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65 articles published/printed


Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

| Aug 19, 2014

Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

by Reiji Yoshida

Rumors and speculation are swirling in Nagata-cho, Japan’s political nerve center. The hot topic: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to reshuffle the Cabinet and the leadership of his Liberal Democratic Party next month. Why is Abe planning to shake up the Cabinet now? Who ...

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

Aug 19, 2014

Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

by Tomohiro Osaki

A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. Spearheaded by the Asian People’s Friendship Society, a nonprofit organization, the campaign includes ...

SoftBank sells first bonds since dropping T-Mobile bid

Aug 19, 2014

SoftBank sells first bonds since dropping T-Mobile bid

SoftBank Corp., the Japanese wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, plans to sell bonds for the first time after it abandoned talks to merge Sprint Corp. with T-Mobile US Inc. Son’s company is offering ¥400 billion in five-year notes to individual investors, and ...

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Aug 19, 2014

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Nepalese authorities on Monday feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed at least 101 people and left more than 136 missing. Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said ...

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Aug 19, 2014

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans — from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided ...

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

Aug 19, 2014

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

by Julie Pace

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as America’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” ...

Autopsy finds unarmed teen killed by police was shot six times

Aug 19, 2014

Autopsy finds unarmed teen killed by police was shot six times

A preliminary private autopsy report found that Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a police officer in the suburban St. Louis city of Ferguson, was shot at least six times, The New York Times reported Sunday night. Citing Dr. Michael M. Baden, former ...

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

Aug 19, 2014

Landslide warning issued after record downpours

The Meteorological Agency is calling for continued caution Monday morning against possible landslides in areas across Japan hit by torrential rain over the weekend. A weather front brought intermittent rain in wide areas of Japan, battering especially Kyoto and Gifu prefectures, where precipitation amounted ...

Aug 19, 2014

The high cost of cheap labor

The recent revelation that excessively long hours were imposed on workers at Sukiya should not be dismissed as an isolated case limited to the popular beef-bowl chain.

| Aug 19, 2014

Teen planned murder: police

A 16-year-old girl who was arrested for allegedly killing and dismembering a high school classmate in Nagasaki Prefecture has admitted to planning the murder, investigative sources disclosed on July 29.

Injured Nadal out of U.S. Open

Aug 19, 2014

Injured Nadal out of U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. Nadal and the tournament announced his withdrawal Monday, a week before the year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins. The 27-year-old Spaniard was hurt July 29 while practicing ...

Hawks edge Lions

Aug 19, 2014

Hawks edge Lions

Kenta Imamiya’s bases-loaded sac fly capped a three-run eighth inning as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came back to win 6-5 against the Seibu Lions on Monday. With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, Yuya Hasegawa tied ...

Park claims LPGA Championship after playoff

Aug 19, 2014

Park claims LPGA Championship after playoff

Calm under the intense pressure of a playoff at a major, Inbee Park added another title to her impressive LPGA Tour resume. Park successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff ...

Kuroda fuels Yankees win

Aug 19, 2014

Kuroda fuels Yankees win

Hiroki Kuroda got a couple extra days between starts and it looked as if it paid off. Kuroda pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Brett Gardner drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Sunday. Kuroda ...

Man City, Liverpool start new campaign with victories

Aug 19, 2014

Man City, Liverpool start new campaign with victories

Two days into the English Premier League season there is a familiar sight at the top of the standings. Manchester City began the defense of its title with a 2-0 away victory over Newcastle on Sunday, with star forwards David Silva and Sergio Aguero ...