September 2, 2015

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Japanese prime minister offers sympathy for World War II, but stops short of apology

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan had inflicted “immeasurable damage and suffering” on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of apologizing in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the country’s surrender. Instead he said that Japan’s repeated past “heartfelt apologies” would remain unshakeable in the future. “On Read More…

Japanese women break barriers — as sushi chefs

TOKYO — Some jobs in Japan, a nation known for its poor record on gender equality, have been off limits to women for ages. The sushi counter, for one. Sushi is emblematic of Japan’s profound cultural influence globally. It has crossed borders, acquiring non-Japanese ingredients such as avocado in the process. That, however, is the Read More…

Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter against Orioles, ends American League drought

SEATTLE — Off the bat, Hisashi Iwakuma believed the slicing fly ball was going to find its way to the outfield grass and end his dream one out shy of joining an elite pitching fraternity. Then he saw Seattle teammate Austin Jackson sprinting with his glove extended in the air, ready to squeeze the final Read More…

Paragon and pariah: 70 years after World War II, Germany praised, Japan scorned

SEOUL, South Korea — Both nations brutalized continents. Both slaughtered and abused tens of millions of people. But while Germany is held up as a paragon of post-World War II reconciliation, Japan is mired in animosity with its neighbors seven decades later. In many ways, the stunning economic and political resurrections of both countries since the Read More…

Chinese yuan continues drop; fear spreads of other devaluations

BEIJING — China’s yuan fell further Wednesday, fueling concern about a possible “currency war” if other governments fight back with their own devaluations to compete in export markets. Shock waves from Tuesday’s 1.9 percent devaluation against the U.S. dollar, which was the yuan’s biggest change in a decade, spread through financial markets, causing stocks and Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, Aug. 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ferguson, Mo., again on edge Police arrest nearly two dozen people during a fourth consecutive night of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. 2. Colorado mine spill alarms officials They are Read More…

Nuclear reactor restarted after Fukushima spurs new rules

TOKYO — A power plant operator in southern Japan restarted a nuclear reactor on Tuesday, the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant as planned. The restart marks Japan’s return to nuclear Read More…

North Korea establishes own time zone as snub to Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has no time for Japan. Not anymore, at least. The country will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back by 30 minutes its current standard time, a legacy of the Japanese colonial rule. The new time zone will take effect Aug. 15 — the 70th anniversary Read More…

Japan marks 70th anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world. Tens of thousands of people stood for a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m. at Read More…

Economists club Trump over promises to bring back offshored jobs

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House. Economists say he wouldn’t stand a chance: Trump’s boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away. Since the beginning of Read More…