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Rakuten bans whale meat

Apr 04, 2014

Rakuten bans whale meat

Rakuten notifies sellers it will halt all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, after a scathing report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency.

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

Apr 04, 2014

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

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Using iPads and other digital devices during Diet sessions is banned under current rules as well as custom, but this may change after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the devices may invigorate deliberations. Abe made the remark at an Upper House audit committee meeting ...

Pakistan's Musharraf survives apparent assassination attempt

Apr 04, 2014

Pakistan's Musharraf survives apparent assassination attempt

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped what police called an assassination attempt as a roadside bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday. The bomb was planted on Musharraf’s route from ...

Sahara dust brings smog to Britain

Apr 04, 2014

Sahara dust brings smog to Britain

European pollution and dust swirling in from the Sahara created a “perfect storm” of smog in Britain on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn people with heart or lung conditions to cut down on tough physical exercise outdoors. Air pollution in some areas reached the ...

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

Apr 04, 2014

Farmers bet on steaks twice the price of silver

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Hirotaka Sekiguchi dresses his “wagyu” calves in T-shirts and jackets to protect them against the spring chill and an expected avalanche of cheap foreign beef. The 59-year-old Sekiguchi pampers the 320 cattle on his feedlot in the town of Kamisato, Saitama Prefecture, with customized ...

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

Apr 04, 2014

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

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The Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer as happened after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said Wednesday. In a major study, the United Nations Scientific ...

Tax hike to spur retailing industry shakeout

Apr 04, 2014

Tax hike to spur retailing industry shakeout

The 3-point rise in the sales tax may turn shoppers frugal, leading to price wars among retailers and accelerating realignment in the industry. Industry watchers say that small retailers with poor product development capabilities are likely to face difficulties surviving the fierce competition on ...

Temple in Kyoto reopens hall after renovation

Apr 04, 2014

Temple in Kyoto reopens hall after renovation

The renowned Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, threw open its doors to tourists Thursday following the completion of a 1½-year renovation project. The World Heritage site has had its exteriors, including roof bricks and phoenix statues, restored as part of ...

Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Apr 04, 2014

Tohoku residents rattled by latest evacuation

Residents of coastal areas in the Tohoku region sought refuge in nearby facilities early Thursday after an earthquake off Chile’s northern coast on Tuesday night triggered a tsunami alert. “I’m fed up with tsunami,” said Masaki Murakami, a 26-year-old company worker who took shelter ...

Next Antarctic whaling hunt canceled: official

Apr 04, 2014

Next Antarctic whaling hunt canceled: official

Japan is canceling its next Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than 25 years, an official said Thursday, just days after the U.N. International Court of Justice ordered an end to the controversial practice. “We have decided to cancel research whaling ...

Officials: four dead, including gunman, at Fort Hood

Apr 04, 2014

Officials: four dead, including gunman, at Fort Hood

A gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials said. One of the officials, citing official internal U.S. Justice Department updates, said 14 others were hurt. The officials spoke on condition of ...

NATO voices 'grave concern' over Russian troop buildup

Apr 04, 2014

NATO voices 'grave concern' over Russian troop buildup

NATO warned on Wednesday that Russia’s military presence on the flash point border with Ukraine was of “grave concern” and that Moscow’s forces could reach military objectives in just days. Ukraine’s new government meanwhile took the first step toward granting more powers to the ...

Apr 04, 2014

STAP cell scandal still unsettled

An investigative committee of the government-backed Riken research institute puts Dr. Haruko Obokata on the defensive, accusing her of data fabrication and manipuation in writing two papers in which she claimed to have discovered a groundbreaking method to create pluripotent stem cells.

Apr 04, 2014

The India democracy show

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Indians are just days away from the start of the greatest democratic show on earth, as 814.5 million of them prepare to cast ballots at 930,000 polling stations between April 7 and May 12.

Polish history captured by a man who was there

Apr 04, 2014

Polish history captured by a man who was there

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He may be 88 years old and the director of 54 films, but Polish film giant Andrzej Wajda is still evolving as a storyteller. His latest, “Wałesa: Man of Hope,” opens in Tokyo on April 5 (as “Wałesa: Rentai no Otoko”) and marks his ...

'Sanbun no Ichi (One Third)'

Apr 04, 2014

'Sanbun no Ichi (One Third)'

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Caper movies have their conventions, one being that the crook anti-heroes may get to run their fingers through their loot, but they hardly ever get to keep it. The prototype is Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” (1956), in which elaborate planning and clockwork execution pay ...

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Apr 04, 2014

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

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Remember being a teen. Remember the gossip amongst your friends about who had a thing for you, the awkward dates, the stolen kisses. Remember the crushes that came and went all too easily, and then recall the arrival of something else entirely: first love. ...

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Apr 04, 2014

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Wily Mo Pena hit his fifth home run of the young season and Kei Igawa pitched five scoreless innings as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game road sweep. Igawa (1-0) allowed two hits and ...

Apr 04, 2014

Nara bounces back against Oita

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Four Bambitious Nara players sank two 3-pointers apiece and coach Koto Toyama’s club made it difficult for the Oita HeatDevils to score in bunches, salvaging a series split against the hosts on Thursday night. Nara’s 82-64 triumph featured Joe Chapman’s 18 points and Jamar ...

Astros hand Kuroda first loss

Apr 04, 2014

Astros hand Kuroda first loss

The Houston Astros aren’t getting too ahead of themselves after opening the season 2-0. Still, taking the first series of the year from the New York Yankees is a pretty big deal for a team that has lost 324 games in the last three ...

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

Apr 04, 2014

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

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VVV Venlo may have taken its eye off the ball when it opted not to sign Shinji Kagawa. But the Dutch second-division side cashed in on the sale of both Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida, and chairman Hai Berden says the club is happy ...

Venus survives test in Charleston

Apr 04, 2014

Venus survives test in Charleston

Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday. It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world, who needed 1 ...