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SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

Jun 06, 2014

SoftBank unveils 'historic' robot

by Kazuaki Nagata

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Thursday what it says is the world’s first humanoid robot that can communicate and read people’s emotions, and said it will go on sale to the general public next year. CEO Masayoshi Son told a news conference in Urayasu, Chiba ...

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

Jun 06, 2014

China sentences nine 'terrorists' to death: report

China has sentenced nine people to death on terrorism-related charges in its ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said Thursday, as authorities crack down following several deadly attacks. Multiple courts in Xinjiang sentenced 81 suspects on various terror-related charges, state broadcaster CCTV ...

Nobody fit enough for Miura award

Jun 06, 2014

Nobody fit enough for Miura award

The government is struggling to find someone worthy of the Yuichiro Miura award, named after the oldest person in the world to have climbed Mount Everest. The award was established a year ago as Japan celebrated Miura’s achievement at the impressive age of 80. ...

Jun 06, 2014

Political reform overdue in China

Twenty-five years after the protests at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party continues to try to erase the memory of a movement that called for elimination of corruption, government accountability, freedom of speech and expansion of workers' rights.

Jun 06, 2014

Promotion criteria for bureaucrats

Under a new government personnel management system, the prime minister's office will take the lead in promotions, transfers and appointments of senior officials at ministries and agencies to eliminate ministry sectionalism and to tap people more in line with the administration's policies.

Jun 06, 2014

Forget self-driving cars, make me a cyborg

by Noah Smith

A finance professor and sci-fi fan thinks that the next big technology is "cyborg technology" but that the press is ignoring it. It will include a number of health care technologies involving the integration of living tissue with engineered machinery.

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

Jun 06, 2014

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

by Kaori Shoji

“Need for Speed” is an ode to the automobile and not the green, hybrid kind either. The vehicles in this movie are sleek, sexy, gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing planet-destroyers, and director Scott Waugh revels in shooting them from every conceivable angle (plus a few you never ...

'Sad Tea'

Jun 06, 2014

'Sad Tea'

by Mark Schilling

Ensemble dramas about the ups and downs of love, and its various substitutes, are popular now — at least with indie filmmakers. (A contrast to Japan’s commercial romantic dramas, which still focus on star-crossed couples, one of whom is usually dead by the closing ...

'Balancing Act'

Jun 06, 2014

'Balancing Act'

by Kaori Shoji

It’s a sad, anxious world when a hard-working dad has no choice but to sleep in his car and eat at a soup kitchen. Such is the fate of 40-year-old Giulio (Valerio Mastandrea), whose act of infidelity (sex with a colleague in the archives ...

'King Kazu' chosen as JFA ambassador for World Cup

Jun 06, 2014

'King Kazu' chosen as JFA ambassador for World Cup

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura will be dispatched to Brazil as the Japan Football Association’s ambassador to the World Cup, the JFA said Thursday. Miura, 47, is scheduled to depart for Brazil on June 12 and return to Japan on June 20. “He is ...

Iwakuma shuts down Braves

Jun 06, 2014

Iwakuma shuts down Braves

Lloyd McClendon’s unusual lineup left the Seattle manager answering questions about his team’s scoring potential. As it turned out, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stingy bullpen didn’t need much offense. Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Mariners beat ...

49ers reward Kaepernick with $126 million extension

Jun 06, 2014

49ers reward Kaepernick with $126 million extension

Colin Kaepernick insists he just happened to pull on a pair of socks with dollar bill prints all over them Wednesday morning — before he learned he had struck a new fortune with the San Francisco 49ers. “I had these on before I found ...

Kings get past Rangers in OT

Jun 06, 2014

Kings get past Rangers in OT

Just over 15 minutes into the Stanley Cup finals, the Los Angeles Kings had fallen into yet another two-goal hole against the speedy New York Rangers. Justin Williams knows Los Angeles should stay out of these jams. After Williams scored his latest winning goal, ...

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

| Jun 06, 2014

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

by Ed Odeven

Less than two weeks after a memorable title game, the coaching carousel is moving at warp speed. The Bambitious Nara announced head coach Koto Toyama’s departure on Tuesday. He was named the Shiga Lakestars bench boss a day later, becoming the Kansai franchise’s third ...

Rooney ends goal drought in draw with Ecuador

Jun 06, 2014

Rooney ends goal drought in draw with Ecuador

Rarely has tapping in a goal provided such relief for Wayne Rooney. With pressure building after a four-game England goal drought, the striker bundled the ball over the line from close range against Ecuador on Wednesday for a goal that lacked finesse or power ...

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Jun 06, 2014

Nadal rallies past Ferrer, will meet Murray in semis

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present ...