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21 Sep
Japan's defense ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing U.S.-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said on Sunday. The ministry has asked for an initial 80 million yen from the finance ministry for the next fiscal year starting April to…
21 Sep
A new house under construction in Tokyo's Tama City was torched on Saturday night, the sixth such house to be hit by an arsonist in the area since Sept 12. All the fires took place within a 1.5-kilometer area, police said. Despite night patrols by police in areas where new…
21 Sep
People collect clams in Tokyo Bay at Kasai Rinkai Park on Sunday.
21 Sep
Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open. In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake Coliseum and won the second-set tiebreaker with…
21 Sep
The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said. President Barack Obama insisted Saturday he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency's ability to protect him and…
21 Sep
Japan's Misato Nakamura, left, competes with Turkmenistan's Gulbadam Babamuratova during the women's judo -52 kilogram finals at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Saturday. Nakamura won the gold medal.
21 Sep
It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at…
21 Sep
The bodies of three men were found in a car in Ogose, Saitama Prefecture, in what police said was a suicide. A woman was also found unconscious in the car and is in a stable condition in hospital, police said Saturday. According to police, at around 4 p.m. Friday, the…
21 Sep
Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability. The meeting in Cairns aims to thrash out a set of policies to achieve the ambitious goal of raising the total…
21 Sep
Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his…
21 Sep
For the past few weeks, as Scotland debated the wisdom of independence, Reuters has been asking Americans how they would feel about declaring independence today, not from the United Kingdom, but from the mother country they left England to create. The exact wording of the question was, "Do you support…
21 Sep
When coming to Japan, there’s a wealth of things to do and see – even just staying within the Tokyo city limits, you’d be hard pressed to enjoy everything available in a week. On the other hand, if you just stick with the big sightseeing spots, you’ll be both crushed…
21 Sep
Financial policymakers of Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to work together to ensure that geopolitical tensions will not threaten the region's economic recovery. "We recognize that the global recovery continues, while it is uneven and downside risks remain," the finance ministers and central bank governors said in a…
21 Sep
Japanese automaker Nissan is dismissing speculation that it intends to scale back electric car battery production at its U.S. plant in Tennessee. Nissan's ambitious electric vehicle program has been a signature initiative of Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive at both Renault and Nissan. "The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains 100% committed to…
21 Sep
Two vending machines were torched and the money taken from them in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Saturday morning, bringing to 19 the number of vending machines which have been destroyed by fire in the area since Sept 15. Police said that about 90,000 yen had been stolen from the 19…
21 Sep
Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren't sold on the benefits of trade. They doubt that global economic ties create jobs or raise wages, an international survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows. But people China and other low- and middle-income countries are far more convinced that trade delivers jobs…
21 Sep
Tojinbo in Fukui Prefecture is famous less for beauty, though its towering seaside cliffs are very beautiful, than for suicide. In the worst of times, some 25 people a year come here to end their lives. Lately the number has declined – it was 14 in 2013. Maybe that owes…
21 Sep
Ultrasounds are just as effective as CT scans at finding kidney stones and should be used as a first step to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure, U.S. researchers say. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine surveyed nearly 3,000 people who went to emergency rooms for suspected kidney stones.…
21 Sep
Tokyo investors will be eyeing key economic data out of Japan and China next week as a slumping yen pushed the Nikkei 225 index to its highest level in nearly seven years on Friday. Japanese inflation is on tap next week, after a slew of weak data dented hopes for…
21 Sep
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some hobbling on crutches as others…
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