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Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Aug 23, 2014

Hiroshima search delayed by heavy rain; Abe under fire

Heavy rain on Friday hampered the search for 52 people believed buried alive on the edge of Hiroshima as opposition politicians hounded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for golfing and relaxing while responding to the disaster. Rescuers feared the continuing rain could set off further ...

Of all police killings, why did Ferguson explode?

| Aug 23, 2014

Of all police killings, why did Ferguson explode?

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in ...

Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Aug 23, 2014

Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public’s imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. The Culture Ministry appealed Thursday for “understanding” while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds. The ...

Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

| Aug 23, 2014

Foley case lays bare debate over ransoms

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The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime American and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma is ...

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

| Aug 23, 2014

NATO's new challenge: 'ambiguous warfare'

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Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe, Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different from those of the latter half of the 20th century. The West then was ...

Aug 23, 2014

Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday. According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm ...

Aug 23, 2014

How WWII could have ended

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A Soviet attack on Japan proper leading to the destruction of the Emperor system and the establishment of a communist government frightened Japan's militarists even more than the atomic bombings at the end of World War II.

Aug 23, 2014

Improving disaster preparedness

Japan's municipal authorities must examine why their collective past experience with torrential rains failed to prevent the deaths of dozens of people in mudslides that engulfed hilly residential areas of Hiroshima early Wednesday.

New games and Japan's Xbox One launch

| Aug 23, 2014

New games and Japan's Xbox One launch

Xbox One launches in Japan — finally! After debuting in the West last fall, the Xbox One, Microsoft’s most powerful console gaming machine, is finally getting its long-awaited Japan release. Players will also be able to get the newest version of Kinect, Microsoft’s motion-control ...

Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 23, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

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Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

| Aug 23, 2014

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

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I was in New York last week to host a launch event for the English translation of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” My good friend and Murakami translator Ted Goossen, professor at York University in Toronto, joined ...

Kershaw snatches 15th win

Aug 23, 2014

Kershaw snatches 15th win

The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. ...

Carter wins Stockholm 100 meters

Aug 23, 2014

Carter wins Stockholm 100 meters

Nesta Carter of Jamaica was the only sprinter to dip below 10 seconds as he won the men’s 100 meters at the Stockholm Diamond League meet on Thursday. Carter clocked 9.96 to beat Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago, who finished in 10.09. Britain’s ...

Phelps makes return to international competition at Pan Pacs

Aug 23, 2014

Phelps makes return to international competition at Pan Pacs

It was raining, and it was pouring for Michael Phelps’ return to international competition. It was anything but boring. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist advanced to the 100-meter freestyle final at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Friday, with his time of 48.45 seconds ...

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Aug 23, 2014

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Mario Balotelli’s roller-coaster career took another twist on Thursday when he said goodbye to his AC Milan teammates after training before an expected transfer to Liverpool. In a brief statement on its website, the Italian club said: “Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at ...