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More Sports / Golf Jul 31, 2009

Ishikawa sets early pace at Otaru

OTARU, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Ryo Ishikawa matched a career low with a 7-under 65 and took a one-shot lead after the first round of the Sun Chlorella Classic on Thursday. The 17-year-old sensation made an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole and carded five birdies at ...

National Jul 31, 2009

Million books free for Sony e-reader

NEW YORK (Kyodo) Sony Corp. said Wednesday users of its e-book readers can now access 1 million titles free of charge through Google Inc.'s public domain. Sony said e-books digitized under Google's Book project and made available to Sony Reader users are classic titles whose ...

National Jul 31, 2009

Overstayer denied pregnancy registration

by Reiji Yoshida

The municipal government of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, did not accept an application for pregnancy registration by a 30-year-old Indonesian woman in March because she had overstayed her visa, it was learned Thursday. According to the health ministry, local governments as a rule should accept ...

More Sports / Golf Jul 31, 2009

Ishikawa sets early pace at Otaru

OTARU, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Ryo Ishikawa matched a career low with a 7-under 65 and took a one-shot lead after the first round of the Sun Chlorella Classic on Thursday. The 17-year-old sensation made an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole and carded five birdies at ...

National Jul 31, 2009

Cabby slaying nets U.S. sailor life in prison

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) A 23-year-old U.S. sailor was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for killing a taxi driver in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, in March last year. The Yokohama District Court found Seaman Olatunbosun Ugbogu, a Nigerian national, guilty of murder and robbery in the death ...

National Jul 31, 2009

China puts brakes on talks with Japan, U.S.

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) The first trilateral policy dialogue Japan, the United States and China had planned to engage in this month will be delayed because Beijing insists it would anger North Korea, sources close to U.S.-China relations said Wednesday. The dialogue was planned to take place ...

Business Jul 31, 2009

Industrial output climbs 2.4% as surge enters fourth month

Factory output rose for the fourth straight month in June as hopeful manufacturers boosted production to meet an uptick in global demand from depressed levels, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Thursday in a closely watched monthly report. Industrial production climbed 2.4 percent ...

Business Jul 31, 2009

Vehicle output, exports plummet

Domestic production of cars, trucks and buses in the January-June period plunged 45.2 percent from a year earlier and its exports plummeted 59.1 percent, both marking the first fall in eight years for a first half year, an industry body said Thursday. Domestic vehicle output ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 31, 2009

Female knuckleball pitcher takes leave of absence

Eri Yoshida, the first Japanese female pro baseball player, has left her independent league club indefinitely, citing health reasons. "I've had a stomachache since yesterday. I think it's something to do with my mental state," the Kobe 9 Cruise knuckleballer said Thursday, a day after ...

National Jul 31, 2009

Japan to build own housing, plane tarmac in Djibouti for piracy patrols

Japan will build its own base in Djibouti to house Self-Defense Forces personnel and patrol planes involved in antipiracy operations off Somalia, government sources said Thursday. Tokyo plans to complete a tarmac for Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance planes and housing facilities in the strife-torn ...

Stationary front fuels downpours

National Jul 31, 2009

Stationary front fuels downpours

The seasonal rain front continues to remain stationary along the length of Japan, spawning torrential downpours in the west, a rare tornado in the east, and unusual weather conditions in Hokkaido. As a result, the Meteorological Agency hasn't been able to declare an end to ...

Business Jul 31, 2009

Five firms team up against global warming

Five major companies said Thursday they have jointly launched an organization to fight global warming by creating a sustainable low carbon society. Aeon Co., Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Fujitsu Ltd., Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. and Ricoh Co. have founded the Japan Climate ...

'Kamen Rider' villains turn to politics

National Jul 31, 2009

'Kamen Rider' villains turn to politics

Talk of a change in government power is everywhere ahead of the Aug. 30 Lower House election, including a promotional event this week for the action movie "Kamen Rider Decade." Two of the franchise's greatest villains — Jigoku Taishi (Ambassador Hell) and Shinigami Hakase (Dr. ...

Business Jul 31, 2009

Alico Japan fraud inquiries growing

Insurer Alico Japan said Thursday it had received by the previous day about 2,700 inquiries into credit card fraud in connection with the reported leak of credit card data of some of its customers. Alico Japan, affiliated with American International Group Inc., first announced the ...

Asian youths call for ambitious climate pact

National Jul 31, 2009

Asian youths call for ambitious climate pact

by Ko Hirano

BEIJING (Kyodo) Alarmed by the slow progress in global negotiations on a new carbon-capping pact, young people in Asia are increasingly calling on China, Japan and other major greenhouse gas emitters to step up to the plate, emphasizing that transformation to a low-carbon economy ...

Commentary Jul 31, 2009

Next word on intervention

by Ramesh Thakur

WATERLOO, Ontario — The 1990s was a decade of conscience-shocking atrocities in Rwanda, the Balkans and East Timor. Unilateral actions by India and Vietnam to end atrocities in the 1970s had drawn international opprobrium and condemnation. The crises of the 1990s provoked agonized soul-searching ...

'Coco Chanel'

Film / Reviews Jul 31, 2009

'Coco Chanel'

by Kaori Shoji

Simone de Beauvoir may have given us feminism, but Coco Chanel gave us the L.B.D. (Little Black Dress), which is, let's face it, a much more viable survival tool. Start talking "The Second Sex" jargon at a party and the entire male populace will probably ...