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Japan neglecting wetlands: ministry

May 24, 2014

Japan neglecting wetlands: ministry

Japan's wetlands and mud flats are worth ¥1.6 trillion a year in terms of water purification and food supply, the Environment Ministry estimates in a call for preservation.

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

May 24, 2014

Duolingo chief shakes up language learning

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While in his teens, growing up in a family running a candy factory in Guatemala, Luis von Ahn said he often fantasized about creating a gym anyone could join for free. Now 34, von Ahn, an IT entrepreneur and associate professor of computer science ...

Japan firms hunker down after Thai coup

May 24, 2014

Japan firms hunker down after Thai coup

Japanese companies in Thailand went on alert Friday after a military coup prompted some to curtail business trips and others to take steps to ensure the safety of their factory workers. The Thai army staged the coup, the first since September 2006, on Thursday, ...

Hotel Okura to rebuild main building for Olympics

May 24, 2014

Hotel Okura to rebuild main building for Olympics

Hotel Okura Co. said Friday it plans to start rebuilding the main building of its flagship hotel, Hotel Okura Tokyo, next year to upgrade its facilities and services so it can attract more foreign guests in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The hotel ...

Sanrio takes big risk with new strategy

May 24, 2014

Sanrio takes big risk with new strategy

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Hello Kitty is having a midlife crisis. Sanrio Co., the owner of the 39-year-old white cat character with no mouth and a red bow on her ear, has made a fortune licensing its brand to other companies, letting them bear the risks of making ...

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

May 24, 2014

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, the first step toward restricting intelligence-gathering by the National Security Agency since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year. But the reforms, backed by the White House, ...

May 24, 2014

Reflect on Fukui nuclear ruling

The Fukui District Court's ruling that prohibits the restart of two nuclear power reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co. challenges the Abe administration's energy policy of relying on nuclear power as a key source of the nation's electricity supply.

May 24, 2014

Modi's foreign policy agenda

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When Shinzo Abe led his party to a landslide victory in Japan's 2012 general election, he broke from protocol by taking a congratulatory call from Narendra Modi, then a state leader in India. The mutual respect between the two strongly nationalist prime ministers could ...

Nishikori seeded ninth for French Open

May 24, 2014

Nishikori seeded ninth for French Open

Kei Nishikori received the ninth seed in the men’s singles draw at the French Open getting under way Sunday for a career high at a Grand Slam tournament. The 24-year-old Nishikori, who is currently ranked 10th in the world, will play World No. 62 ...

Hakuho inches closer to 29th Emperor's Cup

May 24, 2014

Hakuho inches closer to 29th Emperor's Cup

Yokozuna Hakuho moved within arm’s grasp of his 29th career Emperor’s Cup after disposing of ozeki Kotoshogiku in a savvy display to improve to 12-1 at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday. Yokozuna rival Harumafuji, ozeki Kisenosato and rank-and-filer Ikioi each kept their ...

Rugby World Cup trophy visits Tokyo

May 24, 2014

Rugby World Cup trophy visits Tokyo

Rugby’s Webb Ellis Cup, awarded to the winner of the World Cup, has made its first stop in Tokyo of a global tour to promote the 2015 edition in England. The silver-gilt trophy landed at Narita airport on Thursday after a flight from London ...

Darvish nabs victory in rout

May 24, 2014

Darvish nabs victory in rout

Texas right-hander Yu Darvish allowed two earned runs over seven innings on Thursday, but had plenty of run support to pick up his fourth win as the Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2. Darvish (4-2) struggled to find the zone with his fastball, opening ...

Habs slip past Rangers in OT

May 24, 2014

Habs slip past Rangers in OT

Dustin Tokarski has two days to relax, and he won’t have to come up with any more answers about whether he is ready for the Stanley Cup playoff stage. His play on Thursday night against the New York Rangers did all the talking and ...