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Dec 25, 2012

Police use Facebook to fix Net threats

Police will open a new page on the Facebook to seek information on a series of intimidating messages posted online from remotely controlled computers. The Metropolitan Police Department's Facebook page will open at 4 p.m. Friday, according to a joint investigative team comprising the Tokyo, ...

Suzuki says next season will be her last

/ Dec 25, 2012

Suzuki says next season will be her last

Akiko Suzuki, who finished a disappointing fourth at the national championships over the weekend, announced on Monday that she would retire from competition after next season. The 27-year-old Suzuki, who will represent Japan at the world championships in March, could compete in the 2014 Sochi ...

Dec 25, 2012

U.N. law of sea lauded but said no Senkaku solution

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides a key framework for international maritime rules, marked its 30th anniversary in December. Tadao Kuribayashi, professor emeritus of Keio University, is one of those who took part in instituting the convention, which, among other ...

Dec 25, 2012

Five men in drug-smuggling sting

Five men have been arrested after they allegedly attempted to smuggle about 110 kg of narcotics hidden inside construction machinery transported by ship to the port of Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, according to authorities. The five men, aged between their 30s and 50s, are from ...

/ Dec 25, 2012

Droughts likely in southwest

Paris AFP-JIJI Southwestern areas of the U.S., reeling from the worst drought in 50 years, may have 10 percent less surface water within a decade due to global warming, a study said Sunday. While rainfall is forecast to increase over Northern California in winter and the ...

Bandai designer keeps 'Gundam' alive in models

Dec 25, 2012

Bandai designer keeps 'Gundam' alive in models

Many of the kids who were mesmerized by the animated cartoon series "Mobile Suit Gundam" over three decades ago are now adults, but their passion for building models of the robot never faded. Junichi Nishizawa, 36, is one of the character creators at Bandai Co. ...

Memorial service for Inouye held in Hawaii

Dec 25, 2012

Memorial service for Inouye held in Hawaii

A memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, the first Japanese-American elected to both houses of Congress, was held Sunday in his native state of Hawaii. The service at Honolulu's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was attended by more than 1,000 people, including ...

LDP returns with all its old baggage

| Dec 25, 2012

LDP returns with all its old baggage

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They're baaaack. After warming the opposition bench for more than three years, the Liberal Democratic Party has returned to power, hungrier and more eager than ever to rule. True, the LDP has a long history and vast experience as the ruling party. But times have ...

Big Bulls give coach Oketani happy birthday

/ Dec 24, 2012

Big Bulls give coach Oketani happy birthday

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Before his 35th birthday, Iwate Big Bulls coach Dai Oketani had already guided his former club, the Ryukyu Golden Kings, to a pair of bj-league championships. After losing the series opener by five points on Saturday against the expansion Tokyo Cinq Reves, the visiting Big ...

Police officer nabbed over '10 Toyama murder

Dec 24, 2012

Police officer nabbed over '10 Toyama murder

The police arrested one of their own on Saturday in connection with the 2010 slaying of an elderly couple in Toyama Prefecture. Takeshi Kano, 54, assistant police inspector at the Toyama Prefectural Police, was arrested on suspicion of strangling Saburo Fukuda, 79, and his 75-year-old ...

Haneda tunnel panels to be removed

Dec 24, 2012

Haneda tunnel panels to be removed

The operator of the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway is removing concrete ceiling panels from a tunnel near Haneda airport after discovering defective fasteners during emergency checks ordered after similar panels killed nine people in a tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture earlier this month. Metropolitan Expressway Co. began ...

Dec 24, 2012

3,000 hold anti-Osprey march near U.S. base in Okinawa

A crowd of about 3,000 marched through the streets near a contentious U.S. Marine base in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Sunday to protest its use of the Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft. They also protested the long-stalled plan to keep Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within ...

Dec 24, 2012

Ex-land minister Mabuchi to run in DPJ presidential race

Former transport minister Sumio Mabuchi will run in the Democratic Party of Japan's presidential election, a senior DPJ member said Sunday, joining former trade minister Banri Kaieda, who declared the previous day. The candidates emerged a week after the party was savaged in the House ...

Dec 24, 2012

Hasegawa targets belt after victory

Former WBC bantamweight and featherweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa declared himself ready to return to the throne after beating Mexican Arturo Santos by unanimous decision in a non-title fight Saturday. Hasegawa fought for the first time since April when he knocked out Felipe Carlos Felix ...

/ Dec 24, 2012

Rakuten signs infielder McGehee

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Sunday they have signed journeyman infielder Casey McGehee to a one-year deal worth ¥100 million. The 30-year-old McGehee is a veteran of 551 major league games over five years with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and New ...