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49 articles published/printed


Ospreys land on MSDF destroyer in joint drill

Jun 16, 2013

Ospreys land on MSDF destroyer in joint drill

In a first, U.S. Marine Corps pilots landed two MV-22 Ospreys on the Japanese helicopter destroyer Hyuga during a joint exercise Friday involving the U.S. military and the Self-Defense Forces in California. The landing by the hybrid tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off like a ...

Rebels cool to U.S. arms aid

Jun 16, 2013

Rebels cool to U.S. arms aid

Syria’s rebels Friday criticized the U.S. decision to offer small-scale military assistance as late and inadequate, saying they will need heavy weapons to counter the growing challenge posed by a reinvigorated Syrian Army that is already receiving foreign help. But the real significance of ...

Jun 16, 2013

Too many inward-looking students

At least half of the Japanese high school and university students surveyed say it's too late for them to become a "globally active person." Is it indeed

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

Jun 16, 2013

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

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Back in 1972 when I first lived on Denman Island in the Georgia Strait of British Columbia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, I was one of about 300 residents. By the time I left 25 years later for Japan, its population had just topped ...

Insecticides pit trees against bees

| Jun 16, 2013

Insecticides pit trees against bees

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“That’s where they’re going to spray.” Organic farmer Naoki Tachikawa, 43, is standing on the edge of one of his tiny rice fields in the Shiga district of Matsumoto, central Nagano Prefecture, pointing at two low hills that embrace the upper reaches of the ...

Humble true tales of a 'good man'

Jun 16, 2013

Humble true tales of a 'good man'

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The journals of Kenjiro Setoue, a doctor at a clinic on a small Kyushu island, chronicle a life that is, as the doctor himself notes, for the most part, unexciting. It is difficult to believe that a version of this life has been retold ...

Morgan, BayStars trample over Lions

Jun 16, 2013

Morgan, BayStars trample over Lions

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Nyjer Morgan knows his game. So he wasn’t too hard on himself when he struggled early in the season. Because he knew that as soon as the weather began to warm up, so too would his bat. The resurgent Morgan had a come-from-behind three-run ...

Nara selects Toyama as first coach

Jun 16, 2013

Nara selects Toyama as first coach

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It didn’t take long. Koto Toyama has landed another coaching gig. The Bambitious Nara have handed the reins to Toyama for the team’s inaugural season, 2013-14. The announcement was made earlier this week, just days before the June 19 draft. (Koju Munakata, a former ...

Japan rugby squad trounces undermanned Wales

Jun 16, 2013

Japan rugby squad trounces undermanned Wales

Japan recorded its first official test-match win against a Tier One nation Saturday, when it defeated Wales 23-8 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. But it was the defensive effort of the hosts that really won them the game — albeit against a ...