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Mar 24, 2013

Toyota to boost first-half output 10%

Toyota Motor Corp. will expand domestic production for the April-September first half of fiscal 2013 by around 10 percent from initial plans, sources said Saturday. They cited strong overseas demand amid the yen's depreciation as well as steady sales at home as reasons for the ...

/ Mar 24, 2013

Lee guides FC Tokyo past Antlers

Two-time defending champion Kashima Antlers got off on the wrong foot in their quest for a third straight Nabisco Cup title as Toninho Cerezo's men lost 4-2 to FC Tokyo on Saturday. Ex-Southampton striker Tadanari Lee was the man of the hour, scoring his first ...

Mar 24, 2013

Japanese tourist killed in Cambodian roller coaster derailment

A female Japanese tourist died Friday night in a roller coaster derailment at an amusement park in Cambodia, a local government official said Saturday. Bun Tharith, deputy governor of Siem Reap Province, identified the victim as 21-year-old Saki Takita from Aomori Prefecture. She had arrived ...

/ Mar 24, 2013

U.S. hails request to start work on successor base

Washington has welcomed Tokyo's formal request to Okinawa for permission to provide landfill for the U.S. Futenma replacement base, calling it "a key milestone" after years of tough bilateral negotiations. "We welcomed the government of Japan's submission of the landfill permit request to the Okinawa ...

Mar 24, 2013

Obama to name five national monuments

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce five new national monuments that will be added to the U.S. list of protected land. In a rare invocation of his executive powers, Obama will designate the First State National Monument in Delaware. He also is expected to ...

Mar 24, 2013

Ski legend Miura, 80, in bid to best Everest age record

Adventurer and skiing legend Yuichiro Miura, 80, vowed Friday to give his all to reach the summit of Mount Everest and become the oldest person ever to conquer the world's highest peak. "I would like to work hard to my limit," Miura, who in 1970 ...

Alterations of idealized beauty in China, Japan

/ Mar 24, 2013

Alterations of idealized beauty in China, Japan

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THE SEARCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN: A Cultural History of Japanese and Chinese Beauty, by Cho Kyo (Zhang Jing), translated by Kyoko Selden. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, 287 pp., $49.95 (hardcover) China has a phrase, "the four beautiful women," Cho Kyo (Zhang Jing), the Shanghai-born ...

Abashiri astounds with its ice and convict connections

Mar 24, 2013

Abashiri astounds with its ice and convict connections

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In April 1890, the Japanese government shipped more than 1,200 political prisoners from all over the country, including samurai insurgents from the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion against the government of Emperor Meiji. Nine years before, more than 250 years of rule by the Tokugawa shoguns ...

Mar 24, 2013

China's navy to join U.S.-led Pacific drill in 2014

China's navy will join a U.S.-led joint exercise for the first time in the summer of 2014, a Pentagon official said Friday. The United States hopes that China's participation in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) will help confidence-building efforts between the U.S. and ...

Hakuho chasing historic record

/ Mar 24, 2013

Hakuho chasing historic record

After wrapping up his 24th career title with two days to spare at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Hakuho is now just one win away from going 15-0 for an unprecedented ninth time in his illustrious career. The yokozuna staved off a feisty challenge from ...

Japan struggles past Canada in friendly

Mar 24, 2013

Japan struggles past Canada in friendly

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admitted there were lessons to be learned on Friday after Japan overcame a spirited Canada 2-1 in its last warmup before Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier away to Jordan. Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring with a soft goal in the ...