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Hashimoto stays at helm despite fiasco, calls to exit

Jun 25, 2013

Hashimoto stays at helm despite fiasco, calls to exit

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Calls for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto to resign mounted Monday morning, after the party’s candidates were soundly beaten in Sunday’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. But with the Upper House election less than a month away, party leaders said ...

Asia demand making ginseng in U.S. scarce

Jun 25, 2013

Asia demand making ginseng in U.S. scarce

The long tradition of ginseng hunting in the U.S. can be traced from Daniel Boone, the folk hero frontiersman, to Glenn Miller, a retired concrete inspector. Ginseng, a medicinal herb long revered in China, has become a hot energy-drink ingredient and a trendy remedy ...

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

Jun 25, 2013

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

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Now that Mount Fuji has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites, some tourism agencies are rushing to capitalize on the historic opportunity in the hopes that the decision will spur the mountain’s already robust popularity among foreign travelers. Hato Bus ...

Corolla the king of Afghanistan roads

Jun 25, 2013

Corolla the king of Afghanistan roads

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Cheap, robust and reliable: Consumer culture may be relatively new to Afghanistan, but when it comes to cars, there is a clear favorite — the trusty Toyota Corolla. In a country where even paved roads in the smartest parts of the capital are riddled ...

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

Jun 25, 2013

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

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Japan’s budget airlines have flown into turbulence, with AirAsia’s local carrier in danger of being grounded. But analysts say the popularity of discount flying should keep the fledgling sector in the sky. Earlier this month, Malaysia-based AirAsia warned it might pull the plug on ...

Jun 25, 2013

Snowden 'seeks asylum in Ecuador'

Former U.S. IT contractor Edward Snowden prepares to leave Russia to seek asylum in Ecuador as Washington tells Moscow to hand over the secret-leaking fugitive.

Jun 25, 2013

Abe's LDP sweeps Tokyo assembly poll ahead of Upper House election

The Liberal Democratic Party won a sweeping election victory Sunday, securing an overall majority in the 127-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly with its coalition partner New Komeito, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a vote of confidence heading into the crucial Upper House election next month. ...

Jun 25, 2013

Safety of online drug sales

It is rather bizarre that Japan's government would treat nonprescription drug sales over the Internet as a component of its economic growth strategy.

Jun 25, 2013

LDP's ascent in Tokyo assembly

The results of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election indicate that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least has done a good job of selling his economic policy.

The neglected stars of Norwegian design

Jun 25, 2013

The neglected stars of Norwegian design

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What do you think of as a typical example of Scandinavian design? The massively copied 1950s bentwood chair series “Seven Chairs” by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen? The vividly colored Unikko poppy patterns by the Finnish textile company Marimekko? Or the ready-to-assemble furniture available at ...

Finally, 'The Last of Us' is here

| Jun 25, 2013

Finally, 'The Last of Us' is here

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Finally, ‘The Last of Us’ is here One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated titles, “The Last of Us” is set in a near-future post-apocalypse that’s crawling with zombies. It is around 2030, decades after a fungi outbreak has ravaged America, infecting people and ...

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Jun 25, 2013

Judo chief Uemura hints at resignation

Haruki Uemura, the beleaguered chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation, hinted Monday he is willing to step down from his post in the coming months after the completion of his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body. “I stated in my opening remarks to ...

Kisenosato ready for promotion bid

Jun 25, 2013

Kisenosato ready for promotion bid

The Japan Sumo Association announced Monday its rankings for the upcoming Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, placing ozeki Kisenosato, who will take his first crack at promotion to yokozuna, on the prestigious east wing for the fourth tournament in a row. Kisenosato, who turns 27 ...

Nakata, Abreu double-punch sinks Marines

Jun 25, 2013

Nakata, Abreu double-punch sinks Marines

Masaru Takeda pitched three-run ball over five innings, and Sho Nakata and Michel Abreu each homered to power the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 5-3 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Monday night. Nakata went deep with two outs and a runner ...