Michigan St. into Final Four

Mar 31, 2015

Michigan St. into Final Four

Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn’t going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four. The senior guard’s vow lasted no more than 10 seconds once the final horn sounded following Michigan State’s 76-70 ...

Nets keep up playoff push

Mar 31, 2015

Nets keep up playoff push

Alan Anderson patrolled the locker room area in a Michigan State hat, screaming “Spartan!” so loudly that his teammates wondered how they could live with him for the next week. The swingman’s college team is thriving again in March, and suddenly so is his ...

Ovechkin, Capitals defeat Rangers

Mar 31, 2015

Ovechkin, Capitals defeat Rangers

The Washington Capitals showed the urgency of a team that hasn’t secured a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The New York Rangers haven’t looked the same since they clinched their place in the postseason. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two ...

Williams beats 15-year-old Bellis

Mar 31, 2015

Williams beats 15-year-old Bellis

When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday’s match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar. Williams said she was tempted to join the applause. Everyone wanted to see her underage, underdog opponent do better. Fifteen-year-old Californian CiCi ...

Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Mar 31, 2015

Trading personal data

A proposed revision to the law on protecting personal information, already submitted to the Diet, would allow businesses that hold customer data to provide the information to third parties as long as the data is processed to prevent identification of the individuals. It is ...

Jokowi returns to Jakarta with $74 billion in business deals

Mar 30, 2015

Jokowi returns to Jakarta with $74 billion in business deals

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has brought back business commitments worth a total of $74.34 billion in various planned projects and investments, following state visits to Japan and China over the past week, a senior government official said. Upon arriving in Jakarta after accompanying the ...

Mar 30, 2015

Industrial output takes larger drop

Japan’s industrial production fell more than forecast in February, adding to pressure from a drop in consumer spending and faltering inflation. Output declined 3.4 percent from January, when it rose 3.7 percent, the trade ministry said in Tokyo on Monday. The median estimate of ...

Mar 30, 2015

Benesse’s data went to 500 firms

Customer information copied by a systems engineer from Benesse Corp. was leaked to more than 500 companies through name-list traders, police said Monday. Police investigating Japan’s biggest-ever data theft said that the engineer, Masaomi Matsuzaki, 40, arrested last July on suspicion of stealing personal ...