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58 articles published/printed


Obama to call for big cuts in nuclear arms

Jun 20, 2013

Obama to call for big cuts in nuclear arms

U.S. leader Barack Obama will Wednesday propose major cuts in American and Russian nuclear arsenals, making a pitch for his own place in history in an evocative open-air speech during his first visit as president to Berlin. Almost 50 years to the day since ...

Monsoon floods kill over 120 in India

Jun 20, 2013

Monsoon floods kill over 120 in India

Military helicopters carried out emergency food drops Wednesday for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains that have killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. The states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have witnessed torrential rain at least ...

Online drugstore chief cheers Abe on in deregulation fight

Jun 20, 2013

Online drugstore chief cheers Abe on in deregulation fight

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Genri Goto, CEO and founder of online drugstore Kenko.com, senses victory after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in his growth strategy earlier this month that the government would relax rules for online sales of nonprescription drugs. Four years ago, Kenko.com sued the health and ...

Woman finds calling in aging district

Jun 20, 2013

Woman finds calling in aging district

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Operating a restaurant is just one of the jobs Nabi Togo assumes in her quest to help revitalize Tsuyazaki, a scenic fishing area facing the Genkai Sea in Fukutsu, Fukuoka Prefecture. She plays four other roles as well, when she is called upon. On ...

Peer pressure drives applause: study

Jun 20, 2013

Peer pressure drives applause: study

If you have just seen a play that you privately think is drivel, will you keep silent when everyone around you demands an encore? Possibly not, says an unusual investigation published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Combining a psychological experiment ...

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

| Jun 20, 2013

N.Z. emerges as guinea pig for global tech firms

When Google chose New Zealand to unveil secret plans for a balloon-driven Wi-Fi network last weekend, it cemented the country’s reputation as a trial site for global tech companies looking to test their latest innovations. Industry experts said New Zealand, tucked away deep in ...

Jun 20, 2013

We're not all male or female, New South Wales court rules

A landmark ruling won by an Australian gender trailblazer that finds that sex does not just mean male or female could have broader implications as society becomes more accepting of diversity, experts say. Norrie, who does not identify as either male or female, last ...

U.S. Treasury chief 'fixes' unusual signature scribble

Jun 20, 2013

U.S. Treasury chief 'fixes' unusual signature scribble

Jack Lew was the senior budget adviser to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. He was Obama’s chief of staff. Now he is Treasury secretary. But his most remarked-upon trait was his unusual signature, a series of eight connected loops that looked more like ...

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Jun 20, 2013

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Mount Fuji will likely see its summer traffic jam of hikers get even worse this year thanks to its expected addition to the World Heritage list. A symbol of Japan, the 3,776-meter peak is widely expected to be approved for the list at the ...

Turkey's 'Standing Man' spurs new form of protest

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey's 'Standing Man' spurs new form of protest

A man stood still in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest. ...

UNESCO register adds Japan mission to archive

Jun 20, 2013

UNESCO register adds Japan mission to archive

A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world’s oldest diary in the author’s own handwriting left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of ...

Animal-human embryo test clears first hurdle

Jun 20, 2013

Animal-human embryo test clears first hurdle

Proposed experiments with animal-human embryos cleared the first regulatory hurdle Tuesday as Japanese scientists seek permission for tests that could see human organs produced inside the growing body of an animal. Researchers want to introduce a human stem cell into an animal embryo, to ...

Jun 20, 2013

Softbank prevails in Sprint Nextel deal as Dish abandons bid

U.S. satellite television provider Dish Network Corp. announced Tuesday it has dropped plans to submit a revised bid for Sprint Nextel, paving the way for Softbank Corp.’s rival offer to be accepted. Dish Network said it still saw “strategic value” in a merger with ...

Jun 20, 2013

Global warming danger zone

The Japanese general public's interest in the global warming issue has been sagging of late, and few LDP government leaders appear ready to try to prop it up.

Jun 20, 2013

Persuading people to vote

When apathy rules, what more can political parties and local election officials do to encourage a greater Japanese voter turnout for July's Upper House election

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

Jun 20, 2013

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

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Sophie Calle is an enigma. She is an artist, writer, photographer and filmmaker yet doesn’t work exclusively in any of these areas. She has become famous for her work in photography but her objects and later films have drawn equal attention — work that ...

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

Jun 20, 2013

Producer Yosi Horikawa goes all natural on 'Vapor'

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Yosi Horikawa’s beats burble, hiss, slosh and gurgle. On his debut full-length, “Vapor,” the 34-year-old producer may wield some identifiably hip-hop rhythms, but they’re tangled in a rich, intricately detailed tapestry of field recordings, sampled percussion, snatches of tribal chants and warm, guileless synthesizers. ...

Get worldly with duo Charan Po Rantan

Jun 20, 2013

Get worldly with duo Charan Po Rantan

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The two sisters of Charan Po Rantan say they’re content in their own world. On latest album, “Futae no Rasen” (“Double Spiral”), the duo dwells on remaining inside this world — a place soundtracked by an accordion. “I didn’t play with friends (growing up) ...

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

Jun 20, 2013

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

During his three years as Japan manager, Alberto Zaccheroni has generally kept it dry, remaining a cool customer when speaking to the media. But on the eve of Wednesday’s Confederations Cup match against his native Italy, the normally reserved Zaccheroni admitted to being overwhelmed ...