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Jul 30, 2015

Japanese women top in life expectancy for third year

Japanese women took the top spot in average life expectancy worldwide for the third consecutive year in 2014 at 86.83 years, while Japanese men climbed a notch to tie for third place at 80.50 years, both figures marking record highs, welfare ministry data showed ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japanese photographer sues government over travel ban to Syria

A Japanese photographer sued the government on Thursday, claiming that a Foreign Ministry ban against him traveling to Syria or Iraq is action is unconstitutional. On Feb. 7, the ministry ordered Yuichi Sugimoto, who was planning to travel to Syria later that month, to ...

Kikuchi, Guzman lead Carp comeback

Jul 30, 2015

Kikuchi, Guzman lead Carp comeback

Ryosuke Kikuchi and Jesus Guzman sparked a comeback as the Hiroshima Carp overturned a four-run deficit in a 5-4 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Thursday night. Trailing 4-3 in the eighth before a loud crowd of 30,136 at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Guzman ...

South Korean Chung to run for FIFA president

Jul 30, 2015

South Korean Chung to run for FIFA president

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, said on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the sport’s world governing body. Chung, the 63-year-old billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai ...

Sony's April-June profits more than triple to ¥82.4 billion

Jul 30, 2015

Sony's April-June profits more than triple to ¥82.4 billion

Sony said Thursday its April-to-June net profit more than tripled as video games and smartphone component sales got a lift, with the company emerging from a painful corporate restructuring that included layoffs and asset sales. The Tokyo-based electronics giant logged a quarterly net profit ...

Jul 30, 2015

JFE announces participation in Vietnamese steel project

Japan’s JFE Steel Corp. said Thursday it will acquire a 5 percent stake in a large-scale Vietnamese steel plant project spearheaded by a Taiwanese steelmaker and will provide the project with technical support. JFE Steel is the first Japanese steelmaker to participate in an ...

Bach blames Boston for bid failure

Jul 30, 2015

Bach blames Boston for bid failure

IOC president Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on “promises” made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the ...