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26 Nov
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the polls next month, the success of his war on deflation hinges on convincing people like 24-year-old Ryo Tatemichi to shrug off fears about the future and start spending. That's a tough sell when young workers like Tatemichi are struggling with insipid…
26 Nov
Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunisation drive, officials said. The incident happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province. "A team of…
26 Nov
Hot off the heels of the APEC, ASEAN, East Asia, and G20 Summits, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was presented with some bad news. The nation slipped into a recession. Then there was the unpopular tax hike that was to be implemented next year. So what did Abe do? He…
26 Nov
A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, according to a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures. The albino Risso's dolphin was driven into a cove over the weekend by fishermen at Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture, central Japan, said Sea Shepherd,…
26 Nov
Five South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Tuesday. Four suspects were found Monday evening in possession of a copper Buddha statue that went missing from the Bairinji temple in Tsushima city, said Keiichi Matsushita, deputy chief of…
26 Nov
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse.…
26 Nov
Singapore on Wednesday banned U.S.-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimising "sexual assault and predation". The move by the Southeast Asian city-state follows a similar ban by Britain last week. Officials in other Asian…
26 Nov
Hong Kong authorities cleared more street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile district Wednesday, part of a two-day operation in which police arrested more than 100 people, including key student leaders. Police in helmets swiftly cleared obstructions from the 2-month-old protest site in Mong Kok, across Victoria…
26 Nov
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program for the Texas Rangers. Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the major league season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI scan and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr Keith Meister.…
26 Nov
The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would fatally shoot Michael Brown, 18, in an incident that has sharply divided the country…
26 Nov
Argentina wizard Lionel Messi broke the Champions League scoring record while Luis Suarez broke his Barcelona duck in the Champions League on Tuesday. Barca romped to a 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia but that fact was overshadowed by Messi and Suarez's personal achievements. Messi came into the match level with…
26 Nov
Missouri's governor ordered more National Guardsmen into Ferguson on Tuesday after a night of violence over a grand jury decision's not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old — one of America's most racially charged cases in recent years. Smoke billowed from the…
26 Nov
A survey out this week asked 200 salarymen – office workers in Japan – about their work and lifestyle habits. The findings have been reported in the Japanese media under headlines such as “The bad habits of low earners” and “People on a low income pee in the bath –…
26 Nov
Celebrities and sports stars voiced frustration and urged restraint on Tuesday following violent protests over the decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen. Magic Johnson, Chris Rock and LeBron James were among those tweeting after a night of unrest in Ferguson,…
26 Nov
Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the center of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country's largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army officer and residents said. The renewed fighting in Baiji by the Islamist militants, who control thousands…
26 Nov
Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country. The remarks were the first by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final…
26 Nov
"Kosoku basu" refers to express buses that provide intercity connections via expressways, much like Greyhound company does in the U.S. Japan National Railways began the "Dream" bus service in the late 1960s, with overnight services between Tokyo station and Osaka's Umeda stations at a cost considerably cheaper than the shinkansen.…
26 Nov
U.S. police are under pressure not only for the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, for which a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict the police officer, but also for the military-style response to the sometimes violent protests that followed. The sight in August of police…
26 Nov
Sumitomo Electric has developed a network camera-enabled device, "Smart Chaser." As part of its lineup of Video Content Analysis (VCA) Units, "Smart Chaser," is able to automatically detect a person from a surveillance camera image using advanced image recognition technology. This device is in addition to the release of an…
26 Nov
Struggling Sony warned on Tuesday it needs to carry out years of reform before it can turn around its battered smartphone arm. The Japanese consumer giant, fresh from revealing a 172 billion yen operating loss in the mobile communication segment for the latest quarter, said painful changes lay ahead. "We…
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