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Is Japan Headed for a Recession?

Is Japan Headed for a Recession?

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — New economic data out Monday suggests Japan may be inching toward a recession yet again.The government reported that the country’s economy shrank 0.9 percent between July and September, while its gross domestic product fe…

Yu Darvish To Sit Out 2013 World Baseball Classic

Yu Darvish To Sit Out 2013 World Baseball Classic

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Texas Rangers righthander Yu Darvish announced on Tuesday that he won’t pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
Darvish is instead choosing to rest and focus on preparing for his second season in…

Pepsi Japan to Release Clear, Tangerine-Flavored ‘Pepsi White’

Pepsi Japan to Release Clear, Tangerine-Flavored ‘Pepsi White’

Pepsi(NEW YORK) — Pepsi Japan is launching a new clear cola drink just in time for the holidays.  Called Pepsi White, the drink is tangerine-flavored and the packaging is designed with colorful snowmen.The drink will be available on Dec. 11 and s…

WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan

WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SENDAI, Japan) — Officials closed one of northern Japan’s major airports Monday upon the discovery of an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War II, near a runway.Flight arrivals and departures were ca…

WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan

WWII Bomb Discovery Prompts Airport Shutdown in Japan

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SENDAI, Japan) — Officials closed one of northern Japan’s major airports Monday upon the discovery of an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War II, near a runway.Flight arrivals and departures were ca…

US Military Imposes Curfew in Wake of Alleged Rape in Okinawa

US Military Imposes Curfew in Wake of Alleged Rape in Okinawa

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — In the wake of an alleged rape case involving two American sailors in Okinawa this week, the U.S. military on Friday imposed an immediate curfew on all personnel, on and off its bases in Japan.On Tuesday, Seaman Christoph…

US Sailor Allegedly Confesses to Rape in Japan

US Sailor Allegedly Confesses to Rape in Japan

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — One of the two U.S. sailors arrested in connection to the rape of a woman in Okinawa has confessed to the alleged crime, according to police on Japan’s southernmost island.Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd…

Two Sailors Arrested for Alleged Rape in Okinawa

Two Sailors Arrested for Alleged Rape in Okinawa

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(OKINAWA, Japan) — Two U.S. Navy sailors have been arrested in Okinawa for the alleged rape of a local woman.  The arrests come at a  rocky time for the U.S. military presence on Okinawa, which is home to half of the 50,0…

Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s Found in Wild Cats in Japan

Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s Found in Wild Cats in Japan

HANS-ULRICH OSTERWALDER/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Could cats hold the latest clue in figuring out the cause behind Alzheimer’s?Japanese researchers say they’ve discovered a possible link to the disease in cats.  Scientists who studied the carcasses o…

Diaper Shortage Possible After Japanese Plant Explosion

Diaper Shortage Possible After Japanese Plant Explosion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — An explosion at a Japanese chemical plant this weekend has the spectre of a global diaper shortage.The plant in the coastal city of Himeji, operated by Nippon Shokubai Co., is one of the world’s largest producers …

One Killed, Dozens Hurt in Japanese Chemical Plant Explosion

One Killed, Dozens Hurt in Japanese Chemical Plant Explosion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — A large explosion rocked a chemical plant in the coastal Japanese city of Himeji, killing one firefighter, and injuring more than 30 workers.Police said the blasts occurred as firefighters were trying to control a blaze…

Former Prime Minister Running Again in Japan’s Election

Former Prime Minister Running Again in Japan’s Election

Jason Reed/Ryan McVay/Photodisc(TOKYO) — His first tenure lasted less than a year, but now Japan’s former Prime Minister is poised to return to power. The opposition Liberal Democratic Party elected Shinzo Abe as its new leader Wednesday. With p…

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has found himself caught in the middle of a simmering dispute between China and Japan over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea that has boiled over i…

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Panetta Steps into China-Japan Dispute over Islands

Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has found himself caught in the middle of a simmering dispute between China and Japan over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea that has boiled over i…

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

US, Japan Settle on Second Missile Defense Deal

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(TOKYO) — U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to put a second advanced missile defense system in Japan aimed at protecting the country from the threat of a missile attack from North Korea, Defense Secret…

Tensions Rise in China-Japan Standoff

Tensions Rise in China-Japan Standoff

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Six Chinese patrol boats entered territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands on Friday, escalating tensions in an ongoing standoff between China and Japan.China’s Foreign Ministry said the ships…

Japan to Phase Out Nuclear Power

Japan to Phase Out Nuclear Power

DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(TOKYO) — The Japanese government unveiled a plan Friday to phase out nuclear power over the next three decades, signaling a dramatic shift in energy policy 18 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.The pr…

‘Miracle Pine Tree’ Removed from Tsunami-Ravaged City in Japan

‘Miracle Pine Tree’ Removed from Tsunami-Ravaged City in Japan

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) — The tsunami-ravaged city of Rikuzentakata, Japan, has cut down the lone pine tree that survived the disaster 18 months ago and came to symbolize hope.  But there are plans to keep the preserved tree on display.Cre…

Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japanese police have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of stealing more than 1,100 library books.Officials say Mitsuka Suizu was initially arrested in July for taking a few books from the public library in Nagato, in we…

Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Japanese police have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of stealing more than 1,100 library books.Officials say Mitsuka Suizu was initially arrested in July for taking a few books from the public library in Nagato, in we…

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