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May 17, 2014

Opinion against defense revamp

Over half of the population opposes legalizing the use of collective self-defense and only 37 percent support it, an opinion poll says.

94.4% of new grads land jobs

May 17, 2014

94.4% of new grads land jobs

Of the university students who graduated this spring, 94.4 percent had secured jobs as of April 1, the highest in five years, a survey by the education and labor ministries said Friday. The rate was up 0.5 percentage point from a year earlier, improving ...

Vietnam violence ups stakes for U.S.

| May 17, 2014

Vietnam violence ups stakes for U.S.

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The outbreak of deadly protests against China in Vietnam raises the stakes for the United States, which has rallied behind Beijing’s neighbors but faces ugly new realities. Demonstrations have now spread to a third of Vietnam’s provinces, with workers attacking Chinese workers and factories ...

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

May 17, 2014

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

The Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time has allowed reporters onboard a P-3C patrol plane during a nighttime surveillance training flight designed to prepare for an invasion or other threat to Japan. Such patrols are held regularly as part of warning and surveillance ...

Beijing, Seoul leery of Abe's military drive

May 17, 2014

Beijing, Seoul leery of Abe's military drive

China and South Korea have expressed concern over Thursday’s recommendations by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security panel for legalizing collective self-defense, saying they are watching developments vigilantly. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China has “full reasons to be highly vigilant about ...

Global economic recovery marred by inconsistencies

May 17, 2014

Global economic recovery marred by inconsistencies

The global economy is plodding ahead in fits and starts as the largest countries struggle to achieve consistent growth. Europe is faltering again. Japan is suddenly surging. China is cooling. The U.S. is strengthening. In the background, central banks are aiming to administer just ...

Suntory to focus for now on repaying Beam debts

May 17, 2014

Suntory to focus for now on repaying Beam debts

Closely held Suntory Holdings Ltd. said it will focus on repaying debts from its $16 billion buyout of Beam Inc. before seeking further acquisitions. The Osaka-based whisky and beer maker plans to refinance part of its ¥800 billion bridge loans with ¥300 billion in ...

Crude oil pipeline breaks, floods Los Angeles neighborhood

May 17, 2014

Crude oil pipeline breaks, floods Los Angeles neighborhood

A faulty valve at a petroleum pipeline pump station ruptured early on Thursday in an industrial corner of Los Angeles, spewing crude oil 40 feet (12 meters) into the air, onto the roof of a strip club next door, and leaving at least four ...

May 17, 2014

Abe takes aim at Article 9

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will try to change a long-standing constitutional interpretation so that Japan can exercise the right to "collective self-defense." His move would gut the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution without going through the amendment procedure.

May 17, 2014

Media's one-sided Yemen spin

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According to the Western narrative, Yemen exists for one purpose and nothing else: maintain Western interests in that part of the world. When these interests are threatened, only then does Yemen matter.

May 17, 2014

What Ukraine really needs

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The last thing Ukraine needs is domination by either the New Russia or the partisans of an American neocon organization. A federal system of self-governing provinces might work.

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

May 17, 2014

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

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Tokyo is teeming with opportunities for families to learn and play, but the nation’s capital doesn’t have a monopoly on educational fun. Osaka has many great places for kids, including the popular Big Bang Science Museum. Located between downtown Osaka and the Kansai International ...

Harumafuji handed second defeat

May 17, 2014

Harumafuji handed second defeat

Yokozuna Harumafuji suffered a shock second defeat at the hands of Toyonoshima Friday while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu both came through unscathed on the sixth day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho improved to 6-0. Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu is one off the ...

Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

May 17, 2014

Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

When the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 16 points and struggling to make any shot early in Game 6, they looked all but ready to fold up and head home for a series-deciding finale. Instead, Kevin Durant shouldered the Thunder and carried them ...

After rough start, Cain stymies Marlins to earn first victory

May 17, 2014

After rough start, Cain stymies Marlins to earn first victory

Matt Cain’s winless drought is over, even though the Giants’ three-time All-Star pitcher is still struggling with some of his mechanics. After nearly seven weeks of frustration, Cain isn’t about to complain. Buster Posey hit a go-ahead double as part of a three-run fifth ...