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76 articles published/printed


Apr 12, 2014

Teen grilled over ¥400 million scam

The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a high-school student from the western Tokyo suburb of Chofu for allegedly perpetrating an “it’s me” telephone scam that fleeced his victims out of roughly ¥400 million. Police sources said the 17-year-old denied involvement in the scam as ...

Australian leader Abbott confident signals are from Flight 370

Apr 12, 2014

Australian leader Abbott confident signals are from Flight 370

Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are near solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries. Tony Abbott told reporters in Shanghai that crews ...

'Sakura from space' blooms early

Apr 12, 2014

'Sakura from space' blooms early

by Shigemi Sato

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected — and with an unusual number of flowers. The four-year-old sapling — grown from a cherry ...

Some Vaio models pose burn risk: Sony

Apr 12, 2014

Some Vaio models pose burn risk: Sony

Sony Corp. urged consumers Friday to stop using some models of its Vaio Fit 11A computer released in February due to possible battery overheating that could cause burns. Subject to the request are the models SVF11N19EJS, SVF11N1A1J and SVF11N1BAJ. The company is now identifying ...

Tax-free NISA luring individual investors

Apr 12, 2014

Tax-free NISA luring individual investors

by Yoshiaki Nohara and Yuko Takeo

A spring downpour last week wasn’t enough to stop Norito Nagahama from heading to a central-Tokyo brokerage to study up on Japanese stocks. “I’m here because I need to learn about investment,” said Nagahama, 39. “You get little out of bank savings.” The biggest ...

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

Apr 12, 2014

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

by Tomohiro Osaki

Kenichi Hasegawa is a man of conviction. Unlike most of his fellow Fukushima farmers, Hasegawa never believed a word uttered by the “experts” who repeatedly came to visit his village 40 km from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant after the nuclear catastrophe began ...

Apr 12, 2014

Meeting urged between Obama, abductee kin

Japan has requested that U.S. President Barack Obama meet with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents when he visits in late April, according to Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue. “We have informed Mr. (Robert) King, U.S. special ...

New signal spurs search for missing MH370 black boxes

Apr 12, 2014

New signal spurs search for missing MH370 black boxes

The logging of a fifth signal spurred Friday’s hunt for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 as search crews work round-the-clock to find elusive wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led operation out of a Perth air base is racing to gather as many signals ...

'Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say

Apr 12, 2014

'Jesus' Wife' papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say

Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery. The existence of the fragment, known ...

Apr 12, 2014

Energy plan looks to the past

The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.

Apr 12, 2014

Evolving tale of two Chinas

by Kevin Rafferty

The fear that China may try to take over their island is what prompted Taiwanese students last month to protest a services trade pact with China then stage a "sunflower" sit-in of Taiwan's parliament.

Pain in the body may start in the mind

Apr 12, 2014

Pain in the body may start in the mind

by Tomoko Otake

Good diagnosis takes persistent questioning and good analytical skills. It’s a bit like a detective piecing together a puzzle from seemingly unrelated bits of information. So argues Dr. Hillel Finestone, a rehabilitation specialist who has treated countless numbers of patients complaining of pain-related problems, ...

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

| Apr 12, 2014

Anime industry reunified at expo, satellite events

by Roland Kelts

AnimeJapan 2014, the rebranded and reunified annual industry trade show, exceeded organizers’ expectations last month, hosting 110,000 producers, publishers, journalists, cosplayers and public visitors. What a relief. Since 2010, the anime industry’s political divisions meant two separate shows: one in Chiba called the Anime ...

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

Apr 12, 2014

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The wind may have affected Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto on Friday night, but not nearly as much as Toshiaki Imae’s bat did. Imae hit a towering home run in the second and hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth to back ...

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Apr 12, 2014

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League’s top scoring side, were stifled by Kashiwa Reysol, settling for a 1-1 draw that ended their three-game win streak on Friday. Frontale, who lead J1 with 16 goals from seven games, failed to overcome Leandro’s early strike at Todoroki ...

Apr 12, 2014

Takamatsu edges Osaka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

While playing in their 47th regular-season game on Friday night in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, two bj-league teams shared several other similarities. Until the final second of the 40-minute game. In a game tied after both the first and second quarter, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ...

Apr 12, 2014

Swallows' Tateyama done for season after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama has undergone season-ending ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow, Swallows manager Junji Ogawa said Friday. For Tateyama, 33, the situation with his elbow appears to be getting progressively worse as it was his third time having the ...

Haas grabs lead at Masters

Apr 12, 2014

Haas grabs lead at Masters

Adam Scott shot the lowest opening score by a defending Masters champion in 13 years, with his 3-under 69 in Thursday’s first round putting him one shot behind leader Bill Haas. Scott could have had the outright lead, with his one bad swing of ...

Kings break 3-game slide

Apr 12, 2014

Kings break 3-game slide

The Los Angeles Kings needed to shed some rust heading into the playoffs and the Edmonton Oilers proved to be a perfect solution. Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the ...

Warriors blow big lead, fall to Nuggets at home

Apr 12, 2014

Warriors blow big lead, fall to Nuggets at home

Kenneth Farried watched the Golden State Warriors celebrate enough victories against the Denver Nuggets during last year’s playoffs. He wouldn’t allow his team to witness another Warriors coronation this spring. Faried hit a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and ...