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May 06, 2014

Don't balk on next tax hike: IMF

Japan must finish doubling the consumption tax to 10 percent in 2015 or its sovereign debt market might collapse, a senior International Monetary Fund official warns.

Silk mill took Japan to global level

| May 06, 2014

Silk mill took Japan to global level

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The historic Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture and its related facilities are expected to become UNESCO World Heritage sites next month. The redbrick factory from the Meiji Era will be the 18th World Heritage property in Japan if UNESCO officially accepts its endorsement ...

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

May 06, 2014

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday that Beijing’s decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. China dismissed the objections, saying the activity was being carried out ...

Ukraine moves special forces into wayward Odessa

May 06, 2014

Ukraine moves special forces into wayward Odessa

Ukraine’s Interior Minister said Monday that he had drafted a new special forces unit into the southern port city of Odessa after the “outrageous” failure of the police to counter pro-Russian separatists during a weekend of violence that killed dozens. Fighting continued near the ...

Novelist Watanabe, who had flair for affairs, dies at 80

May 06, 2014

Novelist Watanabe, who had flair for affairs, dies at 80

Novelist Junichi Watanabe, a writer who favored love stories depicting extramarital affairs, died of prostate cancer Wednesday at his home in Tokyo, his family said Monday. He was 80. The orthopedist-turned-writer, a native of Hokkaido, won the Naoki Prize for popular literature in 1970 ...

'Ordinary' billionaire behind canal project

May 06, 2014

'Ordinary' billionaire behind canal project

Wang Jing, the enigmatic businessman behind Nicaragua’s $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, shrugs off skepticism about how a little-known entrepreneur can be driving a huge transcontinental project, insisting he is not an agent of the Beijing government. “I know you don’t believe me,” said ...

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

May 06, 2014

Quake rocks central Tokyo; 16 hurt

An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 jolted central Tokyo on Monday morning — the strongest temblor to shake the capital since the Great East Japan Earthquake three years ago. No major damage was reported, but the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said ...

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

May 06, 2014

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village. The families left their homes due to the ...

May 06, 2014

Virus spells trouble for pig farmers

Porcine epidemic diarrhea — a virulent disease that infects piglets — is rapidly spreading in Japan and could bankrupt some farmers already hit hard by the sudden rise in feed prices.

May 06, 2014

Improving the lay judge system

As Japan's lay judge system turns 5 years old, the Justice Ministry's Legislative Council is considering excluding citizens from the duty of serving as lay judges when trials are expected to last more than a year.

China nabs men's, women's tennis team world titles

May 06, 2014

China nabs men's, women's tennis team world titles

Japan’s women were overwhelmed by powerhouse China 3-0 in the final Monday, failing to capture their first title in 43 years at the World Team Table Tennis Championships. Japan claimed its first silver medal since the 1983 Tokyo meet. World No. 2 Ding Ning ...

Swallows pound out 17 hits, hammer Tigers

May 06, 2014

Swallows pound out 17 hits, hammer Tigers

Lefty Ryosuke Yagi allowed a run in seven innings and got plenty of run support as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows crushed the Hanshin Tigers 13-1 on Monday evening. Yagi (1-1) scattered seven hits and two walks, while striking out three, and teammates Takahiro Araki ...

Nets top Raptors in Game 7

May 06, 2014

Nets top Raptors in Game 7

Slowed by foul trouble and struggling with his shot, Paul Pierce still found a way to come up big for the Brooklyn Nets. And, right when they needed him most. Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot from the lane on the final play of the ...

Darvish gets plenty of support in victory

May 06, 2014

Darvish gets plenty of support in victory

Prince Fielder fought his way out of a slump just the way manager Ron Washington predicted he would — by driving the ball where no shift could get in the way. Fielder had a pair of RBI doubles to end a drought of 39 ...

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

May 06, 2014

Nishikori dispatches Dodig in Madrid Open

Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his second consecutive tour title, defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday. The world No. 12 Nishikori downed Dodig 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with ...