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Abe, Kennedy hitch maglev ride

Apr 13, 2014

Abe, Kennedy hitch maglev ride

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspected a magnetically levitated train with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture on Saturday. Abe, who offered support for using the technology in the United States to President Barack Obama in February 2013, ...

Australia trade deal offers Japan leverage in TPP

Apr 13, 2014

Australia trade deal offers Japan leverage in TPP

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Shinzo Abe’s success in signing a free trade deal with Australia proves Japan’s prime minister can bend the once-powerful farm sector to his will, experts say, offering leverage against U.S. claims of intransigence in a wider pan-Pacific deal. Tokyo looks set to make the ...

Apr 13, 2014

'Comfort women' statue defended

The city authority of Glendale, California, asks a court to dismiss a Japanese-American lawsuit over a statue erected to publicly honor wartime sex slaves.

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 13, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

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The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Apr 13, 2014

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, Tepco said ...

| Apr 13, 2014

Weapons for peace and proactive pacifism

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relaxed curbs on arms exports and sees great market potential in Asia. In the Pacific Century, Asia’s impressive economic growth is funding expanding defense budgets, making the region the most lucrative global arms market. Alas, it is also a ...

Apr 13, 2014

Temp workers turn to unions

When more than 5,000 nonregular workers at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ were allowed to join its labor union, it marked a first for nonregular workers at a major Japanese bank.

Apr 13, 2014

Stores sharing shoppers' faces

More than 100 supermarkets and convenience stores in the Tokyo metro area are recording and sharing images of suspicious shoppers' faces as part of antishoplifting measures. That certainly wasn't the intent of the Personal Information Protection Law.

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

Apr 13, 2014

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

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There are 24 tunnels on the expressway between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi, 23 more than my claustrophobic mother is comfortable with. By the time we pull off at the small city in southern Kumamoto Prefecture that bills itself as a “little Kyoto,” my navigator is ...

Swimming upstream to become a dragon

| Apr 13, 2014

Swimming upstream to become a dragon

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While shuffling back from my early-morning dip in a hot spring at Kambayashi Onsen, I noticed the fish in the garden pond. They had gathered, heads together, in a strange starlike cluster, as if for a piscine tête-à-tête. They were languorously wafting their tails ...

The curious tale of the man who slapped Tojo

Apr 13, 2014

The curious tale of the man who slapped Tojo

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On May 3, 1946, the indictments were read at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Among the defendants was a gangly, bespectacled, 59-year-old civilian named Shumei Okawa, who happened to be seated directly behind the former prime minister, army Gen. Hideki Tojo.

Tigers maul Giants for second straight day

Apr 13, 2014

Tigers maul Giants for second straight day

Lefty Atsushi Nomi pitched his first shutout of the season, Matt Murton hit his second three-run homer in as many days and the Hanshin Tigers blew out the rival Yomiuri Giants 9-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers won their fourth straight, beating the Giants ...

Japan routs Germany

Apr 13, 2014

Japan routs Germany

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Receivers Naoki Maeda and Ryoma Hagiyama each reeled in a pair of touchdown receptions as Japan’s national football team shut out Germany 38-0 in an exhibition game Saturday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium. Japan utilized a pass-happy offense in order make the best use of ...

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

Apr 13, 2014

Hagino smashes two records at nationals

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Japan’s latest rising swim star Kosuke Hagino dominated the pool as he set a pair of national records in the third day of the 90th national championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Saturday. The 19-year-old Toyo University student, who registered in six ...

Apr 13, 2014

Golden Kings take down Phoenix

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The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ high-powered offense was rolling on all cylinders on Saturday night. There was Draelon Burns scoring a game-high 30 points, teammate Naoto Kosuge draining 5 of 10 3-pointers and Narito Namizato dishing out seven assists. The result? The Golden Kings beat ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 13, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

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Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

Apr 13, 2014

UEFA: Courtois free to face Chelsea

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be free to face his parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, UEFA claimed Friday. European soccer’s governing body said that any provision in Courtois’ loan agreement preventing his participation is against the competition’s rules. “Both the ...

Darvish stifles Astros; Rangers win in 12th

Apr 13, 2014

Darvish stifles Astros; Rangers win in 12th

There’s a pattern when Yu Darvish pitches against the Astros in Houston. Darvish took a perfect-game bid into the sixth inning, and the Texas Rangers finally finished off the Astros 1-0 on Robinson Chirinos’ RBI single in the 12th inning Friday night. Darvish retired ...