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Seafood from Iwaki makes return to Tsukiji

May 10, 2014

Seafood from Iwaki makes return to Tsukiji

Fish caught off southern Fukushima Prefecture near Iwaki traded at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Friday for the first time since the core meltdowns hit the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in March 2011. The varieties sold Friday were caught during trial ...

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

May 10, 2014

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

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The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal Friday by Kansai-area citizens who were seeking an injunction to prevent the restart of the Oi No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture. Some 253 residents opposed the restart of the two reactors on safety grounds, ...

North Korea's racist anti-Obama vitriol stuns U.S.

May 10, 2014

North Korea's racist anti-Obama vitriol stuns U.S.

The United States on Thursday condemned “ugly and disrespectful” racist comments directed toward President Barack Obama by North Korea’s official state-run news agency, which labeled him a “wicked black monkey.” In the article, which the Korean Central News Agency moved only in Korean, Pyongyang ...

Rising carbon levels may cut key nutrients in crops: study

May 10, 2014

Rising carbon levels may cut key nutrients in crops: study

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may cut the nutritional quality of some of the world’s most important food crops, researchers have reported after conducting experiments simulating conditions expected by midcentury. The amounts of two important nutrients, zinc and iron, were found ...

FHI to stop making Toyota's Camrys in U.S.

May 10, 2014

FHI to stop making Toyota's Camrys in U.S.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars, will stop making the Camry in the United States for Toyota Motor Corp., its largest shareholder. Fuji Heavy will end output of the model at its plant in Indiana in the second half of 2016, ...

May 10, 2014

Supremes answer town's prayers

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The upshot of the May 5 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold prayer before a town council meeting is that as long as no one is coerced, nonsectarian prayer is a political virtue but not a constitutional requirement.

May 10, 2014

Waiting for a coup that'll install 'good people'

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All the street demonstrations and legal obstructionism by Thailand's opposition are ultimately intended to create political paralysis that will provide the pretext for a coup. One problem with that is that a whole generation of Thais has now grown up expecting to have a ...

May 10, 2014

Let regions of Ukraine vote

Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: U.S. disorientation, profound division in Europe and a real risk of war. Ukraine's regions should vote.

May 10, 2014

Putting the squeeze on Russia

As the West struggles to come up with a response to Russia's creeping annexation of Ukraine, recent meetings among officials from both sides of the Atlantic — at which the prospect of stepped up sanctions were discussed — have been described as tense.

May 10, 2014

Japan should treat test scores with discretion

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Although the education ministry's decision to allow local boards of education in Japan to make public the results of achievement tests for individual schools appeals to those who are frustrated by what they perceive as a lowering of standards, the tests are far too ...

Hundreds of areas deemed 'important waters'

May 10, 2014

Hundreds of areas deemed 'important waters'

An Environment Ministry panel has designated around 280 coastal areas in Japan as “important waters” in which biodiversity should be preserved, officials said Friday. The areas, which account for around 18 percent of Japan’s coastal waters, include locations in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures where ...

Matsuyama delivers as Carp hold off Dragons

May 10, 2014

Matsuyama delivers as Carp hold off Dragons

Ryuhei Matsuyama had a one-out clutch tiebreaking RBI single and Eishin Soyogi added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning as the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp beat Chunichi Dragons 3-2 in the opener of a three-game series on Friday. Jumpei Shinoda (3-2) yielded one ...

Texans take Clowney No. 1

May 10, 2014

Texans take Clowney No. 1

The Houston Texans beefed up their defensive line by taking extraordinary pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina with the first pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday. The Texans, picking first after a league-worst 2-14 season, kicked off the annual ...

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

May 10, 2014

Nishikori, Nadal move into Madrid Open quarters

Kei Nishikori pulled out a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory over eighth-seeded Milos Raonic on Thursday to book a spot in the Madrid Open quarterfinals for the second straight year. Nishikori and Raonic traded a break en route to a first-set tiebreaker, which Nishikori ...

Bruins down Canadiens in OT to tie series 2-2

May 10, 2014

Bruins down Canadiens in OT to tie series 2-2

Matt Fraser fantasized about a night like this as a kid in Red Deer, Alberta. Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, the 23-year-old Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston ...

Iwakuma hits dominant stride as Mariners shut out Royals

May 10, 2014

Iwakuma hits dominant stride as Mariners shut out Royals

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma added to his dominant streak against the AL Central. The All-Star right-hander struck out seven and walked none in eight innings to run his scoreless streak against division teams to 48⅔ innings in the Mariners’ 1-0 win over the Kansas ...