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28 Feb
Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio. The second-in-line to the British throne asked for a sword to complete the outfit, and grinned at photographers as he posed for…
28 Feb
Two 17-year-old boys who were arrested along with an 18-year-old boy Friday on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture on Feb 20, said Saturday that they did not take part in the killing. Police said the two boys admitted being at the murder scene on a…
28 Feb
Zan Kosir of Slovenia won the World Cup parallel giant slalom snowboard event on Saturday to move into first place in the overall standings. Kosir edged Patrick Bussler of Germany in the final by 0.42 seconds, while Stanislav Detkov of Russia beat Italian Christoph Mick to finish third. Kosir's first…
28 Feb
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drills. Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint…
28 Feb
Japan's tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year, as Tokyo looks to capitalise on its neighbor's growing appetite for travel. With ties between the countries beginning to thaw after a years-long freeze, parliamentarian Toshihiro Nikai said the May 22-24 trip was a chance to further improve…
28 Feb
Britain's Prince William waves to fans upon his arrival at the Tsutaya bookstore in Daikanyama, Tokyo, on Saturday. William visited the bookstore to launch a week-long public exhibition titled "Innovation is Great."
28 Feb
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4. In the…
28 Feb
Congress passed a one-week bill to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote late Friday at the end of a long day…
28 Feb
Lenny Kravitz on Friday abruptly canceled a tour of Asia and Australia, with the rocker blaming unspecified scheduling issues. The singer-songwriter, whose mix of rock with soul and funk elements has won him a wide international following, had been scheduled to head in March to Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and…
28 Feb
Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said. Nemtsov's death comes just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the investigation. Nemtsov, who was 55,…
28 Feb
Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said. Islamic State has been forced into retreat across parts of the strategic region, a land bridge between territory it…
28 Feb
Protesters with defaced Japanese rising sun flags and portraits of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shout slogans during a rally to mark the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule, in front of Japanese Embassy in Seoul, on Friday. The banners read…
28 Feb
The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary. The withdrawals are in compliance with a cease-fire agreement that also envisions the mass…
28 Feb
Japan's big three automakers will team up with electronics giants and the government in a bid to propel the country into the front ranks of self-driving car technology, officials said. "We will set up a so-called self-navigation business conference so that we can discuss what measures we need to take,"…
28 Feb
Since last year, Japanese media have been lambasting the Asahi Shimbun over fabricated stories by an ex-soldier regarding forcible recruitment of "comfort women" during World War 2. A 50-year-old man (his name was not given) from Toyonaka City, Osaka, decided to demonstrate his support for Asahi in an unusual manner.…
28 Feb
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said in the Diet that he was shocked at the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, last week. It is very unusual for a prime minister to refer to a crime during a Lower House budget committee session. Abe said he…
28 Feb
Japanese health authorities said Friday that they have ordered the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to temporarily suspend its operations for failing to report drug side effects. The health ministry's 15-day suspension -- reportedly a first for a pharmaceutical firm operating in Japan -- means the company will…
28 Feb
The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft. Cameron tried to defuse criticism of Britain's intelligence community, which had "Jihadi John"…
28 Feb
Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable. Members of the Japanese imperial family lead a highly cloistered life, guarded…
28 Feb
Police in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, say a man in his 20s killed his 58-year-old mother, called 110 to admit what he had done and then bit his tongue, seriously injuring himself. TV Asahi reported that police received a call at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday from a man who claimed that…
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