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San Francisco mayor accepts 'comfort women' statue; Osaka to end sister-city ties

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee signed a document Wednesday formalizing the city's acceptance of a statue that symbolizes Korean and other Asian women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese military, city officials said, prompting the mayor of its sister-city Osaka to decide on dissolution of their affiliation. The Japanese… Read

Uber's messy data breach collides with launch of SoftBank deal

A newspaper advertisement for an Uber Technologies Inc stock sale was juxtaposed on Wednesday with a report that the ride-service provider had covered up a data hack - something of a metaphor for Uber, a company with boundless investor interest, but whose penchant for rule-breaking has led to a series… Read

Man arrested for stabbing 62-year-old mother to death in Aomori Pref

Police in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 35-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 62-year-old mother at their home. According to police, the suspect, Hisashi Mizuki, stabbed his mother Etsuko in the back with a kitchen knife, while she was in the living room at around 6:30… Read

Sponges left inside 3 patients after surgery at Saitama hospital

Surgical sponges were left inside three patients at the Saitama Prefectural Cancer Center following lung cancer surgery. According to the center, at the beginning of November, a foreign object was detected inside a 84-year-old woman the day after she had endoscopic surgery for lung cancer, Fuji TV reported. An X-ray… Read

U.S., Japanese ships, aircraft search Philippine Sea for 3 missing after crash

U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft searched in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of the C-2A Greyhound transport aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the Navy said. They were taken aboard the USS Ronald… Read

'Rurouni Kenshin' creator’s child porn case fallout continues with movie broadcasts cancelled

The Japanese entertainment world is still reeling from the revelation earlier this week that Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of manga and anime franchise "Rurouni Kenshin," had been collecting child porn. While Watsuki is yet to be formally arrested or convicted, he is presently under investigation on suspicion of violating Child Prostitution and Child… Read

Papua New Guinea officials pressure refugees to leave camp

Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 asylum seekers to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed. Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said 90 police and immigration officials entered the Manus Island camp Thursday… Read

Toshiba to remove Times Square advertising in cost-cutting move

Toshiba Corp will remove its corporate logo from its prominent position atop the One Times Square building overlooking New York's iconic tourist hub as part of cost-cutting efforts, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. In addition to terminating its contract for the Times Square screen in the first half… Read

Police send serial murder suspect to prosecutors

Police on Wednesday referred to prosecutors a 27-year-old man who has admitted to killing nine people and dismembering their bodies at his apartment near Tokyo. Takahiro Shiraishi was served an arrest warrant Monday for killing one of the nine, Aiko Tamura, 23, from Tokyo, at his apartment in Zama, Kanagawa… Read

Foreign aid: More than a check

How much do rich countries spend on foreign aid?  In the past, if you were to guess a country’s commitment to helping poor countries improve education and health care and respond to natural disasters – among other assistance – that conversation would certainly centre on the amount of foreign aid… Read

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