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Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 05, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

Abe may reduce tax benefits for women

Apr 05, 2014

Abe may reduce tax benefits for women

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflation campaign last year helped draw the most women to work since 1991. He now plans to add a stick to that carrot, scaling back tax benefits for spouses with limited earnings. The administration is reviewing rules that let about ...

Toyota's Aqua hybrid sedan retains top spot for sales

Apr 05, 2014

Toyota's Aqua hybrid sedan retains top spot for sales

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Aqua subcompact hybrid was the nation’s top seller in fiscal 2013, retaining the highest slot for the second consecutive year, industry data showed Friday. Sales totaled 259,686 units for the Aqua, which has remained popular since its launch in December 2011. ...

IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

Apr 05, 2014

IOC officials praise Tokyo's initial preparations for 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission is pleased with the efforts of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics organizing committee so far, Commission Chairman John Coates said Friday following a three-day visit to Tokyo. The visit represented the first working-level talks between the coordination commission, which will ...

Nanjing to preserve wartime 'comfort stations'

Apr 05, 2014

Nanjing to preserve wartime 'comfort stations'

The government of Nanjing, China, plans to register facilities that the Imperial Japanese Army used as military brothels as cultural properties, city officials said Friday. The plan, which according to Chinese officials has not yet been finalized, is regarded as part of an anti-Japan ...

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

Apr 05, 2014

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet this 45-story skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block. It is a slum, probably ...

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

| Apr 05, 2014

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

Growing violence in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar ahead of the presidential election next week highlights a rift between Pashtun tribes that could tip the country back into civil war. The fate of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban insurgency, is crucial. Some Afghans fear ...

Child abduction agreement too late for many parents

Apr 05, 2014

Child abduction agreement too late for many parents

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To some parents, Japan’s official entry Tuesday into the Hague convention on cross-border child abductions doesn’t represent the light at the end of the tunnel, but the arrival of more obstacles in the prolonged effort to retrieve their children, experts say. The Hague Convention ...

Portrait of Fort Hood shooter starts to emerge

Apr 05, 2014

Portrait of Fort Hood shooter starts to emerge

When Ivan Lopez’s mother died last year, he told friends the U.S. Army had given him just one day to attend her funeral in Puerto Rico. That appeared to compound his grief over a personal double loss. The death in October of his mother, ...

U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness

Apr 05, 2014

U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness

The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a rampage, the base commander said on Thursday. No motive was ...

Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

Apr 05, 2014

Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

Ukraine’s interim authorities on Thursday accused fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people, but they provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev that ...

Apr 05, 2014

Opportunity to rethink whaling

The government should take the International Court of Justice's ruling against Japan's Antarctic whaling activities as a cue to work out ways to balance declining consumer demand for whale meat with the desire of some to preserve the nation's whaling tradition.

Apr 05, 2014

Japan's Russian dilemma

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For the Japanese, President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea was an unsurprising return to Russia's historic paradigm. Thus it is understandable that many now consider the recent hopes for serious talks between Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Northern Territories as ...

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

Apr 05, 2014

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

“Toddler” and “shopping” are two words that are likely to instill instant fear into the heart of all but the most unflappable of parents. There are perhaps few less relaxing tasks than navigating the shops while lugging a young child who would rather be ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko fans 14 batters in two-hit shutout

Apr 05, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko fans 14 batters in two-hit shutout

Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko threw a two-hit shutout as the Buffaloes won their home opener and their fourth straight game on Friday, beating the Seibu Lions 3-0. Pitching aggressively, Kaneko struck out 14, while hitting one batter and walking none in a 120-pitch effort. ...

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Apr 05, 2014

Ski jumper Kasai hopes to compete until he's 50

Noriaki Kasai who won a pair of medals at February’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games, said Friday he wants to continue jumping until he’s 50. The 41-year-old Kasai, who this year became the oldest winner on the men’s World Cup circuit, told a news conference ...

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

Apr 05, 2014

Foreign coaches making impact in revamped NBL

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While the National Basketball League of Japan is essentially the rebranded Japan Basketball League, there’s one distinguishing aspect that is different from before — it’s a foreign coach-filled league. Currently, nine of the 12 teams have foreign bench bosses in the NBL, which began ...

Cardinals rally past Reds

Apr 05, 2014

Cardinals rally past Reds

The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too. The St. Louis Cardinals overcame another long delay and Todd Frazier’s two homers on Thursday, holding on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 and take ...

Thunder end Spurs' winning streak at 19

Apr 05, 2014

Thunder end Spurs' winning streak at 19

Kevin Durant’s rare streak of games with least 25 points continued, and San Antonio’s run of 19 straight wins came to a halt. Another streak might mean more than both of them — Oklahoma City’s season sweep. Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook ...

Blues set new franchise wins record

Apr 05, 2014

Blues set new franchise wins record

Brian Elliott was oh so close to another shutout. He settled for another win. Elliott stopped 24 shots, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 for their franchise-record 52nd victory. “Two points is a lot more valuable than the ‘SO’ on ...