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21 Dec
A 21-year-old female university student died after she was hit by a car being chased by a police car in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward, police said Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday morning just before 9 a.m. The car being chased by police went through a red light…
21 Dec
An Afghan official says seven policemen were killed in a northern province after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents. Abdul Manan Raoufi, police operational chief of Jawzjan province, says that along with the seven killed, five other policemen were wounded in the attack late Saturday in a village in…
21 Dec
Fifty-four workers suffered food poisoning at a Nippon Ham meat-processing plant in Kawatana, Nagasaki Prefecture, company officials said Sunday. Officials said work was suspended at the plant on Saturday after the workers fell ill between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, NTV reported. A Nippon Ham spokesman said the workers suffered…
21 Dec
North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing…
21 Dec
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Saturday completed the removal of the last four fuel rods from a cooling pool high up in the badly damaged No. 4 reactor building at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The operation began last year on Nov 21 and was completed one…
21 Dec
A gunman shot dead two uniformed New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack that followed weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men. "Today, two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation," said an emotional New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.…
21 Dec
The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre. The JFA have confirmed that Aguirre will remain in charge for the next month's Asian Cup in Australia despite being one of 41 people…
21 Dec
Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. In Syria, Kurdish Democratic Union Party spokesman…
21 Dec
Tourists pack a shopping alley, decorated for the new year with wooden plaques of a lion dancer, a good luck doll and sheep, at Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, on Saturday.
21 Dec
Two vacancies opening up in the Bank of Japan next year give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to tip the board's balance in favor of further monetary stimulus, removing a headache for his hand-picked central bank head. The board's composition has taken on greater significance after Governor Haruhiko Kuroda…
21 Dec
Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for "The Ed Sullivan Show," his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans…
21 Dec
Tokyo Station was overwhelmed by thousands of visitors on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of its opening on Dec 20, 1914. The station had advertised that it would be selling 15,000 commemorative Suica IC cards to mark the centenary. However, nearly 10,000 people showed up to buy the limited-edition…
21 Dec
The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually. By the time Congress limped out of town last week, one of its last acts was to honor the 100th anniversary of the extinction of passenger pigeons. In between…
21 Dec
"Irasshai, irasshai, irasshai!" The traditional welcome of merchants rings out around Tokyo's Boroichi flea market, one of Japan's oldest. About 200,000 people flock to the market, which is only open for four mid-winter days a year - two in December and two in January - to buy, browse, or just…
21 Dec
Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday demanded that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work toward normalizing diplomatic ties. U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months…
21 Dec
Egyptian security forces have detained nearly 10,000 suspected militants, rioters and others wanted in violent attacks over the past 12 months in a crackdown a senior interior ministry official said Saturday targets those attempting to curtail Egypt's development. The comments by Major Gen. Abdel-Fattah Osman, an aide to the interior…
21 Dec
Yoshimi Watanabe, who headed the opposition Your Party until he was forced to resign in April over a loans scandal, has been questioned by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office. Watanabe, 62, who lost his seat in last Sunday's lower house election, has admitted to receiving two loans totaling about…
21 Dec
Japan's second-largest oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan is planning to acquire its smaller rival Shell Sekiyu in a deal worth an estimated $4.18 billion, a report said Saturday. The deal, which would create a firm controlling nearly one third of the domestic market, would see Showa Shell's largest shareholder, Anglo-Dutch oil…
21 Dec
Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for…
21 Dec
JTB Western Japan Corp has opened the Kansai Tourist Information Center Shinsaibashi (KTICS) in Osaka's Shinsaibashi district, a popular shopping and entertainment spot among overseas visitors to Japan. KTICS is located on the third floor above the Tommy Hilfiger store. The number of overseas visitors to Japan has been on…
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