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Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

Jun 18, 2014

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

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The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges. The distinctive red and black N’ex cars currently link the Tokyo area to Narita ...

Book tells of Jews' escape via Japan

Jun 18, 2014

Book tells of Jews' escape via Japan

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A former official of the semigovernmental Japan National Tourism Organization has published an English-language version of his research on Jews who escaped via Japan from wartime persecution by the Nazis. Akira Kitade, 70, initially published the book in Japanese two years ago, based on ...

Funeral held for Prince Katsura

Jun 18, 2014

Funeral held for Prince Katsura

The main funeral service for Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, was held Tuesday morning at a Tokyo cemetery following his recent death at the age of 66. The ceremony, called the Renso no Gi rite, took place at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Bunkyo ...

Mitsubishi, Siemens file joint Alstom bids

Jun 18, 2014

Mitsubishi, Siemens file joint Alstom bids

Engineering giants Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Siemens of Germany on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France’s Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric. Siemens AG said it is offering €3.9 billion ($5.3 ...

Deutsche execs knew of unchecked wining, dining: FSA

Jun 18, 2014

Deutsche execs knew of unchecked wining, dining: FSA

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A pattern of spending on hostess bars and overseas junkets for local pension fund officials went unchecked by senior managers at Deutsche Bank’s Japanese securities arm, who failed to prevent or turned a blind eye to expenses that could be prosecuted as bribery, previously ...

MH370 searchers not looking in crash 'hot spot': Inmarsat

Jun 18, 2014

MH370 searchers not looking in crash 'hot spot': Inmarsat

The search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has so far failed to examine the most likely crash site because it was distracted for weeks by false readings thought at the time to be from the plane’s black boxes, British satellite operator Inmarsat said Tuesday. ...

Jun 18, 2014

Energy report calls for reliance on nuclear power

The government released an annual energy report Tuesday that called for a return to nuclear power generation, saying increasing fuel costs for thermal power and a surge in CO2 emissions are reasons why Japan should power up its idled reactors. The report reflects the ...

Jun 18, 2014

Reforming Riken

The government-affiliated Riken research institute should heed the recommendations from an expert panel to undertake concrete reforms aimed at preventing the recurrence of a scandal that recently cast doubts on the credibility of scientific research in Japan.

Jun 18, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.

Jun 18, 2014

Sectarian monster reawakens

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The systematic political marginalization of Iraq's Sunni communities demands the establishment of a new political and social contract to re-order the mess created by the U.S. invasion and Iran's intervention.

Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

Jun 18, 2014

Blonde Redhead gets comfortable with past records

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Formed in 1993 by Japanese singer Kazu Makino and Italian twins Simone and Amedeo Pace, and forged in the noisy underbelly of the New York alternative scene, Blonde Redhead has charted a path that has taken it from screeching underground noise rock to fragile, ...

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

| Jun 18, 2014

Japan won't let 'Frozen' go

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At first blush, the Japanese success of the animated film “Frozen” seems easy to explain. In a country where people pack Tokyo Disneyland on weekdays, of course a new princess-centric cartoon from Disney would succeed, but “Frozen” has been a phenomenon all its own. ...

Hall of Famer, batting icon Gwynn dies at 54

Jun 18, 2014

Hall of Famer, batting icon Gwynn dies at 54

Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of the game’s greatest hitters, died of cancer Monday. He was 54. Gwynn, a craftsman at the plate and winner of ...

Dempsey scores early, Brooks late as U.S. edges Ghana

Jun 18, 2014

Dempsey scores early, Brooks late as U.S. edges Ghana

The U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 in their Group G match as John Brooks responded with the decisive goal after Andre Ayew had tied the game late in the second half on Monday. Clint Dempsey scored 32 seconds into the contest to put the U.S. ...

Mueller's hat trick powers Germany to rout of Portugal

Jun 18, 2014

Mueller's hat trick powers Germany to rout of Portugal

Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on its style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener on Monday. Mueller, who scored five goals in the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal ...

Ball control key against Greece: Honda

Jun 18, 2014

Ball control key against Greece: Honda

Japan talisman Keisuke Honda said Monday the side must try to dominate possession if it is to keep its World Cup hopes alive after a defeat in its Group C opener. Honda gave the Asian champions the lead against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday but, ...