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Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Aug 08, 2014

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programs, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his Russian lawyer said on Thursday. Moscow’s relations with the West are at Cold War-era ...

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Aug 08, 2014

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold informal talks with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum this weekend in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw, government sources said. It is not known whether Kishida ...

Aug 08, 2014

Lightning kills Aichi youth on pitcher's mound during game

A high school student died after being struck by lightning Wednesday during a baseball game at a school in Fusocho, Aichi Prefecture, police said. Shoki Ando, 17, a pitcher for the private Seishin High School, was on the mound when he was struck by ...

Suntory becomes top-selling Japanese brewer in Jan.-June period

Aug 08, 2014

Suntory becomes top-selling Japanese brewer in Jan.-June period

Suntory Holdings Ltd.’s sales overtook those of Kirin Holdings Co. in the January-June period for the first time since 2009, when it adopted a holding company system, according to earnings reports released by major Japanese brewers by Wednesday. Suntory racked up record-high group sales ...

Women flexing their muscles as product planners

Aug 08, 2014

Women flexing their muscles as product planners

Japanese companies are finally turning to their female employees for ideas on creating unique products tailored to women. At Aux Co., a maker of household goods in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, four women in their 30s to 50s are the developers of a smash-hit series ...

In Gaza Strip, deaths become part of daily life

Aug 08, 2014

In Gaza Strip, deaths become part of daily life

The airstrike that crushed the Najam family home in the Jebaliya refugee camp set in motion a grim but increasingly familiar process as the Gaza war claims victim after victim. A search through the rubble for bodies and body parts. Relatives claiming the dead ...

Aug 08, 2014

No evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, China claims

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast-food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts Wednesday in Beijing. Chinese investigators made the assessment after ...

Cambodia set for landmark verdict on Khmer Rouge chiefs

Aug 08, 2014

Cambodia set for landmark verdict on Khmer Rouge chiefs

Two former Khmer Rouge leaders face a verdict at a U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia on Thursday over allegations of crimes against humanity, marking the first time rulers of the murderous regime will be judged in a court. Prosecutors are demanding life in jail for ...

Aug 08, 2014

The right path to pursue peace

The city of Hiroshima marks the 69th anniversary of its atomic bombing under completely different circumstances than in previous years, what with the Abe administration's recent decision to change the government's constititutional re-interpretation that paves the way for Japan's possible participation in military conflicts ...

Aug 08, 2014

Why ASEAN has not condemned Thailand

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It is not a given that ASEAN won't condemn Thailand's recent military coup. At present, though, most neighbors regard the events as an internal matter while more than two-thirds of Thais surveyed report being happier now than before the intervention.

The back story to Taiwan's treasures

Aug 08, 2014

The back story to Taiwan's treasures

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The artworks and objects on display at the Tokyo National Museum’s latest show, “Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum, Taipei,” have had something of checkered history. A large part of this was due to the efforts of the Japanese Imperial Army to get ...

Daigoji Temple celebrates its collection

Aug 08, 2014

Daigoji Temple celebrates its collection

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World Heritage Site, Daigoji Temple, was founded on the summit of Mount Kasatori in southeastern Kyoto when the monk Rigen Daishi Shobo (832-909) is said to have discovered a spring from which flowed the “ultimate taste, representing the highest state of Buddhist wisdom.” From ...

A palace fit for the queen of consumption

Aug 08, 2014

A palace fit for the queen of consumption

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What sort of person would decide to build the biggest house in America? Not just the biggest, but a monstrous, mega-mansion replica of the Palace of Versailles, overlooking Florida’s Walt Disney World, complete with its own bowling alley, spa, 10 kitchens, 30 bathrooms, and ...

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

Aug 08, 2014

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

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There is such a thing as a Japanese dream, and in many ways it’s a lot like the American dream. Japanese hip-hop artist Anarchy’s dream has to do with escape, money and, ultimately, getting to a place where he can perform in a music ...

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Aug 08, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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My least favorite part of being a film critic is probably going to see Michael Bay movies. And the most horrific Michael Bay movies of all are the “Transformers” ones. So when I heard that Bay’s latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” clocked in at ...

Miura tosses complete-game victory against Giants

Aug 08, 2014

Miura tosses complete-game victory against Giants

Daisuke Miura allowed a run over the distance to earn his third straight win as the Yokohama BayStars stomped the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 10-1 on Thursday. The BayStars, who finished last in the CL in five of the last six seasons, swept a ...

Aug 08, 2014

Japan men's soccer squad to face Jamaica, Brazil in fall

The Japan Football Association announced Thursday that the men’s national team will play Jamaica and Brazil in October. Japan will host Jamaica on Oct. 10 in Niigata at Denka Big Swan Stadium and will play Brazil four days later in Singapore. Japan lost its ...

Fister posts 11th victory

Aug 08, 2014

Fister posts 11th victory

Doug Fister made quick work of the New York Mets, and that’s one reason why his teammates on the Washington Nationals provided him with ample hitting support. Fister took a five-hit shutout into the eighth inning, Adam LaRoche homered twice and Danny Espinosa also ...

Haren, Dodgers edge Angels

Aug 08, 2014

Haren, Dodgers edge Angels

After the cumulative disaster of his last five starts, Dan Haren didn’t spare a thought for his potential perfect game when he took the mound in the sixth inning. “I’ve just been trying to have a perfect inning,” Haren said. Haren and Kenley Jansen ...

Nole, Murray advance in Toronto

Aug 08, 2014

Nole, Murray advance in Toronto

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic edged Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2) on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup. After a lopsided tiebreaker, Djokovic fist-pumped and yelled at the end of the match that lasted 2 hours, 40 minutes. Monfils pulled out ...

Tiger says back good enough to play in PGA Championship

Aug 08, 2014

Tiger says back good enough to play in PGA Championship

Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to play in the PGA Championship. Woods caused the biggest sensation of the week Wednesday afternoon simply by driving his silver SUV into the parking lot at Valhalla. He has never ...