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U.S. Futenma base relocation hits new stumbling block: dugongs

Sep 22, 2013

U.S. Futenma base relocation hits new stumbling block: dugongs

Dugongs, an endangered marine species, in 2012 were inhabiting the reclamation site in Okinawa chosen for the relocation of the U.S. Futenma base, the first time their presence has been confirmed there in three years, a survey by the Okinawa Defense Bureau revealed Saturday. ...

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

| Sep 22, 2013

After the bid, critics sound off on Olympics

by Philip Brasor

During the week following the announcement in Buenos Aires that Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese media was saturated with news of the capital’s celebratory reaction. NHK, which will broadcast the Games, was particularly enthusiastic, leading every news report with a ...

No talks unless dispute affirmed: China

Sep 22, 2013

No talks unless dispute affirmed: China

China says it is ready to talk to Japan over the increasingly heated Senkakus territorial clash, but only if Tokyo declares the islets to be in dispute. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi faced questions about Beijing’s ties with the top U.S. ally in Asia ...

Pakistan frees former Afghan Taliban No. 2

Sep 22, 2013

Pakistan frees former Afghan Taliban No. 2

In a move welcomed by Kabul, which hopes it will encourage peace talks with the insurgents, Pakistan on Saturday released Abdul Ghani Baradar, its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, a senior official said. Baradar, a one-time military chief often described as the militants’ former ...

Savvy pope wooing the Catholic middle

Sep 22, 2013

Savvy pope wooing the Catholic middle

by Michelle Boorstein

On Thursday, Pope Francis said in a historic interview that the Catholic Church talks too much about abortion. The following day, he gave his most forceful anti-abortion comments to date. What’s the strategy here? Since becoming pope last spring, Francis has electrified people with ...

Sep 22, 2013

Questions surround sales tax raise

As the April 2014 consumption tax increase nears, the Abe has yet to come up with a convincing reform plan to reduce people's worries about their lives in the future.

Sep 22, 2013

Watching the weather

Japan's abnormal weather this summer, including tornadoes, demands that the Meteorological Agency be ready to issue more public warnings than has been customary.

Crossing the Himalayas through memory to Ladakh

Sep 22, 2013

Crossing the Himalayas through memory to Ladakh

by Lesley Downer

I’m in a small van careering along a rough and narrow road beside a rushing river with brightly painted temples along its banks and craggy peaks towering overhead. We’re traveling in the prescribed Indian fashion — drive as fast as you can and hope ...

Tsushima: a boundary island of Japan

Sep 22, 2013

Tsushima: a boundary island of Japan

by Alon Adika

If you want to get to Tsushima, an island in Nagasaki Prefecture, by ferry, you will have to start in Fukuoka — or a quicker option would be to start your journey in Busan, South Korea. The jet foil from Busan zips passengers across ...

Amateur sleuths pursue callous California killers

Sep 22, 2013

Amateur sleuths pursue callous California killers

by Mark Schreiber

In “You Only Live Twice” (1964), the 12th in Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels, a perplexed Tiger Tanaka, MI5′s Japanese secret police liaison, informs 007 he was unaware that ninjas still existed. JAPANTOWN, by Barry Lancet. Simon and Schuster, 2013, 416 pp., ...

Hakuho too much for Chiyotairyu to handle

Sep 22, 2013

Hakuho too much for Chiyotairyu to handle

Undefeated yokozuna Hakuho dispensed with another would-be challenger in the form of Chiyotairyu to retain sole possession of the lead on the seventh day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho was in his usual destruction mode to wrap up the first ...

Carp make Giants put celebration on hold

Sep 22, 2013

Carp make Giants put celebration on hold

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda allowed a hit in six scoreless innings in a 7-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday, denying the defending Japan Series champs a chance to clinch the Central League pennant for at least another day. Maeda (15-5) struck ...