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Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Apr 27, 2014

Abe pledges to spread benefits of economic recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Saturday to do his utmost toward continued economic growth and to spread the benefits among the wider population. Addressing a May Day gathering of some 40,000 participants in central Tokyo, Abe said he is aiming for a sustained recovery ...

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

| Apr 27, 2014

'Patriot wives' put country before gender

by Philip Brasor

In a 1989 essay, “Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess,” from a newly edited collection of her writings, the late American critic Ellen Willis discussed a dilemma the women’s movement faced in the ’70s. With the advent of the ’60s counterculture came ...

Chinese gobble up U.S. real estate

Apr 27, 2014

Chinese gobble up U.S. real estate

For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians — whose activity has dropped off since the unrest in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions against Russia ...

G-7 agrees to fresh Russia sanctions

Apr 27, 2014

G-7 agrees to fresh Russia sanctions

The Group of Seven rich countries agreed Saturday to impose new sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, after Kiev accused Moscow of seeking to trigger a “third world war.” The G-7 nations, in a joint statement, said they would “move swiftly to ...

GOP hopefuls make splash at NRA gun show

Apr 27, 2014

GOP hopefuls make splash at NRA gun show

Several potential Republican presidential candidates courted gun-rights supporters Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, talking up their pro-gun credentials while imploring the crowd to fight not just for their Second Amendment rights but also for other freedoms they say are being threatened. ...

Bombers kill 31 at Iraq campaign rally for Shiites

Apr 27, 2014

Bombers kill 31 at Iraq campaign rally for Shiites

Suicide bombers killed 31 people Friday at a sports stadium hosting a campaign rally for thousands of supporters of a militant Shiite group before parliamentary elections, authorities said — an attack that could unleash more sectarian violence. An al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State ...

| Apr 27, 2014

Asian paradox: Closer but cooler

by Jeff Kingston

The mini-Cold War between Japan and South Korea has kept Washington busy as it tries to forge closer security ties between its allies to offset the rise of China. Policymakers confront the Asian paradox of deepening distrust and conflict in tandem with widening economic ...

Apr 27, 2014

Office child care to be subsidized

Finally the government plans to subsidize in-house corporate child care centers provided that the companies also open the centers to children of those who are not employees.

Spring greening in Koganei

| Apr 27, 2014

Spring greening in Koganei

by Kit Nagamura

It’s time to bask in sunshine, birdsong, and blossom-filled breezes. Koganei Park, situated at the center of the Tokyo metropolis, looks like the ideal spot for such a “spring-gasm.” The JR Chuo express train whisks me from Yotsuya to Musashi-Koganei in less than 30 ...

'Granta' opens a window into Japanese literature

Apr 27, 2014

'Granta' opens a window into Japanese literature

by James Hadfield

With such a piddling amount of Japanese fiction finding its way into English translation each year, you learn to make the most of what you can get. So when this year's Tokyo International Literary Festival marked the launch of not one, but two compendia ...

Nishikori defeats Gulbis to reach Barcelona Open final

Apr 27, 2014

Nishikori defeats Gulbis to reach Barcelona Open final

Kei Nishikori produced some flawless tennis on Saturday to advance to the final of the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis. On Sunday, Nishikori will play in the second clay-court final of his career, when he faces either ...

Giants' Anderson knocks in four runs in rout

Apr 27, 2014

Giants' Anderson knocks in four runs in rout

Former Cuba international Leslie Anderson was penciled into the cleanup spot on Saturday and promptly drove in four runs for the Yomiuri Giants in an 11-5 clubbing of the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp. The Giants took the lead off Carp rookie Aren Kuri (2-1) ...

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

Apr 27, 2014

Hokkaido keeps playoff hopes alive

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Levanga Hokkaido are still alive in the postseason hunt. Hokkaido cruised past the Hitachi Sunrockers 69-50 at Ota City General Gymnasium on Saturday to tie the Link Tochigi Brex. The Brex lost 93-88 to the Chiba Jets, in the Eastern Conference standings, and ...

Reysol win on last-gasp strike

Apr 27, 2014

Reysol win on last-gasp strike

by Andrew Mckirdy

Junya Tanaka scored with a thunderbolt in the third and final minute of injury time to give Kashiwa Reysol a 3-2 win over Urawa Reds on Saturday. Urawa went into the game at Hitachi Stadium third in the J. League table having put together ...

Rockets pick up crucial Game 3 win on road

Apr 27, 2014

Rockets pick up crucial Game 3 win on road

James Harden found his shot, and Troy Daniels made his. Harden scored a career playoff-best 37 points in Houston’s 121-116 overtime victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night, narrowing Portland’s playoff advantage to 2-1 with Game 4 set for Sunday. But it was ...

Japan rolls to 2015 IFAF berth with rout

Apr 27, 2014

Japan rolls to 2015 IFAF berth with rout

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Eisuke Tomatsu reached the end zone three times and Japan scored on every offensive possession en route to an 86-0 blowout of the Philippines in an Asian qualifier for the 2015 IFAF World Championship on Saturday at Amino Vital Field in Tokyo With the ...

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Apr 27, 2014

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Sochi Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu on Saturday was honored in a parade in his hometown, with some 92,000 people gathering to see the event. Hanyu, the first Japanese to win a gold medal in the men’s singles Olympic competition, waved to ...

Nishikori in semis; Nadal falls

Apr 27, 2014

Nishikori in semis; Nadal falls

Kei Nishikori of Japan and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia overpowered their opponents to reach the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal had his 41-match winning streak in the Barcelona ended with a three-set loss to Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded ...

Toews shot sinks Blues

Apr 27, 2014

Toews shot sinks Blues

Jonathan Toews caught the St. Louis Blues’ defense napping after the Chicago Blackhawks got a lucky carom. Just like that, the puck was in the net and the defending Stanley Cup champions were in command of the first-round series. “I wasn’t even sure where ...

Abreu slam lifts White Sox

Apr 27, 2014

Abreu slam lifts White Sox

Jose Abreu is not going to let the pressure get to him. The touted rookie from Cuba hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning for his second home run of the night, rallying the Chicago White Sox past the ...

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

| Apr 27, 2014

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

by Ed Odeven

Returning to the city where his pro basketball career was launched in 1990, Walter Palmer maintains deep convictions that a players union is a vital element for any league craving for legitimacy. Furthermore, his staunch support of sports unions brought him to Tokyo in ...