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Hato Bus to beef up popular Tokyo ghost story tours

Jul 31, 2014

Hato Bus to beef up popular Tokyo ghost story tours

Tokyo sightseeing bus operator Hato Bus Co. said Wednesday it will offer more of its popular bus and boat tours to famous “haunted” places with a professional storyteller. On July 18, aboard a boat stopped under Minato Bridge on the Nihonbashi River in downtown ...

North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think tank

Jul 31, 2014

North Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think tank

Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fueling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday. Development of a working ICBM would be a game-changing step, bringing the ...

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Jul 31, 2014

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name has graced the pages of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper more frequently than any other leader since founding father Mao Zedong, according to researchers. The report by the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project comes amid a much-publicized ...

Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

Jul 31, 2014

Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

A giant Japanese-designed public artwork that will straddle Sydney’s primary street was unveiled Tuesday, dividing opinion with supporters saying it will boost the city’s reputation and critics calling it “stupid.” The steel Cloud Arch, designed by Tokyo-based Junya Ishigami, will tower up to 50 ...

Bloodiest day yet in Gaza war leaves 128 Palestinians dead

Jul 31, 2014

Bloodiest day yet in Gaza war leaves 128 Palestinians dead

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating ...

China puts former security chief under investigation

Jul 31, 2014

China puts former security chief under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a long-standing taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the ...

Jul 31, 2014

Aiming for more women managers

The government and businesses need to get to the bottom of why the gender gap remains so steep in Japan and remove the glass ceiling blocking the rise of women.

Jul 31, 2014

Indonesia's reformist president

Japan should strive to help Indonesia's new reformist president achieve greater prosperity and stability for his country of 250 million people.

Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Jul 31, 2014

Iwakuma continues to dominate on road

Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless with one minor blemish. Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to stay unbeaten in road games since last July, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (9-5) improved to ...

New coach Scott eyes swift return to contention for Lakers

Jul 31, 2014

New coach Scott eyes swift return to contention for Lakers

Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth-shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. “This organization is all ...

Nishikori growing in confidence against top players

Jul 31, 2014

Nishikori growing in confidence against top players

Kei Nishikori has new confidence against the top stars in tennis, thanks to some success on the court and in his work with coach Michael Chang. Nishikori, enjoying his best ATP season with a repeat title at Memphis and win on Barcelona clay, begins ...

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

Jul 31, 2014

Alvarez, Marlins top Nats for sixth straight win

The Miami Marlins have gotten contributions from a number of players during their recent surge. On Tuesday night, their two All-Stars led them. Henderson Alvarez pitched seven scoreless innings, Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and the surging Marlins beat Stephen Strasburg and the ...

Jets feel good about season

Jul 31, 2014

Jets feel good about season

Welcome to Camp Confidence, where bold proclamations are among the annual rites of summer for the New York Jets. Yes, they’re talking again. And maybe even a little more than before. Oh, and guess what? Rex Ryan doesn’t mind one bit, even though he ...

Tiger's Ryder Cup fate in balance

Jul 31, 2014

Tiger's Ryder Cup fate in balance

The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. As it prepares to host the Bridgestone Invitational this week, Tiger Woods has reason to see only ...

Goeido promoted to ozeki for September basho

Jul 31, 2014

Goeido promoted to ozeki for September basho

The Japan Sumo Association formally promoted sekiwake Goeido to the ozeki rank, following a unanimous decision from its board of directors on Wednesday. The decision to promote the Sakaigawa wrestler was officially made after a meeting to determine the sumo rankings for the Sept. ...