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36 articles published/printed


Japanese culture grips Indonesia as firms flood in

Sep 02, 2013

Japanese culture grips Indonesia as firms flood in

by Angela Dewan

In front of thousands, two sumo wrestlers charged at each other with full force, their bodies colliding with a tremendous smack that echoed through the arena in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. The first official sumo tournament to be held outside Japan in five years saw ...

India's rupee fall stuns middle class

Sep 02, 2013

India's rupee fall stuns middle class

by Penelope Macrae

Indian student Appu Sharma was going to apply to a U.S. university to study economics but with the rupee on the ropes, he’s set his sights closer to home. “I’ll do my BA here and maybe my postgrad abroad if the rupee improves — ...

Mexican drug cartel activity in U.S. 'exaggerated'

Sep 02, 2013

Mexican drug cartel activity in U.S. 'exaggerated'

When Sen. John McCain spoke during an Armed Services Committee hearing last year on security issues in the Western Hemisphere, he relayed a stark warning about the spread of Mexican drug cartels in the United States. “The cartels,” the Arizona Republican said, “now maintain ...

Femen founders leave Ukraine fearing for lives

Sep 02, 2013

Femen founders leave Ukraine fearing for lives

Three founders of Femen said Saturday they had left Ukraine in fear for their lives after police discovered weapons in their Kiev offices that the feminist group says were planted. Alexandra Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol and Yana Zhdanova “have fled Ukraine fearing for their lives ...

Sri Lanka more autocratic: U.N.

Sep 02, 2013

Sri Lanka more autocratic: U.N.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay on Saturday accused Sri Lanka of becoming “increasingly authoritarian,” with activists facing growing military harassment four years after the end of a civil war. Pillay charged that military officials are harassing and intimidating priests, journalists and other civilians ...

Sep 02, 2013

New disaster warning system

The Meteorological Agency on Aug. 30 started a system to use a "special warning" designation for natural disasters that are very likely to cause heavy damage.

Sep 02, 2013

Reforming the Upper House

The Upper House should be reformed in a manner that will allow it to help produce laws that promote nonpartisan public interests.

Smoking, now too uncool for school

| Sep 02, 2013

Smoking, now too uncool for school

by Minoru Matsutani

Kitsuen (喫煙, smoking) could become an obsolete habit in Japan in the near future, as youngsters apparently now consider smoking dasai (ダサい, uncool). A recent survey by the monkashō (文科省, an abbreviation of monbukagakushō, or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) ...

Hawks' Oseguera downs Eagles in Japan debut

Sep 02, 2013

Hawks' Oseguera downs Eagles in Japan debut

Paul Oseguera went five-plus innings to win his Japan debut and Fukuoka Softbank’s bullpen pitched out of a series of jams as the Hawks defeated the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-0 on Sunday. Oseguera, a 29-year-old whom the Hawks signed out of ...