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41 articles published/printed


| Apr 21, 2013

Fearing the worst if Japan joins the TPP

by Michael Hoffman

Here is Shukan Josei magazine’s nightmare scenario of a typical Japanese salaryman’s TPP future, if in fact Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement currently being negotiated among 12 countries. After a genetically-engineered, chemical-drenched breakfast, he hops into his American-made car, drives to his ...

Vietnam brews global coffee takeover

Apr 21, 2013

Vietnam brews global coffee takeover

Most Vietnamese coffee farmers have never heard of a double tall skinny latte, but they can tell you the price of the beans that are used to make one in their sleep. From high-tech Israeli irrigation systems to text message updates of global prices ...

High-tech privacy fears grow

Apr 21, 2013

High-tech privacy fears grow

Five days of harrowing footage from Boston allowed a voracious nation to experience Monday’s bombings and their aftermath almost as the events were happening, with ever-present cameras at once documenting history and pushing it relentlessly forward. After investigators broadcast photos of the two men ...

Carmakers hope to rebound via Shanghai show

Apr 21, 2013

Carmakers hope to rebound via Shanghai show

Shanghai’s international motor show opened to the media Saturday, allowing Japanese carmakers to unveil new models and concept vehicles in an effort to pick up sales in the world’s largest auto market. Japanese automakers’ lineups include fuel-efficient and eco-friendly models using hybrid and electric ...

Apr 21, 2013

Toyota to start producing Lexus ES sedan in Kentucky

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to build Lexus ES 350 sedans in Kentucky, the first U.S. production for its luxury brand, as CEO Akio Toyoda pushes to localize output in the automaker’s biggest markets. Toyoda and Jim Lentz, Toyota’s North American chief, said Friday in ...

Fukushima students tour Abe's office

Apr 21, 2013

Fukushima students tour Abe's office

Twelve junior high school students from Fukushima Prefecture took part in a special tour of the prime minister’s office and residence in Tokyo on Saturday, with Shinzo Abe making a surprise appearance. The students, from Minamisoma, were visiting at the invitation of the prime ...

Apr 21, 2013

Organized crime in East Asia

Working together with East Asian countries to battle organized crime is a better use of Japanese political efforts than trying to revise the Constitution.

Apr 21, 2013

Monitoring workers by smartphone

Employers' ability to monitor employees' actions and whereabouts via smartphones fitted with GPS apps is not a positive step in Japanese workplaces.

Get set for boating in Naha and Itoman

Apr 21, 2013

Get set for boating in Naha and Itoman

by Hillel Wright

May and June are the months in which to visit Okinawa if your aim is to witness the spectacle of fiercely contested races between crews paddling dragon boats or the Ryukyu Islands' small traditional fishing boats called sabani.

Views of Japan through Western films

Apr 21, 2013

Views of Japan through Western films

by David Cozy

Most readers encountering a book called "Under Foreign Eyes: Western Cinematic Adaptations of Postwar Japan" will expect it to contain an interesting claim or claims about these Western representations of Japan, and that the claim or claims will be buttressed by sophisticated analysis of ...

Painfully honest, artful homage to wife's death

Apr 21, 2013

Painfully honest, artful homage to wife's death

by Peter Conrad

This little book has a purpose that is weightily monumental: It’s a Taj Mahal made of paper, not white marble. LEVELS OF LIFE, by Julian Barnes. Cape, 2013, 128 pp., £10.99 (hardcover) Shah Jahan built the minareted tomb for his third wife when she ...

Doomed 1897 balloon expedition a lively read

Apr 21, 2013

Doomed 1897 balloon expedition a lively read

by Robin Mckie

In August 1930, the Norwegian ship Bratvaag, carrying a party of scientists and seal-hunters, moored off the tiny Arctic island of Kvitoya. Few humans had ever set foot there — it is extremely remote and usually surrounded by thick pack ice. A couple of ...

Marines rally past Eagles

Apr 21, 2013

Marines rally past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The Chiba Lotte Marines’ pitchers were off to a good start, but the team’s offense was having a little trouble getting things going against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Oddly enough, it was the Eagles who eventually gave the Marines the push they needed. ...

Mourinho admits departure comments

Apr 21, 2013

Mourinho admits departure comments

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho on Friday admitted that reported comments claiming his future lay away from the Spanish club were accurate but denied that he was “sad or unhappy” at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Earlier this week, media in Spain widely reported comments by ...