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58 articles published/printed


TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

Apr 30, 2014

TPP may leave Japan behind: U.S. farm chief

A Pacific Rim trade agreement may have to proceed without Japan if Tokyo fails to open its agricultural markets to imports, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “It is incumbent upon us to have market access, and if the Japanese are unwilling and unable ...

Video shows trouserless captain fleeing ferry

Apr 30, 2014

Video shows trouserless captain fleeing ferry

South Korean Coast Guard officials on Monday released a video showing the trouserless captain of a sinking ferry scrambling to safety as hundreds of passengers remained trapped inside — a move expected to intensify criticism of the crew over the disaster. The 10-minute video ...

Exhibition focuses  on visually impaired

Apr 30, 2014

Exhibition focuses on visually impaired

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A unique exhibition is underway at a human rights educational facility in Tokyo focusing on how to guarantee the “right to read” of people with visual impairments. The around 100 items on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Promotion Center include embossed art ...

Gun-tribe village in China aims for tourists

Apr 30, 2014

Gun-tribe village in China aims for tourists

A rifle shot tears the air of a mountain hamlet — met not with terror but cries of delight in China’s only remaining village where authorities encourage gun ownership. “We start carrying guns from about 15 years old,” said Jia Xinshan, fingering a wooden ...

Volunteers quietly aid families of ferry victims

Apr 30, 2014

Volunteers quietly aid families of ferry victims

The mother, slightly drunk, sits on the edge of a windblown dock and wails. A Buddhist monk approaches and wipes the tears from her face as she pours out her grief and longing for her missing son. He leads her away from the dock’s ...

Abe departs on European tour

Apr 30, 2014

Abe departs on European tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tuesday on a six-nation European tour, hoping to move ahead on trade talks and possible security deals at a time when China is flexing its muscles. Abe’s nine-day visit, which will take him to Germany, Britain, Portugal, Spain, France ...

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

Apr 30, 2014

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

A jetliner dived to a dangerously low altitude of just 248 feet above the ocean during its landing approach to Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday after the pilot mistook instructions from air traffic controllers, the transport ministry said. The Airbus A320-200, owned ...

Apr 30, 2014

Why Hamas joining Fatah is good for Mideast peace

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's personal investment in the Mideast peace process exerts enough leverage to make the Israelis and Palestinians pretend to talk — but not enough to make them agree to something they otherwise don't really want. The Fatah-Hamas rapprochement may ...

Apr 30, 2014

Building hope in Afghanistan

More than 55 percent of an estimated 12 million eligible Afghan voters turned out for the presidential election earlier this month, braving Taliban attacks against polling stations. That's up from the 30 to 35 percent turnout in 2009.

Apr 30, 2014

Deregulating the telecom industry

An expert panel of the communications ministry is reviewing anti-monopoly protections against the NTT group and is expected to recommend this fall whether regulations on the telecom giant should be eased.

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Apr 30, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

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“There’s this idea (among Japanese bands) that you have to make something different from the Western music you listen to,” says Yuto Uchino, singer for indie rock band The fin. “I was really trying hard to write in Japanese, but it was awkward. The ...

Review: TM Network at Fuchu no Mori Art Theater

Apr 30, 2014

Review: TM Network at Fuchu no Mori Art Theater

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The fanks were out in full force on Saturday as J-pop trio TM Network launched its “the beginning of the end” tour. “Fanks” is a term coined to denote the band’s fans and is loosely made up of the words “fan,” “funk” and “punks.” ...

Judoka Ojitani prevails against Kamikawa for national title

Apr 30, 2014

Judoka Ojitani prevails against Kamikawa for national title

Unheralded youngster Takeshi Ojitani scored an ippon victory in the final against Daiki Kamikawa in the open-weight class all-Japan championship on Tuesday, denying the London Olympian of his first national title. The 21-year-old Ojitani sent Kamikawa to the mat at 4 minutes, 18 seconds ...

Darvish loses to A's in shortest outing of MLB career

Apr 30, 2014

Darvish loses to A's in shortest outing of MLB career

When Yu Darvish walked Oakland’s No. 9 hitter for the second time, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington went to the mound to get his ace. Darvish was done after 3⅓ innings, his shortest outing in the major leagues coming Monday night in a 4-0 ...

Malkin, Pens clinch series

Apr 30, 2014

Malkin, Pens clinch series

Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally flexed their offensive muscles. And they needed every bit of scoring they could muster. Malkin had a hat trick and the Penguins almost blew a four-goal lead before holding off the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Monday ...

Hall of Fame coach Ramsay passes away at 89

Apr 30, 2014

Hall of Fame coach Ramsay passes away at 89

Jack Ramsay served his country in World War II, coached Portland to the NBA title, was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and became one of the game’s most respected and revered broadcasters. His life was, by any measure, complete. “Our father led ...

LeBron, Heat sweep Bobcats

Apr 30, 2014

LeBron, Heat sweep Bobcats

LeBron James heard the cheers from the crowd as he lay on the court holding his right thigh and writhing in pain. It only seemed to awaken the four-time league MVP. James scored 19 of his game-high 31 points after sustaining a thigh bruise ...

Apr 30, 2014

Eagles' Youkilis plagued by inflammation in left foot

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been deactivated with an injury, was diagnosed with inflammation in muscle tendons in the sole of his left foot, the team announced Tuesday. Youkilis was examined at a hospital in Sendai on Monday. It ...