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Selective consumption tax weighed

| Jul 22, 2014

Selective consumption tax weighed

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It’s only been three months since the consumption tax was hiked to 8 percent, but the ruling coalition is already expediting talks on another increase scheduled to come into effect in October next year. Concerned that the tax hikes could harm consumer confidence, the ...

Jul 22, 2014

New subsidies eyed for hosts of U.S. bases

The Abe administration is considering launching a new subsidy program in fiscal 2015 to help prefectures facing a heavier burden from hosting military bases due to the ongoing realignment of U.S. forces, an administration source said Monday. The move is aimed at winning greater ...

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 22, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

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Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

Jul 22, 2014

Dutchman escapes Malaysia Airlines incidents — twice

A Dutch cyclist, riding for the Terrengganu team in Malaysia, escaped a Malaysia Airlines plane crash. Twice. According to Maarten de Jonge’s website, the 29-year-old, born in the Dutch town of Oldenzaal, was planning to travel back to Kuala Lumpur on Flight MH17 from ...

Anti-Russia sentiment running deep in Malaysia

Jul 22, 2014

Anti-Russia sentiment running deep in Malaysia

Many Malaysians are urging their government and world leaders to take a tough stance against Russia after pro-Russia rebels allegedly shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet, with some calling for economic sanctions and a boycott of Russian goods. While the rebels and Ukraine blame ...

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 22, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

Jul 22, 2014

China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

China sent a surveillance vessel to waters off Hawaii even as the country participated for the first time in the world’s largest international naval exercise led by the U.S. The auxiliary general intelligence ship is outside U.S. territorial seas, yet within the 200-nautical mile ...

Jul 22, 2014

Banking on the BRICS

The financial heft of the BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa — has just advanced a step, at least symbolically, with its decision to launch the New Development Bank. A $100 billion reserve fund will be available to members that ...

Jul 22, 2014

Uchida out with inflamed right knee

Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida will likely be sidelined for two to three weeks with inflammation in his right knee, Kicker magazine reported on Monday. Uchida, 26, received the diagnoses after returning to the Bundesliga club for a practice on July 17, following a break ...

Harumafuji falls again; Hakuho alone at top

Jul 22, 2014

Harumafuji falls again; Hakuho alone at top

Harumafuji continued to display cracks in his armor with a third defeat at the hands of veteran Takekaze, while fellow yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu whisked off their respective opponents at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. Hakuho, sumo’s premier yokozuna who is gunning ...

Blue Jays heap more misery on Rangers

Jul 22, 2014

Blue Jays heap more misery on Rangers

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera was already hitting well before the All-Star break. He has been even better since his return. Cabrera hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and finished with three RBIs in Toronto’s 9-6 win over the Texas Rangers 9-6 ...

Murata determined to make major impact

Jul 22, 2014

Murata determined to make major impact

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For Ryota Murata, the middleweight gold medal he earned in London wields power. Now a professional boxer, Murata has quickly transformed himself into a national icon in his Olympic-crazed homeland. His public presence isn’t just limited to the boxing ring. Murata has also become ...