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2 May
A woman who served more than 20 years of a life term declared Monday during her retrial that she is innocent of killing her 11-year-old daughter in a 1995 house fire. "I did not do it," Keiko Aoki, 52, said at the Osaka District Court. "Neither did I conspire (in…
2 May
A mega deal to build Australian submarines was so important, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday, that he pledged to personally supervise the project as Paris and Canberra bolster defence ties. French contractor DCNS last week beat off competition from Japan and Germany to seal the 12-submarine A$50…
2 May
The Los Angeles Dodgers desperately needed someone to end their six-game losing streak so up stepped Clayton Kershaw, with his arm and bat. Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, struck out 14 and also singled home the only run to lead the Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres…
2 May
The government on Monday launched its annual Cool Biz energy-saving campaign for late spring and summer. Cool Biz, which will last until Sept 30 )one month earlier than last year), encourages workers to dress down, ditching their suits and ties for open-necked, short-sleeved shirts. It also encourages offices to turn…
2 May
Mitsubishi Motors' (MMC) market value and Japanese orders have halved since it admitted last week to rigging fuel economy tests, but with more than $4 billion in cash and low debt, the automaker should contain the potential damages. The scope of its cheating also now seems more limited than at…
2 May
Taiwan on Sunday sent two patrol ships to waters surrounding a Japanese atoll amid a dispute over the seizure of one of the island's fishing boats. The detention of the Tung Sheng Chi 16 near Okinotori-shima last week angered Taiwanese officials, who say Tokyo has no authority over the area.…
2 May
South Korea warned on Monday there is a risk of its citizens being abducted by Pyongyang in retaliation for the defection of a dozen North Korean staff at a restaurant in China. Twelve women working at the restaurant in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo defected to the South with…
2 May
More than 200 goldfish and decorative carp swim in an elongated tank that overlooks five bathtubs offering visitors a variety of soaking methods at the Kaiseiyu onsen in Ota City, Tokyo. From a mineral bath filled with natural spring water known as “kuroyu” (黒湯, or “black onsen”) sourced from the…
2 May
Yu Darvish threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes in a rehab start Sunday, the first game for the Texas Rangers ace since Tommy John surgery more than 13 months ago. Darvish worked two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk for Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi, an affiliate…
2 May
A child takes part in a sumo wrestling event at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo on Sunday.
2 May
You’ve been at work in a foreign city all day. Coming “home,” the last thing you want to do is go out to another restaurant, buy some fast food or even leave the house. What you really want to do is to kick off your shoes, get out of your…
2 May
Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events: FRANCE Fearing France's worker protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a May Day labor rally hurled stones and wood at police…
2 May
For Matt Damon, the "Bourne" films have been like a lifeblood. "I was kind of inoculated for that five or six year period when I made the first three. I could make decisions with absolutely no thought to what the potential box office was," says Damon. "It was liberating in…
2 May
A majority of respondents opposed the prospect of a revision to Japan's Constitution under the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a nationwide telephone survey conducted Friday and Saturday by Kyodo News. Some 56.5 percent opposed a revision of the war-renouncing 1947 Constitution under Abe, while one-third, or 33.4…
2 May
From the 1912 sinking of RMS Titanic to the Chernobyl nuclear accident 30 years ago, technology has repeatedly confounded the confidence of its creators. But it is still somehow a surprise today when we are led astray by our closest technological companions -- mobile phones, GPS navigators, self-driving cars, or…
2 May
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber were upset in the opening round of the Madrid Masters on Sunday. Radwanska, who was elevated to the No. 1 seeding when Serena Williams withdrew, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6 by Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Radwanska hit five aces but…
2 May
Japan's finance minister says the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying", adding Tokyo will take action when necessary. The remarks, which suggest Tokyo's possible market intervention, came after the Japanese unit surged to an 18-month high against the dollar in New York Friday. It extended the previous…
2 May
At least 15,000 elderly people were living in unauthorized nursing homes across Japan in the fiscal year that ended in March, a Kyodo News survey found Sunday. According to the survey of local governments, many of the facilities fall short of state standards on the size of rooms or fire…
2 May
The 2016 presidential campaign rumbled through Indiana Sunday focused on Tuesday's critical primary, even as front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump itched to fully engage in the one-on-one battle they cast as inevitable. But the underdogs in both parties made clear they had no plans to exit the race, at…
2 May
Ten years ago last month, a low-priced flat-pack furniture shop opened in a far-flung outer suburb of Tokyo. Staff had to restrict access to the new outlet after half a million eager customers poured through the doors in the first month, giddy on the aroma of meatballs and pine shelving…
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