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Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

Apr 25, 2014

Obama assures Abe on Senkakus

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President Barack Obama says Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that the mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

Apr 25, 2014

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed at a meeting Thursday with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea that the United States will work with Japan to address the long-running issue, one of the attendees said. Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of Megumi Yokota, ...

Tiny Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear-armed powers

Apr 25, 2014

Tiny Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear-armed powers

The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law. The island ...

JR retail unit ordered to let tenants pass on tax hike

Apr 25, 2014

JR retail unit ordered to let tenants pass on tax hike

The Fair Trade Commission has ordered a unit of East Japan Railway Co. to stop blocking its retailing partners from passing the April 1 sales tax hike to their products. The anti-monopoly watchdog issued the order Wednesday by making its first use of a ...

China holding three workers, Marubeni says

Apr 25, 2014

China holding three workers, Marubeni says

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Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp.’s grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the trading house said Thursday, a move sources said was prompted by allegations it evaded taxes on soybean imports. The employees worked at a Chinese unit of ...

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 25, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...

Mitsui O.S.K. paid ¥4 billion over ship seizure in China

Apr 25, 2014

Mitsui O.S.K. paid ¥4 billion over ship seizure in China

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. has paid around ¥4 billion in connection with the recent seizure of its iron ore carrier by a Shanghai court due to a legal dispute, people familiar with the matter said Thursday. On Saturday, the Shanghai Maritime Court seized the ...

Apr 25, 2014

Reaffirming the Japan-U.S. alliance

Pime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Barack Obama play up the "unshakable" alliance between Japan and the U.S. as the cornerstone of peace and security in Asia.

Apr 25, 2014

When will Abe learn?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dedicates a "masakaki" tree offering to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine as if refraining from an actual visit would pre-empt frictions with the U.S. and others. When will he learn?

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Apr 25, 2014

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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Spider-Man returns once again — something other superheroes also have a tendency of doing. Marvel Comics’ entomological superhero, aka Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), is up to his web-spinning ways again in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ — the second in the rebooted “Spider-Man” movie series ...

'The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683'

Apr 25, 2014

'The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683'

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Putting “September Eleven” in the title of your film pretty much assures that viewers are going to be thinking of one thing. Yet director Renzo Martinelli’s historical epic is not about the al-Qaida terror attacks of 2001, but the siege of Vienna in 1683, ...

Apr 25, 2014

Best to approach Gursky's photos with a painterly eye

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The invention of photography was supposed to bring about the death of painting. What actually happened, however, was that photography became a parasite, feeding off painting. It is enriched by it, bolstered and buoyed by its conventions — such as the use of landscape ...

Jackson indicates Kerr could be coach of Knicks

Apr 25, 2014

Jackson indicates Kerr could be coach of Knicks

The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. Phil Jackson won’t be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won’t be returning to the bench, ...

Matsuzaka helps preserve Mets' win, could be used to close

Apr 25, 2014

Matsuzaka helps preserve Mets' win, could be used to close

Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh inning as the New York Mets won 3-2 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. With the Mets up 3-1, Matsuzaka replaced Jonathon Niese with two outs and a runner on second, ...

Apr 25, 2014

New yokozuna Kakuryu on east side

Newly promoted Mongolian-born yokozuna Kakuryu took his place on the east side as the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday released the rankings for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Kakuryu, whose birth name is Mangaljalav Anand, starts the May 11-25 basho in Tokyo as sumo’s ...

Carp rookies fuel rout of Swallows

Apr 25, 2014

Carp rookies fuel rout of Swallows

Kosuke Tanaka hit his first career home run and fellow rookie Daichi Osera (2-1) allowed two runs in eight innings on Thursday as the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp defeated the injury-plagued Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9-2. Tanaka, Hiroshima’s third-round draft pick last autumn, overturned a ...

Phelps not worried about risking his legacy with return

Apr 25, 2014

Phelps not worried about risking his legacy with return

Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life. The 22-time Olympic medalist tried golf and high-stakes poker in a quest to satisfy his ...

Aldridge blasts Rockets again

Apr 25, 2014

Aldridge blasts Rockets again

LaMarcus Aldridge’s son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers’ playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks. To the Houston Rockets the Portland star probably looked like a superhero on more ...

Nishikori storms into Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Apr 25, 2014

Nishikori storms into Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Japanese ace Kei Nishikori moved into the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev on Thursday. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, who defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautistaagut in the second round in his first match since March, capitalized on a number of ...