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FBI probing attempted cyberbreach of New York Times; Russian intelligence suspected of hack

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:13

The FBI is investigating attempted cyberintrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The Times reported Tuesday evening that the attempted cyberattack targeted the newspaper’s Moscow bureau, and that there was no evidence that it was successful. […]

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Woman sues ex-primary school vice principal for sexual abuse from 25 years ago

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:08

A woman in her 30s has sued a former vice principal of a public elementary school in Toyama Prefecture for alleged sexual abuse and indecent acts she says were perpetrated against her nearly a quarter century ago when she was around 10 years old, her lawyer said Wednesday. The woman filed the lawsuit with the […]

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Rising tide of North Korean defections

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:06

A recent spate of defections suggests that some North Korean elites are losing faith in the country's future under Kim Jong Un.

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Japan needs ¥10 trillion in fiscal stimulus in each of next two years, says Abe adviser

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:06

Japan should spend ¥10 trillion ($99.83 billion) on fiscal stimulus both in fiscal 2017 and 2018 to offset the economy’s lack of demand and eliminate the risk of deflation, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Abe has already compiled a stimulus package for the current fiscal year with ¥7.5 trillion in spending, but […]

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The LDP’s draft constitution

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:04

The 2012 draft constitution remains a heavy burden on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pursuit of revising the nation's supreme law while he's in office.

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Trump campaign going to the mattresses

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:02

It's no more Mr. Nice Guy for Donald Trump.

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The Brexit question that nobody has asked

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:00

Is Britain's less-than-full-hearted commitment to the European adventure best pursued as an increasingly anomalous member of a broken EU or as a concerned and friendly neighbor?

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Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo after Rio Games

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:00

The Olympic flag arrived in Japan on Wednesday with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the Japanese Olympic delegation returning from Brazil, as Tokyo looks forward to hosting the next Olympic Summer Games in 2020. The flag, bearing the symbol of the five interlocking rings, arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on charter flights with the delegation, […]

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Lawson HMV to open record store in Shinjuku as needle points to vinyl revival

japantimes - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:50

Lawson HMV Entertainment Inc. will open a record store in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward to tap the growing popularity of retro music technology, sources say. Aside from collectors, vinyl is becoming popular with younger generations of music fans at a time when compact disc sales are falling as more people flock to the internet to listen. […]

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Italy earthquake: Race to rescue survivors

bbc - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:48
Survivors of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice have been pulled to safety by rescuers.
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Precious metal closing prices

kyodonews - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:35
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Weather forecast for Thursday

kyodonews - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:25
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Baseball: Shaky Maeda picks up 13th win

kyodonews - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:22
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North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

bbc - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:09
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, which flew for 500km (300 miles) before falling in the sea, say the US and South Korea.
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Italy earthquake: 'We have so many houses destroyed'

bbc - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:55
Resident of the village of Arquata del Tronto, Sabrina Sbermola, describes the damage caused by an earthquake which has struck central Italy.
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