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Ichiro back in Mariners camp at 45

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki waits to take batting practice during spring training with the Mariners on Saturday. The former AL MVP is preparing for his 19th MLB season. | AP

Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, ...

In first, Japan postpones decorations announcement due to Imperial succession

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

The government will delay the customary April 29 announcement of those who will receive spring decorations conferred by the Emperor until after Crown Prince Naruhito’s ...

U.S. State Department says spokeswoman and ex-Fox reporter Heather Nauert out as pick for U.N. ambassador

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks with reporters as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on while flying from Panama to Mexico last October. | REUTERS

Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, ...

Bernie Sanders records presidential campaign video as Joe Biden closer to deciding own White House bid

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. Independent Sen. from Vermont Bernie Sanders attends the confirmation hearing of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has recorded a video announcing a 2020 run for president, Politico reported Saturday, an indication that he plans to enter the ...

China rebuffs Germany’s call for U.S. missile pact with Russia

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, speaks during the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | REUTERS

China rejected on Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the United States accuses Russia of breaching, ...

Taro Kono disputes South Korean claim over remarks on Emperor

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Foreign Minister Taro Kono attends the annual Munich Security Conference on Friday. | REUTERS

Foreign Minister Taro Kono has disputed Seoul’s claim that he made no mention of a South Korean lawmaker’s recent remarks about Emperor Akihito during Friday’s ...

Stan Wawrinka upsets top-seeded Kei Nishikori to reach final in Rotterdam

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Kei Nishikori hits a shot during his match against Stan Wawrinka at the Rotterdam Open on Saturday in Rotterdam, Netherlands. | REUTERS

World No. 7 Kei Nishikori’s hopes of a second ATP title this season were dashed by Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals of the Rotterdam Open ...

Potential privacy lapse found in 2010 U.S. census that could affect over 100 million people

By Seth Borenstein
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top official disclosed Saturday. | AP

An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could ...

Nuclear fears haunt leaders with U.S.-Russian arms pact’s demise

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speak during their bilateral talks at the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark arms control treaty with Russia is turning the worst fears of a dangerous weapons ...

French driver of cash van who zoomed off with €3 million is charged

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

The driver of a French cash delivery van who made off with about €3 million ($3.2 million) was charged and remanded in custody on Saturday, ...

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