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41 articles published/printed


NYPD cruiser victim's kin sue

Mar 03, 2013

NYPD cruiser victim's kin sue

The family of 24-year-old Ryo Oyamada, who was struck and killed by a New York Police Department patrol car  on Feb. 21, said they have filed a notice of claim against the department and city. “My son came to America to study English and ...

Egypt holds balloon crash memorial

Mar 03, 2013

Egypt holds balloon crash memorial

Egyptian authorities held a memorial service Friday at the site of a hot air balloon crash in the southern city of Luxor last week that killed more than a dozen foreign tourists, including four Japanese, inviting embassy officials from the countries affected. No relatives ...

U.S. says Keystone pipeline won't spur climate change

Mar 03, 2013

U.S. says Keystone pipeline won't spur climate change

The U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact assessment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday, suggesting the project will have little impact on climate change. Canada’s oil sands will be developed even if U.S. President Barack Obama denies a permit to the ...

Malaysia threatens drastic action in Borneo isle siege

Mar 03, 2013

Malaysia threatens drastic action in Borneo isle siege

After a tense standoff erupted into a shootout that killed 14 people Friday, Malaysia threatened Saturday to take “drastic action” against intruding followers of self-claimed Philippine Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. Twelve followers of the little-known sultan of Sulu and two Malaysian security members were ...

'Harlem Shake' dance arrives on Egypt Islamists' doorstep

Mar 03, 2013

'Harlem Shake' dance arrives on Egypt Islamists' doorstep

by Ines Bel Aiba

A dance craze that began in an Australian teenager’s bedroom landed on the doorstep of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Thursday, with dozens of protesters doing the “Harlem Shake” outside the ruling Islamists’ Cairo headquarters. Around 70 protesters, mostly men, performed the dance after chanting slogans ...

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Mar 03, 2013

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Al-Qaida's top commander in Mali is reportedly killed, signaling a significant blow to the Islamist insurgents battling a French-led intervention in the African country.

Mar 03, 2013

Improving relations with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori have set the stage for talks over the sovereignty of the Northern Territories.

Mar 03, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI bows out

Big problems — from child sex-abuse cases to Vatican politics — probably proved too much for an aging academic theologian like the outgoing pope.

Making life easier for working moms

| Mar 03, 2013

Making life easier for working moms

by Tomoko Otake

Yukari Horie, 30, is managing director of Arrow Arrow, a Tokyo-based NPO that offers consulting to companies with female workers who are in the later stages of their pregnancy or who have just become moms and are wondering how to adjust their work styles ...

Battling the postpartum blues

| Mar 03, 2013

Battling the postpartum blues

by Tomoko Otake

Maco Yoshioka is the founder of Madre Bonita, a nonprofit group that offers postpartum fitness programs for women using elastic exercise balls. Yoshioka, 40, who studied sports physiology at the University of Tokyo, says she became aware of physical and mental difficulties for new ...

Documenting the gender imbalance

| Mar 03, 2013

Documenting the gender imbalance

by Tomoko Otake

Yu Negoro, 40, is a documentary filmmaker who has delved deep into the issues of gender and sexuality in Japanese society. Her first project was a series of three short films dealing with women suffering from eating disorders, a condition Neguro suffered in her ...

Sensual poetry on love, marriage

Mar 03, 2013

Sensual poetry on love, marriage

by David Burleigh

ONNA NI, by Shuntaro Tanikawa, with etchings by Yoko Sano, translated by William I. Elliott and Kazuo Kawamura. Shueisha, 2012, 80 pp., ¥1,470 (paperback) Shuntaro Tanikawa, born in 1931, is one of the most acclaimed poets in Japan — well known not only from ...