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Smartphones drive new headphone boom

Jun 29, 2014

Smartphones drive new headphone boom

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You might think the world of high-end earphones and headphones is only for audiophiles, but the smartphone boom has drastically expanded the market, if the turnout at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo was any indication. Industry insiders say casual music lovers are spending ...

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

Jun 29, 2014

Iraq launches push to retake militant-held Tikrit

Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country. After watching much of ...

A life of lettuce has its benefits

| Jun 29, 2014

A life of lettuce has its benefits

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Lettuce. Let us raise a glass to lettuce. There’s a village in Nagano Prefecture called Kawakami — nothing, nowhere little place, deep in the mountains, far from the main road, population 3,960. Why does Shukan Gendai magazine devote three full pages to profiling it? ...

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

Jun 29, 2014

Sexist views dent Abe's push for women's rights

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Japanese newspapers splashed front-page photos this week of a Tokyo assemblyman bowing deeply to a female colleague after admitting that he had heckled her with a sexist remark. The uproar over the rude comments aimed at Ayaka Shiomura by some male lawmakers reflects both ...

Ballerinas shine at top U.S. meet

Jun 29, 2014

Ballerinas shine at top U.S. meet

Japanese ballerinas Shiori Kase and Tamako Miyazaki grabbed the top two prizes Friday in the senior female division of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Kase, 22, who lives in England, said by telephone that she was thrilled to win the gold ...

Jun 29, 2014

Claims for work ills climb

Those who claimed workers' compensation for mental woes linked to their jobs in fiscal 2013 hit a record 1,409, up 152 from a year ago, the labor ministry reveals.

Bosnian Serbs erect statue to the man who ignited WWI

Jun 29, 2014

Bosnian Serbs erect statue to the man who ignited WWI

Marking the eve of the centennial of the beginning of World War I, Bosnian Serbs on Friday unveiled a monument in Sarajevo to the man who ignited the war by assassinating the Austro-Hungarian crown prince on June 28, 1914. At the other end of ...

Jun 29, 2014

Hong Kong's democratic 'farce'

The prospect of a clash between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland has become more real in recent weeks as Hong Kong residents participate in a poll on how to select their top leader. Although it is not legally binding, the ballot has angered ...

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

| Jun 29, 2014

Not ducking tradition in Higashi-Ueno

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With its lotus-laden Shinobazu pond, park grounds, and national museums, the Ueno area in Tokyo draws millions of visitors a year. Nearby Higashi-Ueno (Eastern Ueno), however, seems to be another world altogether. When I exit Shin-Okachimachi station, under skies portending summer heat, this low-lying ...

Mori classic was the epitome of Meiji style

Jun 29, 2014

Mori classic was the epitome of Meiji style

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There has been no period in the history of modern Japanese society so dramatic and so remarkably tumultuous and fluid as the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and no single work of fiction more revelatory in its depiction of that period than Ogai Mori’s “The Wild ...

Tanaka unlikely to pitch in All-Star Game

Jun 29, 2014

Tanaka unlikely to pitch in All-Star Game

Despite taking the phenomenal success he enjoyed in Japan to the majors this year, first-year Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is unlikely to pitch for the American League in this year’s MLB All-Star Game, New York manager Joe Girardi hinted on Friday. Tanaka has a ...

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

Jun 29, 2014

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

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When DREAM and PRIDE were in their heyday about 10 to 15 years ago, Japan might have been considered the epicenter of mixed martial arts around the world. Those days are mostly over now. A number of organizations still remain, but the world’s most ...

Mejia leads charge as Lions rally past Hawks

Jun 29, 2014

Mejia leads charge as Lions rally past Hawks

Ernesto Mejia belted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs as the Seibu Lions beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 8-6 on Saturday afternoon for their second straight win since the restart of league play. Before a crowd of 31,447 at Seibu ...

Soccer reacts to Suarez ruling

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer reacts to Suarez ruling

The players’ union and soccer’s governing body agree on one thing in the wake of the heavy ban imposed on Luis Suarez for his third biting incident: the Uruguay and Liverpool striker needs help. Suarez returned to Montevideo early Friday, arriving too late to ...

Jun 29, 2014

Hanyu to compete at Cup of China

Men’s Olympic and world championship gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has entered the Cup of China and the NHK Trophy in this year’s ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix Series, the International Skating Union announced Friday. Hanyu, who also won the Grand Prix Final last year ...

Djokovic survives injury scare in win

Jun 29, 2014

Djokovic survives injury scare in win

Novak Djokovic lay crumpled on Centre Court, clutching his upper left arm and grimacing. He felt something pop and feared the worst. Djokovic had lunged for a shot behind the baseline, tumbled on the grass and rolled over twice, his racket flying from his ...