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Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine's president

Jun 08, 2014

Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine's president

Ukraine’s new president on Saturday called for dialogue with the country’s east, gripped by a violent separatist insurgency, and for armed groups to lay down their weapons but said he won’t talk with rebels he called “gangsters and killers.” Petro Poroshenko’s inaugural address after ...

Japan's salarymen are bored to tears

| Jun 08, 2014

Japan's salarymen are bored to tears

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It seems odd to be talking about boredom in such interesting times. Are you bored? Almost certainly you are, if Spa! magazine’s insights are reliable. Polling 2,052 mid-career (age 35-45), moderately prosperous (annual income ¥4 million-¥6 million) businessmen (sic, men only), it found no ...

Media minds manners in royal reportage

| Jun 08, 2014

Media minds manners in royal reportage

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As much as we all love them, the Imperial family doesn’t make for exciting reading. Last week, the European press was beside itself with news of the abdication of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who has been hit by several public support-sapping scandals in recent ...

China's forces grow more sophisticated

Jun 08, 2014

China's forces grow more sophisticated

China is improving its military doctrine, training, weapons and surveillance to be able to conduct more sophisticated attacks against the United States and other adversaries, including Japan, according to the Pentagon. After jamming communications and mounting other forms of electronic and cyberwarfare, stealthy Chinese ...

79,000-slot expansion possible at Haneda, Narita airports

Jun 08, 2014

79,000-slot expansion possible at Haneda, Narita airports

A transport ministry panel said Friday that it is possible to increase the total annual number of arrival and departure slots at two international airports in the Tokyo area by up to 79,000 to add extra capacity for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The current ...

Jun 08, 2014

Rising seas wash Japanese war dead from Pacific island graves

Rising sea levels have washed the remains of at least 26 Japanese soldiers from their World War II graves on a low-lying Pacific archipelago, according to the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands. “There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves. ...

Abe vows to start cutting corporate tax in fiscal 2015

Jun 08, 2014

Abe vows to start cutting corporate tax in fiscal 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the country will start cutting the effective corporate tax rate in fiscal 2015 as part of efforts to encourage foreign investment in the country. Speaking to reporters in Rome, Abe said he has already instructed Takeshi Noda, ...

Jun 08, 2014

Global obesity: a growing crisis

A new global study showing that one-third of the world is now overweight shows that a global health crisis is imminent unless urgent steps are taken. For what it's worth, Japanese adults are the least obese among the industrialized countries.

Japan's efforts bring back 'extinct' species

| Jun 08, 2014

Japan's efforts bring back 'extinct' species

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Oriental stork 73; crested ibis 82; red-crowned crane 1,143; short-tailed albatross estimated 3,550. Those numbers of wild birds in Japan seem perilously low — and they are, especially when considered alongside the Japanese population of 126.75 million people — but in reality they are ...

AKB48 rebounds from saw assault to crown new queen bee

Jun 08, 2014

AKB48 rebounds from saw assault to crown new queen bee

Mayu Watanabe was voted the top AKB48 idol in a popularity contest Saturday amid tight security after two members of the all-girl pop group were attacked by a saw-wielding man last month. Thousands of fans congregated at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, western Tokyo, for ...

'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

Jun 08, 2014

'Battle Royale' wins the game for hungry fans

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I should probably start this review with somewhat of a disclaimer. About 10 years ago — not long after Kinji Fukasaku’s film adaptation of Koushun Takami’s controversial novel “Battle Royale” became a cult hit overseas — I bought a screen-printed poster from a London-based ...

Murofushi captures 20th consecutive title at nationals

Jun 08, 2014

Murofushi captures 20th consecutive title at nationals

Two-time Olympic medalist Koji Murofushi won his 20th straight hammer throw title Saturday at the national athletics championships. The 39-year-old Murofushi, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the bronze at the 2012 Games in London, won his newest title ...

Matsuda, Hawks clobber Carp

Jun 08, 2014

Matsuda, Hawks clobber Carp

Nobuhiro Matsuda came a homer shy of the cycle and drove in four runs, Kenichi Nakata allowed just two runs over 7-1/3 quality innings and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks walloped the Hiroshima Carp 16-5 on Saturday afternoon. The Central League-leading Carp lost their fourth ...

Japan wins final warm-up match

Jun 08, 2014

Japan wins final warm-up match

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AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored twice and Yoshito Okubo grabbed a dramatic late winner on Friday as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat Zambia 4-3 in its final warm-up match for the upcoming World Cup finals. Goals from Christopher Katongo and Nathan ...

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Jun 08, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic to clash in final round

Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay ...

Rangers rally late, bail out Darvish

Jun 08, 2014

Rangers rally late, bail out Darvish

Yu Darvish blew a 4-0 lead on Friday, but gutted it out as the Texas Rangers scored two late runs to hand him the victory in a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. Darvish (6-2) allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks, ...

Mentally tough Spurs remain unfazed

Jun 08, 2014

Mentally tough Spurs remain unfazed

When the air conditioning went out in San Antonio, many of the Spurs felt right at home — their native homelands. They are a roster loaded with foreign players, accustomed to playing in places where air conditioning not only isn’t optional, it’s not even ...