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‘Cosplay’ craze a boon for business

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
The popularity of Japanese anime around the world has triggered the growth of a variety of businesses targeting those who like to dress up as ...
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Child poverty rate hits record high; more elderly being looked after by people over 65: survey

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
More than 16 percent of children across the country were living below the poverty line in 2012, according to the welfare ministry, which attributed the ...
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China removes oil rig that triggered Vietnam riots from disputed waters

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
China on Wednesday was moving a massive oil rig away from waters claimed by Vietnam after announcing the end of operations, a development that should ...
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Abe move triggers rethink of military’s role

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
For university student Yui Iwamuro, the U.S. Camp Zama near Tokyo is the closest she has gotten to anything military. She’s one of many young ...
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Fossil found of ‘four-winged’ feathered dinosaur

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
A newly discovered dinosaur was built sort of like a biplane, but probably did not fly as well — if at all. Scientists on Tuesday ...
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89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least ...
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Suspect admits selling Benesse customer data, gambling away cash

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
A man who has admitted involvement in the massive leaks of Benesse Corp. customers’ personal information has also told police that he sold the illegally ...
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Okayama girl, 11, missing; GPS trail goes cold

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
An 11-year-old girl from Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has been missing since leaving school Monday afternoon, the Okayama Prefecture Police said Tuesday. The police released a ...
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NRA poised to greenlight restart of two Kagoshima reactors

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
The Nuclear Regulation Authority was expected Wednesday to approve the restart of two atomic reactors, in a move likely to ignite fresh protests over returning ...
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Matsuyama chasing history at British Open

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Fast-rising star Hideki Matsuyama is one of the dark horses set to tee off at the British Open on Thursday as he bids to become ...
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Messenger lights up Dragons in Tigers win

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Randy Messenger threw eight scoreless innings and Oh Seung-hwan saved his 22nd game as the Hanshin Tigers defeated Chunichi Dragons 2-0 to wrap up the ...
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NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games ...
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Harumafuji crashes to defeat at Nagoya basho

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Harumafuji became the first of sumo’s top rank to taste defeat when he was sent crashing by rank-and-filer Yoshikaze on the fourth day of the ...
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Tiger facing winds of change as British Open draws near

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object ...
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Wade agrees to Heat deal

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever ...
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Saints come to terms with Graham

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multiyear contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end. Graham skipped all ...
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Nibali favored to capture Tour title

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the ...
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Jeter takes bow in final All-Star Game

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Derek Jeter was a huge hit from the very start in his final All-Star game. Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for ...
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Fujinami strikes out 13, notches first career complete game

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Second-year right-hander Shintaro Fujinami threw his first career complete game with a 13-strikeout effort, Takahiro Arai drove in two runs on 3-for-4 hitting, and the ...
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Marinos pounce on late goal-scoring chances, beat Sanfrecce

japantimes - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:26
Two goals in the dying minutes by Manabu Saito and Sho Ito saw Yokohama Marinos snatch a 2-1 win on Tuesday over Sanfrecce Hiroshima, while ...
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