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Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

Jun 23, 2014

Product placement puts South Korean TV dramas on map

The export success of South Korea’s TV dramas has spawned a hard-selling world of branded entertainment that uses product placement to push everything from smartphones to lipsticks. The so-called Hallyu (Korean wave) of TV shows and pop music has long conquered most of Asia ...

Inca roads on World Heritage list

Jun 23, 2014

Inca roads on World Heritage list

The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to the vast and ancient Inca road system, which spans six countries in South America. The listing of the Qhapaq Nan roads will boost efforts to preserve and promote the Inca ...

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

Jun 23, 2014

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: a tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles (12,250 kilometers) above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet (6 ...

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

Jun 23, 2014

Series W7 Hokuriku shinkansen unveiled

West Japan Railway Co. has unveiled train cars that will be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen high-speed rail line, which opens next spring. The Series W7 cars, which were shown to the media on Sunday at a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, have ...

Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

Jun 23, 2014

Military surrounds South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

South Korean media are reporting that military authorities have surrounded a soldier who killed five comrades at a border outpost the day before and were engaged in a gunfight with him. Yonhap News agency and the YTN news channel said Sunday that authorities were ...

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Jun 23, 2014

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Once doomed to a life of darkness, dozens of people stricken by retinal diseases are rediscovering a world of light as scientists push ahead on cures for blindness. Already, bionic retinas enable blind people to “see” sidewalks, doorways and even oversized text while gene ...

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

Jun 23, 2014

Japan urged to do more to promote its language overseas

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Japan needs to make bigger efforts to promote its culture and gain public support for the promotion of Japanese-language education overseas, according to a linguistics scholar who has taught the language for more than 40 years in the United States. Princeton University professor emeritus ...

Jun 23, 2014

Back to Iraq

A token U.S. force of military advisers will not help Iraq turn the tide against the ISIS siege. Only sweeping changes, including enfranchisement of the Sunni population, will stop the country from disintegrating.

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Jun 23, 2014

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Just over a year ago, tribal elder Gordon Yellowman watched on the TV news as a giant tornado roared toward the homes of his Cheyenne-Arapaho people in Oklahoma. Sirens blared, warnings were issued and many people rushed to shelters as the weather radar warned ...

Jun 23, 2014

Today's weird words are tomorrow's standard speech

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Last month, a most peculiar word, dotakyan, popped up repeatedly in the media in reference to former Beatle Paul McCartney, who was forced to cancel his entire schedule of concerts due to health concerns. Mainstream news organizations reported this as 全公演中止が決まった (zen kōen chūshi ...

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

| Jun 23, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can ...

Jun 23, 2014

Kawachi appointed to JBA board

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Toshimitsu Kawachi, the commissioner of the bj-league since its establishment in 2004, on Saturday was appointed to the Japan Basketball Association board, which has been tasked with forming the new, tentatively named P League for the 2016-17 season. To take a step forward, the ...

Koseki zooms to title in men's 200m breaststroke at Japan Open

Jun 23, 2014

Koseki zooms to title in men's 200m breaststroke at Japan Open

Yasuhiro Koseki blew away the field to win the men’s 200-meter breaststroke at the Japan Open swimming tournament on Sunday. Koseki touched home at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in 2 minutes, 8.34 seconds at the meet that doubled as a qualifier for this ...

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

Jun 23, 2014

Moment of Messi magic sends Argentina into second round

The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup. Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out ...

Franklin finishes first; Phelps loses to Agnel

Jun 23, 2014

Franklin finishes first; Phelps loses to Agnel

Missy Franklin won the 200-meter freestyle and finished third in the 200 backstroke, and Michael Phelps was second in the 200 freestyle Saturday night in the Santa Clara Grand Prix. Franklin took the 200 free in 1 minute, 56.96 seconds, faster than the Olympic ...

Fister, Rendon spark Nats against Braves

Jun 23, 2014

Fister, Rendon spark Nats against Braves

Doug Fister pitched eight shutout innings, and Anthony Rendon had three hits and two RBI for the Washington Nationals in a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The Nationals took a half-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East after dropping the ...

Wie holds lead despite erratic round

Jun 23, 2014

Wie holds lead despite erratic round

In the midst of throwing away a four-shot lead, Michelle Wie never lost sight of the big picture at Pinehurst No. 2. The U.S. Women’s Open rarely goes according to plan, and Saturday was no exception. Wie knows that from experience long ago, and ...

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

Jun 23, 2014

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

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Clearly feeling the heat as the sun looks ready to set on Japan’s World Cup, coach Alberto Zaccheroni has defended his decision to deploy power-play tactics, but conceded his players have struggled to adapt because it is “not in their DNA.” The Asian champions’ ...

Klose equals scoring record as Germany draws with Ghana

Jun 23, 2014

Klose equals scoring record as Germany draws with Ghana

Miroslav Klose rescued a point for Germany, and equaled the World Cup scoring record in the process. Germany was held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by Ghana on Saturday and needed Klose’s second-half equalizer to avoid another second-game letdown that has plagued the team ...

Nigeria sends Bosnia packing

Jun 23, 2014

Nigeria sends Bosnia packing

Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage. Odemwingie sealed Nigeria’s first victory at a World Cup since 1998 — spanning 10 matches — by finishing ...