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26 Apr
A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of color -- and a lot of flesh -- to get out the vote on Sunday. Rightwinger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two…
26 Apr
Fragments of a human skull were found in a toilet outside a supermarket in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, police said on Saturday. Police said the fragments were found just after noon on Friday, Fuji TV reported. A store employee called 110 to report what appeared to be human bones in the…
26 Apr
Voting got under way across Japan on Sunday for mayoral and local assembly elections. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. Mayoral elections are being held in 89 cities and 11 wards in Tokyo, while assembly elections are being held in 295 cities and 11 Tokyo…
26 Apr
A group of former top Sony Corp executives has delivered an unusually blunt critique to the firm's chief executive Kazuo Hirai, accusing him of losing sight of innovation by focusing on cost-cutting. At a meeting at Sony's Tokyo headquarters last Thursday, five former executives, including PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, took…
26 Apr
Lester Tenney endured three hellish years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but with the passing of decades and repeated visits, he's made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress this week, in the 70th anniversary year of the…
26 Apr
In Toyota’s newest commercial, the downtown area of a small city is turned into a massive baseball arena, where manholes are bases, the simple push of a button brings anyone into play, and pretty much anything goes. It’s a really fun watch, to say the least, and has already been…
26 Apr
A drone normally used for aerial photography by broadcaster Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corp (Tokyo MX) was found on the grounds of the British Embassy in Tokyo on April 23, the company admitted Saturday. The news comes after another drone was found on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's…
26 Apr
Workers on Saturday removed radioactive soil from a Tokyo playground where extremely high radiation levels had worried local residents for days, an official said. Soil underneath a slide at the park in Toshima Ward showed radiation readings of up to 480 microsieverts per hour. Anyone directly exposed to this level…
26 Apr
Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging. Developers, who had been limited to using software simulators of the watch, discovered new possibilities. Ross Cohen, chief…
26 Apr
Defending champion Kei Nishikori is back in the final of the Barcelona Open after beating Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 Saturday. The top-seeded Japanese will face Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Sunday's final after he ousted third-seeded David Ferrer 7-6 (6), 6-3. Klizan had won their only previous match at…
26 Apr
Urawa Red Diamonds put to bed another disappointing AFC Champions League performance by stretching their unbeaten run and lead at the top of the J.League after overcoming Nagoya Grampus Eight 2-1 on Saturday. Takahiro Sekine fired a low opener for the hosts six minutes before the break after Nagoya's former…
26 Apr
The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes. A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office says the United Nations opposes the death penalty "in all circumstances." The executions have caused widespread outcry and threats from…
26 Apr
Surfing, buoyed by the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 reforms, is targeting a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in five years time. The new reforms, approved in December, are aimed at making the Olympics more attractive, cheaper to host and allow for a more adaptable sports program to permit quicker…
26 Apr
Hard-line Syrian rebel groups seized a strategic town Saturday in northwestern Syria, sending government troops fleeing after intense clashes that have seen the opposition take nearly all of a crucial province. The takeover prompted retaliatory government air raids in the town center — as many as 30 airstrikes according to…
26 Apr
Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian man who stabbed an officer in the West Bank hours after a knife-wielding teenager was killed at an east Jerusalem checkpoint. The two incidents were the latest in a spate of apparent lone wolf attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians and…
26 Apr
Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks. The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas, have demanded a complete…
26 Apr
Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily. Italian Navy spokeswoman Giorgia Trecca said Saturday's rescue took place off the Libyan coast but could not give details. There were…
26 Apr
Manchester City's disappointing season looks like ending with the consolation prize of Champions League qualification after an unconvincing win over Aston Villa opened a nine-point gap to the fading chasers for the English Premier League's top four on Saturday. An 89th-minute goal by Fernandinho earned City a 3-2 victory that…
26 Apr
Seven members of the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox were fined and six suspended by Major League Baseball on Saturday for their roles in a brawl days earlier. Four members of the Royals and three from the White Sox were punished, and Major League Baseball placed the blame…
26 Apr
Results of Japanese baseball games played on Saturday. Pacific League Orix 7, Nippon Ham 3 Lotte 7, Rakuten 3 Seibu 4, Softbank 2 Standings W L T Pct. GB Nippon Ham 22 14 8 0 .636 -- Softbank 23 12 9 2 .571 1.5 Seibu 21 11 9 1 .550…
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