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38 articles published/printed


Mar 24, 2013

Firms preparing for continued employment of elderly staff

Companies are gearing up for the implementation next month of a law that will oblige them to continue employing all workers who wish to stay on until age 65. The legislation came about because the age employees will become eligible to receive public pensions ...

Mar 24, 2013

China's navy to join U.S.-led Pacific drill in 2014

China’s navy will join a U.S.-led joint exercise for the first time in the summer of 2014, a Pentagon official said Friday. The United States hopes that China’s participation in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) will help confidence-building efforts between the U.S. ...

Congo warlord surrenders to ICC

Mar 24, 2013

Congo warlord surrenders to ICC

Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda, dubbed “The Terminator,” was behind bars at the International Criminal Court on Saturday after turning himself in to face charges ranging from murder and rape to the use of child soldiers. The first suspect ever to hand himself ...

| Mar 24, 2013

Abortion controlled by the state

by Philip Brasor

TV personalities, or tarento in the vernacular parlance, wage a never-ending battle against encroaching irrelevance. They impose on our consciousness, and one of the easiest ways to do that without offering a compelling skills set is to exploit personal circumstances that are none of ...

Mar 24, 2013

Upholding the right to vote

The Tokyo District Court declares unconstitutional an election law provision that strips voting rights from adults who've had guardians chosen for them.

Abashiri astounds with its ice and convict connections

Mar 24, 2013

Abashiri astounds with its ice and convict connections

by Kris Kosaka

In April 1890, the Japanese government shipped more than 1,200 political prisoners from all over the country, including samurai insurgents from the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion against the government of Emperor Meiji. Nine years before, more than 250 years of rule by the Tokugawa shoguns ...

Alterations of idealized beauty in China, Japan

Mar 24, 2013

Alterations of idealized beauty in China, Japan

by Hiroaki Sato

THE SEARCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN: A Cultural History of Japanese and Chinese Beauty, by Cho Kyo (Zhang Jing), translated by Kyoko Selden. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, 287 pp., $49.95 (hardcover) China has a phrase, “the four beautiful women,” Cho Kyo (Zhang Jing), the ...

Mar 24, 2013

Lee guides FC Tokyo past Antlers

Two-time defending champion Kashima Antlers got off on the wrong foot in their quest for a third straight Nabisco Cup title as Toninho Cerezo’s men lost 4-2 to FC Tokyo on Saturday. Ex-Southampton striker Tadanari Lee was the man of the hour, scoring his ...

Hakuho chasing historic record

Mar 24, 2013

Hakuho chasing historic record

After wrapping up his 24th career title with two days to spare at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Hakuho is now just one win away from going 15-0 for an unprecedented ninth time in his illustrious career. The yokozuna staved off a feisty challenge ...