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Ishihara to leave Ishin, form right-wing party

May 30, 2014

Ishihara to leave Ishin, form right-wing party

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Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Shintaro Ishihara said Thursday that he will soon launch a party “more conservative” than the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, allowing torn Nippon Ishin to merge, as planned, with a center-left party and perhaps trigger a sweeping ...

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

May 30, 2014

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

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Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month. Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia — perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, ...

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

May 30, 2014

Kinokuniya revamps foreign books section

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One of Tokyo’s largest bookstores relaunched its foreign books section Thursday after doubling its capacity and offering what it says is the largest selection of non-Japanese titles available nationwide. The Takashimaya Times Square branch of Kinokuniya Co. near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo offers about ...

Ailing Olympus hunts for new camera markets

May 30, 2014

Ailing Olympus hunts for new camera markets

Olympus Corp. said it’s looking for new camera markets such as sensors used in cars after forecasting a loss in the business for this fiscal year — its fifth straight annual deficit. The scandal-tainted camera maker, also the world’s biggest endoscope supplier, will spend ...

Japan, Myanmar to boost defense ties

May 30, 2014

Japan, Myanmar to boost defense ties

Japan’s military chief, Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, met with Myanmar President Thein Sein on Wednesday, with Japanese diplomats saying they reaffirmed the two countries’ goals of enhancing defense cooperation and exchanges at every level. The details of their talks in Naypyitaw, the country’s administrative capital, ...

Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

May 30, 2014

Explosion rocks tanker off Himeji; one missing

Four members of a tanker were seriously burned Thursday morning after their vessel was damaged by an explosion and fire off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard and Himeji Fire Department said. Among the eight people on board, seven had been rescued and ...

May 30, 2014

US urges Japan, S. Korea to cooperate on missile defense

A top U.S. military official on Wednesday called for better missile defense cooperation between Japan and South Korea, in the face of strained ties between America’s two closest Asia allies and a belligerent North Korea. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their ...

May 30, 2014

Nigeria under attack

Battling the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram does not burning down the Nigerian forests that it inhabits. It means recognizing the real source of its grievances and addressing them within the Nigerian political system.

Short-film festival offers flicks for free

May 30, 2014

Short-film festival offers flicks for free

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Short films are today both everywhere but nowhere, even for many who consider themselves film fans. With digital cameras and other filmmaking gear becoming ever more affordable, the number of short films in every genre is exploding. But little of this huge output plays ...

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

May 30, 2014

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

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The homegrown Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia will have competition for eyeballs this year as Australia’s Tropfest descends on Japan. The event claims — perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek — to be the “world’s largest short-film festival.” Tropfest is a raucous juggernaut of a ...

Jankovic beats Nara in straight sets

May 30, 2014

Jankovic beats Nara in straight sets

Kurumi Nara fell in the second round at the French Open on Thursday, losing to Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic, the women’s sixth seed, in the second round. Nara, ranked 44th in the world, lost 7-5, 6-0. It was the third straight time the former world ...

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Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

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What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Howard belts game-winning homer in ninth against Rockies

May 30, 2014

Howard belts game-winning homer in ninth against Rockies

Ryan Howard is starting to look like a former MVP. Howard hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Chase Utley hit ...

'Hawks best Kings in 20T

May 30, 2014

'Hawks best Kings in 20T

Michal Handzus is every day of 37 years old and 15 seasons in the NHL. He knows he’s near the end of his career. He knows he’s slower than most of his Chicago teammates. He also knows how to finish a play in a ...

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

May 30, 2014

George's big night helps Pacers stave off elimination

Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers’ season. It was barely good enough. The 24-year-old All-Star scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and inspired Indiana to fend off Miami’s late challenges as the Pacers staved off playoff ...

Serena shocked in 2nd round

May 30, 2014

Serena shocked in 2nd round

Defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams was knocked out of the French Open by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday as the American star stumbled to her second worst Grand Slam defeat ever. The top seed lost 6-2, 6-2 in the second round ...