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Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

May 31, 2014

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday took in two casino resort facilities in Singapore after arriving to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region. Abe intends to draw on Singapore’s experience in bolstering tourism with integrated resort facilities, Japanese government sources said. ...

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

May 31, 2014

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

A second team of European monitors was reported missing in restive eastern Ukraine on Friday despite army claims it had regained control over much of the separatist rust belt. The United States meanwhile voiced growing concern over the sudden appearance of fighters from Russia’s ...

Ninja throwing stars inspired World Cup ball

May 31, 2014

Ninja throwing stars inspired World Cup ball

Knowledge from the ninja, Japan’s secretive feudal spies and assassins, is the secret behind the new official ball for the upcoming World Cup, one Japanese researcher has said. Players during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa complained that the “Jabulani” tournament ball had ...

Families welcome North's promise

May 31, 2014

Families welcome North's promise

The parents of a girl abducted and later declared dead by North Korea expressed hope Thursday that there will now be progress in learning what happened and in bringing surviving abductees home, after Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the matter. “I certainly hope that it ...

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

May 31, 2014

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for 4 million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers said Thursday. The animal, a tentacled polyp of the genus Protulophila, forms colonies inside sea worms and first appeared in ...

Consumption tax hike lifts inflation to a 23-year high

May 31, 2014

Consumption tax hike lifts inflation to a 23-year high

Japan’s consumer prices rose 3.2 percent in April from a year earlier to the highest level since 1991, the government said Friday. The rise was largely due to the first stage of a two-part sales tax hike that is expected to dent growth this ...

Industrial heartland faces possible energy crunch

May 31, 2014

Industrial heartland faces possible energy crunch

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The industrial heartland in western Japan is facing the prospect of electricity shortages over the summer in the absence of nuclear power. Electric Power Development Co., better known as J-Power, said Thursday it won’t be able to fully restore a 1,000-megawatt coal-burning generator in ...

Tsukiji traders fish for new export markets

May 31, 2014

Tsukiji traders fish for new export markets

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Businesses operating at Japan’s largest fish market are increasingly trying to boost exports, sensing demand overseas for such fare as octopus, abalone and stonefish sold with the renowned Tsukiji brand. Seafood consumption in Japan has been declining in recent years as people shift to ...

Fugitive ex-Thai leader Thaksin visiting Japan: sources

May 31, 2014

Fugitive ex-Thai leader Thaksin visiting Japan: sources

Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in Japan, it was learned Thursday from informed sources. Thaksin entered Japan at the beginning of the week on a private visit for shopping and other personal reasons, and was planning to remain in the ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 31, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

May 31, 2014

Shaky grounds for Abe's defense bid

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes up the issue of collective self-defense in the Diet for the first time since he announced his desire to seek related changes to the government's long-standing interpretation of the Constitution. The scenarios he used to push his case seem ...

May 31, 2014

Drone memo author should be in jail

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Finally we will get a peek at the twisted legal opinion that the White House uses to justify using drones to blow up anyone, anywhere, including American citizens on American soil, for any reason the president deems fit.

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

May 31, 2014

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

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Family photos in Japan, especially ones taken for formal occasions such as shichi-go-san (seven-five-three) ceremonies, are often as stiffly posed as 19th-century tintypes, with Mom, Dad and Junior never cracking a smile. When American photographer Bruce Osborn began taking photos of parents and children ...

Nadal storms into 3rd round

May 31, 2014

Nadal storms into 3rd round

Rafael Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game’s young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round on Thursday. The eight-time champion showed flashes of his intimidating best ...

Duncan, Spurs hammer Thunder, take 3-2 series lead

May 31, 2014

Duncan, Spurs hammer Thunder, take 3-2 series lead

Back at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs. Now they can clinch their return to the NBA Finals on the road, where they are the ones taking the beatings in these wacky Western Conference finals. “This is the craziest series I’ve ...

Rangers blank Canadiens, advance to Stanley Cup finals

May 31, 2014

Rangers blank Canadiens, advance to Stanley Cup finals

Henrik Lundqvist was perfect on a night he needed to be. After one of the toughest games of his career, the New York goalie bounced back with a performance that put the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals. Lundqvist wasn’t overly busy in stopping ...

Royals cool off Blue Jays

May 31, 2014

Royals cool off Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion’s latest power show wasn’t enough to prolong Toronto’s winning ways. Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals overcame two home runs by Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto’s ...

Seahawks give wideout Baldwin extension

May 31, 2014

Seahawks give wideout Baldwin extension

After the Super Bowl celebration wrapped up, Seattle general manager John Schneider laid out his contract plans to Doug Baldwin. First on the agenda was getting an extension done with All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. Next was figuring out a deal with All-Pro cornerback Richard ...