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Jun 25, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

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The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

Jun 25, 2014

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japan’s colonial rule. “I wanted to help President Park Geun-hye. But I believe that my resignation is ...

Navy drills will boost China-U.S.  contacts

Jun 25, 2014

Navy drills will boost China-U.S. contacts

Chinese warships will join U.S.-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant effort by the two powers’ fighting forces to forge connections. Rising giant China and superpower the United States frequently find themselves at loggerheads as Beijing asserts ...

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

Jun 25, 2014

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pledged Tuesday to deepen security cooperation, at a time when their countries are facing growing military assertiveness from China. During a news conference following a 45-minute meeting and a working lunch in Tokyo on ...

Ghosn to top executive pay scale again

Jun 25, 2014

Ghosn to top executive pay scale again

Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn earned more than ¥1 billion last year, putting him on track to become the best-paid Japan executive for the fourth time in five years. Ghosn was paid ¥995 million in salary and bonuses for the fiscal ...

Mizuho boss vows reforms after loan scandal

Jun 25, 2014

Mizuho boss vows reforms after loan scandal

The president of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. pledged Tuesday to improve corporate governance, including through the establishment of oversight committees, to prevent any more scandals involving loans to yakuza. “We will try to regain the public’s trust through renewed efforts to sever ties with ...

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

Jun 25, 2014

Sunni uprising in Iraq wins support in gulf

The Sunni uprising in Iraq has received enthusiastic support from many Persian Gulf Arabs, despite official unease over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, branded a terrorist group by governments in the region. While public opinion is hard to gauge in the ...

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

Jun 25, 2014

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) on Tuesday unveiled three humanoid robots that are to be put on display so visitors can interact with them. Two of the machines were modeled on actual human forms, using special silicone and artificial muscles ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 25, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 25, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds and ravaged the country’s industrial heartland. The announcement came as the Russian and U.S. presidents ...

Jun 25, 2014

Estimates of 2021 radiation doses predict drop-off in Fukushima

Radiation doses in parts of Fukushima Prefecture now deemed uninhabitable because of contamination will fall by over half by 2021, government estimates released Monday show. Annual doses per person would fall below 20 millisieverts if decontamination work is done, according to the estimates by ...

Jun 25, 2014

How to end the Philippines' Moro insurgency

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Though questions remain about the durability of the landmark peace deal that Philippines President Benigno Aquino struck with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in January, the political autonomy granted to the country's Muslim areas seems to have persuaded most fighters that the time has ...

Jun 25, 2014

America's addiction to war

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Somewhere out there in an alternative universe, we should expect a more rational reaction to Barack Obama's announcement that he plans to re-invade Iraq. Perhaps a half-dozen Cabinet members would rush into the Oval Office and bundle the president off to an institution that ...

Jun 25, 2014

Funding the corporate tax cut

The Abe administration's decision to cut corporate taxes as a key feature of its economic growth strategy doesn't indicate how a fiscally weak government will make up the lost tax revenue even as households face another consumption tax hike next year.

Jun 25, 2014

China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog

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Smog in China's cities is often presented as if it were the same problem as greenhouse emissions and climate change. In fact, China could significantly reduce its air pollution by enforcing the same emission control techniques that have been used in the U.S. and ...

Britain in style; new kit for Liverpool; Singapore Special

| Jun 25, 2014

Britain in style; new kit for Liverpool; Singapore Special

Britain in style British Airways is collaborating with VisitBritain, Britain’s national tourism agency, to provide special fares for the World Traveller Plus premium economy class this summer on flights between select U.K. cities and Haneda or Narita airports in Tokyo. World Traveller Plus offers ...

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Jun 25, 2014

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

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Ursula Bogner (1946-94) was a German pharmacist, wife and mother with a passion for the unfamiliar, which included electronic music. At her home studio, she layered sonic textures and her own voice to create explorative, playful pieces that have a slight outer-space feel. She ...

Nishikori defeats De Schepper in Wimbledon opening round

Jun 25, 2014

Nishikori defeats De Schepper in Wimbledon opening round

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori won through to the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a straight-sets win over France’s Kenny De Schepper. The 24-year-old, who has never been past the third round at the All England Club, won 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in ...

Neymar's two goals send Brazil into second round

Jun 25, 2014

Neymar's two goals send Brazil into second round

Neymar knew the responsibility was his. An increasingly anxious host nation was relying on him to ensure Brazil avoided the almost inconceivable prospect of going out in the group stage of a World Cup on soil. The 22-year-old Barcelona striker delivered on the weighty ...

Van Gaal looks like a genius as Dutch blank Chile

Jun 25, 2014

Van Gaal looks like a genius as Dutch blank Chile

Two substitutes, two goals. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal can, it seems, do no wrong at this World Cup. He sent on replacements Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay in the second half of the match against Chile on Monday and they scored both goals ...

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director

Jun 25, 2014

Murofushi named 2020 Tokyo Olympics sports director

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Former Olympic hammer-throw champion Koji Murofushi has been appointed sports director of the 2020 Tokyo Games. Fluent in English, the 39-year-old Murofushi was appointed Tuesday to the role which acts as a liaison between athletes, international sports federations and the organizing committee. “The most ...

Murray rolls past Goffin

Jun 25, 2014

Murray rolls past Goffin

Andy Murray arrived on Centre Court to a standing ovation and left to another. After ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a homegrown men’s champion at Wimbledon last year, Murray got off to a strong start Monday in his bid to become the first to ...

Despaigne wins debut

Jun 25, 2014

Despaigne wins debut

Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne became the fourth Padres pitcher to throw seven scoreless innings in his first big league start, leading San Diego to a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Tommy Medica hit a two-run double off Matt Cain (1-6) ...

Marquez inspires Mexico again in victory over Croatia

Jun 25, 2014

Marquez inspires Mexico again in victory over Croatia

One of the first things Miguel Herrera did when he became Mexico’s fourth coach in a year was call Rafael Marquez and ask the 35-year-old defender known as “The Boss” to return to the national side as captain. On Monday, the world saw why. ...