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Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Jun 07, 2014

Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia at a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Vatican said in a statement. It said the talks made “particular reference to initiatives aimed at promoting peace and stability in the ...

Enola Gay pilot's log auctioned for $86,500

Jun 07, 2014

Enola Gay pilot's log auctioned for $86,500

The flight log of Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the U.S. B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, sold for $86,500 (about ¥8.87 million) during an auction of World War II memorabilia in New York on Thursday. The log of one of ...

China's 2013 defense spending 21% higher than declared: Pentagon

Jun 07, 2014

China's 2013 defense spending 21% higher than declared: Pentagon

China’s military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyberattacks, the Pentagon said Thursday, presenting a far higher figure than Beijing’s official tally. The Pentagon’s estimate, using 2013 prices and exchange ...

German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

Jun 07, 2014

German museum grows, displays 'living' van Gogh ear

An artist has created a partly living replica of Vincent van Gogh’s famously severed ear, a German museum said. Diemut Strebe, who is known for working with biological material, collaborated with scientists to reconstruct the painter’s ear using 3-D printers and authentic living material ...

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

Jun 07, 2014

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

A minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party said Thursday that rape can be condoned in some circumstances, in comments that were sure to fuel national anger over sex attacks against women. Babulal Gaur, who as home minister of central Madhya Pradesh state ...

China building up more land at Spratly reefs, Manila says

Jun 07, 2014

China building up more land at Spratly reefs, Manila says

China has been reclaiming more land to bolster its military presence in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where its increasing assertion of its territorial claims has brought it into standoffs with its neighbors, Philippine officials said Thursday. The Philippines protested ...

Osaka skyscraper store chalks up 30 million visitors

Jun 07, 2014

Osaka skyscraper store chalks up 30 million visitors

About 30 million people have visited a high-end department store in Japan’s tallest commercial building in the year since it opened. Kintetsu Department Store’s flagship outlet in the 300-meter Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka recorded an average of about 86,000 customers a day from ...

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Jun 07, 2014

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Corp., won’t be able to ride the regulatory coattails of pending U.S. telecommunications deals if he decides to buy T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators are preparing to vet proposed acquisitions worth more than $45 billion each from ...

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

Jun 07, 2014

Which stadium is best for Tokyo 2020?

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As Tokyo prepares to demolish the half-century old stadium that hosted the first Olympics in Asia, debate is raging over whether the colossal, futuristic replacement planned for the 2020 Games will help revitalize the capital or indelibly mar it. Tokyo, the frenetic center of ...

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

| Jun 07, 2014

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

An electrician by day and banana artist by night, Keisuke Yamada has attained renown at home and abroad for his banana sculptures. Working with a spoon and toothpick, the 27-year-old resident of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, carves comical faces or popular manga characters on bananas. ...

Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

Jun 07, 2014

Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted. World leaders and dignitaries including President ...

Jun 07, 2014

A travesty of justice

The Nagoya High Court has turned down the eighth request for retrial by an 88-year-old man on death row for the 1961 fatal poisoning of five women at a community meeting in Mie Prefecture.

Jun 07, 2014

Public pension reforms

A new labor and welfare ministry report highlights the possible need to extend the period during which workers pay premiums into national pension plans so that the benefits paid out to retirees can help sustain retirees' livelihoods at the levels promised.

Jun 07, 2014

U.S. could spare Israel a bad outcome

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Until Washington stops its nonmilitary aid to Israel, ends its complicity in Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and instead supports full Palestinian membership in the U.N., the Jewish state will remain locked into self-destruction.

Jun 07, 2014

Securing the rule of law at sea

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To resolve conflicting territorial claims in Southeast Asia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls upon governments in the region to return to the spirit and provisions of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Jun 07, 2014

Korean unification and peace

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When the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015, Koreans will be lamenting 70 years of national division. Yet, those South Koreans who have not given up on the dream of unification are pushing proposals to address the North's humanitarian, infrastructure and welfare ...

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

| Jun 07, 2014

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

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The art critic wanders purposefully around the gallery, passing instant, scathing judgment on the surrounding artworks. Full marks are allocated to a portrait photography collection, a hand-drawn anime on a screen and the coloring-in tables. But one definite no-no? A video installation in a ...

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Jun 07, 2014

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

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Of the 17,500 cases of uterine cancer reported yearly in Japan, nearly half are cervical cancer, usually triggered by a virus spread by sexual intercourse. Because of this, sufferers often conceal the fact from friends and families and continue working at their jobs as ...

Tanaka, now 9-1, cements status as Yankees ace

Jun 07, 2014

Tanaka, now 9-1, cements status as Yankees ace

In a season full of bumps for the New York Yankees, there has been one sure thing. Namely, Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland 2-1 Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-game ...

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Jun 07, 2014

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. “It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last ...

Gatlin takes Golden Gala 100 meters in 9.91

Jun 07, 2014

Gatlin takes Golden Gala 100 meters in 9.91

Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters at the Golden Gala for a second straight year, while Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar set a meet record in topping a high-class high jump on Thursday night. Gatlin, who set a year-leading time of 9.87 seconds last ...

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

Jun 07, 2014

Spurs whip Heat in Game 1

“Beat the Heat!” took on a whole new meaning in a sweltering start to the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs handled the conditions, and the team, and it sure helped when a suffering LeBron James couldn’t make it to the finish. Tim Duncan ...