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69 articles published/printed


Capital gets .tokyo domain

Apr 08, 2014

Capital gets .tokyo domain

by Kazuaki Nagata

The nation’s capital has joined “.com,” “.gov” and a few other select naming categories on the Internet’s list of top-level domains. This means website addresses ending in “.tokyo” are now possible, domain manager GMO Registry Inc. said at a press conference Monday. Nagoya beat ...

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

Apr 08, 2014

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

by Eric Johnston

Incumbent Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada, 60, easily won re-election Sunday night, defeating rival Nozomu Ozaki, 59, by over a quarter of a million votes in a lackluster race. Strong support from most established political parties and the business community, coupled with the lack of ...

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

| Apr 08, 2014

New SDF unit shores up thinly protected cyberborders

by Mizuho Aoki

Japan has embarked on an effort to improve cybersecurity as an ever-increasing number of sophisticated computer viruses threaten to endanger national security. On March 26, the Self-Defense Forces activated a cyberspace defense unit, the “saiba boeitai,” tasked with monitoring and responding to attacks on ...

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

Apr 08, 2014

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

For the first time since the nuclear crisis began, the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, like elsewhere around the country, held opening ceremonies for schools and kindergartens on Monday — albeit at a new location in the neighboring city of Iwaki. Until Monday, ...

Movie star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Apr 08, 2014

Movie star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was ...

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

Apr 08, 2014

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world’s second-largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. ...

Apr 08, 2014

Taiwan's 'sunflowers' bloom

A student-led occupation of the Taiwanese government's legislature to protest a cross-strait trade agreement — which is the centerpiece of President Ma Ying-jeou's political and economic agenda — enters its third week.

Apr 08, 2014

Recep Erdogan's pyrrhic victory

by Sinan Ülgen

The triumph of Turkey's beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party in last week's local elections is unlikely to ameliorate the country's internal conflicts, much less revive its tarnished international standing.

Apr 08, 2014

Crane Thunders sink B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Across-the-board production carried the Gunma Crane Thunders to a bounce-back 84-76 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Monday night in the bj-league. Carlos Dixon scored 24 points and provided eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Gunma (13-33). Teammate Jermaine Green scored 15 ...

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 08, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 ...

Darvish fends off Rays in first start

Apr 08, 2014

Darvish fends off Rays in first start

Yu Darvish showed no rust after missing three weeks. Darvish allowed seven hits over seven innings in his season debut, Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Sunday. “He ...