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Apr 03, 2014

Court OKs adoption by transsexual

The Osaka Family Court has approved the adoption of a 3-year-old boy by a woman in her 30s who changed her sex from male due to gender identity disorder.

New COO pledges to take Takeda to the top

Apr 03, 2014

New COO pledges to take Takeda to the top

Christophe Weber, the new chief operating officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said Wednesday he aims to make the company the world’s leading drugmaker by drawing on his more than two decades of business experience at GlaxoSmithKline. He said his ambition for Takeda is “being ...

Abe: Japan to accept anti-whaling ruling

Apr 03, 2014

Abe: Japan to accept anti-whaling ruling

Japan will accept an international court ruling that its whaling program is not conducted for scientific purposes and that such activity should be stopped, a government official quoted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as saying Wednesday. “It is extremely regrettable and disappointing, but Japan will ...

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

Apr 03, 2014

Powerful quake kills five in Chile

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake strikes in off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night, shaking a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

Apr 03, 2014

Fishermen give Tepco green light

Fishermen have given Tepco a green light to attempt to reduce the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by diverting it directly into the sea.

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Apr 03, 2014

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

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Kanye West has canceled his headline appearance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival “due to artist circumstances,” according to festival organizers. The news came as West’s camp also announced the 36-year-old hip-hop star would postpone his tour in Australia next month until September, citing ...

Opening-night thrills with the NNTB

Apr 03, 2014

Opening-night thrills with the NNTB

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Although ballet-goers in Japan tend to prefer narrative works, the trio of edgy and abstract pieces from the 20th century to the present showcased last week by the New National Theatre Ballet (NNTB) may well have some revising their preferences. Titled “Symphony in Three ...

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

Apr 03, 2014

Obsessions bared over a dead dog in the night

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“It’s f-cking amazing! I don’t know what else to say. I’m really happy and really moved and I’m so humble about that.” One of the most influential, magnetic — and busy — English playwrights at work today, 43-year-old Simon Stephens opened his round eyes ...

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Apr 03, 2014

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he will miss Japan’s meeting this weekend in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the Czech Republic due to a nagging groin injury. Nishikori beat former World No. 1 Roger Federer to reach the semifinals of last week’s Sony Open, but ...

Marinos edge Melbourne for first ACL win

Apr 03, 2014

Marinos edge Melbourne for first ACL win

Yokohama F. Marinos overcame an early setback to beat Melbourne Victory 3-2 and pick up their first win in Group G in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Cerezo Osaka, meanwhile, had Tatsuya Yamashita to thank as he scored a late equalizer to ...

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Apr 03, 2014

Urawa beats Omiya as home fans return

Out-of-favor Japan international Tadanari Lee scored his first goal in Urawa colors as Reds welcomed back their supporters with a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Omiya Ardija in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Winter signing Lee netted midway through the opening half and set ...

Barcelona hit with one-year ban on signing players

Apr 03, 2014

Barcelona hit with one-year ban on signing players

Barcelona was banned by FIFA from signing any players for next season after being found guilty on Wednesday of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations. The heavy sanction, which covers the summer and January transfer windows, followed an investigation into the Spanish champion’s signing of players ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Apr 03, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being ...

Tiger to miss Masters after surgery on back

Apr 03, 2014

Tiger to miss Masters after surgery on back

Tiger Woods chose surgery to heal his ailing back over a quest for another green jacket, announcing Tuesday that he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career. Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for ...

Uehara, Tazawa visit White House as Obama honors BoSox

Apr 03, 2014

Uehara, Tazawa visit White House as Obama honors BoSox

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa were honored with their 2013 World Series champion teammates in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. U.S. President Barack Obama delivered remarks from a South Lawn podium with members of the ...

Nets beat Rockets to reach playoffs

Apr 03, 2014

Nets beat Rockets to reach playoffs

The Brooklyn Nets are so good at home now that even the Houston Rockets can’t beat them. The Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the Rockets at home for the first time in 11 years, getting 32 points from Joe Johnson in a ...

Puig crushes homer to help lift Dodgers

Apr 03, 2014

Puig crushes homer to help lift Dodgers

It’s been a bumpy road for the Los Angeles Dodgers since they returned stateside after beginning the season with two wins against Arizona in Australia. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is expected to miss the bulk of April with a swollen ...

Blues blank Flyers to match franchise record

Apr 03, 2014

Blues blank Flyers to match franchise record

The St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller for moments such as these. Miller stopped 31 shots and kept the net empty in a shootout, too. He was precisely as advertised, a goalie that be a difference-maker when there’s no room for mistakes. “Millsy standing ...