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Jorginho to leave Antlers after one season

/ Nov 30, 2012

Jorginho to leave Antlers after one season

Jorginho will step down as manager of Kashima Antlers at the end of this season, the seven-time J. League champions said on Thursday. The club decided not to renew the contract of the 48-year-old Brazilian World Cup winner after holding negotiations regarding next season and ...

Peach Aviation passes 1 million passenger milestone

Nov 30, 2012

Peach Aviation passes 1 million passenger milestone

Peach Aviation Ltd. logged its 1 millionth passenger Thursday in a ceremony at Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture. The budget carrier, partially owned by All Nippon Airways Co., said seat occupancy since it began flying in March was at about 77 percent as of Oct. ...

Nov 30, 2012

Stem cell researchers target leukemia

A research team of Japanese universities says it has succeeded in producing iPS cells carrying rare genetic traits of people with propensity to develop leukemia. The team hopes that their induced pluripotent stem cells will break new ground for studying the root causes of leukemia, ...

'Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow's Thumb)'

/ Nov 30, 2012

'Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow's Thumb)'

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Genres come with expectations, often advertised right on the poster. The one for Tadafumi Ito's "Karasu no Oyayubi (Crow's Thumb)" shows star Hiroshi Abe and his supporting cast looking well dressed and mostly wised-up, which makes good genre sense since they are playing con ...

Nov 30, 2012

Pair busted over drugs from Kenya

Police said Wednesday they have arrested two Nigerians on suspicion of smuggling around 4 kg of stimulant drugs from Kenya and later seized illegal drugs with a street value of ¥1.5 billion. Okafor Stanley Okezie, 39, living in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, and Nwozor Mark Chidi, ...

Nov 30, 2012

Ponting to retire from test cricket

Australia's highest test run-scorer and former captain Ricky Ponting has announced he will retire from test cricket. The 38-year-old former said Thursday the third test against South Africa starting Friday will be his last. Ponting will equal Steve Waugh's record of 168 test appearances for Australia ...

Campaign begins to succeed Ishihara

Nov 30, 2012

Campaign begins to succeed Ishihara

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Campaigning officially started Thursday for the Dec. 16 Tokyo gubernatorial election as candidates crisscrossed the capital to make speeches vowing to make the metropolis a better place. The poll will be held on the same day as the general election — for the first time ...

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

Nov 30, 2012

Bardem brings the sky down on James Bond

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"I am so bad that I'm taking the heat off of James Bond," laughs Javier Bardem, whose MI6 operative-turned-cyberterrorist in the film "Skyfall" is winning plaudits as the best 007 villain in a decade. What the Spanish actor is getting at is that ...

| Nov 30, 2012

Lawyers' appeal to halt Dec. 16 election also fails

The Tokyo High Court has rejected a suit filed by lawyers seeking an injunction to halt the Dec. 16 general election on grounds the Supreme Court has ruled the vote weight disparity between constituencies is in "a state of unconstitutionality." "There are no (applicable) legal ...

Kada urged to look to Merkel for nonnuclear inspiration

| Nov 30, 2012

Kada urged to look to Merkel for nonnuclear inspiration

Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada, who heads the newly formed Nippon Mirai no To (Japan Future Party), is an environmental studies scholar who studied at the University of Wisconsin and holds a doctoral degree in agriculture from Kyoto University. Her party was officially inaugurated Wednesday, just ...

Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

Nov 30, 2012

Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

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Tokyo is about to get its first new governor in almost 14 years, and whoever wins the Dec. 16 election will have to fill the shoes of Shintaro Ishihara, who leaves behind a legacy both positive and negative. The 80-year-old Ishihara, who now heads Nippon ...

Ex-envoy calls for 'mature' diplomacy

Nov 30, 2012

Ex-envoy calls for 'mature' diplomacy

Masatoshi Muto, Japan's ambassador to South Korea when bilateral tensions spiked over the Takeshima territorial dispute this summer, is calling for a "mature relationship between adults" in which bilateral cooperation can be advanced where possible. To help improve the frayed ties between the two countries, ...

6,300 Hokkaido households still without power

Nov 30, 2012

6,300 Hokkaido households still without power

Around 6,300 households in Hokkaido were still without electricity in freezing temperatures Thursday night after a snowstorm cut power to as many as 56,000 households in the prefecture the previous day, local authorities and a regional utility said. Some 260 people whose heating equipment was ...