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Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

May 08, 2014

Ex-leaders revive no-nukes crusade

by Ayako Mie

Three months after his defeat in the Tokyo gubernatorial race, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has teamed up once again with fellow ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to renew their effort to abolish nuclear power, even as the central government takes steps to revive it. ...

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

May 08, 2014

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

by Yuri Kageyama

Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home — to his real home, that is — the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck. Grass grows wild in the backyard. The ceiling leaks. Thieves have ransacked the ...

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

May 08, 2014

Group taps 'vibrant' youth for '20 Games

by Masaaki Kameda

A college student in Tokyo has a lofty Olympic goal: to recruit half the 80,000 volunteers that the organizing committee for the 2020 Games and Paralympics hopes to enlist. In March, Kentaro Fujita, then a sophomore at Tokyo’s Senshu University, and four others established ...

Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

May 08, 2014

Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

Shutdowns due to poor weather were to blame for missing the targeted number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree in fiscal 2013, the operator’s officials said. Almost 6.2 million people visited the observation deck of the world’s tallest broadcasting tower in ...

Economic divide fueling surge in Xinjiang unrest

| May 08, 2014

Economic divide fueling surge in Xinjiang unrest

Hundreds of migrant workers from distant corners of China pour daily into the Urumqi South railway station, their first waypoint on a journey carrying them to lucrative work in other parts of the far western Xinjiang region. Like the columns of police toting rifles ...

Hollywood blasted for 'supersizing' Godzilla

May 08, 2014

Hollywood blasted for 'supersizing' Godzilla

Japanese fans of Godzilla say the newly unveiled monster that is set to star in a Hollywood reboot of the postwar classic is too fat and has been “supersized” by the United States, a country not averse to large portions. The latest version of ...

May 08, 2014

Easing work-hour regulations

Key government panels for the Abe administration are looking into easing work-hour regulations so that some workers could be rewarded on the basis of performance rather than hours spent in the office.

Surrender yourself to 'Fuerza Bruta' fun

May 08, 2014

Surrender yourself to 'Fuerza Bruta' fun

by Natsume Date

Standing around with a drink in your hand as if you were on the dance floor of a club might not be a good idea at a Diqui James production. In “Fuerza Bruta,” which premiered in 2005 and continues its evolution in Tokyo this ...

Durant named MVP

May 08, 2014

Durant named MVP

Kevin Durant has plenty of NBA scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them. The Oklahoma City Thunder star received the league’s top individual honor on Tuesday, earning 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who won the last two ...

Ishikawa tosses shutout against first-place Carp

May 08, 2014

Ishikawa tosses shutout against first-place Carp

Lefty Masanori Ishikawa held the Hiroshima Carp to five hits over the distance on Wednesday night as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Central League leaders 6-0. Ishikawa (1-3) had enough command of his various pitches to keep Carp batters from making too much ...

Wawrinka stunned by qualifier in Madrid

May 08, 2014

Wawrinka stunned by qualifier in Madrid

Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem scored the biggest victory of his young career on Tuesday when he rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka at the Madrid Open. The 20-year-old Thiem showed composure beyond his years in knocking the Australian Open ...

Rested Heat throttle Nets in Game 1

May 08, 2014

Rested Heat throttle Nets in Game 1

Turns out, the Miami Heat can beat the Brooklyn Nets. And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions. LeBron James scored 22 points, Ray Allen added 19 and the Heat stayed perfect in this postseason by beating the Nets 107-86 ...

Kuroda solid on mound as Yankees edge Angels on late HR

May 08, 2014

Kuroda solid on mound as Yankees edge Angels on late HR

Hiroki Kuroda had his best start of the season but wasn’t involved in the decision as the New York Yankees edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Tuesday. Kuroda allowed just one earned run on five hits in 7⅔-innings, striking out eight without issuing ...

Warriors fire Jackson over front office clash

May 08, 2014

Warriors fire Jackson over front office clash

Mark Jackson came to the Golden State Warriors talking big and brash. He promised playoff appearances and championships, and he delivered plenty of wins along the way. Away from the court, though, Jackson never backed down from doing things how he wanted. His inability ...

Subban, Habs down Bruins

May 08, 2014

Subban, Habs down Bruins

P.K. Subban has picked the right time to go on an offensive tear. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner had his third straight two-point game with a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens held off the Boston Bruins for a 4-2 victory Tuesday ...