Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy, hit with lawsuit – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday, saying it may have lost nearly half a billion dollars worth…

Japan minister calls bitcoin ‘collapse’ expected – Washington Post

Washington PostTOKYO — Japan’s finance minister scoffed at bitcoin woes as inevitable Friday, and Vietnam banned the virtual currency, but enthusiasm was undimmed among its supporters in the aftermath of…

Want to Shoot Japanese War Criminals? China’s State Media Has a Game For … – TIME

TIMEAmid increasing tensions over territorial disputes and Japanese World War II atrocities, the social media arm of China’s state-run People’s Daily has released an online game called ‘Shoot the Devils,’…

Abe’s comments “wrong and dangerous”: article – Xinhua

XinhuaBEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — The world should be cautious against Japan’s attempt to break its peaceful constitution and the potential threat to regional peace, Chinese experts warned on Friday.…

Bitcoin exchange’s collapse is probed by US and Japanese regulators – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesU.S. and Japanese regulators are investigating the collapse of the world’s largest exchange for trading bitcoins, the virtual currency that has grown in popularity among technophiles for buying…

Godzilla Trailer 2: Godzilla Attacks San Francisco, MUTOs In Las Vegas

Godzilla really appears to get around in the second trailer installment launched by Legendary Pictures today, Tuesday. Where this space has focused on Godzilla’s attack on San Francisco, the second…

Fukushima Radiation Leak to Hit US Shores in April – Latin Post

Latin PostRadioactive ocean water from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan will reach the U.S. by April should a Fukushima plume prediction hold true. “The plume of radiation from…

Bertha’s big troubles started in Japan – The Seattle Times

Bertha’s big troubles started in JapanThe Seattle TimesChris Dixon, project manager for Seattle Tunnel Partners, earlier this month points out the outer seal assembly of Bertha’s main drive unit in…

Kakao Pushes Boundaries of Social Media – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalEarlier this month, Cyprus-based messaging app Viber Media Inc., which has 300 million registered users, but doesn’t yet make money, sold itself to Japan’s Rakuten Inc. for $900…

Nadal, Back in Form, Prevails in Rio – New York Times

New York TimesRafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-3, 7-6 (3). In the women’s final, Kurumi Nara of…

Sony sells 5.3 million Playstation consoles, exceeds full-year target – Reuters Canada

Sony sells 5.3 million Playstation consoles, exceeds full-year targetReuters CanadaTOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp said it has sold 5.3 million Playstation 4 game consoles as of February 8, surpassing its…

USA Article (Godzilla 2014) – Scified

USA Article (Godzilla 2014)ScifiedNext year marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic-powered mega-beast laying waste to Japan in Toho’s 1954 Godzilla, and the new movie harks back to the roots…

Japan hit by deadly snowstorms – BBC News

BBC NewsAt least 11 people have killed by a record-breaking snowstorm in Japan, according to local media. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and hundreds more injured,…

Snow in Japan Causes Deaths, Disrupts Traffic – ABC News

ABC NewsThe second heavy snowfall in a week to hit Japan killed up to a dozen people and injured hundreds over the weekend, while paralyzing traffic and causing power outages.…

Quick takeaways from Ted Wells report – ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)Racial issues aplenty: I found it disturbing how racial insults almost seemed a normal part of Miami’s locker room culture. The report detailed many uses of the N-word as…

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan survives two falls to win figure skating gold – CBS News

CBS NewsYuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts during the flower ceremony after he placed first in the men’s free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014…

Japanese billionaire splashes $900m on messaging app Viber – Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerMobile messaging and call service Viber is being bought for $900m (€657m) by Japanese online retailer Rakuten which is controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani. By Anna Mukai and Mariko…

Japan’s Hanyu wins men’s figure skating gold; Brown ninth – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSOCHI, Russia — Yuzuru Hanyu stayed crouched in his final pose, head bowed, certain the Olympic gold medal was gone. But three-time world champion Patrick Chan, skating right after…

Russians criticize figure skater Plushenko for dropping out of Sochi Olympics – Fox News

Fox NewsRussians are turning on legendary figure skater Evgeni Plushenko — their own countryman — a day after he dropped out of the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons. Plushenko’s strong…

Japan’s Rakuten buys chat app Viber for $900 million to expand digital empire – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc (4755.T), controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal…

Air defence zone in South China Sea is unlikely, say Chinese experts – South China Morning Post

Air defence zone in South China Sea is unlikely, say Chinese expertsSouth China Morning PostChina is unlikely to set up an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China…

Japan to Address Territorial Claims in Schools – ABC News

ABC NewsThe Japanese government announced Tuesday it is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize Japan’s territorial rights to islands which are also claimed by China and South Korea. The Education…

Japan revises teaching manuals, says islands its territory – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneBy Elaine Lies TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it was. revising teaching manuals to make clear that two sets of remote islands at the centre…

Cook admits Apple blew the call on the iPhone 5C – Computerworld

ComputerworldComputerworld – Apple sold a record 51 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2013, but acknowledged it had underestimated the appeal of the flagship iPhone 5S, making some analysts…

Japan to give Indians 3-yr multiple-entry visas – Indian Express

Indian ExpressIndians can now get a “three-year” visa with “multiple” entries to visit Japan, a senior official in the Shinzo Abe administration said here Sunday. As Abe participated in the…

After fall, Japan yen in sweet spot for economy, but US watching – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO Jan 27 (Reuters) – After falling by almost a fifth since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power just over a year ago, the yen is in a…

Frogs’ love calls attract predators – The Japan Times

The Japan TimesWASHINGTON – A frog’s evening serenade beckons his would-be suitors but also summons competition from rivals and attracts predators, making dating a dangerous endeavor, international researchers say. The…

Abe: China-Japan Ties ‘Similar’ to Britain and Germany Before WW1 – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the rocky relationship between Japan and China is comparable to that of Germany and Britain before World War One. Mr. Abe’s comments…

Japan’s Abe uses Davos economic forum to warn of China militancy – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his moment in the spotlight Wednesday at the World Economic Forum to sound an alarm over what he sees as China’s rising…

Masahiro Tanaka is a Yankee, but who are the losers? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThey came at Masahiro Tanaka bearing pots of gold from different places and angles, hoping he would pick them among a bevy of suitors. YANKEES: Land prized Japan star…

With Yankees, Tanaka profiles as a No. 3 fantasy starter – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIt probably comes as no surprise that star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will end up in the New York Yankees rotation. After posting an incredible 24-0 record and 1.27…

Kennedy’s dolphin tweet not so diplomatic – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTOKYO — As if the Japanese don’t have enough problems, now they’re being dissed by their favorite new ambassador – via Twitter, no less. In office just two months,…

Syria accused of torture and 11000 executions – BBC News

BBC NewsThere is clear evidence that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising, a report by three former war crimes prosecutors says.…

Group: Herded dolphins to be slaughtered at Japan’s Taiji Cove – CNN

CNNTokyo, Japan (CNN) — Cornered by fishermen, divers and boats, the bottlenose dolphins splashed frantically as they tried to escape their human captors in the infamous cove in Japan. Appearing…

Dolphin slaughter condemned by JFK’s daughter – Ninemsn

NinemsnA file photo shows Japanese fishermen collect the bodies of harpooned dolphins in the bay of Taiji. (Getty). The daughter of US president John F Kennedy has sparked a diplomatic…