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Mao Asada reacts after completing her free skating program in Sochi on Feb. 20. © Kyodo

Olympic figure skater Asada showed everything she had

TOKYO -- When Mao Asada successfully landed her triple axel in the women's figure skating singles freestyle program Feb. 20 at the Sochi Games, it pushed up the number of her 3-1/2-rotation Olympic successes to four. She had thrice made the jump four...

  • New sumo grand champion Kakuryu wins his own way

    TOKYO -- Just days after winning the 2014 spring sumo tournament championship in Osaka, Kakuryu received his promotion to yokozuna, the sport's highest rank. But the Mongolian wrestler isn't letting success go to his head. Asked what kind of grand ch...

  • Fair-trade champion helps bring world to Kumamoto

    TOKYO -- Thanks to the unstinting efforts of Shoko Akashi and other citizens of Kumamoto, the southwestern Japanese city will be the first in Asia to host the International Fair Trade Towns Conference. To be held on March 28-30, the event is dedi...

  • Chie Shimpo to be Japan's first woman bank president

    TOKYO -- Japan's biggest brokerage Nomura Holdings recently picked a woman to head its banking arm, a first for the country's male-dominated financial sector. Chie Shimpo, 48, was appointed president of Nomura Trust & Banking after being pro...

  • Hong Kong tycoon Li eyes entire world for investment

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing last Friday highlighted his intentions to invest more around the world. Li, the chairman of Hong Kong-based real estate giant Cheung Kong Holdings, appeared at a press conference at his Hong Kong headquar...

  • Hanyu hopes Olympic gold inspires disaster-hit hometown

    SOCHI, Russia -- Yuzuru Hanyu, with his gold medal hanging from his neck, said the day after becoming the first Japanese male to win figure skating gold that he was "Japan's happiest" person. He was much more reserved at a news conference held...

  • Shopping mall opens door for Philippine winter Olympians

    MANILA -- A Filipino teen who started out training at a mall made history Friday by becoming the first Southeast Asian finalist in figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Michael Christian Martinez, 17, wowed the international audience as...

  • From hostage to honcho: Noritake exec gives Sri Lanka another shot

    MATALE, Sri Lanka -- Yoshinari Shimaya is resolved to accomplish what he failed to do 20 years ago, when he was given the task of leading the Sri Lankan subsidiary of Japanese tableware maker Noritake. The unit, Noritake Lanka Porcelain...

  • NHK needs to air Japan's territorial claims: new chairman

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The new chairman of the country's public broadcaster NHK said Saturday that he attaches the utmost importance to expressing Japan's stances on territorial disputes with China and South Korea in its programming for foreign viewers and...

  • For ex-Panasonic executive, heading electronic standards body is welcome challenge

    TOKYO -- Junji Nomura is the new president of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international body that sets standards for the field. Taking the post on Jan. 1, he is third Japanese to head the IEC since its inception in 1906. ...

  • Yankees had eyes on Tanaka for years

    NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees more than any other team in Major League Baseball wanted to land Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. And they got him. The 25-year-old Tanaka was also courted by the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and s...

  • NY Yankees sign 7-year, $155M deal with pitcher Tanaka

    NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees said Wednesday they had agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with Masahiro Tanaka, a star pitcher with Japanese professional baseball club the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. According to U.S. media reports...

  • Ex-top finance official Muto eyed as Olympic committee sec'y general

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government and the Tokyo metropolitan government have decided to select former Vice Finance Minister Toshiro Muto as secretary general of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sources close to the matter said Tues...

  • Toray's 'Bara-chan' brings affability, grit to Japan's top business lobby

    TOKYO -- Toray Industries Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara was reluctant to take the reins of Japan's most powerful corporate lobby. But now that he has agreed to assume the chairmanship of the Japan Business Federation in June, the 70-year-old says he i...

  • Obituary: Former Marubeni President Iwao Toriumi

    TOKYO -- Iwao Toriumi, former president of major Japanese trading firm Marubeni, died of heart failure on Jan. 10 at a Tokyo hospital. He was 80. Toriumi, who served as president from 1992 to 1999 and as chairman from 1999 through 2001, was known...

  • New Keidanren chief to turn on charm for business lobby

    TOKYO -- The Japan Business Federation is looking forward to closer ties with the government under its incoming leader, Toray Industries Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara. The first order of business for the powerful business lobby, better known as Ke...

  • Sumo champion Hakuho's appetite for success began on Mongolian steppe

    TOKYO -- Sumo grand champion Hakuho Sho credits much of his current strength to his childhood in Mongolia. Sitting down with The Nikkei, Hakuho recalled how his appetite, for success and food, started in those summers spent on the vast steppe. ...

  • Former prime minister's son makes Tohoku recovery his mission

    TOKYO -- Immediately after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, struck Japan's northeast Tohoku region, Shinjiro Koizumi was on the road to help. Arriving in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, in the middle of the night, Koizumi -- son o...

  • Run Run Shaw, Hong Kong media tycoon, dies at 106

    HONG KONG -- Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw died at the age of 106 Tuesday morning here. Shaw helped lay the groundwork for the postwar golden age of Hong Kong cinema and the subsequent television era. According to major local broadcaster Tel...

  • Emperor celebrates 80th birthday with 'great happiness'

    TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday by sharing memories of the events, both tragic and inspiring, that have affected him most deeply. At a news conference in the Imperial Palace to mark the event, he recalled World War...