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Jul 19, 2014

ECC linked to Benesse data theft

Major language school ECC likely bought some of the customer information stolen from rival Benessee and used it to send high school students cram school brochures.

Organ donation

| Jul 19, 2014

Organ donation

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Dear Alice, I’m looking at my Japanese driver’s license and wondering if the form on the back has anything to do with organ donation. Years ago, I registered in the United States to be an organ donor, which was a simple matter of checking ...

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

| Jul 19, 2014

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

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Foreign-exchange traders detect a softening in Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s stance toward the stronger yen. While the currency has risen 4 percent this year to 101.31 per dollar, the central bank chief signaled this week he’s satisfied with the current exchange rate. ...

Fatal disaster strikes airline twice

Jul 19, 2014

Fatal disaster strikes airline twice

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Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline. In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On March 8, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner vanished ...

Jul 19, 2014

Fiscal 2015 budget draft puts emphasis on growth measures

The government plans to use stricter criteria to screen budget requests from ministries and agencies in fiscal 2015 starting next April but has failed to put a ceiling on total spending in the draft guidelines as it usually does. The government wants to spend ...

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

Jul 19, 2014

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas’ rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels ...

Missile took down jet in Ukraine: source

Jul 19, 2014

Missile took down jet in Ukraine: source

American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash. ...

Jul 19, 2014

More needed than NRA safety nod

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively given the green light for restarting an idled Kyushu Electric nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture under safety standards updated a year ago. After a period of public comment and local government approvals, two reactors of the plant, ...

Jul 19, 2014

High cost to new neutrality

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South Korea's elite appears to be splitting into pro-Chinese and pro-American factions that transcend party lines, while German leaders' obsession with growing exports appears to have gagged them on China's human rights abuses and its aggressive behavior toward Asian neighbors.

Jul 19, 2014

The real shale revolution

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It was the mastery of horizontal drilling around 1990 — originally for oil rather than gas exploration — that lit the long fuse for the so-called shale revolution that erupted 15 years later.

Contemporary art is not lost in space

Jul 19, 2014

Contemporary art is not lost in space

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While space art is a relatively small field — in which works that have actually been created in space is an even smaller subset — it can only become more commonplace as costs fall and the private sector promises to open up space travel ...

Be prepared before you hit Fuji Rock

Jul 19, 2014

Be prepared before you hit Fuji Rock

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With Fuji Rock happening next weekend, it’s time to start making sure you’ve got everything you need to make the festival an unadulterated success. Here’s a list of essential items you should consider trying to squeeze into your bags: Footwear: Ideally, you’re likely to ...

Kinoshita falls to Tete in title bout

Jul 19, 2014

Kinoshita falls to Tete in title bout

Teiru Kinoshita lost a unanimous decision to South Africa’s Zolani Tete on Friday in a bout to fill the IBF’s vacant super flyweight title. From the get-go, the 28-year Teiru was repeatedly struck by the jabs of the division’s top-ranked contender at Kobe Port ...

Jul 19, 2014

Defender Ferdinand signs deal with QPR

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is staying in the English Premier League after joining Queens Park Rangers on Thursday. The 35-year-old Ferdinand signed a one-year contract with the London club to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, his first manager at West Ham. The ...

Kristoff takes stage as Nibali holds lead

Jul 19, 2014

Kristoff takes stage as Nibali holds lead

Alexander Kristoff, in a solo show of opportunistic racing, won the 12th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint and Vincenzo Nibali kept the yellow jersey on Thursday. Kristoff emerged from the barreling pack which overtook a pair of breakaway riders with ...

McIlroy takes British Open lead with 66; Tiger 3 back

Jul 19, 2014

McIlroy takes British Open lead with 66; Tiger 3 back

Rory McIlroy had everything go his way on Thursday at the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys ...

Togashi turning heads at NBA Summer League

Jul 19, 2014

Togashi turning heads at NBA Summer League

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Yuki Togashi’s big ambitions have captivated a city filled with endless attractions. The 167-cm point guard, who’s on a quest to latch on with an NBA team for the upcoming season, is the talk of the town in Las Vegas. A short sample of ...

49ers christen spectacular new stadium in Santa Clara

Jul 19, 2014

49ers christen spectacular new stadium in Santa Clara

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got a little teary on his drive to Levi’s Stadium on Thursday. His voice cracked while talking about taking his young son to games at the stadium for years to come. Others had a different reaction upon walking ...

Merger talks going slowly

Jul 19, 2014

Merger talks going slowly

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Japan Basketball Association officials said that they would actively keep discussing how to overcome the differences between the nation’s top two leagues in order to establish a new professional hoops circuit in two years. Hopefully they will really be able to unite the two ...