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42 articles published/printed


Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Aug 18, 2013

Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Railway stations, airports and expressways nationwide were jammed Saturday with travelers returning home from the Bon holidays. Reserved seats on the Tohoku and Tokaido shinkansen lines, which connect Tokyo with the northeast and Osaka to the west, were almost fully booked throughout the day. ...

Great Kanto Earthquake evacuees shown in panoramic photo panel

Aug 18, 2013

Great Kanto Earthquake evacuees shown in panoramic photo panel

An association to commemorate victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake has created a 4.6-meter-long panoramic photo panel showing roughly 300,000 evacuees who gathered at the plaza in front of the Imperial Palace after the lethal temblor rocked Tokyo. The panel will be exhibited ...

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

| Aug 18, 2013

Stone weighs in on Japanese defense

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It’s August, when the Japanese media’s attention turns to peace, or, at least, the absence of war. The anniversaries of the atomic bombings and subsequent surrender occasion print and broadcast discussions of what Japan learned from its bloody mid-century military campaign. For most people ...

Aug 18, 2013

Too many abandoned animals

In fiscal 2011, local government-run animal shelters nationwide took in more than 220,000 dogs and cats abandoned by their owners. Roughly 80 percent, around 175,000, of those animals were “put down,” a polite euphemism for gassing the animals to death. The pet industry continues ...

Aug 18, 2013

Spare the rod at school

Every school day, an average of 68 students are punched, slapped, kicked or otherwise physically punished by their teachers, although physical punishment is prohibited by law. A new report by the education ministry confirmed that 6,721 teachers were reported to have used corporal punishment ...

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

| Aug 18, 2013

How green is Tohoku's 'Green Connections' project?

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On its surface, the plan seems like an environmentalist’s dream come true: Take wreckage from the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Honshu and pile it along the washed-out coastline; cover the crumbled concrete and broken ...

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

| Aug 18, 2013

Image-flip for male rhythmic gymnasts

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Smirks and snickering tend to greet any mention of “men’s rhythmic gymnastics,” as the phrase conjures up images of chaps in tights prancing around swinging ribbons or clutching squeezy balls to their chests like the sport’s female exponents. That couldn’t be further from the ...

Eco-awareness to the rescue

Aug 18, 2013

Eco-awareness to the rescue

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The village of Shimizu in Niigata Prefecture has a long history, but in a few decades it may be gone. Located 600 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Makihata on a pass between parts of northwestern Honshu along the Sea of ...

American fiction's drunken masters

Aug 18, 2013

American fiction's drunken masters

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Rivers run through Olivia Laing’s writing — sometimes the real thing, either narrow and innocuous like a backwoods creek or mile-wide like the Mississippi; occasionally streams of memory that flow backwards, and sometimes gushers of tears; always a steady current of liquidly eloquent words. ...

Aug 18, 2013

Emotional return awaits Mourinho with Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League title race will be more open than ever ahead of his long-awaited return in Sunday’s season opener against Hull. Mourinho will be back in the Stamford Bridge dugout for the visit of Steve Bruce’s newly-promoted team, ...