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New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

Sep 15, 2013

New Epsilon rocket chalks up first launch

The nation’s newest solid-fuel rocket lifted off Saturday and put a space telescope into orbit as planned, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Epsilon, Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years, blasted off from Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at 2 p.m. ...

Mongolia agrees to join talks on abductions

Sep 15, 2013

Mongolia agrees to join talks on abductions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag have agreed to hold regular talks in conjunction with the United States on resolving North Korea’s abductions of Japanese. Mongolia has diplomatic relations with the reclusive communist state. The abductions, committed in the ...

Travel shows warp true globalization

| Sep 15, 2013

Travel shows warp true globalization

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Now that Tokyo has been given the honor of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games, the city, as well as all of Japan, will spend the next seven years “internationalizing” (kokusai-ka), a term that becomes fashionable again every few years when something like this happens. ...

Seed bank sprouts support a-plenty

| Sep 15, 2013

Seed bank sprouts support a-plenty

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In a sunny corner of Tomoko and Kenji Usui’s garden, surrounded by marigolds and goldenrod, there stands a peculiar little house. The thatched roof is tall and pointy like a witch’s hat, with flowers growing around the brim. The porch is wide and shady, ...

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

| Sep 15, 2013

Olympic stars of the future look forward to 2020

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Thursday night was warm and clear in Yokohama. A cloudless, gradually darkening sky stretched over the 400-meter track at the Yamato Sports Center — seemingly boundless in its ability to absorb the shouts and laughter coming from the 20 boisterous young members of the ...

A swim with turtles (maybe)

Sep 15, 2013

A swim with turtles (maybe)

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For snorkelers, there’s perhaps nothing better than hanging out underwater with a hawksbill sea turtle. Safer than sharks, they are graceful and beautiful, ancient and wise. But sightings are rare. Of my hundreds of snorkeling adventures, I’ve only seen turtles, from a distance, in ...

Making Kobayashi's works sound as if written today

Sep 15, 2013

Making Kobayashi's works sound as if written today

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For most readers, Japanese literature may suggest romantic/erotic works by Nagai Kafu, elegantly classical and humorously or sinisterly “kinky” fiction by Tanizaki, or coolly stylish contemporary works by Haruki Murakami. For such readers, this volume will come as a shock — both refreshing and ...

Tokyo sinks Urawa with late Hirayama header

Sep 15, 2013

Tokyo sinks Urawa with late Hirayama header

Former Japan international Sota Hirayama denied Urawa Reds the chance to stay within one point of leaders Yokohama F. Marinos by scoring a last-gasp winner in FC Tokyo’s 3-2 victory on Saturday. Hirayama, who came off the bench in the 73rd minute, buried a ...