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Commentary Feb 28, 2014

An Abe-Park dialogue needed

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has entered her second year in office with little prospect that the chilly relationship between Japan and her country will improve.

Commentary / World Feb 28, 2014

Problems with 'Abenomics'

by Gregory Clark

The economic recovery we see in Japan now is almost entirely due to the massive 30 percent depreciation of the yen. We are back to the "structural reform" vicious circle of the Koizumi years.

Editorials Feb 28, 2014

G-20 unveils a growth goal

The Group of 20 economies have headed off a feared blame game between advanced and emerging economies and, for the first time, agreed on a collective GDP growth goal.

World Feb 28, 2014

Bitcoin-wise Ukraine protesters tap digital money's global reach

Ukrainian activists are turning to bitcoins to fund a three-month protest in Kiev's Independence Square that helped oust President Viktor Yanukovych amid violence that left at least 82 people dead. Photos of demonstrators on the barricades with signs seeking donations in the digital currency circulated ...

Basketball / BJ-League Feb 28, 2014

Fukuoka heaps more misery on Oita

by Ed Odeven

The free-falling Oita HeatDevils and Rizing Fukuoka have been heading in opposite directions. The Rizing's 69-64 victory Friday over the HeatDevils in Hita, Oita Prefecture, gave them six victories in their past 10 games. And now the Rizing (17-20) occupy the fifth of six Western ...

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

National Feb 28, 2014

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch-style resort and theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is busier than ever as its annual tulip festival — one of the biggest of its kind in Japan — approaches its peak. This year, the resort, which has seen a surge ...

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

World / Politics Feb 28, 2014

U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

by David Rohde

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine's leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine's border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin's potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how ...

NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

National Feb 28, 2014

NHK governor withheld payments for license fee

A recently appointed member of NHK's board of governors has admitted withholding payment of the license fee for two months in 2005 to protest a program about the controversial issue of whether school teachers should be required to sing the national anthem. Michiko Hasegawa drew ...

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

Business / Economy Feb 28, 2014

Output soars most since 2011 ahead of tax hike

The nation's industrial production in January grew the most since 2011, indicating the economy is strengthening as a looming consumption tax bump stimulates demand, while inflation matched the highest level in more than five years. Output rose 4 percent in January from the previous month, ...

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

Business / Economy Feb 28, 2014

January jobless rate stays flat at 3.7%

The unemployment rate remained flat at 3.7 percent in January, while job availability improved for the 14th straight month as the nascent economic recovery helped boost corporate profits, government data showed Friday. The number of people out of work fell a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent ...

Business Feb 28, 2014

Government will finally study bitcoins: Aso

Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed eagerness Friday to hold discussions with other ministers and government agencies about what is behind the recent trouble in the bitcoin virtual currency market. "We do not clearly know what bitcoins are, so we have to start studying it," Aso ...