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40 articles published/printed


Jan 31, 2013

N.Y. Senate hails monument to 'comfort women'

The New York state Senate passed a resolution Tuesday honoring a “comfort women” monument erected in the state, saying it serves as a reminder that the coercion of Asian women into sexual servitude by the Imperial Japanese Army was a “crime against humanity,” a ...

Obama pushes immigration reform

Jan 31, 2013

Obama pushes immigration reform

by Zachary A. Goldfarb

President Barack Obama on Tuesday put the weight of his administration behind efforts to pass legislation allowing many of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to earn citizenship, seeking to build on a rapidly shifting political consensus around the issue. Obama dedicated ...

Jan 31, 2013

Japan falls far on press freedom list

Japan plummeted to 53rd from the previous year’s 22nd in the 2013 press freedom ranking released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based nonprofit organization. Japan “has been affected by a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects ...

World tourist numbers topped 1 billion in 2012

Jan 31, 2013

World tourist numbers topped 1 billion in 2012

Despite ongoing global economic uncertainty, international tourist arrivals exceeded 1 billion for the first time last year, with those numbers expected to rise further in 2013, a U.N. body said Tuesday. The number of arrivals grew by 4 percent to 1.035 billion in 2012, ...

Schools have knack for healthy meals

Jan 31, 2013

Schools have knack for healthy meals

by Chico Harlan

In Japan, school lunch means a regular meal, not one that harms your health. The food is grown locally and almost never frozen. There’s no mystery behind the meat. From time to time, parents even call up with an unusual question: Can they get ...

Hidden truths laid bare in the details of realism

Jan 31, 2013

Hidden truths laid bare in the details of realism

by C.B. Liddell

With a population of around 35 million, Greater Tokyo is the ultimate “modernist” conurbation; a vast megacity, where something as old-fashioned as realist art might seem out-of-date and out-of-place. Maybe so, but on the metropolis’ western and eastern extremities stand two museums that, each ...