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Japan to join TPP talks at next round in July

May 26, 2013

Japan to join TPP talks at next round in July

The 11 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to hold the next round of free-trade talks in Kuala Lumpur from July 15 to 25, extending the meeting to include Japan as the 12th member. The United States and the 10 other member ...

Artists vie for global exposure

May 26, 2013

Artists vie for global exposure

Having taken five Volkswagen Beetles and compressed them into spheres, artist Ichwan Noor was always going to grab attention at the inaugural Hong Kong Art Basel.

Guatemala extradites ex-president to U.S.

May 26, 2013

Guatemala extradites ex-president to U.S.

Guatemala extradited former President Alfonso Portillo to the United States on Friday to face charges of laundering $70 million of swindled government funds through U.S. banks. Portillo, president from 2000 to 2004, thus becomes the first former Latin American leader ever to be extradited ...

May 26, 2013

Super global English schools

One recent proposal likely to have a good effect on English education in Japan is allowing certain high schools to teach subjects such as science or math in English.

May 26, 2013

A Japanese-Bangladesh pact

Japanese retailers should join the safety-commitment pact that many of the world's largest retailers signed following the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Wisteria wanderings in Kameido

| May 26, 2013

Wisteria wanderings in Kameido

by Kit Nagamura

Each year, I tell myself I have to make time to enjoy the famed trellises of wisteria blossoms at Kameido Tenjin in Tokyo’s eastern Koto Ward. Then, I blow it. This year, I enlist my mother-in-law, who’s savvy about such things, to get the ...

Sato aiming to return Japan spikers to glory

May 26, 2013

Sato aiming to return Japan spikers to glory

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Volleyball Association appointed 58-year-old Gary Sato as the men’s national team head coach in February. Sato is a fourth-generation Japanese-American and is the first foreign volleyball coach for Japan, men or women. Sato was a longtime assistant coach for the United States ...

Sanfrecce rack up third straight victory

May 26, 2013

Sanfrecce rack up third straight victory

by Andrew Mckirdy

Sanfrecce Hiroshima stepped up the defense of their J. League title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Shonan Bellmare on Saturday. First-half goals from Yojiro Takahagi and Mihael Mikic at Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka were enough to secure the three points for the defending ...

Jones homers in ninth to carry Eagles past Carp

May 26, 2013

Jones homers in ninth to carry Eagles past Carp

Andruw Jones broke a ninth-inning tie on Saturday with his eighth home run of the year as the Rakuten Eagles defeated the Hiroshima Carp 2-1 in interleague action. Former Milwaukee Brewer Casey McGehee unlocked a scoreless pitching duel in the seventh inning with his ...

Hakuho moves closer to 25th Emperor's Cup

May 26, 2013

Hakuho moves closer to 25th Emperor's Cup

Hakuho proved an impregnable force for ozeki stalwart Kisenosato in an electrifying showdown of undefeated wrestlers Saturday, putting himself within arm’s length of his 25th Emperor’s Cup at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna improved to 14-0 while Kisenosato slipped to 13-1 with ...