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64 articles published/printed


Jun 01, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

| Jun 01, 2014

Media eyes trend-setting Sony's loss of momentum

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Let’s travel back 62 years. On the evening of Dec. 4, 1952, after NHK radio signed off its regular AM programming, an announcer proclaimed: “Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo and NHK now commence a joint experimental stereo broadcast.” In principle, stereophonic sound reproduction requires separation of ...

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

Jun 01, 2014

China indicts eight suspects in Beijing vehicular attack

Prosecutors in far western China have indicted eight people over an attack on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last October in which a car plowed into a crowd and caught fire, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. The government of the ...

FBI probed Mandela death threats

Jun 01, 2014

FBI probed Mandela death threats

The FBI investigated multiple death threats against Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the United States and relied on an informant for details about the antiapartheid leader’s trip, according to newly released documents. The FBI released hundreds of pages of records tied to ...

BOJ steps up growth 'rhetoric'

Jun 01, 2014

BOJ steps up growth 'rhetoric'

Japan’s risk of spurring inflation without boosting the nation’s growth potential is raising the stakes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s next round of economic restructuring measures, due in June. An economy “with low real growth rates under mild inflation” is possible, should the government ...

Quiet raises questions in east Ukraine

Jun 01, 2014

Quiet raises questions in east Ukraine

The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist “Donetsk People’s Republic” were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun. The separatists’ ...

Memorial to 'comfort women' unveiled near Washington D.C.

Jun 01, 2014

Memorial to 'comfort women' unveiled near Washington D.C.

A monument was unveiled in Virginia on Friday to commemorate the thousands of women who were forced to provide sex for Imperial Japanese soldiers in military brothels during the war. Japan euphemistically refers to the women as the “ianfu,” or “comfort women.” Similar memorials ...

Jun 01, 2014

Tourists rate Tokyo top city

Tokyo has been voted the world's most satisfying of 37 major world cities for 2013, but the tourist industry needs to work on increasing accessibility to Japan's cultural attractions.

Jun 01, 2014

Child care to get push after class

The education ministry has announced a plan to double the number of after-school child-care centers over five years so that more women can enter the workforce.

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

Jun 01, 2014

Modern cat tale echoes former feline fiction

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That the Japanese are great cat-lovers should come as no surprise: a taste for the elegant, the mysterious and the quirky leads in a feline direction, after all. There are paintings of cats from the classical period of the imperial court and prints from ...

Nagatomo doesn't see humidity as big issue

Jun 01, 2014

Nagatomo doesn't see humidity as big issue

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo insists the stamina-draining conditions that await Japan in Brazil at the World Cup finals will not diminish his performance. He said Friday that dealing with the heat is a psychological battle before it is a physical one. Nagatomo said ...

Toure, Drogba rounding into form

Jun 01, 2014

Toure, Drogba rounding into form

Japan received two bits of bad news on Friday from Cote d’Ivoire’s 2-1 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina. First, Ivorian centurion Kolo Toure has overcome malaria and will be back in training on Saturday, declaring himself ready for Japan’s first World Cup match on June 14 ...

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

Jun 01, 2014

Heat earn fourth straight trip to finals

For the entirety of the regular season, the supremacy of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference was brought into serious question by the Indiana Pacers. Then came the playoffs. And the question was answered — emphatically. The Heat became the third franchise in ...

Ballmer offers $2B; Sterling sues

Jun 01, 2014

Ballmer offers $2B; Sterling sues

The NBA canceled a hearing to oust Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on a record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. The league announced the move ...

Federer on to next round

Jun 01, 2014

Federer on to next round

In what seemed like a flash, and in what surely felt like a flash of pain for his opponent, Roger Federer went from vulnerable to commanding. It was that quick. Federer lost a second-set tiebreaker Friday to Dmitry Tursunov, and that surely did not ...