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48 articles published/printed


Kurdish militia decides to align with Syria rebels

Apr 23, 2013

Kurdish militia decides to align with Syria rebels

Wriggling through crater-size holes in deserted, bullet-pocked buildings, once-dormant Kurdish militia fighters in the city of Aleppo are providing Syrian rebels a much-needed boost to push back regime forces. Since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime started more than two years ago, Syria’s ...

Dog trainer to give atomic outcasts a healing role

Apr 23, 2013

Dog trainer to give atomic outcasts a healing role

For Toru Oki, 61, his two occupations — musician and therapy dog trainer — are one and the same. “Music is my job, whereas therapy is my lifework,” he said. Oki, who has 36 years’ experience in training therapy dogs, is preparing to bring ...

TPP entry green light marks start of tough trade talks

| Apr 23, 2013

TPP entry green light marks start of tough trade talks

by Sayo Sasaki

As the two-day ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ended Sunday in Indonesia with calls to promote free-trade initiatives, Japan gained unanimous backing to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks from the 11 APEC economies involved. Yet, the green light obtained on ...

China rushes relief as Sichuan quake toll hits 188

Apr 23, 2013

China rushes relief as Sichuan quake toll hits 188

After dynamiting through landslide-blocked roads, Chinese relief crews hurried food, water and other supplies into the rural hills of China’s Sichuan Province Monday, two days after an earthquake killed at least 188 people and injured more than 11,000. Rescuers reached the most cut-off communities ...

Apr 23, 2013

Education reform over-reaches

It's possible that an Abe administration panel proposal to simplify the board of education system could vest local government leaders with too much influence.

Apr 23, 2013

Employing the mentally ill

The government plans to submit a bill to expand the scope of current law regarding corporate obligations to increase employment of mentally disabled people.