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Jun 16, 2014

Big expansion in food exports eyed

Japan aims to expand exports of farm and marine products 10-fold to the tune of ¥5 trillion a year by 2030 under the government’s revamped growth strategy.

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

| Jun 16, 2014

Iraq holds 'ominous' lesson for Afghanistan

Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in ...

G-77 calls for new economic order

Jun 16, 2014

G-77 calls for new economic order

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday opened a Group of 77 plus China summit in Bolivia, with developing countries calling for a more fair new world economic order. Ban spoke to a vast audience that included some 30 heads of government and representatives of ...

Iraq insurgent advance slows, U.S. sends carrier to Gulf

Jun 16, 2014

Iraq insurgent advance slows, U.S. sends carrier to Gulf

An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counterattacks, easing pressure on the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. As Iraqi officials spoke of wresting back the initiative ...

Jun 16, 2014

Medical care as a growth policy

The Abe administration plans to expand medical treatments that mix drugs and technologies covered by public health insurance with those that are not covered as early as fiscal 2016.

Jun 16, 2014

Plan for surrogate births

A team of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers has compiled a bill that would allow donations of sperm and ova from third parties as well as arrangements for surrogate births.

True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 16, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

by Kaori Shoji

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...

France cruises past Honduras

Jun 16, 2014

France cruises past Honduras

Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France eased into its World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday. The convincing victory €— albeit against a 10-man team for more than 45 minutes ...

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Jun 16, 2014

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Shinji Kagawa and his Japan teammates feel like they’ve been bitten hard by reality — the reality that they’ve made little progress from four years ago in South Africa. “I’ve been preparing for this and if this is the result, this says a lot ...

Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Jun 16, 2014

Yoshida, Icho claim national titles in new weight classes

Olympic wrestling standouts Saori Yoshida and Kaori Icho each won in her new weight division on Sunday at Japan’s National Invitational Championships, an event that doubles as a qualifier for this year’s world championships. Yoshida, who had been unrivaled at 55 kg, dropped down ...

Sakamoto, Giants rally past Eagles in ninth

Jun 16, 2014

Sakamoto, Giants rally past Eagles in ninth

Hayato Sakamoto singled in two runs in the ninth inning as the Yomiuri Giants came from behind to beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-2 in interleague play on Sunday afternoon. Rakuten right-hander Takahiro Norimoto (7-4), who had been a key part of the ...

Italy edges England

Jun 16, 2014

Italy edges England

With one nod of his head, Mario Balotelli gave Italy a 2-1 win over England and put the four-time champions in position to go far at the World Cup. The often volatile and often brilliant Italy striker was left unmarked at the far post, ...

Costa Rica stuns Uruguay; Suarez watches from bench

Jun 16, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Uruguay; Suarez watches from bench

Watching from the bench, Luis Suarez saw just how much his teammates miss him. Uruguay was overrun 3-1 Friday by Group D underdog Costa Rica at the World Cup, a stunning result for the team that reached the semifinals four years ago and had ...

Colombia routs Greece to open first campaign in 16 years

Jun 16, 2014

Colombia routs Greece to open first campaign in 16 years

Colombia started its first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd. Left back Pablo Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected ...

Lee, Li capture Japan Open titles

Jun 16, 2014

Lee, Li capture Japan Open titles

by Shigemi Sato

World badminton No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put his heartbreak over Malaysia’s narrow defeat in the Thomas Cup behind him Sunday to win the Japan Open for a record-stretching fifth time. The 31-year-old Malaysian took only 35 minutes to stop Hong Kong’s veteran Hu ...

Rollins moves  past Schmidt

Jun 16, 2014

Rollins moves past Schmidt

Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball. Turns out he’s been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player. Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to ...

Kaymer protects lead amid tough conditions

Jun 16, 2014

Kaymer protects lead amid tough conditions

A tough Pinehurst No. 2 tried to make a game out of this U.S. Open. Martin Kaymer always had an answer. Already with one bogey on his card, Kaymer’s tee shot on No. 4 was so deep into the trees that his golf ball ...

Desire fuels Kings' winning ways

Jun 16, 2014

Desire fuels Kings' winning ways

Drew Doughty never hesitates to say what the rest of the Los Angeles Kings are only thinking, and the star defenseman’s mind was already on a third Stanley Cup title while his teammates celebrated their second on the ice behind him. Doughty said the ...

Nishikori loses to Federer in semis

Jun 16, 2014

Nishikori loses to Federer in semis

Kei Nishikori was knocked out in the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open in a straight-sets defeat to former World No. 1 Roger Federer on Saturday. Federer, the defending champion and No. 2 seed, beat fourth-seeded Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in a match that ...