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Ousted Thai premier indicted over rice subsidy program

May 09, 2014

Ousted Thai premier indicted over rice subsidy program

Thailand’s anti-graft commission indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a widely criticized rice subsidy program, a day after a court forced her from office. Yingluck was accused of allowing the rice program, a flagship ...

As births fall, economies may falter

May 09, 2014

As births fall, economies may falter

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Nancy Strumwasser, a New Jersey high school teacher, always thought she would have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a ...

Tanto tops auto sales in April

May 09, 2014

Tanto tops auto sales in April

The Daihatsu Tanto was Japan’s best-selling vehicle in April, the first time in a year that a minicar has topped the rankings, industry bodies said Thursday. Sales of the Tanto doubled from the previous April to hit 19,390 units, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association ...

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

May 09, 2014

Nintendo to target emerging markets in '15

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Nintendo, which has been struggling to win over consumers with its latest generation of game consoles, plans to expand in emerging markets with new devices starting next year. The Kyoto-based company will develop completely new game machines for emerging markets rather than sell cheaper ...

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

May 09, 2014

Japan, EU agree to speed up trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders agreed Wednesday to speed up efforts to conclude a free trade agreement and cooperate on countering attacks in cyberspace. “We will negotiate intensively while aiming to achieve a broad (trade) agreement in 2015,” Abe said at ...

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

May 09, 2014

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima declared Thursday that the avian influenza that ravaged chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture in April has been successfully contained. “The prefectural government’s rapid response and strong efforts to contain the virus have led us to declare an ...

Vietnam: Chinese ships ram vessels near oil rig

May 09, 2014

Vietnam: Chinese ships ram vessels near oil rig

Chinese ships have been ramming into and firing water cannons at Vietnamese vessels trying to stop Beijing from putting an oil rig in the South China Sea, according to officials and video footage Wednesday, in a dangerous escalation of tensions over waters considered a ...

May 09, 2014

The changing face of society

It is important that Japan reform its employment systems and social security programs so that it can better cope with the shrinking labor supply and the needs of the 65-and-over crowd, now more than one-quarter of the population.

May 09, 2014

Social welfare is not for profit

A deregulation panel for the Abe administration has called on the health ministry to let private businesses run nursing care homes even though the operation of these homes is not supposed to be for profit.

May 09, 2014

Obama stakes his priorities

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While President Barack Obama's recent Asian sojourn might have not been enough to dispel apprehensions of America's commitment to the region, it did signal that Washington has no intention of ceding its strategic space.

Young Japanese filmmaker's dystopian dream

May 09, 2014

Young Japanese filmmaker's dystopian dream

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Several years ago, a film project of mine was selected for J-Pitch, a government-backed initiative that introduces new filmmakers to veteran producers outside Japan, in the hope (in my case, a faint hope) that they will co-produce an original film. At a J-Pitch seminar ...

Carp rap out 16 hits, trounce Swallows

May 09, 2014

Carp rap out 16 hits, trounce Swallows

The Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp belted three home runs in a 16-hit attack and held off a late challenge to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 13-7 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep at Jingu Stadium. Behind rookie Daichi Osera (4-1), Brad Eldred gave ...

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

May 09, 2014

Sugasawa propels Japan past New Zealand

Yuika Sugasawa scored a late winner as Japan edged New Zealand 2-1 in Osaka on Thursday in a friendly ahead of the Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam. Megumi Takase collected a long through ball from Aya Miyama to drive home from close range shortly ...

Royals thrash  lowly Padres

May 09, 2014

Royals thrash lowly Padres

Kansas City Royals leadoff man Norichika Aoki kindled a three-run, first-inning rally and his team walloped the San Diego Padres 8-0 on Wednesday. Aoki, who went 3-for-6 with a stolen base and two runs, smashed the first pitch of the game, a 153-kph fastball ...

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

May 09, 2014

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, ...

Thunder tie up series at 1-1

May 09, 2014

Thunder tie up series at 1-1

Kevin Durant stood before his adoring home crowd, proudly holding his MVP trophy above his head during a pregame ceremony. He spent the next few hours showing how he earned it. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and the Oklahoma City ...