pitching duel

Grady Sizemore will never forget his first opening day with the Boston Red Sox. His teammates, however, can’t wait to put the memory of the game behind them. The defending World Series champion Red Sox failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities, and a ...

Ducks stage furious rally

Apr 02, 2014

Ducks stage furious rally

Once the Anaheim Ducks wiped out a four-goal deficit, all the stress shifted to the visiting Winnipeg Jets. Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat the ...

Posey's late blast lifts Giants past D-Backs in slugfest

Apr 02, 2014

Posey's late blast lifts Giants past D-Backs in slugfest

The San Francisco Giants were kicking the ball around so badly Monday night that manager Bruce Bochy wanted to start spring training over again. Then the Giants’ bats came alive, Arizona’s bullpen wilted, and San Francisco rallied from four runs down to beat the ...

Raiders add Rogers to defensive backfield

Apr 02, 2014

Raiders add Rogers to defensive backfield

The Oakland Raiders have added another proven veteran to their rebuilding defense, signing free-agent cornerback Carlos Rogers to a one-year contract on Monday. Rogers, 32, joins former San Francisco 49ers secondary mate Tarell Brown on Oakland’s overhauled defense. The Raiders have also brought in ...