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Nishikori reaches Wimbledon fourth round for first time

/ Jun 30, 2014

Nishikori reaches Wimbledon fourth round for first time

Kei Nishikori needed two days and five nail-biting sets but eventually defeated Italy's Simone Bolelli 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career on Monday. Momentum ebbed and flowed throughout the over three-hour-long ...

/ Jun 30, 2014

Japan on verge of legalizing war as Komeito bends

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Japan is set Tuesday to legalize waging war even when not under direct attack. It is a drastic departure from its postwar position that the war-renouncing Constitution prohibits exercising the right to collective self-defense. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is set to approve a reinterpretation ...

Mitsubishi reopens silicon plant where five workers died in blast

Jun 30, 2014

Mitsubishi reopens silicon plant where five workers died in blast

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. on Monday resumed operations at its silicon plant in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, where a massive explosion killed five people and injured 13 workers on Jan. 9. The explosion occurred at one of the plant's facilities when about 20 workers were cleaning a ...

/ Jun 30, 2014

Nature to pull Riken stem cell papers

The British science journal Nature will soon retract two Japanese papers on stem cells in light of a series of misconduct allegations surrounding the research, sources said Monday. When Nature published the papers in January, the findings were considered groundbreaking, with lead author Haruko Obokata ...

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

Jun 30, 2014

Foot baths to debut on Yamagata bullet train

JR East unveiled on Monday a new "resort train" that will allow passengers on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line to soothe their feet. The carriage, which was shown to the media in the city of Yamagata, will make its debut July 19, allowing tourists to enjoy ...

/ Jun 30, 2014

Ishin-Komeito ties fray in Osaka

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Relations between Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and New Komeito continue to deteriorate, with party heads Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui preparing to challenge two Osaka-based New Komeito leaders in the next Lower House election. At an all-party meeting Saturday, Hashimoto and Matsui ...

/ Jun 30, 2014

North's missiles may have sent different message

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As Japanese and North Korean envoys prepared to hold talks Tuesday, Tokyo faced the difficulty of assessing Pyongyang's seriousness in its promised inquiry into the fates of abducted citizens while apparently snubbing Japan and other neighbors Sunday with a pair of missiles fired into ...

Jun 30, 2014

Oil refiners may cut capacity by 10%

The oil refining industry may be forced to cut about 10 percent of capacity as the government is set to impose new targets to improve efficiency and spur restructuring and mergers. Refiners will be required to increase the volume of high-value fuels such as gasoline ...

Jun 30, 2014

Japan's vehicle output up 6% on year in May

Vehicle output in May gained 6.1 percent from a year earlier to 774,039 units for the ninth straight monthly increase as carmakers continued to meet orders placed before the consumption tax hike in April, an industry body said Monday. Car production climbed 6.1 percent to ...

Jun 30, 2014

New JGB issuance pared by ¥2 trillion

The central government curbed new debt issuance by ¥2 trillion in fiscal 2013 as corporate tax revenue grew on the back of an improvement in business performance, sources said Monday. As a result, the total amount of Japanese government bonds issued last fiscal year was ...

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

/ Jun 30, 2014

Output rises 0.8% in tax hike rebound

Industrial output recovered slightly in May from an earlier decline sparked by April's sales tax hike, stabilizing as factories produced more machinery, vehicles and electronic devices, government data showed Monday. Factory output in the world's third-largest economy climbed 0.8 percent in May from a year ...

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

/ Jun 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Talks with the United States aimed at narrowing remaining differences over a Pacific free trade pact resumed Monday in Tokyo. Officials from all 12 negotiating members are gathering in Canada later this week. The two biggest economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework will discuss tariffs on ...

Jun 30, 2014

North ousts chief of ties with South

A North Korean official handling ties with South Korea appears to have been removed, mainly due to health problems, a Seoul daily reported Monday. Kim Yang Gon, director of the United Front Department, has left his job, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a source who had ...

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

/ Jun 30, 2014

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

The U.S. Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the ultraconservative tea party movement is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are nervous about the upcoming November elections, right? No. Mostly they are not. People talk about throwing ...

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

/ Jun 30, 2014

Israel endorses Kurdish state, citing chaos in Iraq

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel's prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. He also said Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the ...