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May 15, 2014

Dwango to merge with Kadokawa

Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp. and Nico Nico Douga video portal provider Dwango Co. announce a merger expected to give the new entity an edge online and in producing books, movies and animation titles.

Kennedy tours wrecked Fukushima plant for first time

May 15, 2014

Kennedy tours wrecked Fukushima plant for first time

Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, got a firsthand look Wednesday inside the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kennedy, wearing a yellow helmet and a white protective suit with her last name emblazoned on it, ...

Sony posts massive annual net loss

May 15, 2014

Sony posts massive annual net loss

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Sony Corp. continues to struggle to rebuild its electronics businesses, reporting on Wednesday a ¥128.4 billion net loss for the business year that ended March 31. Its sales for fiscal 2013 increased to ¥7.7 trillion, up 14.3 percent, thanks to a weaker yen, steady ...

Who defends Godzilla? Lawyers, of course

May 15, 2014

Who defends Godzilla? Lawyers, of course

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He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don’t survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court. For decades, attorneys acting on behalf ...

Japan-built jet touted at U.S. show

May 15, 2014

Japan-built jet touted at U.S. show

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is touting its still-in-development Mitsubishi Regional Jet, set to be the first Japanese-built small passenger jet, at a U.S. trade show that opened Tuesday in St. Louis. Speaking to reporters at the Regional Airline Association’s Annual Convention, Hirofumi Takahashi, president of ...

Biden's son gets Ukraine gas gig

May 15, 2014

Biden's son gets Ukraine gas gig

The White House on Tuesday brushed aside questions about whether the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a Ukrainian natural gas company raised ethical issues at a time when the administration is promoting energy diversity in the country. R. Hunter Biden, a ...

Kiev: Moscow using fuel as a 'weapon'

May 15, 2014

Kiev: Moscow using fuel as a 'weapon'

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged Russia on Tuesday not to use natural gas as a “weapon” against his country, accusing Moscow of seizing tens of billions of dollars’ worth of its assets and energy resources in Crimea and vowing to take the dispute ...

Iranian women cautiously snub headscarf rule online

May 15, 2014

Iranian women cautiously snub headscarf rule online

Dozens of women in Iran are flouting state-imposed dress rules with online, often anonymous photographs showing them dropping their headscarf for a moment. In only 10 days, a Facebook page titled “Stealthy Freedoms of Women in Iran” has received more than 100 such photos ...

'Oscar' special marks 100 years of Takarazuka

May 15, 2014

'Oscar' special marks 100 years of Takarazuka

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As one in a series of special productions to mark its centennial, Takarazuka — Japan’s longest-standing theater company with all-female casts — is reviving “The Rose of Versailles — Oscar,” its 1972 hit adaptation of an acclaimed manga series by Riyoko Ikeda that, in ...

Tokyo fans thrill to 'Michaelism'

May 15, 2014

Tokyo fans thrill to 'Michaelism'

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In England in 1999, after the huge success of the ABBA-songs show “Mamma Mia,” the theater scene became awash with “jukebox musicals.” From 2002’s reasonably successful Queen-based “We Will Rock You” and “Taboo,” which drew on the music of Boy George/Culture Club, to the ...

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

May 15, 2014

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

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It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh’s “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring ...

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

May 15, 2014

Endo hands yokozuna Kakuryu his first defeat

Popular maegashira Endo sentenced Kakuryu to a shock first defeat on his debut as yokozuna with a riveting performance at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Endo (3-1) wasted no time in putting Kakuryu on his back foot with a flurry of neck ...

Tigers take down first-place Carp

May 15, 2014

Tigers take down first-place Carp

Mauro Gomez’s ninth-inning RBI double proved decisive as the Hanshin Tigers moved back within three games of the first-place Hiroshima Carp with a 4-3 victory in the Central League on Wednesday. With two outs in the top of the ninth at Doradora Park, Gomez ...

Thunder stun Clips

May 15, 2014

Thunder stun Clips

Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City’s stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 ...

Hiroshima, Kawasaki knocked out of ACL

May 15, 2014

Hiroshima, Kawasaki knocked out of ACL

J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima surrendered a two-goal first-leg advantage and crashed out of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night after a 2-0 defeat away to Western Sydney Wanderers in the round of 16. And Japanese interest in the competition ended an hour ...

Iwakuma gets no decision for gem as Rays rally to win

May 15, 2014

Iwakuma gets no decision for gem as Rays rally to win

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight innings of shutout ball. Fernando Rodney undid it all in less than an inning. Rodney came on in the ninth with the Seattle Mariners holding a 1-0 lead and promptly gave up a leadoff home run to David DeJesus, then ...

Djokovic advances in Rome return

May 15, 2014

Djokovic advances in Rome return

Novak Djokovic marked his return from a right wrist injury by beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday, while Italian hope Andreas Seppi complained about a decisive time violation in a loss to Tommy ...

Sam eager to get back to football

May 15, 2014

Sam eager to get back to football

The overflow crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam. He seemed almost anxious for the attention and scrutiny. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis ...

Rangers win tense Game 7

May 15, 2014

Rangers win tense Game 7

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had trouble finding the words to describe goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “He’s OK,” Vigneault said finally with a small shake of his head. Except that is, in Game 7s. In Game 7s, Lundqvist is unbeatable. And so are the ...