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Four dead, 291 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

Apr 17, 2014

Four dead, 291 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

South Korean rescuers, including elite navy SEAL divers, worked frantically under floodlights Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Lee Gyeong-og, the vice minister of security and ...

Uniqlo aims to up sales with opening in Australia

Apr 17, 2014

Uniqlo aims to up sales with opening in Australia

Casual clothing chain Uniqlo opened its first store in Australia on Wednesday, with some 300 shoppers lining up early in an indication of high interest. Australia is the 16th overseas market for the chain and the first in the Southern Hemisphere, except Indonesia, which ...

Critics hit nuke power justification

| Apr 17, 2014

Critics hit nuke power justification

by Miya Tanaka

The new Basic Energy Plan endorsed last week that underscores the need to continue to use nuclear power, marking an important milestone in energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster started. But the content of the plan still appears open ...

German firm gives nation gas lifeline

Apr 17, 2014

German firm gives nation gas lifeline

German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine — a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from ...

Apr 17, 2014

Avoid setting dangerous precedent

The Abe administration is trying to kill — by a mere Cabinet decision alone — a constitutional interpretation barring collective self-defense that has been backed by Diet debates for decades.

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

Apr 17, 2014

Arts Council Tokyo sets its sights high

by Nobuko Tanaka

“For decades, many people involved in the arts — including producers, creators, administrators and academics — were pointing to the need for an overall arts-policy body in Tokyo, and finally Arts Council Tokyo came into being in November 2012,” its program director, Yuko Ishiwata, ...

Cerezo falls against Pohang in ACL

Apr 17, 2014

Cerezo falls against Pohang in ACL

Cerezo Osaka’s hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the Asian Champions suffered a blow after they were beaten 2-0 at home to 2009 champions Pohang Steelers in their penultimate Group E game on Wednesday. In China, Naoki Ishihara scored twice in the ...

Fighters rookie Uwasawa holds off Buffaloes

Apr 17, 2014

Fighters rookie Uwasawa holds off Buffaloes

Rookie right-hander Naoyuki Uwasawa allowed three runs in seven innings to improve to 3-0 in three starts as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Orix Buffaloes 8-3 on Wednesday. Uwasawa, the Fighters’ sixth draft pick in 2011, has won all three games he’s ...

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Apr 17, 2014

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Urawa Reds barely avoided what would’ve been the embarrassment of the season as Mihailo Petrovic’s men came back in the nick of time to defeat Tokushima Vortis 4-3 in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Mizuki Hamada’s stoppage-time header allowed Urawa to escape with all ...

Blue Jays fly past Twins late

Apr 17, 2014

Blue Jays fly past Twins late

Munenori Kawasaki made an impact in his first game back with the Toronto Blue Jays, who came from two runs down to clobber the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday. Kawasaki, a Toronto fan favorite for his hustle and goofy humor who started the season ...

Clippers beat Nuggets to set franchise mark with 57th win

Apr 17, 2014

Clippers beat Nuggets to set franchise mark with 57th win

Blake Griffin won’t be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded. Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Trail ...

Ducks ready for playoffs

Apr 17, 2014

Ducks ready for playoffs

From the moment Stephane Robidas was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks last month, he realized he might end up facing his former teammates in the first round of the playoffs. Although the veteran defenseman is giving up everything he knows ...

Djokovic advances in Monte Carlo

Apr 17, 2014

Djokovic advances in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard. The second-ranked Serb won 11 consecutive games and improved to 6-0 ...