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Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon near Philippines heading northward

A tropycal cyclone over the ocean east of the Philippines turned into a typhoon early Friday, the Meteorological Agency said. Typhoon No. 10, whose atmospheric pressure measures 1002 hectopascals and its maximum wind speed 18 meters per second at its center, is slowly heading ...

Jul 18, 2014

Deliberations to begin in Guam fatal rampage

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in a murder trial against a man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage on Guam. Closing arguments ended Thursday with Chad Ryan DeS oto’s public defender reiterating his client’s mental illness. De ...

Jul 18, 2014

Kishida, in Ukraine, orders ministry to probe plane crash

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, now visiting Ukraine, said Thursday night he has ordered his ministry to verify reports of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters, Kishida said, “I have ordered (the ministry) to confirm the facts,” adding that ...

Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

Jul 17, 2014

Akutagawa, Naoki literary awards go to Shibasaki, Kurokawa

Novelist Tomoka Shibasaki has won the Akutagawa award for up-and-coming authors of pure literature and Hiroyuki Kurokawa will receive the renowned Naoki Prize for popular fiction, the selection committee said Thursday. Shibasaki, a 40-year-old native of Osaka, won the 151st Akutagawa prize for “Haru ...

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

Jul 17, 2014

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

A Tokyo systems engineer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegal copying for allegedly stealing data on millions of customers from the computer servers of education service provider Benesse Corp. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Masaomi Matsuzaki, 39, on suspicion of downloading and copying ...

Female workers may finally get foothold

Jul 17, 2014

Female workers may finally get foothold

by Ayako Mie

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed up last Sunday for the 19th International Conference for Women in Business, Kaori Sasaki — who has been organizing the gathering to empower women since 1996 — finally felt that society was changing. When Sasaki launched the project ...