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Joint drill begins, even as tensions ease with North

Aug 20, 2013

Joint drill begins, even as tensions ease with North

South Korea launched a military drill Monday with the United States against a simulated North Korean invasion, even as a recent easing of tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang gathered momentum. Although the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is largely played out on computers, it ...

Okhotsk seal puts in at Odawara

Aug 20, 2013

Okhotsk seal puts in at Odawara

A baby spotted, or largha, seal of the type that mainly inhabits the Sea of Okhotsk has been showing up recently along the coast of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, causing local residents to nickname the animal “Oda-chan.” The seal was first seen Aug. 11, relaxing ...

Same-sex couples wed in N.Z. first

Aug 20, 2013

Same-sex couples wed in N.Z. first

Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalize gay marriage. Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 meters) to a ...

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

Aug 20, 2013

'Agripreneurs' tech-savvy green thumbs

by Hiroko Nakata

Umeshu Dining Myojo, a small eatery in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, is growing its own herbs and leafy vegetables, including basil, mint, arugula and romaine lettuce, on site as part of a hydroponic “agripreneurism” effort. The plants are in a temperature- and water-controlled greenhouse 2½ ...

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Aug 20, 2013

Japan, U.S. pledge to make TPP a success

Echoing his talks with the trade minister the previous day, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed Monday to work together toward a successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks by the end of the ...

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

| Aug 20, 2013

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

Just two years ago, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won the country’s first free elections, but now many in the country call its supporters terrorists. It is a spectacular fall from grace for the Islamist movement, which saw its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, become the first president ...

Aug 20, 2013

Genes found to suppress leukemia

A team of Japanese and other researchers identify genes that work to check myeloid leukemia ? a finding that could improve treatment and prognoses.

Aug 20, 2013

Inadequate financial plan

The Abe Cabinet-endorsed medium-term financial reconstruction program does not present adequate concrete measures for restoring health to Japan's finances.

Aug 20, 2013

'Big data' becoming big business

IT companies expect bigger profits for various industries thanks to the analysis of 'big data.' But is enough attention being paid to protecting people's privacy

The truth is, 'pretty is as pretty does'

Aug 20, 2013

The truth is, 'pretty is as pretty does'

by Emily Wax

Jennifer Tress can’t change who is on the cover of Cosmopolitan. She can’t stop college guys from sharing links from sites such as BroBible and Hot or Not. But she can tell you how her husband cheated on her because, he said, she wasn’t ...

| Aug 20, 2013

‘Halfies’ and hapa the norm elsewhere

Hapa haole celebrated in Hawaii I’m writing about an article published in your newspaper and written by Ryan Surdick with the title “There is more to my son than the fact he’s a ‘half’ “(The Foreign Element, July 29). A perspective from Hawaii where ...

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

Aug 20, 2013

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

by Mio Yamada

In 2003, prominent arts writer Allen Robertson wrote in The Times: “If there was a Turner Prize for dance, Darren Johnston would undoubtedly be on the shortlist.” Robertson was referring to the creator of “Silicon Sensorium,” which played to packed audiences at the Purcell ...