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Apr 07, 2014

Japanese M&As abroad broke record high in 2013

Mergers and acquisitions of foreign firms hit an all-time high of 527 in fiscal 2013, breaking the previous record of 501 in fiscal 2012, a survey by M&A advisory Recof Corp. says. Japanese M&As targeting Asian companies accounted for 226, or about 40 percent, ...

Tokyo jumps on theme bar bandwagon

| Apr 07, 2014

Tokyo jumps on theme bar bandwagon

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Tokyo and its surrounding areas provide an array of entertainment spots to serve the varied interests of its inhabitants, day or night. The latest fads are theme bars and restaurants for those seeking an unusual drinking or dining experience. Guys who were fascinated by ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 07, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

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The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

France snubs Rwanda memorial

Apr 07, 2014

France snubs Rwanda memorial

France has canceled plans to attend a ceremony Monday marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide following accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame of French involvement in the massacre. The African weekly Jeune Afrique quoted Kagame as denouncing the “direct role of Belgium ...

North's drones called low-tech

Apr 07, 2014

North's drones called low-tech

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by North Korea amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential ...

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Apr 07, 2014

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish. “There is almost nothing left down there,” the environmental project manager said, wading toward a sign on the ...

Apr 07, 2014

A risky weapons-export policy

The Abe administration must consider whether its new policy that relaxes Japan's long-standing prohibitions against weapons exports could increase tension with other countries and thereby reduce national security.

The <I>sakura</I> front sweeps across Japan

| Apr 07, 2014

The sakura front sweeps across Japan

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Spring — the season of sakura (桜, cherry blossoms) — has finally arrived and the entire country has been transformed into a fairyland tinted pale pink. In a heartening season of renewal after winter’s chill, a wave of sakura washes over these islands. Usually ...

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 07, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

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Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Buffaloes extend winning streak to six games

Apr 07, 2014

Buffaloes extend winning streak to six games

Yoshio Itoi broke open a scoreless game with a solo homer in a three-run fourth-inning and the Orix Buffaloes held on to beat the Seibu Lions 3-2 for their sixth straight win on Sunday. Before 30,997 at Kyocera Dome, the Pacific League-leading Buffaloes were ...

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Apr 07, 2014

Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Reigning world champion Shohei Ono beat rival and London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya by ippon in the men’s 73-kg final to claim his maiden title at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Sunday. The 22-year-old Ono executed a well-timed “ukiotoshi” floating drop ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 07, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

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Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Apr 07, 2014

UConn upends top-seeded Gators

Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger. The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 on Saturday in the Final Four. But Napier’s gesture had another meaning. “One more ...

Federer, Wawrinka upset in doubles; Kazakhstan leads 2-1

Apr 07, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka upset in doubles; Kazakhstan leads 2-1

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost the doubles match to Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov on Saturday, giving Kazakhstan a 2-1 lead over Switzerland in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Golubev and Nedovyesov never trailed after breaking Federer in the opening game and completed a ...

Davis lifts Mets to win with ninth-inning grand slam

Apr 07, 2014

Davis lifts Mets to win with ninth-inning grand slam

After a demoralizing start to the season where nothing seemed to go their way, the New York Mets are making all the right calls. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis hit a walkoff grand slam one batter after manager Terry Collins won his first replay challenge, and ...

Bobcats clinch spot in NBA postseason

Apr 07, 2014

Bobcats clinch spot in NBA postseason

No one will fault the Charlotte Bobcats for taking a moment to savor their second postseason appearance in franchise history. They’ve come a long way in a short period of time. Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Bobcats clinched ...