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Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy protection after losing Bitcoins – CNET

CNETMt. Gox, the embattled Bitcoin exchange that fell into a state of disarray earlier this month following a security issue that prompted withdrawal fraud, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The exchange’s CEO Mark Karpeles announced the news in Tokyo on …Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for BankruptcyForbesMtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION […]

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AGU: A ‘shark’s eye’ view: Witnessing the life of a top predator – Eureka! Science News

Eureka! Science NewsInstruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks are revealing novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives. For the first time, researchers at the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo …Sharks’ underwater world captured by new camera footageBusiness StandardUH scientists uncover […]

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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 the apparent collapse of a major exchange. The unplugging …Mt. Gox in bankruptcy, says may have lost all its bitcoins to hackersReutersBitcoin exchange Mt. Gox […]

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Bitcoin Machine Allowing Cash Exchange Installed in Singapore – Businessweek

BusinessweekTembusu Terminals Pte set up what may be Singapore’s first automated tele-exchange machine for buying Bitcoins days after a Tokyo exchange for the virtual currency was shut amid concerns about possible theft. The ATM was installed at The Spiffy Dapper, …UPDATE 1-Japan says any bitcoin regulation should be internationalReutersBitcoin Foundation Aided New York Prosecutor’s Mt. […]

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Sony Sells 5.4 Million PlayStation 4 Consoles to Beat Forecast – Businessweek

BusinessweekSony Corp. (6758) has sold more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally, beating its forecast, as it prepares to release the machine in Japan. The sales were for the period through Feb. 8, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today.PlayStation 4 breezes past 5m sales milestoneGameSpotPS4 trumps the Xbox One as sales […]

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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 that would more than double the number of users in its digital …Viber messaging app bought by Japan’s RakutenBBC NewsFive things to know about ViberFinancial […]

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Kerry in China Seeking Help in Easing Tensions in N. Korea, Maritime Disputes – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Beijing for talks aimed at encouraging Chinese leaders to put more pressure on ally North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program. Kerry began his visit by meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great …China media: Kerry’s visitBBC NewsS. Korean lawmaker blames Kerry […]

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Kerry meets China’s Xi amid heightened Asia tensions – AFP

AFPBeijing — US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, as Washington’s security allies Tokyo and Manila fret over China’s far-reaching territorial claims. Kerry started his Valentine’s Day visit with discussions with Xi at the Great …Kerry’s China visit hoped to be “good start” for 2014 relationshipXinhuaUS Secretary of State […]

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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 severely stressed, some even tried to jump over partitions and …The Dolphin Hunt: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s ConcernABC NewsJapanese fishermen begin annual slaughter of hundreds of […]

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In a City on Okinawa, Mayor’s Re-election Deals a Blow to Marine Base … – New York Times

New York TimesThe fishing hamlet of Henoko, where Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma is to be relocated. Kyodo/Reuters. TOKYO — Efforts to relocate a Marine air base that has been a longstanding irritant in ties between Japan and the United States suffered a new …Japan’s Abe suffers setback with Okinawa election lossReutersOkinawa: Nago re-elects anti-US […]

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US ambassador “deeply concerned” about Japanese dolphin hunt – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat.Group: Stressed, bloody dolphins await slaughter in Japan’s Taiji CoveCNNJapanese dolphin hunt spurs social media outrageUSA TODAYInsatiable […]

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US envoy tweets concern at Japan dolphin hunt – Press Trust of India

Press Trust of IndiaTokyo, Jan 19 (AFP) US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Japanese village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US …Japan’s annual dolphin capture and slaughter, as depicted in ‘The Cove,’ has …The Province250 Dolphins Await Imminent […]

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US base on Japan’s Okinawa will be allowed to move after 17-year deadlock – CNN

CNNTokyo (CNN) — A Japanese governor has approved a measure to allow for the relocation of a controversial U.S. military base on Okinawa, breaking 17 years of stagnation on the base’s transfer plan, the government of Okinawa said Friday. The Okinawa …Deal to Move Okinawa Base Wins ApprovalNew York TimesJapan gets Okinawa approval for US […]

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China’s State Media Condemns Abe Amid Boycott Calls on Weibo (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekShinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, center, waves as he leaves the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26, 2013. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg. China’s state media condemned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a war shrine as Chinese …China’s State Media Condemns Abe Visit Amid Calls for BoycottBloombergChina media: Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visitBBC NewsVisit by Japanese […]

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Japan’s Abe visits shrine for war dead, China, South Korea angered – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine on Thursday that is seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime aggression, infuriating China and South Korea and prompting concern from the United States about deteriorating ties …China condemns Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visitBBC NewsJapan PM’s visit to controversial war […]