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Trains resume runs in hot zone

Jun 02, 2014

Trains resume runs in hot zone

Trains resumed operation Sunday on part of the Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture, marking the first runs in the hot zone since the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. “I’m happy to be back in Naraha by train,” said Tomohiro Sakamoto, 7, after ...

Managers in China stoking labor activism

Jun 02, 2014

Managers in China stoking labor activism

by Alexandra Harney and John Ruwitch

Behind China’s biggest strike in decades last month was a new player in Chinese labor activism: management. A previously unpublished account from inside the strike at Taiwanese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen obtained by Reuters shows that supervisors were the first to challenge senior plant ...

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

Jun 02, 2014

Obama courts peril in carbon rule

A new pollution rule the Obama administration plans to announce Monday will be a cornerstone of the president’s environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it is not one the White House wanted. As with other issues, the ...

Jun 02, 2014

Europe takes a beating

The outcome of the European parliamentary elections is a wakeup call to Europe's establishment. They must re-examine basic assumptions about the role of the EU and how they talk about the European project at home.

Jun 02, 2014

Only amnesiacs could laud this recovery path

by George Will

American graduates this season are entering an economy where more than 40 percent of recent college grads are either unemployed or in jobs that do not require a college degree. Barack Obama seems to suffer from amnesia concerning the policies that produced the robust ...

Warming up for the Soccer W-Cup

| Jun 02, 2014

Warming up for the Soccer W-Cup

by Peter Backhaus

For real soccer fans, the upcoming World Cup in Brazil will be the highlight of the past four years. On top of that, many lukewarm supporters will surely soon discover that they are, in fact, true sports fans. But even those who consider it ...

| Jun 02, 2014

Gourmet comic stokes Fukushima ire

The popular manga series "Oishinbo" came under fire again on May 12 after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers, in the manga's latest issue, to Fukushima Prefecture as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there.

Tanaka picks up eighth win

Jun 02, 2014

Tanaka picks up eighth win

Masahiro Tanaka throws a splitter that drops out of sight, ranks among the major league leaders in many prized pitching categories and appears, so far, to be worth every penny the New York Yankees paid to sign him. His place in those pinstripes? Tanaka ...

Tough luck for Kaneko

| Jun 02, 2014

Tough luck for Kaneko

by Jason Coskrey

Chihiro Kaneko no-hit the Yomiuri Giants for nine innings on Saturday. He then watched his team lose the game. Kaneko had the type of night that usually ends with a celebration. This time, he and the rest of the Orix Buffaloes simply filed into ...

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

Jun 02, 2014

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

by Gus Fielding

Southampton central defender Maya Yoshida admits he is excited by the prospect of Japan playing England in the second round of the World Cup finals, but reckons Roy Hodgson’s men could find it difficult to progress from the group phase. Japan has been drawn ...

Sugiuchi lifts Giants to third straight win

Jun 02, 2014

Sugiuchi lifts Giants to third straight win

Yomiuri lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed four hits and one run over 5⅔ innings and helped his own cause with an RBI infield single as the Giants beat the Orix Buffaloes 2-1 on Sunday afternoon for their third straight victory. The Giants beat Pacific League-leading ...

Vissel reach Nabisco Cup quarters

Jun 02, 2014

Vissel reach Nabisco Cup quarters

Pedro Junior’s goal in the final seconds lifted Vissel Kobe to a 2-1 home win over Vegalta Sendai on Sunday and into the Nabisco Cup quarterfinals for the first time. On the final day of first-round action, defending champions Kashiwa Reysol reached the final ...

Honda restates World Cup title ambition

Jun 02, 2014

Honda restates World Cup title ambition

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan attacker Keisuke Honda on Saturday reasserted his claim that Japan has the potential to win the World Cup in Brazil, and says he will play as though it is his last appearance in global soccer’s showcase tournament. The bleach-blond midfielder was the ...

Spurs finish off Thunder despite losing Parker to injury

Jun 02, 2014

Spurs finish off Thunder despite losing Parker to injury

San Antonio fought off Father Time, the league MVP and an injury to its best player to return to the NBA Finals. The Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to set ...

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Jun 02, 2014

Nadal moves into fourth round after dispatching Mayer

Rafael Nadal once again showed he is the man to beat at the French Open after putting down a brief rebellion from Argentine Leonardo Mayer to win 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the fourth round despite a sore back on Saturday. Mayer went for ...

Mickelson cooperating with FBI in trading probe

Jun 02, 2014

Mickelson cooperating with FBI in trading probe

Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed that FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him this week at the Memorial tournament. The five-time major champion said Saturday he has done “absolutely nothing wrong.” A federal official briefed on the investigation told AP that the ...

Corruption alleged in 2022 WC vote

Jun 02, 2014

Corruption alleged in 2022 WC vote

A former member of FIFA’s executive committee was accused Sunday of making payments totaling $5 million to senior soccer officials in return for support for Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. British newspaper The Sunday Times said it has obtained millions of ...