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25 Oct
A suspect was arrested Friday afternoon after two sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours across two California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree. Marcelo Marquez, 34, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in…
25 Oct
Astana team rider and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing a hakama, writes the kanji character for "king" with a giant brush during a calligraphy performance with local students in Saitama on Friday. Nibali and other riders are in Japan for the Saitama criterium race this weekend.
25 Oct
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbor. The reported meeting on Wednesday is happening during Fukuda's three-day visit to Beijing as a board member…
25 Oct
One of the first English lessons I taught in Japan was about how to use words like “everywhere” and “nothing.” As part of the class, the students had to practice making sentences with “everyone,” and one woman stood up and gave hers, which was “Everyone likes pudding.” I’m not sure…
25 Oct
Japan is facing a potential ban from basketball's world governing body FIBA over a failure to merge its two top leagues. FIBA has said it will suspend the Japan Basketball Association if its mandate of a merger between the two leagues is not met by the end of October. The…
25 Oct
Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday. The Tokyo's District Prosecutors Office had been reinvestigating the case, after…
25 Oct
The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop. As we squatted beside our lunches of kimchi and cold rice, in the distance, almost hidden…
25 Oct
An official at the Japan Meteorological Agency's volcano division warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 kms from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit. The…
25 Oct
A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday. Clever, a maker of air filters, said it is sending thousands of the 7,500 yen…
25 Oct
Google has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. Financial terms of the alliance were not…
25 Oct
With only a little over two months left in the year, you might find yourself already looking forward to what the new year has to offer. If you’re especially eager to get a sneak peek of what 2015 has in store for you, then a new Shrine Cafe located in…
25 Oct
At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister Benjamin…
25 Oct
China and 21 other Asian nations signed on Friday to a new Beijing-backed international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary rival to established institutions such as the World Bank. Representatives of the 22 nations signed a memorandum of understanding at the Great Hall of the People in…
25 Oct
Casio is going to release the rugged BABY-G BGA-1400 on November 28. Not only is it fashionable, but it also has beneficial functions for traveling. It displays times in 2 different time zones at the same time. It is shockproof and water resistant to 10 ATM performance to provide comfort…
25 Oct
Police in Tokyo's Mizuhomachi area have arrested a 20-year-old man for pouring urine from a PET bottle on a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. Police identified the suspect as Yuya Imamura, a former vocational school student, TBS reported Friday. Police said that on Oct 1, Imamura rode his bicycle behind…
25 Oct
Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's. Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of "Frozen." The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than…
25 Oct
A hatchet attack on rookie New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized loner who had been in the military and recently converted to Islam, police said. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference Friday, a day after the…
25 Oct
Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts that had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first that could change the way organs are donated. Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs…
25 Oct
The governors of New Jersey and New York say they're issuing a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa…
25 Oct
It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono ("thing to wear," in Japanese) has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years. Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan's…
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