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43 articles published/printed


Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

Jul 21, 2013

Australia's hard-line refugee policy begins

A boat carrying 81 passengers that was stopped Saturday in waters off northwest Australia was the first to face the government’s new policy of refusing entry to refugees and sending them to neighboring Papua New Guinea. The people will initially be sent to Christmas ...

Detroit renews urban policy debate

| Jul 21, 2013

Detroit renews urban policy debate

by Dan Balz

A national urban policy would not have saved Detroit, but the city’s bankruptcy filing Thursday was a vivid reminder of how the problems of America’s cities have long ceased to be a focal point of the political debate in presidential campaigns or on Capitol ...

Nazi-themed cafe sparks global ire

Jul 21, 2013

Nazi-themed cafe sparks global ire

From a painting hung high on a blood-red wall, Adolf Hitler peers down on young students eating schnitzel and slurping German beer in Indonesia’s Nazi-themed cafe. The SoldatenKaffee (The Soldiers’ Cafe) opened its doors in the western Javanese city of Bandung in 2011, named ...

Abe, Biden to discuss ties in Singapore

Jul 21, 2013

Abe, Biden to discuss ties in Singapore

Tokyo and Washington are arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Singapore, probably on Friday, government sources said. During their talks, which will take place during Abe’s three-day Southeast Asian trip from Thursday, the two will ...

Jul 21, 2013

TPP members eye new round of talks in Brunei

The 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade liberalization initiative are considering holding the next round of talks in Brunei in late August, sources said Saturday. The 18th round of negotiations is currently under way in the Malaysian resort of Kota Kinabalu. Japan is ...

Jul 21, 2013

Global corruption

More than half of the people surveyed by a Berlin-based nonprofit group believe that global corruption, mostly political, has worsened the past two years.

On the trail of bear hunters' heritage

| Jul 21, 2013

On the trail of bear hunters' heritage

by Tomoko Otake

Takashi Yoshikawa is no easy man to figure out. Trim and well tanned, the 63-year-old owns a small ryokan (traditional inn) nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Shirakami Mountains which straddle 130,000 hectares of Aomori and Akita prefectures, and whose 17,000 hectares of ...

Building a case for birds

| Jul 21, 2013

Building a case for birds

by Mark Brazil

Many people would consider Stonehenge in southwest England or the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt — which both date from around 4,600 years ago — among the crowning glories of human achievement. In Japan, Kyoto’s 14th-century Rokuon-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) or ...

Theaters of war and peace in Kumamoto

Jul 21, 2013

Theaters of war and peace in Kumamoto

by Mandy Bartok

The pamphlet tells me this is a “castle” — but the structure in front of me defies that description. Granted, my frame of reference is greatly informed by the impressive edifices of Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto that date back to the gory Sengoku (Warring ...

Two alluring mysteries set in China

Jul 21, 2013

Two alluring mysteries set in China

by Mark Schreiber

Qiu Xiaolong’s police procedural novels, featuring Shanghai police inspector Chen Cao, have gradually shifted from the earlier themes dealing with the deep wounds left by the insanity of the 1960s’ Cultural Revolution, and have more recently focused on social issues more relevant to present-day ...

Jul 21, 2013

Paying a price in Japan for showing up authority

by Mark Schilling

After Japan’s defeat in World II, its art world fell into the same flux as the rest of the society, as the rules and values that had governed it for decades suddenly vanished. Styles and movements once censored and banned, from Soviet-style socialist realism ...

Murky backstory of 'Gatsby'

Jul 21, 2013

Murky backstory of 'Gatsby'

by Robert Mccrum

What is it about "The Great Gatsby"? The dark star of F. Scott Fitzgerald's unquiet masterpiece draws writers, critics and filmmakers into its force field, drives them a little mad, and hurls them back into the darkness. The book and its author add up ...

Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach

Jul 21, 2013

Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach

by Ed Odeven

A familiar face will be on the sideline for the Yokohama B-Corsairs next season. Multiple league insiders have told The Japan Times that Michael Katsuhisa will be named the second coach in team history. Katsuhisa served as assistant coach under Reggie Geary during the ...

Japan rolls past China in Women's East Asian Cup opener

Jul 21, 2013

Japan rolls past China in Women's East Asian Cup opener

Japan launched its bid for a third consecutive championship with a methodical 2-0 victory over China in the opening match of the Women’s East Asian Cup on Saturday. Frankfurt midfielder Kozue Ando netted late in the first half and INAC Kobe’s Emi Nakajima doubled ...

Kisenosato puts an end to Hakuho win streak

Jul 21, 2013

Kisenosato puts an end to Hakuho win streak

Kisenosato, who began the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with hopes of promotion to yokozuna, earned a big win on Saturday, when he wrestled down yokozuna Hakuho on the penultimate day of the tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. A day after wrapping up his 26th ...