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2 Oct
Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash. At least 47 people are now known to have died in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. But up to 24 are still missing, with…
2 Oct
Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open. Nishikori, ranked seventh in the world, used his solid baseline game to capitalize on several unforced errors by Young. With Nishikori leading 4-3 in the tiebreaker,…
2 Oct
Tokyo stocks plunged 2.61% on Thursday, tracking losses on US and European markets, while the stronger yen dented exporters. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 420.26 points at 15,661.99, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 2.89%, or 38.06 points, to 1,280.15.…
2 Oct
Police in Nanporo, Hokkaido, have arrested a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of stabbing to death her 47-year-old mother and her 71-year-old grandmother at their home. According to police, the two bodies were found by the suspect's 23-year-old sister when she returned home at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, TBS reported. The…
2 Oct
There are times in everyone's life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that's always ready to give a comforting cuddle. The "tranquility chair" is built in the shape of a larger-than-life fabric doll with a friendly face and a fetching…
2 Oct
Japan's Kiyo Shimizu competes against Vietnam's Nguyen Hoang Ngan in the women's kata final of the karate competition at the Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. Shimizu won the gold medal.
2 Oct
China warned of "chaos" and threw its weight behind Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday. The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in a commentary Thursday…
2 Oct
The San Francisco Giants displayed their greater playoffs knowhow in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in Wednesday's National League wild-card game. Madison Bumgarner pitched a shutout with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history. "That's crazy," Crawford said. "With all the…
2 Oct
Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most wanted men and a suspected drug cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said. He had taken over the Beltran Leyva cartel in recent years after his brothers' deaths or…
2 Oct
2 Oct
Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. That the 12th-inning win by Kansas City over Oakland took nearly five hours to play highlights a problem baseball still has to address. Still, the return to small ball in a…
2 Oct
Yaeko Arai, 85, carries boxes of surgical masks on her trolley as Mount Ontake continues to erupt in Otaki in Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday. Arai spent the afternoon handing a box of masks to each household as the village distributed more than 400 boxes of masks to 9 districts as…
2 Oct
At least 41 Syrian children aged under 12 were killed Wednesday in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs, a monitor said. They were among 48 people who died in the attacks in the Akrameh neighborhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human…
2 Oct
Norway is the best place to grow old, according to the latest Global AgeWatch index of 96 countries published on Wednesday, while Afghanistan is the worst. All but one of the top 10 countries are in Western Europe, North America and Australasia, with Japan the exception at ninth place, according…
2 Oct
U.S. anger at new Israeli settlements and Israel's skepticism over American nuclear diplomacy with Iran stirred new discord Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they met for White House talks. Several hours after Netanyahu emerged from the White House after 90 minutes, the White House…
2 Oct
Washington will have to stand by Afghanistan for years, training and funding its army until Kabul can sign a peace deal with the Taliban, or it will follow Iraq in sliding into chaos, experts warn. "Iraq shows the big security and political price you can pay down the road for…
2 Oct
Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan's Keisuke Honda are in Japan's 23-man squad for Asian Cup warm-up matches against Jamaica and Brazil. Japan coach Javier Aguirre also called up Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki, Cordoba forward Mike Havenaar, and three uncapped players — J-Leaguers Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani, and Yu…
2 Oct
Japan on Wednesday expanded the tax exemption benefits allotted to foreign non-resident tourists (anyone who has lived in Japan less than six months) from general goods to also include consumables. These tax-free stores are different from duty-free shops which deal with custom or border taxes. Currently, Japan has 5,777 "export…
2 Oct
The government on Wednesday lifted its evacuation advisory for part of the town of Kawauchi which lies within 20 kilometers of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Environment Ministry officials said that radiation cleanup has concluded in the eastern part of the town, NTV reported. Prior to the March…
2 Oct
Hundreds of trillions of yen worth of stock orders in some of Japan's biggest firms had to be cancelled Wednesday, officials said, possibly the result of a "fat finger" error. Over-the-counter orders were placed for shares in 42 companies worth dozens of trillions of yen in the morning, but were…
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