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Middle road sought for health food labels

| Jun 03, 2014

Middle road sought for health food labels

by Mami Maruko

In an attempt to cash in on consumers’ growing interest in healthy eating, new varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables — each touting enhanced health-boosting properties — are making their way to supermarkets nationwide. When buying fresh produce, shoppers can now choose tomatoes containing ...

Jun 03, 2014

Work on giant underground ice wall begins at Fukushima plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday started building a huge underground ice wall around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to reduce the generation of toxic water at the crippled complex. Under the government-funded project, 1,550 pipes will be inserted into the ground to ...

SMBC Nikko to boost overseas staff by 25%

Jun 03, 2014

SMBC Nikko to boost overseas staff by 25%

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.’s securities arm plans to increase the number of employees abroad by 25 percent in the next three years to expand in areas including securitization, trading and investment banking. SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. is seeking to boost head count overseas, ...

GPIF's $200 billion push abroad to boost inflation bid

Jun 03, 2014

GPIF's $200 billion push abroad to boost inflation bid

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s inflation drive may get a boost as Nomura Holdings Inc. forecasts as much as $200 billion in foreign asset purchases by Japan’s pension funds will weaken the yen. Nomura predicts a sell-off of local bonds by the $1.3 trillion Government ...

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Jun 03, 2014

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Fukuoka Police on Monday morning captured a 32-year-old suspect in a rape and robbery, who several hours earlier managed to escape a hospital in Fukuoka, where he had been undergoing psychiatric assessment, authorities said. Yasuyuki Okuma, a former restaurant worker from neighboring Saga Prefecture, ...

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Jun 03, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

by Joe Mcdonald

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were “inappropriate publicity.” This year, a discouraged Shi hasn’t posted anything about the anniversary ...

Jun 03, 2014

Poroshenko's assignment

The most pressing task for newly elected Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko is reaching out to Ukrainians in the east and assuring them that they have a place in the new Ukraine.

Bowker relishing second chance

| Jun 03, 2014

Bowker relishing second chance

by Jason Coskrey

John Bowker’s second chance presented itself one morning in late April. Bowker was just sitting down for breakfast at his apartment in Campeche, a port city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, when his telephone rang. He answered the call to find a scout from the ...

Gourriel to make debut with BayStars Friday

Jun 03, 2014

Gourriel to make debut with BayStars Friday

Newly acquired Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel will make his debut with the Yokohama BayStars this week, manager Kiyoshi Nakahata revealed on Monday. Nakahata appears set to start Gourriel at third base and have him bat third in the starting lineup on Friday in the ...

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

| Jun 03, 2014

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

by Ed Odeven

In his many decades in the game, Kazuo Nakamura tinkered with an up-tempo style of basketball he wanted his teams to play. And in recent years, it often involved several of his players taking quick 3-point shots as often as possible. Nakamura’s run-and-gun style ...

Matsuyama wins Memorial

Jun 03, 2014

Matsuyama wins Memorial

Hideki Matsuyama earned his first victory in the United States and validation as one of golf’s young stars Sunday with a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff and a 10-foot par putt on the first extra hole to win the Memorial. ...

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Jun 03, 2014

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

by Gus Fielding

Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni said Sunday getting several key players back to full match fitness is more important than the result of a World Cup warmup in the United States on Monday against Costa Rica. Zaccheroni hopes to use the game against Costa Rica ...

Darvish returns to strike out 12 as Rangers beat Nats

Jun 03, 2014

Darvish returns to strike out 12 as Rangers beat Nats

After getting pummeled by Washington in two straight games, the Texas Rangers were eager to stop the Nationals’ seemingly interminable parade around the bases. Yu Darvish gave the Rangers just what they needed to avert a humbling sweep. Darvish struck out 12 over eight ...

Matsuyama wins playoff to claim Memorial title

Jun 03, 2014

Matsuyama wins playoff to claim Memorial title

Hideki Matsuyama earned his first victory in America and validation as one of golf’s young stars Sunday with birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff and a 10-foot par putt on the first extra to win the Memorial. In a tournament that ...