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Graca Machel: the impressive face of a new Africa

Jul 06, 2013

Graca Machel: the impressive face of a new Africa

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Shakespeare, in one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite lines, now strangely apposite, says that “the valiant never taste of death but once.” As the world waits for Mandela to make his final rendezvous with history, one woman — his third wife — who has been ...

Honda hopes diesel dents Suzuki India lead

Jul 06, 2013

Honda hopes diesel dents Suzuki India lead

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Honda Motor Co. may have cracked the formula for success in India: a diesel-powered compact sedan. The Amaze, introduced in April, drove the automaker’s sales to a record the following month and propelled Honda to third place among carmakers in Asia’s third-biggest market from ...

Jul 06, 2013

Travel firms axing tours to Egypt

Major travel agencies are canceling tours to Egypt in light of the tensions generated in the wake of the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Although the losses are relatively small, the companies are disappointed because tours to Egypt had just started to ...

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

Jul 06, 2013

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

The knife attack last week by a man on three first-grade boys near an elementary school in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, has once again raised the question of how to keep children safe. In many communities in recent years, residents and convenience store employees have ...

Jul 06, 2013

Bankers' group to ratchet up oversight of Tibor

The Japanese Bankers Association will step up oversight of the country’s benchmark interbank lending rates as part of global efforts to tighten supervision in the wake of the Libor rate-rigging scandal. The association will revise rules for the Tokyo interbank offered rate, or Tibor, ...

Six-time Nathan's hot dog champ holds, wins rival pigout

Jul 06, 2013

Six-time Nathan's hot dog champ holds, wins rival pigout

Takeru Kobayashi, a six-time champion of Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York, staged a renegade competition Thursday in Manhattan and won by wolfing down 67 wieners in 10 minutes. Kobayashi, 35, won by a huge margin over his closest challenger, who ...

Jul 06, 2013

Full-time jobs elude over half of part-timers in 20s: poll

More than half of all part-time employees in their 20s who aren’t students have never had a full-time job, an online survey carried out by advertising company Aidem Inc. says. People who have never been hired as full-time employees, or “seishain,” accounted for 52.4 ...

Jul 06, 2013

Upper House vote disparity eases

The unconstitutional disparity in vote values between the most densely and sparsely populated constituencies represented in the House of Councilors has dropped slightly to 4.77 times, according to a recent tally. After the disparity grew to as large 5.00 times in the July 2010 ...

Jul 06, 2013

Panasonic to shut Hungary solar plant

Panasonic Corp. will close its solar cell factory in Hungary next March and lay off around 550 workers, sources said Friday. The struggling electronics maker will end production at its only European solar cell factory in September, the sources said. This will leave Panasonic ...

Japan Expo opens in France

Jul 06, 2013

Japan Expo opens in France

The 14th Japan Expo, one of the largest exhibitions of Japanese pop culture in Europe, opened Thursday in the suburbs of Paris. The organizer expects some 230,000 people to visit during the expo’s four-day run to peruse the latest anime, comic books and video ...

Jul 06, 2013

Shipbuilders set up R & D company

Shipping firm Nippon Yusen K.K., ship classification body Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and four midsize shipbuilders have established a joint research and development company, its president said Thursday. The new firm, Maritime Innovation Japan, was set up to cut research costs in the face of ...

Jul 06, 2013

MHI plans Hanoi plane parts plant

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. plans to build a second aircraft parts plant in Vietnam by next summer, company officials said Friday. The new plant will be adjacent to its existing facility in Hanoi and produce components for the Boeing 777 jumbo jet that are ...

Jul 06, 2013

Seven & I sets quarterly profit record

Seven & I Holdings Co.’s group net profits rose 14.9 percent to ¥37.43 billion in the March-May quarter, hitting a record high for a fiscal first quarter. The net profit topped the previous record logged in March-May 2007 before the collapse of Lehman Brothers ...

India's 'game-changing' cheap food program draws concern

Jul 06, 2013

India's 'game-changing' cheap food program draws concern

India’s ruling party says a vast new food program for the poor is a “game-changer” to fight endemic malnutrition, but analysts are expressing concern about its implementation and cost. The Cabinet issued an executive order late Wednesday introducing the National Food Security Bill, which ...

Doctors advised family to unplug Mandela life support

Jul 06, 2013

Doctors advised family to unplug Mandela life support

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine a week ago, court documents released Thursday showed. The June 26 court filing shows for the first time just how close ...

Jul 06, 2013

Microbes will inherit Earth in 2 billion years

Two billion years from now, an ever-hotter sun will have cooked the Earth, leaving microbes confined to pockets of water in mountains or caves as the last survivors, a study says. The bleak scenario was proposed by astrobiologist Jack O’Malley-James of the University of ...

Jul 06, 2013

Interbreeding doubles genetic risk

First cousins who marry run twice the risk of having a child with genetic abnormalities, according to the findings of a study in the English city of Bradford that was published Friday in The Lancet. The city, whose population has a high proportion of ...

Jul 06, 2013

Maryland gets first female top judge

A former public school teacher who went to law school at night will become the first woman to head Maryland’s highest court. Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday named Mary Ellen Barbera, who has been on the Maryland Court of Appeals since 2008, as chief ...

Jul 06, 2013

U.K. police seek 38 in Madeleine probe

British police said Thursday they were opening their own investigation into the 2007 disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann in Portugal and had identified 38 people of interest across Europe. A two-year review of the original Portuguese investigation, which is officially closed, had resulted in ...

Jul 06, 2013

Elusive Australian parrot spotted

An intrepid Australian bird spotter has captured the best evidence in a century of a live “night parrot,” a rare creature that ranks among the world’s most enigmatic avian species, scientists said Thursday. John Young, a naturalist photographer, presented photos and video of the ...

Jul 06, 2013

New China luxury: adult wet nurses

Human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich, with some firms offering wet-nurse services, a report says. Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in the booming city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, provided wet nurses for newborns, the sick and other ...

Jul 06, 2013

Irrational reactor restart plan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. appears to be using the threat of rate hikes to win public support for restarting two reactors at a nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture.

Jul 06, 2013

Views of history vex the future

South Korea has been critical of Japanese views of modern Asian history. Shinzo Abe must do more than parrot the importance future ties between the two nations.

'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'

Jul 06, 2013

'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'

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Why do you think scientists and politicians have been slow and reluctant to confront population growth? It might be useful to first distinguish between growth and behavior. The problem is less the current number of us in itself (yet) but more the way the ...

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Stressing on stress

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The Internet is ablaze with lists suggesting ways to fight back against the deadliest foe of modern man — stress. Yes, stress. It will boil your blood pressure, electrify your nerves, scramble your stomach, ruin your happiness and lead you straight to the grave. ...

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Free movie at ethnology museum in Suita

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will have a free screening July 13 of a film worked on by people from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. “The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner” will be shown with ...

Jul 06, 2013

We see ourselves in celebrities

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We are all guilty of harboring certain fascinations with celebrities. I don’t care how many times you might loudly sigh as your friends discuss model and actress Kelly Brook’s most recent holiday snaps, you’d be hard-pushed to find anyone who wasn’t interested in the ...

Canada aims for spot in World League Finals

Jul 06, 2013

Canada aims for spot in World League Finals

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Canada coach Glenn Hoag expressed optimism on Friday about his team’s chances to qualify for the World League Finals ahead of this weekend’s Group C matches against Japan. “We’re still in the race for first place,” he noted. “But our fate is not in ...