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Diet surrounded in human-chain protest

May 14, 2014

Diet surrounded in human-chain protest

by Tomohiro Osaki

Combating what they call an effort to turn Japan into “a pro-war country,” 2,500 people formed a human chain around the Diet building at noon Tuesday to protest the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution. A private panel of security ...

Wakata hands over command of space station

May 14, 2014

Wakata hands over command of space station

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata passed the title of commander of the International Space Station to U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson early Monday and prepared to return to Earth. He spent 66 days in the role, marking a first for any astronaut from Asia. “I had ...

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

May 14, 2014

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

by Masaaki Kameda

The fiscal year ending March 2015 is looking less rosy for Japanese automakers, who are unlikely to benefit any further from the weakened yen because of fierce overseas competition, experts say. Profit growth at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor. Co. ...

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

May 14, 2014

Nations narrowing gaps on TPP: Amari

The 12 countries involved in the haggling over a Pacific free trade agreement are narrowing their differences on intellectual property rights, one of the issues blocking the conclusion of the pact, Akira Amari, minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, said Tuesday. “There ...

Ukrainian security forces riven by mistrust

May 14, 2014

Ukrainian security forces riven by mistrust

The two men crouched in the shade of a tree. The ballot papers they were accused of forging lay on the front of their Russian-made Moskvich car, stopped and searched by Ukrainian soldiers on the outskirts of the port city of Mariupol, in the ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 14, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

West Antarctic glacier thaw now 'irreversible,' study finds

May 14, 2014

West Antarctic glacier thaw now 'irreversible,' study finds

Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday. Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen ...

May 14, 2014

Get serious on interrogation reform

A Justice Ministry legislative proposal for dealing with criminal investigations and trials evades the duty of electronically recording all interrogations of criminal suspects while broadening the range of tools that investigators may use.

May 14, 2014

Human rights and religion

by Hugh Cortazzi

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, which condemns Western education for women, spotlights the question of whether religious beliefs can ever be allowed to override "accepted norms" and human rights.

May 14, 2014

Lessons to be learned from Modi's popularity

by Jason Burke

One reason that 63-year-old Narendra Modi, the likely winner in India's parliamentary election, inspires fear in Delhi is that he did not go to the best Indian schools, eats simple food and is otherwise unlike many members of the political and bureaucratic elite.

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

May 14, 2014

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

by Mike Sunda

Japan’s electronic-music scene has long seemed to suffer from a stylistic and unbridgeable gap between popular and independent music — one side characterized by overzealous polish, the other by lo-fi charm. In the case of N.O.R.K., the two sides have collided in spectacular fashion. ...

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

May 14, 2014

Macmanaman step up to bat for the live show

by Ian Martin

“Instrumental post-rock” is probably the worst way to introduce a band, and by this point 90 percent of this article’s readers will have probably fled to the sports section. Many of the most celebrated Japanese instrumental post-rock bands have carved a niche for themselves ...

Fighters' Otani pitches first career shutout

May 14, 2014

Fighters' Otani pitches first career shutout

Second-year right-hander Shohei Otani threw the first shutout of his professional career on Tuesday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions 3-0. Making his sixth start of the season, the 19-year-old Otani (4-1) gave up six hits while striking out nine ...

Seven reserves selected for Japan's World Cup team

May 14, 2014

Seven reserves selected for Japan's World Cup team

Nineteen-year-old Cerezo Osaka wunderkind Takumi Minamino was one of Japan’s seven World Cup reserves named by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday. Minamino, one of the top prospects in Japan who was tipped to make Alberto Zaccheroni’s 23 for Brazil, was joined by Sagan ...

LeBron's 49 put Heat up 3-1

May 14, 2014

LeBron's 49 put Heat up 3-1

LeBron James had done his part to put the Miami Heat in control of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and one last free throw was meaningless except to him. He missed, leaving him one shy of his first 50-point playoff game, muttering to himself after. ...

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

May 14, 2014

Nishikori pulls out of Rome Masters, to have MRI on injury

In-form Kei Nishikori withdrew as expected from the Rome Masters on Monday with a hip injury that forced him to pull out in the third set of Sunday’s Madrid Open final with Rafael Nadal. However, in a boost to the organizers Roger Federer, who ...

Ferdinand to leave Man United after 12 years

May 14, 2014

Ferdinand to leave Man United after 12 years

Rio Ferdinand brought his trophy-filled, 12-year stay at Manchester United to an end on Monday by announcing he would be leaving Old Trafford to continue his playing career. The 35-year-old Ferdinand, who became England’s most expensive player when he joined United from Leeds for ...

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

May 14, 2014

Kakuryu stays unbeaten

Kakuryu continued his perfect start to his debut at yokozuna with a routine win against Chiyotairyu on Tuesday at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. The Mongolian got stuck in at the charge in the day’s finale and No. 2 maegashira Chiyotairyu was ...

Buehrle picks up 7th victory as Blue Jays beat Angels

May 14, 2014

Buehrle picks up 7th victory as Blue Jays beat Angels

Mark Buehrle wasn’t at his best, but he was exactly what the Blue Jays needed to snap a three-game losing streak. Buehrle became the first seven-game winner in the majors, Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los ...

Habs deliver clutch victory

May 14, 2014

Habs deliver clutch victory

Old rivals Montreal and Boston are going to another Game 7. The Canadiens kept up a strong pace and produced their best effort of the playoffs and Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist and Carey Price made 26 saves in a 4-0 ...