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Abe reaches deal with Bahrain on GCC talks

Aug 26, 2013

Abe reaches deal with Bahrain on GCC talks

The leaders of Japan and Bahrain have agreed to resume a strategic dialogue between resource-poor Japan and a regional grouping of oil-producing gulf countries, Japanese officials said. The accord was reached between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, prime ...

Lexus takes aim at young buyers in Middle East

Aug 26, 2013

Lexus takes aim at young buyers in Middle East

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus unit decided to open one of its three new global luxury concept stores in Dubai to cater to growth opportunities in the Middle East, where consumers are among the youngest in the world. Dubai is one of the biggest growth ...

Time of reckoning approaching, Legarde warns

Aug 26, 2013

Time of reckoning approaching, Legarde warns

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The world’s central banks have spent the past several years propping up the global economy and rescuing the world from crisis. Now, argues the head of the International Monetary Fund, it is time to grapple with the consequences. The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, ...

First Swiss sex drive-in divides Zurich residents

Aug 26, 2013

First Swiss sex drive-in divides Zurich residents

As the Swiss city of Zurich opens the country’s first sex drive-in to better regulate prostitution and move the sex trade outside the city center, residents, politicians and sex workers remain divided over the plan. The nine so-called sex boxes, located in a former ...

Belgium makes Depardieu an honorary citizen

Aug 26, 2013

Belgium makes Depardieu an honorary citizen

Authorities in the Belgian municipality of Estaimpuis made their most famous resident, Gerard Depardieu, an honorary citizen on Saturday ahead of a housewarming barbecue the French actor hosted. “We are pleased that you have made Nechin your home,” municipal official Daniel Senesael said, referring ...

Aug 26, 2013

Egypt explodes

The situation in Egypt has lurched from bad to worse, with Islamist leaders being arrested and former despot Hosni Mubarak being released from prison to house arrest.

When does one's native language stop being native?

| Aug 26, 2013

When does one's native language stop being native?

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A 71-year-old man in Gifu Prefecture made headlines recently when he attempted to initiate a lawsuit against broadcaster NHK. Through its excessive use of foreign derived words, the man claimed, NHK had caused him 精神的苦痛 (seishinteki kutsū, psychological pain). He demanded ¥1.41 million in ...

Olympic champ Murata beats Shibata in pro debut

Aug 26, 2013

Olympic champ Murata beats Shibata in pro debut

London Olympic champion Ryota Murata scored a second-round stoppage of Akio Shibata, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation middleweight champion, in his pro debut nontitle match in Tokyo on Sunday. Murata stunned Shibata with a right jab that sent his opponent down in the ...

Yoshikawa leads Fighters past Buffaloes

Aug 26, 2013

Yoshikawa leads Fighters past Buffaloes

Lefty Mitsuo Yoshikawa pitched into the eighth inning and struck out nine en route to winning his first decision since June 28 in the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ 3-0 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday afternoon. The Fighters, who have struggled all season ...

Harumafuji wins sumo exhibition in Jakarta

Aug 26, 2013

Harumafuji wins sumo exhibition in Jakarta

Yokozuna Harumafuji won a two-day exhibition sumo tournament in Jakarta, the sport’s first-ever showcase in Southeast Asia. Harumafuji deployed an overarm throw to beat ozeki Kakuryu in the semifinals before disposing of rival yokozuna Hakuho with a frontal force-out in the final at the ...