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Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

Apr 26, 2014

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday got some tips about hosting the summer Olympics from Beijing after the leaders of the capitals of Asia’s two biggest economies decided to boost cooperation despite political tensions between their central governments. Masuzoe, the first Tokyo governor to ...

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

Apr 26, 2014

Famed Mie trail ripped by '04 typhoon reopens

A scenic hiking trail in the Osugidani Valley of Mie Prefecture reopened Friday morning, nearly a decade after it was severely damaged by a powerful typhoon that hit the area in September 2004. The 14.1-km trail reopened along with the start of the hiking ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 26, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

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For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Apr 26, 2014

Japanese wins California air award

A former Tokyo bureaucrat becomes the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award from California for inventing the cap-and-trade carbon-trading program.

DNA experts aim to swat dreaded tsetse fly

Apr 26, 2014

DNA experts aim to swat dreaded tsetse fly

An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads deadly African sleeping sickness, with the hope that its biological secrets can be exploited to eradicate the malady. The findings, announced Thursday, were the culmination ...

North Korean nuclear menace clouds Obama's trip to Seoul

Apr 26, 2014

North Korean nuclear menace clouds Obama's trip to Seoul

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Seoul on Friday on the second leg of his Asia tour as new satellite images suggested North Korea is defiantly reading a nuclear test. Pyongyang’s apparent push could further complicate Obama’s visit to a country raw with emotion, ...

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

Apr 26, 2014

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

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Since March 2011, the government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that calamity — shutting down the nation’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for ...

Apr 26, 2014

Shinzo Abe one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was named one of the most influential people of 2014 by Time Magazine on Thursday, along with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai. “If Japan wanted to tell the world ...

Apr 26, 2014

Japan scores whaling own goal

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In the hindsight of the recent International Court of Justice's humiliating ruling against Japan's Antarctic scientific whaling, the government's slapping down of Japan Greenpeace in 2010 was probably a bad idea.

Apr 26, 2014

Troubling signs in China's economy

As the China's economic growth continues to decelerate, the government should avoid reverting to short-term stimulus measures and concentrate on financial system reforms.

Apr 26, 2014

Perilous road to Slovyansk

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The utter disconnect between America's diplomatic principles and practice is emboldening the country's adversaries. The lone actor most responsible for threatening world peace might unwittingly be U.S. President Barack Obama.

Sunday's double-sainthood is not without controversy

Apr 26, 2014

Sunday's double-sainthood is not without controversy

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Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome. The double canonizations of two of modern-day Catholicism’s ...

Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

Apr 26, 2014

Toshiba ends Toyota Motors’ 28-game win streak

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The Toyota Motors Alvark have clearly been the biggest story during the second half of the NBL’s 2013-14 season. This, of course, included Toyota’s impressive 28-game winning streak. On Friday night, the Toshiba Brave Thunders grabbed the spotlight from their Eastern Conference rivals and ...

Nishikori, Nadal stay on collision course in Barcelona

Apr 26, 2014

Nishikori, Nadal stay on collision course in Barcelona

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 Bautista Agut in the second round in his first match since March, capitalized on a number of errors ...

Dice-K earns first MLB save

Apr 26, 2014

Dice-K earns first MLB save

Daisuke Matsuzaka worked a perfect ninth inning for his first major league save on Thursday as the New York Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. Matsuzaka, who had made three appearances in middle relief since the Mets called him up on April 16, ...

Phelps finishes second behind Lochte in 100m butterfly

Apr 26, 2014

Phelps finishes second behind Lochte in 100m butterfly

Michael Phelps suffered a narrow loss to old rival Ryan Lochte in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, but still showed enough to suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with. Racing for the first time since he retired in a ...

Wild even up first-round series with Avalanche

Apr 26, 2014

Wild even up first-round series with Avalanche

Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota, and the Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a 2-1 win Thursday night that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece. The Wild outshot the ...

Griffin leads way for Clips

Apr 26, 2014

Griffin leads way for Clips

Chris Paul pounded his chest and shouted toward the Golden State Warriors’ bench. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan high-fived, and the Los Angeles Clippers soaked in the silence of the once-roaring, gold-shirt wearing crowd as they walked off the court together. The sound of ...