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Aug 08, 2013

Watanabe sacks Your Party exec Eda

by Ayako Mie

The upheaval in the opposition camp shows no sign of letting up, as witnessed by the Wednesday sacking of Kenji Eda as secretary-general of the 36 Diet member Your Party, a move that may divide its ranks. Amid the opposition disarray, the Liberal Democratic ...

Tepco needs public cash to dig deep wall

Aug 08, 2013

Tepco needs public cash to dig deep wall

The public must fund Tepco's effort to freeze the soil around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 reactors to prevent more groundwater from becoming radioactive, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says.

Aug 08, 2013

U.S. buys time in Yemen with drone strikes

The Obama administration authorizes a series of drone strikes in Yemen as part of an effort to disrupt an al-Qaida terrorism plot that has forced the closure of American embassies around the world.

Aug 08, 2013

Japanese-Filipinos seek citizenship

Nine people whose fathers are Japanese who married Filipino women before and during World War II arrived in Tokyo to try their luck at acquiring Japanese citizenship.

Tohoku-Tokyo 1,000-km relay ends

Aug 08, 2013

Tohoku-Tokyo 1,000-km relay ends

by Masaaki Kameda

A 1,040-km relay involving more than 700 runners and bicyclists ended Wednesday in Tokyo after the participants passed through areas in the Tohoku region devastated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Organized mainly by members of athletic associations with support from the ...

TPP-linked talks with U.S. held on key sectors

Aug 08, 2013

TPP-linked talks with U.S. held on key sectors

Japan and the United States launched direct trade negotiations Wednesday on autos and nontariff barriers in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. Over the next three days in Tokyo, the two largest economies involved in the TPP talks will discuss auto safety standards, insurance ...

Can a battery jolt economy?

Aug 08, 2013

Can a battery jolt economy?

by Chisaki Watanabe

In a windy town in Hokkaido, an experiment is about to begin with a battery designed to transform the way electricity is supplied and at the same time boost Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic rescue plan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is ...

Top U.S., Russian officials to meet amid high tensions

Aug 08, 2013

Top U.S., Russian officials to meet amid high tensions

The foreign and defense ministers of the United States and Russia will meet Friday in Washington, with tensions high after Moscow granted asylum to American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The so-called 2+2 meeting will bring together U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense ...

Tunisians fill streets amid stalemate

Aug 08, 2013

Tunisians fill streets amid stalemate

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of the Tunisian capital to demand the resignation of the government as the political crisis in the North African nation deepened. The country has been racked by political unrest since the July 25 murder of ...

Thai pupils see glimpse of freedom in new hair rules

| Aug 08, 2013

Thai pupils see glimpse of freedom in new hair rules

Pudding-bowl bobs and army-type cuts were for decades the only hairstyles allowed for Thai schoolchildren — but now looser rules spell new freedom for classroom coiffures. “I am embarrassed having this kind of hairstyle,” 14-year-old Visarut Rungrod said, running a hand over his close-cropped ...

Aug 08, 2013

Iran ready for 'serious negotiations' on nuclear program: new president

In his first news conference since taking office, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, the man known as the "diplomat sheik," reiterated his willingness to participate in nuclear negotiations with the international community but stopped short of saying he would welcome direct talks with the United ...

Aug 08, 2013

Ever upward Chinese economy?

The laying of the last beam on China's tallest building reflects the ego and ambition of a worldbeating economy. But how will Beijing deal with slower growth

Koki Mitani adds comedy to bunraku

Aug 08, 2013

Koki Mitani adds comedy to bunraku

by Tomoko Otake

Koki Mitani is Japan’s top comedy writer, having written a number of stage plays, TV dramas and films. He also loves working with puppets, and has put together a serialized puppet drama for public broadcaster NHK. Despite a love of puppets, however, it was ...

Open sky, flying high

Aug 08, 2013

Open sky, flying high

by Stuart Munro

In her book “North to the Orient,” published in 1935, aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, one of America’s first female pilots, and wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh, wrote of the cultural differences she experienced traveling across Asia, and on the simple act of saying ...

The beauty of 'man'-kind

Aug 08, 2013

The beauty of 'man'-kind

by Yoko Haruhara

While the ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting beautiful young Japanese women of the Edo Period (1603-1867) are world-renowned, an equally worthy genre and common theme tends to get overlooked: that of handsome men. The imaginative exhibition “Handsome Boys and Good-looking Men of Edo,” currently on ...

Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

Aug 08, 2013

Cyndi Lauper is having a great year

by Jason Richards

Cyndi Lauper is at a loss for words. The musical icon, who turned 60 in June, has just been faced with the suggestion that her career is now hotter than it’s ever been. “I don’t know …” she says in her thick Queens, New ...

Asamura's sayonara blast saves Seibu

Aug 08, 2013

Asamura's sayonara blast saves Seibu

Hideto Asamura, the Pacific League’s player of the month for July, saved some magic for August, belting a three-run sayonara home run as the Seibu Lions pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday. Trailing by two runs with ...