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Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

Apr 11, 2014

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture is suspected of falsifying an inspection report after regulators later found new pieces of equipment there that hadn’t been inspected, Nuclear Regulation Authority sources said Thursday. The experimental reactor in Tsuruga is run ...

U.K. scientists pan Tamiflu in debate over '09 pandemic cost

Apr 11, 2014

U.K. scientists pan Tamiflu in debate over '09 pandemic cost

British scientists say there isn’t enough evidence to prove the antiviral drug Tamiflu reduces the spread of flu. The findings published Thursday in the journal BMJ question whether governments worldwide were justified in spending millions on the drug during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. ...

New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet

Apr 11, 2014

New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet

An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysian jet picked up a new possible underwater signal on Thursday in the same area search crews detected sounds earlier in the week that were consistent with an aircraft’s black boxes. The Australian navy P-3 Orion, which ...

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000

Apr 11, 2014

Miyazaki mangoes fetch ¥300,000

A brand-name pair of mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched ¥300,000 Thursday at the local central wholesale market, setting a record high for the season’s first auction. Mangoes sold under the Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) label are selected under strict criteria including ...

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

Apr 11, 2014

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

South Korean businesses are increasingly acquiring real estate around the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s base on Tsushima Island, arousing speculation that some of the purchases are related to espionage by Seoul. Tsushima is situated in the Sea of Japan about 50 km from the Korean ...

Cat cafe wins them over in London

Apr 11, 2014

Cat cafe wins them over in London

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People like coffee and people love cats, so together they make the paws that refresh at a London cat cafe that is so popular it’s booked out until June. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, on the fringe of London’s financial district, is cashing in on ...

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

| Apr 11, 2014

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

Canada-based adultery hookup service AshleyMadison.com — slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair” — drew 46,000 people within a week of launching a website last month in South Korea, where marital infidelity is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. The ...

U.S. teen stabs 22 in Pittsburgh high school knife rampage

Apr 11, 2014

U.S. teen stabs 22 in Pittsburgh high school knife rampage

A 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before being tackled by the school’s assistant principal. At least five students were critically wounded, including a ...

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

Apr 11, 2014

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a 9-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other ...

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

Apr 11, 2014

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.” “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor ...

Apr 11, 2014

Reality check for Mideast and U.S.

Israelis and Palestinians had better assess their dwindling options after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest Mideast peace efforts hit a wall, and acknowledge that a negotiated settlement is much better than their unilateral options.

Apr 11, 2014

Threats to the world order

Russian President Vladimir Putin's threatening behavior along the border with Ukraine should lead to a thorough review not only of European reliance on supplies of Russian gas but also of NATO's readiness to meet Russian threats.

Flamboyant descent into the heart of darkness

Apr 11, 2014

Flamboyant descent into the heart of darkness

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He’s been on the road promoting his film for about a year now, but that doesn’t mean Joshua Oppenheimer is any less passionate about his Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Act of Killing.” Ask the Texas-born, Denmark-residing director a question about his work and it may ...

'Crows Explode'

Apr 11, 2014

'Crows Explode'

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In Japanese films, high-school classrooms are often portrayed as rowdy environments where kids can talk, tease, flirt and fight, without any visible adult supervision. But when the teacher walks through the door the fun — if that’s what it is — usually ends. There ...

Geki×Cine marks 10 years of screen-stage marriage

Apr 11, 2014

Geki×Cine marks 10 years of screen-stage marriage

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You wouldn’t know it to look at our poker faces, but deep down every Japanese is a drama queen. For more than a millennium, the Japanese have retained an incredible love — nay, obsession — for drama, and the more extravagantly cheesy the better. ...

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

Apr 11, 2014

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

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Who would have thought flowers needed their own industry fair? Growers, florists, ikebana schools and floral supplies makers, that’s who. A group of them are getting together this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight for Flower Dream 2014, a two-day event designed to showcase all ...

Apr 11, 2014

Zaccheroni set for final European scouting trip

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has departed for his final European scouting trip ahead of next month’s World Cup squad announcement, saying he will take a hard look at the players who are on the borderline. This weekend, Zaccheroni, who will name his 23 for ...

Gebrselassie worried about future of athletics after Bolt

Apr 11, 2014

Gebrselassie worried about future of athletics after Bolt

Surveying the state of the sport he dominated for so many years, running great Haile Gebrselassie sees a bleak future. Despite the superstar status of Usain Bolt, Gebrselassie is deeply concerned about the shortage of elite-level events with true global appeal for fans and, ...

Tanaka fans 10 in no-decision

Apr 11, 2014

Tanaka fans 10 in no-decision

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 over seven innings of his first start at Yankee Stadium, showing off the nasty split-fingered fastball that made him the prize pitcher of the offseason after going 24-0 with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. But he also gave up ...

Masters seems a bit empty without Tiger

Apr 11, 2014

Masters seems a bit empty without Tiger

The legends usually fade away gracefully here, part of the reason why the absence of Tiger Woods at the Masters seems so jarring. He wasn’t at the Champions Dinner Tuesday night, won’t be on the first tee Thursday morning. Someone else will be putting ...

Westbrook leads Thunder by Clips

Apr 11, 2014

Westbrook leads Thunder by Clips

Oklahoma City has its starting five back together just in time for the playoffs. Their weeks apart didn’t hurt their defense at all. Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27, and the Thunder held off the ...