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Aug 03, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...

Is the next stop 'brokesville' for the maglev?

| Aug 03, 2014

Is the next stop 'brokesville' for the maglev?

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Robert Moses, the civil servant who built the great park-expressway-bridge network in New York state during the middle of the last century, succeeded by gaming the system. Understanding how politics would make it difficult for him to fulfill his vision, he often started a ...

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

| Aug 03, 2014

Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy

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Almost exactly a year ago (on July 27, 2013), this column reported on how the print media was inundated with concerns over the safety of foods from abroad. Among the sources cited was Takarajima magazine, which quoted a foodstuffs importer as saying, “The decline ...

Taiwan explosions probe focuses on petrochemical firm

Aug 03, 2014

Taiwan explosions probe focuses on petrochemical firm

Authorities in Taiwan’s second-biggest city were focusing on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 27 people and injured 267. Five blasts tore through four streets in the city of Kaohsiung starting at around midnight ...

'Earthquacks' challenged by U.S. expert in Tokyo

Aug 03, 2014

'Earthquacks' challenged by U.S. expert in Tokyo

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Robert Geller, an American seismologist teaching in Japan, has been fighting a lonely battle against what he says is a hopeless national initiative for predicting big earthquakes. “Earthquake probability information announced by the government is quite meaningless,” Geller, 62, said at an open seminar ...

Aug 03, 2014

'Dappo' drug cases up 151% in first half: NPA

Criminal cases involving dangerous “dappo” quasi-legal drugs surged to 128 in the first half of the year, up 151 percent from the previous year, the National Police Agency said. The number of people charged in the cases came to 145, up by 79, or ...

Israeli Army pushes deeper into Gaza in hunt for missing soldier

Aug 03, 2014

Israeli Army pushes deeper into Gaza in hunt for missing soldier

Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli Army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire. The apparent capture of the soldier and ...

Aug 03, 2014

Getting tough on hate speech

Japan needs to respond to criticism of it by the U.N. Human Rights Committee for allowing instances of hate speech, directed mostly against Koreans, to proliferate in 2013.

Aug 03, 2014

More students opt for fifth year

According to a recent survey, many of the 103,000 Japanese students who opted for a fifth year of university study last spring did so to continue hunting for a job.

Nasu rescues Urawa point but Sagan take top spot

Aug 03, 2014

Nasu rescues Urawa point but Sagan take top spot

Veteran defender Daisuke Nasu rescued a point with a dramatic late equalizer, but Urawa Reds surrendered top spot in the J. League first division on Saturday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Vissel Kobe. Reds striker Shinzo Koroki opened the ...

Utsumi savors win as Giants beat Carp

Aug 03, 2014

Utsumi savors win as Giants beat Carp

Home runs by Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe lifted the Yomiuri Giants to a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Hiroshima Carp and earned ace Tetsuya Utsumi his first win in over two months. Sakamoto’s eighth homer of the year tied it 1-1 in ...

Brewers best Cardinals' Wainwright

Aug 03, 2014

Brewers best Cardinals' Wainwright

Aramis Ramirez knows he’s not supposed to have success like this against Adam Wainwright. “I don’t have an explanation for it,” the Milwaukee Brewers cleanup man said after setting the tone with a home run and RBI double off the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace ...

George suffers serious leg injury

Aug 03, 2014

George suffers serious leg injury

Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday night. George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the ...

Gasquet routs Nishikori

Aug 03, 2014

Gasquet routs Nishikori

Richard Gasquet beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets to join Wimbledon semifinalist Milos Raonic in the semifinals of the Citi Open on Friday. The sixth-seeded Frenchman blew by fourth-seeded Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in only 59 minutes. Gasquet, who improved to 5-0 against Nishikori, fired ...

Bolt races back into spotlight

Aug 03, 2014

Bolt races back into spotlight

If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn’t show it on Friday as the Jamaican sprint star made his Commonwealth Games debut. Despite a newspaper claiming that he was disparaging about Glasgow, Bolt’s introduction to a 40,000-plus crowd at Hampden Park was greeted ...