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Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

Business Nov 26, 2015

Negotiator says EU would remove auto tariffs if Japan opens farm market

The European Union will abolish its tariffs on automobiles only if Japan liberalizes its agricultural sector under a free trade agreement currently being negotiated, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said. "The EU is ready to eliminate its tariffs on automobiles provided that concessions received ...

Second of two emus on lam in Japan nabbed safely

National Nov 26, 2015

Second of two emus on lam in Japan nabbed safely

Police and animal protection center officials captured the last of two emus, an ostrich-like bird from Australia, that escaped from a farm in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, earlier this month. On Wednesday afternoon a 20-member team comprising Takasaki police officers, officials from Gunma Safari Park and ...

Florida 'Facebook killer' guilty of second-degree murder

World / Crime & Legal Nov 26, 2015

Florida 'Facebook killer' guilty of second-degree murder

A jury on Wednesday found a Florida man guilty of second-degree murder after he killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook. Jurors rejected the argument that Derek Medina, 33, acted in self-defense when he shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso eight ...

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

National Nov 26, 2015

Okayama girl, 5, youngest to be deemed 'yokai' ghost world expert

A 5-year-old girl has become the youngest expert on Japan's yokai, a world of ghosts and other supernatural beings, according to the test organizers in the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, where famous yokai manga artist Shigeru Mizuki comes from. Mana Umemoto, from the city ...

Editorials Nov 26, 2015

Two competing views of Asia

APEC members must show a greater readiness to compromise if they are to overcome their significant differences on a number of important issues.

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

Music Nov 26, 2015

Nile Rodgers, Chic set to tour a legacy

by Shaun Curran

'Music gives people hope." Nile Rodgers understands this statement better than most. The 63-year-old grew up the son of drug-addicted parents, dragged from pillar to post across the East Coast of the United States, but it was his love of jazz and rhythm and blues ...

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Film Nov 26, 2015

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Legendary actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in "Tokyo Story" and other films by Yasujiro Ozu and other prominent Japanese directors, has died. On Wednesday her family announced Hara's death due to pneumonia at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sept. 5. She was 95. Hara had ...