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May 11, 2014

Tokyo to get PAC-3 missile batteries

The Defense Ministry plans to deploy PAC-3 missile batteries in Tokyo in three years to shield the capital from threats, including ballistic missiles from North Korea.

Citizens need hibakusha 'minds'

May 11, 2014

Citizens need hibakusha 'minds'

The world must grasp the human toll of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan to end nuclear proliferation, the chairman of a U.N. nuclear conference says.

South Korean ferry owner formally arrested

May 11, 2014

South Korean ferry owner formally arrested

The head of the company that owns a South Korean ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing was formally arrested Friday as authorities worried that he may destroy evidence, officials said. Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd., ...

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

May 11, 2014

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

The five-year sentence for two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba for raping a woman in 2011 has been finalized by the Supreme Court. Uchishiba’s prison term was finalized Friday after the top court rejected his objection to its April 23 decision to uphold lower ...

Convenience stores give our nation pride

| May 11, 2014

Convenience stores give our nation pride

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Japan’s prime minister is an unabashed patriot, as outspoken in his love for his country as in his desire to instill that love in his compatriots. Are his compatriots receptive? Opinion polls on attitudes toward pending revisions of long-standing interpretations of the pacifist Constitution, ...

Nigerian military 'was told of attack'

May 11, 2014

Nigerian military 'was told of attack'

Nigeria’s military was warned of an attack on a school in which more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram Islamists but failed to act for nearly five hours, Amnesty International said Friday. The allegation, which the military has denied, came as U.S., ...

Dr. Dre to top hip-hop's rich list

| May 11, 2014

Dr. Dre to top hip-hop's rich list

It is a long way from the rough streets of South Los Angeles to becoming the world’s richest hip-hop star. But that is the path set to be taken by Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, helped by some very cool headphones. The ...

Obama unveils steps on renewable energy

May 11, 2014

Obama unveils steps on renewable energy

President Barack Obama on Friday announced steps to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the field of renewable energy. “It’s the right thing to do for the planet,” Obama said, standing ...

New York City man named world's oldest at 111

May 11, 2014

New York City man named world's oldest at 111

The world’s oldest living man is a 111-year-old scholar of the occult who calls New York City his home. Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived a Soviet gulag, emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. He turned 111 ...

May 11, 2014

Good example of English use

Perhaps an education ministry division's decision to begin conducting its meetings in English this month will help shake loose Japan's grammar-translation paradigm, which does little to compel students to communicate and understand English better.

May 11, 2014

Japan's orphans need foster care

Japan's tendency to place orphans and abused children into institutions instead of finding them foster homes too often leaves them open to mistreatment and socially scarred.

Takachiho: Gods and gorges in divine Miyazaki

May 11, 2014

Takachiho: Gods and gorges in divine Miyazaki

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The already cloudy sky darkens perceptibly as our car descends into Takachiho Gorge. This area of extreme scenic beauty — carved out of the earth by lava flow from Kyushu’s volatile Mount Aso and further eroded by local rivers such as the Gokase — ...

Bringing the wisdom of samurai into the modern world

May 11, 2014

Bringing the wisdom of samurai into the modern world

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The astrophysicist Carl Sagan famously called writing “perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.” “Books,” he said, “break the shackles of time.” In that sense, reading “Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai” ...

Darvish just misses no-hitter

May 11, 2014

Darvish just misses no-hitter

Yu Darvish came oh, so close again. The Rangers ace fell one out shy of a no-hitter for the second time Friday night, giving up a ninth-inning single to David Ortiz in the Texas Rangers’ 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. “This is ...

Manziel fever grips Browns fans

May 11, 2014

Manziel fever grips Browns fans

Johnny Manziel held up his new brown No. 2 jersey and flashed a smile that beamed to Texas. With whirring cameras providing the soundtrack, he was welcomed to his NFL home. Johnny Football arrived. Cleveland may never be the same. Humble, confident and charmingly ...

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

May 11, 2014

Nishikori reaches semis, cracks top 10

Kei Nishikori will become the first Japanese to crack the top 10 of the ATP rankings following a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday. The 24-year-old Nishikori is currently 12th in the world, and his previous ...

Tanaka maintains unbeaten record

May 11, 2014

Tanaka maintains unbeaten record

The fan wanted a hug. Derek Jeter just wanted to get out of the way. Jeter calmly eluded a fan that tried to meet him in the sixth inning of the New York Yankees’ 5-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Masahiro ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 11, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

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First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda ensured surprise leaders Sagan Tosu retained top spot in the J. League with a 2-1 win at Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. Kim and Ikeda gave Tosu a two-goal cushion after 16 minutes and Yoon Jong-hwan’s ...

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

May 11, 2014

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

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Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin has told Japanese sprinters that posting a sub-10-second mark is a feat, but ultimately not difficult to achieve. If you have the right mind-set, he believes, it will come. Speaking at a Saturday news conference for Sunday’s Golden Grand ...

Hot-shooting Thunder sink Clippers

May 11, 2014

Hot-shooting Thunder sink Clippers

Neither team budged through three tight quarters. Then the Thunder went to a smaller lineup in the fourth and the Clippers’ defense shriveled. Oklahoma City couldn’t be stopped in the final 12 minutes and went on to a 118-112 victory Friday night to take ...