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1 Apr
Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to…
1 Apr
The Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)'s flat-top Izumo is moored at Yokosuka base on Tuesday. It is the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two and has a crew of 470. The 248-meter-long Izumo resembles U.S. Marine Corp amphibious assault carriers in size and design but it is designated as a…
1 Apr
With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said,…
1 Apr
Google and Taiwan's Asus are launching a "computer on a stick" which can plug into a display to turn it into a PC. Google said in a blog post that the Asus Chromebit would be arriving mid-year with a low price tag. "Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is…
1 Apr
ABC's "General Hospital" earned a leading 28 nominations for Daytime Emmy awards, with four of its stars competing for honors as top actor or actress. Nominations were announced Tuesday for the 42nd annual awards. The ceremony will be held on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., on April…
1 Apr
Japan's military has released a smartphone game featuring cutesy characters who dodge household objects, marking the latest effort to polish the force's image and lure new recruits. The game, launched last week, calls on cartoonish figures in military uniforms to protect a home while the owners are away, including crawling…
1 Apr
Amid anger over an Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians returned a 72-year-old former military dictator to power Tuesday in the most hotly contested election in the country's history. Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, a Cabinet minister close to the outgoing president told The…
1 Apr
Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy…
1 Apr
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through…
1 Apr
Andy Murray's latest win was especially sweet. The Scotsman was presented with a cake in a stadium ceremony Tuesday after he became the ninth active man to win 500 matches by beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the Miami Open. Murray, who improved to 500-155, is the 46th man…
1 Apr
The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable. Scientists say they have managed to disable the production of a powerful substance an onion releases as the…
1 Apr
Shigeaki Koga, who formerly worked at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, saying he had been forced to end his regular appearances on TV Asahi Corp’s “Hodo Station” due to pressure from the station's management over his criticism of the Abe administration. (Asahi Shimbun)
1 Apr
The death toll in a gasoline tanker truck explosion in southeastern Mexico rose to 14 on Tuesday, the result of an attempted theft of fuel in an area that authorities say has a long reputation for roadside thefts. Tabasco state prosecutor Fernando Valenzuela Pernas said that while investigators had found…
1 Apr
Police have arrested a 68-year-old man for scattering dozens of thumb tacks throughout the grounds of a park in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. According to police, Takuji Onuma, on three separate occasions, placed more than 30 sharp thumb tacks throughout Toyama Park between March 4 and March 17, Fuji TV reported.…
1 Apr
Goal-hungry Japan floored Uzbekistan 5-1 with an explosive performance in a friendly on Tuesday, with young guns Takashi Usami and Gaku Shibasaki pointing to a bright future for the Blue Samurai. Shibasaki scored Japan's third on 80 minutes with an outrageous lob from just inside the Uzbekistan half, before fellow…
1 Apr
Actress Ryoko Yonekura, 39, has separated from her husband of three months, Japanese tabloid media reported Tuesday. Yonekura married a 37-year-old man who runs his own company last December 26. The couple had met two years earlier through a mutual acquaintance. Sports Nippon quoted a source close to the couple…
1 Apr
Honda said Tuesday it will spend £200 million ($300 million) to upgrade a British factory that the Japanese automaker downsized last year owing to a slump in European demand. The company said it was aiming to turn its Swindon plant in western England into a global production hub for its…
1 Apr
International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) will hold its annual Family Festival on April 25 in Hiroo. The festival will highlight the many nationalities and cultures that make Tokyo such a vibrant community. Visitors of all ages can enjoy international food booths featuring authentic cuisine from over 15 countries,…
1 Apr
China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thailand-based airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials say. The move will come as a blow to Thai air carriers that have just begun to recover after a poor 2014…
1 Apr
The Yokohama District Court on Tuesday acquitted the former head of a kindergarten of negligence in the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy in July 2011. The court heard that Takahiro Irei was one of 12 children playing in the paddling pool under the supervision of one staff member at…
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