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48 articles published/printed


Japan Inc. backs Olympics bid: Cho

Jul 25, 2013

Japan Inc. backs Olympics bid: Cho

by Minoru Matsutani

Corporate Japan is an active promoter of sports and is completely behind the effort to secure the 2020 Olympic Games for Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corp. Honorary Chairman Fujio Cho said Wednesday. “Many Japanese companies deeply understand the importance of sports,” Cho, who holds many ...

China-North ties, sealed in blood, slowly unraveling

| Jul 25, 2013

China-North ties, sealed in blood, slowly unraveling

Six decades after treating Chinese soldiers traumatized from the battlefields of Korea, psychiatrist Xue Chongcheng remains convinced their sacrifices, which forged bonds between Beijing and Pyongyang in blood and fire, were essential. But those ties, analysts and ordinary Chinese say, are becoming tarnished with ...

Rape, torture allegedly rife at Papua New Guinea refugee center

Jul 25, 2013

Rape, torture allegedly rife at Papua New Guinea refugee center

Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday described as “horrific” explosive claims that asylum seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured. A former senior official at the Manus Island facility also detailed “almost daily” attempts ...

Poor slam anti-poverty law as hollow

Jul 25, 2013

Poor slam anti-poverty law as hollow

by Tomohiro Osaki

For Yoshino Azuma, life changed forever when her husband, Yoshitaro, suddenly died of a brain hemorrhage two years ago. That tragedy left Azuma, 43, unable to function for a year, while her four kids often burst into violent tussles, the apparent result of pent-up ...

Weiner admits to more lewd photos

Jul 25, 2013

Weiner admits to more lewd photos

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who polls suggest is a leading candidate for mayor of New York, admitted Tuesday that he engaged in a series of sexually explicit communications with a young woman on the Internet. The behavior allegedly occurred as recently as ...

China's nouveau riche fork out for high-class etiquette

Jul 25, 2013

China's nouveau riche fork out for high-class etiquette

How to properly peel an orange, hold an oyster fork and pronounce luxury brand names — wealthy Chinese are paying handsome sums to learn such skills as they seek to match their high-end lifestyles with high-class etiquette. A two-week course at the newly opened ...

Jul 25, 2013

Tepco held back groundwater news

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s admission that radioactive groundwater from under the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has reached the Pacific Ocean came about a month after the problem was confirmed.

Japan logged record trade deficit in first half

Jul 25, 2013

Japan logged record trade deficit in first half

Japan registers a ¥4.84 trillion trade deficit for the six months through June, the biggest on record for any six-month period, as the yen's sharp slide boosted import costs despite a rebound in exports.

Jul 25, 2013

Researchers see over ¥5 trillion necessary for Fukushima cleanup

The government and municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture could end up spending over ¥5 trillion on decontamination work following the 2011 nuclear accident, researchers said. The cleanup cost is estimated between ¥2.53 trillion and ¥5.13 trillion, according to a research group of the National Institute ...

Jul 25, 2013

Judo federation's next move

Public trust of the scandal-ridden All Japan Judo Federation will be on the line when it discusses a proposal to dismiss 23 directors including the chairman.

Jul 25, 2013

TPP-ready fishing industry?

With a graying workforce and a total fish catch in decline, Japan's fishing industry will need some help before it's ready for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Crawling through the mud in style

Jul 25, 2013

Crawling through the mud in style

by Robert Yellin

It’s quite fitting that the major Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001) retrospective, the first since the ceramicist’s passing, is taking place at The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the hometown of the artist. Suzuki was one of Japan’s most important ceramic artists of the ...

The Pushkin's masterpieces cannot fail to inspire

Jul 25, 2013

The Pushkin's masterpieces cannot fail to inspire

by C.B. Liddell

There are a lot of people who wish that art had simply stopped around 1911 or so. If it had, we would have been spared many of the monstrosities that modern art then proceeded to unleash — urinals in art galleries, randomly distributed paint, ...

Jul 25, 2013

Toyoda ready for physical match against Australia

New Japan forward Yohei Toyoda will welcome the physicality of Australia when Alberto Zaccheroni’s side take on the Socceroos in the East Asian Cup on Thursday. “Physical contact doesn’t faze me one bit,” Toyoda said on the eve of Japan’s second match in the ...

Arai roars loudest as Tigers maul Swallows

Jul 25, 2013

Arai roars loudest as Tigers maul Swallows

The Hanshin Tigers started the second half of the season with a one-man, midsummer fireworks show by Ryota Arai who homered twice and drove in six runs during a 12-0 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday. Arai followed a two-run shot in ...