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Airbus terminates order with Japan's Skymark for six A380 jumbos

Jul 30, 2014

Airbus terminates order with Japan's Skymark for six A380 jumbos

Airbus has terminated an order for six A380s from Skymark Airlines in a blow to the manufacturer as it seeks to break Boeing’s dominance in Japan and tries to rekindle demand for the superjumbo. Airbus said its decision stemmed from “the airline’s expressed intentions ...

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

Jul 30, 2014

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

If it’s Monday, it must be Trinidad and Tobago. That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have said as he woke up Monday in Port of Spain, the Caribbean country’s capital. By Monday next week Abe will have visited 47 nations since taking office ...

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation ...

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Jul 30, 2014

Netanyahu warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war

Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What ...

Jul 30, 2014

Reflecting citizens' views on justice

Japan's Supreme Court decision to reduce the prison terms of a couple convicted of fatally abusing their daughter highlights the difficulty in balancing the need, on one hand, to have ordinary citizens' views reflected in criminal trials through their participation as lay judges and, ...

| Jul 30, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. reassurance, resolve in Asia

by James Steinberg

As territorial frictions involving China and its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, U.S. strategy needs to balance resolve with reassurance without tempting Chinese war planners to further develop their country's capabilities.

Emoto brothers' 'Godot' looks set to startle

Jul 30, 2014

Emoto brothers' 'Godot' looks set to startle

by Nobuko Tanaka

“First off, we probably used to think we were too young to do ‘Waiting for Godot,’ because it’s sometimes uncomfortable talking like gnarled old men,” 27-year-old Tasuku Emoto said during a recent Japan Times interview with him and his younger brother Tokio, 24, who ...

Paris-based Oida still lives out his dreams

Jul 30, 2014

Paris-based Oida still lives out his dreams

by Ayako Takahashi

Yoshi Oida has appeared in many works by the famed Paris-based English director Peter Brook, and in 2013 the Japanese actor who has, like him, also lived in the City of Light for more than four decades, was made a Commander of the Order ...

Mitani brings new life to a  love-suicide

Jul 30, 2014

Mitani brings new life to a love-suicide

by Lindsay Nelson

If there’s one thing I never expected to see in a bunraku play, it was a disco ball. Similarly, a scene in which the leading lady has her nails done by a bevy of kimono-clad attendants. But if you’re the celebrated writer-actor-director Koki Mitani, ...

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

Jul 30, 2014

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

by Mike Sunda

It’s hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event’s last day. Not the infectious cheer and endearingly kitsch theatricality of The Flaming Lips, who performed directly ...

Matsui leads Dragons past Carp in 10th

Jul 30, 2014

Matsui leads Dragons past Carp in 10th

Yusuke Matsui started strong but saved the best for last on Tuesday, belting a two-run, 10th-inning home run to lift the Chunichi Dragons to a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp. Matsui broke the ice with an RBI single and homered with one on ...

Goeido set for formal promotion

Jul 30, 2014

Goeido set for formal promotion

Sekiwake Goeido will get the official green light for a rise in rank to sumo’s second-highest rank of ozeki when his promotion is formalized following meetings by the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday morning. The 28-year-old Goeido’s promotion will be put to a vote ...

Teenager Osaka stuns Stosur in California

Jul 30, 2014

Teenager Osaka stuns Stosur in California

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claimed her first WTA victory, when she survived a match point to beat former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in three sets in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Monday. The 16-year-old Osaka is ranked 400th ...

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Jul 30, 2014

Darvish fans 8 in 10th win

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish could only smile after Brett Gardner homered off of him for the third time in a week. Darvish got really emotional after his last pitch, with Gardner and Derek Jeter both on base again for the New York Yankees. ...

Rose impresses on first day of Team USA training camp

Jul 30, 2014

Rose impresses on first day of Team USA training camp

Derrick Rose says he feels old. The 25-year-old point guard’s rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team’s first practice dictated otherwise. “I was joking with Kyle Korver, I told him ‘I’m getting old, man. I’ve got to stretch, I’ve got to use ...

Lions postpone negotiations with Suh until after season

Jul 30, 2014

Lions postpone negotiations with Suh until after season

The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being ...

Wada finally gets first win

Jul 30, 2014

Wada finally gets first win

After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory. Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the ...

Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return

Jul 30, 2014

Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return

Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during ...