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31 Aug
By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates — including with a massive military parade — the victory over Japan 70 years ago. Combined with pervasive patriotic education that goes to great lengths in detailing Japanese atrocities, the…
31 Aug
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, arrested a man who held a hostage at knifepoint for five hours in a 7-Eleven convenience store on Monday morning. According to police, Yasuhito Suzuki, 32, entered the store at around 3 a.m., Fuji TV reported. Wielding a knife, he told the 28-year male part-time…
31 Aug
The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The redo raised an outcry from those who love…
31 Aug
Beijing is battening down the hatches and cranking up the propaganda ahead of a massive military parade this week to mark the end of World War Two, shooing cars from streets and shutting factories for the Communist Party's biggest event of the year. Some 12,000 soldiers will march through Beijing's…
31 Aug
Japan's factory output fell 0.6% month-on-month in July, worse than market expectations, official data showed on Monday. The reading from the industry ministry was weaker than the median forecast for an increase of 0.1% in a survey of economists carried out by Bloomberg News. In June, industrial production rose 1.1%…
31 Aug
Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok's deadly bombing. National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said that police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose…
31 Aug
Taylor Swift won video of the year, Miley Cyrus briefly flashed one of her breasts and Kanye West ranted at the MTV Video Music Awards. After Swift won the top prize for "Bad Blood," Cyrus was backstage speaking and hiding behind a curtain, but one of her breasts appeared onscreen…
31 Aug
Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the major leagues this season and second against the Dodgers in 10 days as the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday. Arrieta (17-6) struck out a season-high 12 and became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues…
31 Aug
With more than 42,000 fans cheering against them, the Tokyo players found themselves down eight runs in the first inning of the Little League championship game against Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. That brought out manager Junji Hidaka's inner Yogi Berra and sparked a record rally that saw the Kitasua Little League pound…
31 Aug
Tokyo players celebrate after winning the Little League World Series Championship baseball game over Lewisberry, Pa in South Williamsport, Pa, on Sunday. Japan won 18-11.
31 Aug
Wes Craven, a master of cinema horror whose directorial credits include "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," died Sunday aged 76, his family said. "It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed," the family said in a statement, noting that Craven had been battling brain…
31 Aug
Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, holding up anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies to the beat of a drum. Japan is seeing new faces join the ranks of protesters typically made up of labor union members…
31 Aug
The nation's nuclear power generators having been shut down since 2011. Summer temperatures, with their commensurate power demand, have been climbing. Yet warnings at the time of the nuclear plant shutdowns, to the effect that the aging thermal generators would not be able to meet peak demands, have not come…
31 Aug
A man rests in a Tokyo park after a mass rally outside the Diet building against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposed new security bills on Sunday afternoon. The placard reads "We won't let you lead us into war."
31 Aug
Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's U.S. Open runner-up, makes another bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title starting Monday. The 25-year-old winner of 10 ATP titles will begin his run Monday morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium against Benoit Paire, having beaten…
31 Aug
I’m never really sure what I should call the zombie action series that began as a hit PlayStation game in 1996. "Resident Evil," its internationally used name, is a lot more colorful than "Biohazard," its Japanese one, but only the first of the many games takes place primarily in a…
31 Aug
Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small. It's all intended…
31 Aug
Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp say an arbitration tribunal has formally put an end to a failed alliance between the two companies to develop green cars, and Suzuki will buy back the 19.9% stake that Volkswagen held. The hybrid and electric car partnership agreed in 2009 never got off…
31 Aug
Police in Nagoya are looking for a woman who attacked an 8-year-old girl with scissors, as she sat in a car in the parking lot of a supermarket. According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday. Sankei Shimbun reported that the girl's mother had left her…
31 Aug
Isshu Rakusai, 32, was always something of a computer prodigy. He taught himself to program at the age of 12 and launched his first startup, Kamilabo, when he was still a high school student in Kyoto. Its service, Kamicopi, “was like Evernote, but before the cloud,” he tells The Journal.…
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