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Mar 31, 2014

Tokyo Metro unveils subway navigation app for visitors

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Tokyo Metro Co. is providing a free smartphone application to help foreigners navigate the capital's subway system. Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists will be available for Android phones through Google Play on Tuesday and "sometime soon" for iPhones at Apple's App Store, Tokyo Metro spokesman ...

North ready to discuss abductions again

/ Mar 31, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea reinvestigate ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

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The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country's representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But these ...

Russia's Medvedev gives pep talk in surprise visit to Crimea

/ Mar 31, 2014

Russia's Medvedev gives pep talk in surprise visit to Crimea

On a surprise visit Monday to Crimea, Russia's prime minister promised to quickly pour funds into the newly annexed peninsula so residents see positive changes after the Russian takeover. Dmitry Medvedev, who led a delegation of Cabinet ministers to Crimea, pledged that Russia will quickly ...

Mar 31, 2014

Ex-United striker Cole dismisses Moyes' excuse

Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole isn't buying the explanation that David Moyes' squad is "aging" as the reason for its disastrous campaign. United is in seventh place with six matches left to play this season, 17 points off the pace of Premier ...

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

/ Mar 31, 2014

Crosby leads Penguins to win over Blackhawks

The reeling Chicago Blackhawks took another hard hit. The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be coming together at just the right time. Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the final five minutes, helping the Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the injury-riddled Blackhawks on Sunday night. "I ...

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

/ Mar 31, 2014

Padres beat Dodgers in U.S. curtain raiser

For one day at least, the moderate-payroll San Diego Padres are in first place in the NL West, ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two ...

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

Mar 31, 2014

Kentucky books spot in Final Four again

The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough. First, they're heading to the Final Four — a trip to Big D courtesy of ...

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

/ Mar 31, 2014

Nets inch closer to playoff berth

They have gone from disappointment to dominant, a team that was booed on its home floor and now rarely loses there. And pretty soon, the Brooklyn Nets will also be a playoff team. Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and the Nets moved to ...

/ Mar 31, 2014

Cubs' Fujikawa to start season on disabled list

The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on the disabled list as they set their Opening Day 25-man roster on Sunday. Fujikawa, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21. He ...

/ Mar 31, 2014

Japan secures core Sevens berth

Japan defeated Italy 26-5 to win the final of the qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Yusaku Kuwazuru scored two tries and Katsuyuki Sakai also went over and made two conversions as Japan took control in the first half. Kenki Fukuoka had his ...

Mar 31, 2014

Hirano, Ito enjoy historic victory

Miu Hirano and Mima Ito made table tennis history on Sunday when they became the youngest-ever doubles winners in the history of the ITTF Tour with victory in the women's final at the German Open. The 13-year-old eighth-seeded pair beat fourth-seeds Katarzyna Grzybowska and Natalia ...

/ Mar 31, 2014

Uehara falls apart in final round

Ayako Uehara suffered a final-round 77 to drop out of contention and finish tied for 25th at the Kia Classic on Sunday. Uehara started the day tied for third just two strokes off the pace, but her title hopes evaporated after she made one birdie, ...

Mar 31, 2014

Fair-trade advocates look forward

Promoters of fair-trade towns say their inclusive approach to developing and spreading ethical consumption will help solve wealth inequalities at the global, national and local levels. "The fair-trade towns movement has so far been somewhat about numbers — about how many towns we can achieve ...

/ Mar 31, 2014

Hanged man maintained innocence to the end

Michitoshi Kuma, who was hanged in 2008 for the kidnapping and killing of two girls in Fukuoka, argued his innocence right up until his execution. Kuma continued to assert his innocence even after his death sentence was finalized in 2006, saying "the truth will come ...