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2 Sep
A fan yawns as he watches the match between Kei Nishikori of Japan (seeded 10th), and Milos Raonic of Canada (seeded 5th), during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Tuesday morning. The match, which started late Monday, was tied at two sets…
2 Sep
Tokyo stocks closed at their highest level in over seven months on Tuesday with the benchmark Nikkei index adding 1.24% as a sharp drop in the yen lifted exporter shares. The Nikkei rose 192.00 points to 15,668.60, its best finish since late January, while the Topix index of all first-section…
2 Sep
Japan is determined to secure the return of all its citizens abducted by North Korea, a cabinet minister said on Monday, warning Pyongyang to take seriously its promise to report fully on the emotive issue. "The Japanese people will not accept a half-baked response," Keiji Furuya, minister in charge of…
2 Sep
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has said a sailor killed himself aboard his ship after being persistently bullied by a superior, the latest incident to shed light on the country's little-discussed hazing culture. Military police on Tuesday sent papers on the superior to prosecutors, a naval spokesman said. MSDF chiefs told…
2 Sep
The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the temporary storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff. Yuhei Sato has been cajoled and lavished with the promises of subsidies if he accepts a central government plan to build…
2 Sep
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups. Speaking to Parliament, Cameron said his government is also working on plans to block such suspected British jihadi fighters…
2 Sep
Washington's Denard Span hit two of the Nationals' four homers as they won 6-4 at Los Angeles on Monday, opening a two-game lead on the Dodgers in the fight over top spot in the overall National League standings. While Washington has a comfortable lead in the East, the Dodgers' lead…
2 Sep
An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the Thai mother of the children, Siriwan Nitichad, had agreed to carry a child…
2 Sep
Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. Know-how that could improve a gaming experience, or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available…
2 Sep
Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the fast-escalating crisis opened behind closed doors…
2 Sep
An employee sets up emergency supplies of toilet paper at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry prior to an event marking national disaster prevention day in Tokyo, on Monday. The government is urging people to stock up on toilet paper because more than 40% of the nation's supply comes…
2 Sep
Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. From Monday, passengers were allowed to use a wide range of mobile electronic devices if they were switched to "flight…
2 Sep
An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All…
2 Sep
Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town. Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during an unannounced visit…
2 Sep
Yamaha will release its new slim TV surround sound system SRT-1000 in early September. You use SRT-1000 by placing it directly under the TV (up to 55-inch 40kg model). With Yamaha's original Digital Sound Projector technology, the sound of the TV program turns into a beam that echoes off walls…
2 Sep
A 20-year-old man went on trial Monday for killing his mother and chopping her body into pieces. The man, who was 19 when he killed his 43-year-old mother in their Kawasaki apartment in March of 2013, cannot be named because he was a minor at the time of the crime.…
2 Sep
2 Sep
A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half…
2 Sep
Israel faced increasing pressure Monday, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank. Ally Washington, the United Nations and Egypt all called for an urgent rethink after Sunday's…
2 Sep
The Japanese unit of Swiss pharma giant Novartis has admitted it did not report more than 2,500 cases of serious side effects in patients using its leukaemia and other cancer drugs, reportedly including some fatalities. The revelations, which marked the latest in a string of scandals at the company's Japanese…
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