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U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

| Jul 07, 2013

U.S. has spotty record on aid cuts after coups

by Max Fisher

The Foreign Assistance Act, a U.S. law first enacted in 1961, is pretty clear: It says, in Section 508, that the United States must cut aid to any country “whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.” Whatever popular ...

Firm floats alternative to TOEFL

Jul 07, 2013

Firm floats alternative to TOEFL

by Kazuaki Nagata

While Japan looks to make a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language mandatory for university entrance, it should also consider alternative exams that might work better, said John de Jong, senior vice president at Pearson English, a division of ...

Syria targets Homs; U.N. civilian aid bid blocked

Jul 07, 2013

Syria targets Homs; U.N. civilian aid bid blocked

Syrian government forces stepped up shelling of Homs on Friday, the United Nations said, as the U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a call to help civilians trapped in the key town. Russia opposed a UNSC statement proposed by Australia and Luxembourg, who ...

Heat wave marks end of rainy season in Tokyo

Jul 07, 2013

Heat wave marks end of rainy season in Tokyo

A heat wave enveloped much of Japan on Saturday, sending temperatures soaring beyond 30 degrees in more than 300 places nationwide, the Meteorological Agency reported. The agency also said the rainy season in the Kanto-Koshin region, which includes the Tokyo metropolitan area, is believed ...

Snowden assisted by WikiLeaks' 'gatekeeper'

Jul 07, 2013

Snowden assisted by WikiLeaks' 'gatekeeper'

He didn’t have the space for it, but Gavin MacFadyen needed more bodies. The American running a British think tank for investigative journalism had eight employees crammed into a 4.5-by-3.5-meter office in east-central London, trying to crack a story on wrongdoing at a multinational ...

Jul 07, 2013

Violence against women

The finding that more than one-third of women worldwide suffer physical or sexual violence during their lifetimes must be understood as a devastating crisis.

From Hollywood to Hirohito

| Jul 07, 2013

From Hollywood to Hirohito

by Edan Corkill

From “Empire of the Sun” to “The Last Samurai,” and from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “Babel” — when Hollywood film directors have turned their cameras to the Land of the Rising Sun, there is one person they have insisted on having by their ...

Hats off to Chiyoda's rice-field rites

Jul 07, 2013

Hats off to Chiyoda's rice-field rites

by Steve John Powell

I can’t quite believe we’re getting up just after dawn on a Sunday morning for an event that doesn’t start till lunchtime. But our Japanese friends all assured us we’d regret it if we didn’t arrive early. After all, this is no run-of-the-mill event: ...

Letting opportunity slip away

Jul 07, 2013

Letting opportunity slip away

by Jeff Kingston

So why hasn't March 11, 2011, been the game-changer that many anticipated? Richard Samuels' masterful account of Japan's policy responses to its greatest crisis since World War II explains why continuity has trumped change. But maybe, just maybe, it hasn't, as he also reminds ...

Ogawa tosses eight-hit shutout with parents in attendance

Jul 07, 2013

Ogawa tosses eight-hit shutout with parents in attendance

Rookie right-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa threw his second shutout of the season and won his Central League-leading ninth decision in the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ 4-0 whitewash of the Chunichi Dragons on Saturday afternoon. Wladimir Balentien stayed on his torrid home run pace in a possible ...

Ikeda leads Sagan to draw against Ardija

Jul 07, 2013

Ikeda leads Sagan to draw against Ardija

by Andrew Mckirdy

Sagan Tosu hit an 83rd-minute equalizer to claim a 1-1 draw with Omiya Ardija and cut the J.League leader’s cushion at the top to three points as play resumed from a six-week international break on Saturday. Surprise package Omiya went into the game at ...

Ozeki Kisenosato eyes promotion

Jul 07, 2013

Ozeki Kisenosato eyes promotion

Kisenosato will be looking to turn pressure into power when he takes his first crack at promotion to sumo’s top rank of yokozuna at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament getting under way at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium on Sunday. The surly ozeki, who turned 27 ...