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Rookie Otani makes All-Star team as outfielder

/ Jun 25, 2013

Rookie Otani makes All-Star team as outfielder

Highly touted Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters rookie Shohei Otani was selected third in fan balloting among Pacific League outfielders to make the roster for the upcoming All-Star Series after the final results were announced on Monday. The 18-year-old Otani, who failed to make the top ...

| Jun 25, 2013

Snowden eyes friendly soil in Latin America

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The three Latin American countries said to be helping Edward Snowden flee from U.S. authorities are united in their opposition to the White House and pursue foreign policy objectives designed to counter U.S. influence. As Snowden, the intelligence contractor who disclosed documents about U.S. surveillance ...

| Jun 25, 2013

Unpaid overtime excesses hit young

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Some companies are compelling their younger employees to work more than 100 hours of uncompensated overtime a month to maximize their profits. Japan has been derided for its long working hours for decades, and the risks of the hazardous practice eventually led to the infamous ...

Jun 25, 2013

Fuji launches first Subaru hybrid

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars, launched on Monday in Japan its first hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Hybrid, aiming to compete with domestic rivals who already have such cars. The use of a motor assist function for the vehicle's gasoline engine ...

Jun 25, 2013

Sochi to get Yamaha snowmobiles

Yamaha Motor Co. has become an official supplier of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and will provide more than 320 snowmobiles and other vehicles for the event, the organizing committee said Friday. The vehicles, including four-wheel all terrain vehicles and golf carts, ...

Jun 25, 2013

MHI, Toshiba land Taiwan rail deal

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. said Monday they have won an order to supply train tracks and systems for a high-speed railway extension project in Taiwan that is valued at some ¥20 billion. The project aims to extend a 345-km line between Taipei ...

Tweak the Constitution now, think later?

| Jun 25, 2013

Tweak the Constitution now, think later?

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Whether it happens or not depends heavily on the results of the upcoming House of Councilors elections, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has clearly announced his intention to make amending the Constitution a campaign issue. Although his Liberal Democratic Party issued a comprehensive amendment proposal ...

Jun 25, 2013

Civil service exam pass rate up 28%

This year's civil service exam for fast-track candidates saw 1,753 applicants pass, up 28 percent from the previous year, thanks to a hiring policy turnaround, the National Personnel Authority said Monday. While the total number of applicants fell to 22,248, down 1,633 from fiscal 2012, ...

Jun 25, 2013

Hospital ship tests to be carried out

The government is considering carrying out a demonstration of the hospital ships it plans to introduce to help victims of emergencies and natural disasters. During the envisaged test, a disaster medical assistance team will be involved in medical training aboard a Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel, ...

Jun 25, 2013

Hong chosen to lead South Korea

Hong Myung-bo, a former veteran player of South Korea's national football team, was named Monday as head coach of South Korea's team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to the country's soccer association. Hong, 44, was national team captain under Guus Hiddink at ...

Jun 25, 2013

Western men, on Japanese women: book excerpts

• From "Understanding Japanese Women: Taking the Mystery Out of the Mysterious Women of Japan" by David J. Radtke: A few years back, while deeply entrenched in running a private English school here in Japan, I had the opportunity to work with a very unique ...