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3 Sep
Japanese baseball standings after Wednesday's games.. Pacific League W L T Pct. GB SoftBank 115 75 36 4 .676 -- Nippon Ham 120 69 49 1 .585 9.5 Seibu 123 58 60 5 .492 20.5 Lotte 115 56 58 1 .491 20.0 Rakuten 117 48 66 3 .421 28.5 Orix…
3 Sep
The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The country has been inching back to nuclear energy, turning on…
3 Sep
Netflix on Wednesday launched its service in Japan, the latest move in the U.S.-based online streaming giant's global push as market competition heats up. The company said it has partnered with Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank in a joint bid to tap 36 million households with high-speed Internet access. The announcement…
3 Sep
Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe. The migrants, who have swamped every nook and cranny of public…
3 Sep
China will hold a massive military parade through the heart of its capital, but ordinary folks can't watch. Authorities obsessed with security and leery of any possible hitches will virtually shut down central Beijing on Thursday, keeping most people out of eyeshot for the parade commemorating the defeat of Japan…
3 Sep
China and South Korea agreed Wednesday to realize a trilateral summit with Japan by late October at the earliest, despite tensions that remain over territorial and historical issues between Tokyo and the two neighboring countries. According to South Korean President Park Geun Hye's office, she and Chinese President Xi Jinping…
3 Sep
Yuki Yanagita homered to open the top of the 12th inning as the SoftBank Hawks scratched out a 5-4 win over the Seibu Lions on Wednesday. Facing Seibu's seventh pitcher of the night, career minor leaguer Yasuhiro Tanaka (0-1), Yanagita belted a 2-1 fastball out to left for an opposite-field,…
3 Sep
As a kid, I loved Halloween. My brother and I would go all out decorating the house with tombstones, cobwebs, and corpses made out of old clothes stuffed with newspapers. Plus, how can you not like a holiday that gives you not only free candy, but an excuse to stay…
3 Sep
Yasukuni Shrine, where all military-related dead of modern Japan are memorialized, remains one of the main focal points in the international debates on how Japan remembers its wartime past. It is also deeply intertwined with Japan’s domestic politics in the postwar decades as a result of the strong ties that…
3 Sep
President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and Israel's government. The backing from Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski gives supporters of the agreement the crucial 34th vote in the…
3 Sep
The sumo coach of grand champion Hakuho was arrested Wednesday for allegedly injuring his private driver in July by repeatedly hitting him with a metal bat, police said. Kumagatani of the Miyagino stable, whose real name is Kazuyuki Yamamura, is suspected of striking the 31-year-old driver several dozen times with…
3 Sep
The value of share repurchases by cash-rich Japanese firms leaped more than fivefold in August from a year earlier in their drive to reward shareholders. More buybacks are in the pipeline as companies take advantage of a pullback in the market. Hit by worries of a China-led global slowdown, the…
3 Sep
Santa Claus puts in an appearance at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel on Wednesday as part of an event to promote the hotel's line of Christmas pastries and cakes that go on sale on Nov 1.
3 Sep
A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital Wednesday, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack came hours after the Red Cross said a gunman killed two of its Yemeni employees in the war-torn…
3 Sep
Shake Shack will open the first Tokyo Shack in Meiji-Jingu Gaien park. This Shack, inspired by the first-ever Shake Shack in New York City’s Madison Square Park, is slated to open this winter where it will sit among the ginkgo trees on Icho Namiki Avenue in Aoyama. Shake Shack is…
3 Sep
High levels of radioactive contaminants have been found in coal ash in major coal-producing regions of the United States, raising concern about the dangers of this unregulated waste, researchers said Wednesday. "Levels of radioactivity in the ash were up to five times higher than in normal soil, and up to…
3 Sep
The Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito on Wednesday agreed on a plan to pass controversial security bills into law with a vote in the upper house, rather than send them back to the more powerful lower house for passage under a special law-making provision. The agreement between…
3 Sep
An ice cream chain in China's commercial hub Shanghai is offering a lickable likeness of the head of executed Japanese war criminal Hideki Tojo to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Iceason parlors are selling ice cream bars on a stick with the image of…
3 Sep
International critics have voted "Mad Max: Fury Road" as their best film of the year. The action movie shot by Australian director George Miller will be awarded the Grand Prix of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Sept 18. "You…
3 Sep
Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," died of Parkinson's disease in Los Angeles on Sept 1. He was 84. Publicist Richard Hoffman announced Jones' passing on Wednesday. Jones' long…
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