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21 Apr
Tokyo stocks ended flat on Monday, giving up early gains that were fueled by a weak yen after data showed the country's trade deficit surged year on year to $14 billion in March. The Nikkei 225 index edged down 3.89 points to 14,512.38, while the Topix index of all first-section…
21 Apr
The Japanese government on Monday warned that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-wartime debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the basis of their post-war diplomatic relationship. Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says is…
21 Apr
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but reportedly plans to stay away during the spring festival, in an apparent compromise between not angering Asian neighbors and playing to his nationalist base. Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start…
21 Apr
The captain and crew of a South Korean ferry that capsized last week with hundreds of children on board acted in a way "tantamount to murder," President Park Guen-Hye said Monday, as four more crew members were arrested. Park's denunciation, in which she vowed to hold all those responsible for…
21 Apr
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 55-year-old woman for fatally beating her 83-year-old mother with a kettle at their home. According to police, the suspect, identified as Nobuko Inagaki, repeatedly beat her mother on the head with a filled metal water kettle in the heat…
21 Apr
Ten people were taken to hospital after an empty tour bus crossed over the center line and crashe dinto oncoming cars on the Meishin Expressway in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, on Sunday. According to Aichi prefectural police, the accident occurred at around 6 p.m. TV Asahi reported that there were no…
21 Apr
Join Kamasami Kong along with Japan Today editor Chris Betros, Kelly Wetherille, editor in chief for Savvy Tokyo, and Steve Kim, founder of the Cinco De Mayo Festival being held in Tokyo and Osaka to hear about some fun things to do during Golden Week. Sacred Heart Family Festival in…
21 Apr
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, chats with a delegation of U.S. representatives, led by U.S. Budget Committee Chairman Rep Paul Ryan, front right, and U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor (on Ryan's right) at the start of their meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on…
21 Apr
Two-thirds of the planned underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been completed, with no signs so far of the jet, Australian officials said Monday. As many as 10 military aircraft and 11 ships are taking part in the search for the aircraft, which was carrying 239 people…
21 Apr
A verbal exchange between Pittsburgh pitcher Gerrit Cole and Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez sparked a brawl that saw Gomez tossed from their Major League Baseball game. The fracas occurred in the third inning, after Gomez had tripled off of Cole with a drive to center field that hit the wall.…
21 Apr
Japan's trade deficit quadrupled on-year in March to 1.45 trillion yen, data showed Monday, with a weak yen compounding surging imports as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a rise in sales tax. Japan imported 1.45 trillion yen worth of goods more than it exported in the month, the finance…
21 Apr
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday there have been an "abnormal" number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days. The country's Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets for seven days in a row through Saturday after spotting Russian military planes flying along the Japanese…
21 Apr
Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.…
21 Apr
A pair of abandoned shoes are seen beside the seawall on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture near Kashima - an area badly affected by the quake three years ago.
21 Apr
Runners from the world's elite racers to first-timers will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first time the race has been held since last year's deadly bombing attack. Some 36,000 people, the second-largest field in the race's 118-year history, will set out from Hopkinton, a…
21 Apr
Nintendo's trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary on Monday with the portable device's legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans. The Japanese firm released its 8-bit Game Boy on April 21, 1989 -- the same year Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, the…
21 Apr
A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50 in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian…
21 Apr
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen American patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear. The new test from Swiss drug maker Roche uses DNA to…
21 Apr
Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities on Sunday to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer…
21 Apr
Upper House lawmaker Teruhiko Mashiko of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, who represents Fukushima Prefecture. He made the comment after Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi apologized for a six-month delay in releasing the results of a survey in Fukushima Prefecture about the amount of radiation each resident will likely be…
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