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Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Sep 30, 2013

Mayor of Sakai returned in fresh blow to Hashimoto

Mayor Osami Takeyama’s victory Sunday in the Sakai mayoral election in Osaka Prefecture has cast a shadow over the political future of brash Nippon Ishin co-leader Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka. Takeyama, a 63-year-old independent, defeated former Sakai Assemblyman Katsutoshi Nishibayashi, his sole ...

Trial free trade zone kicks off in Shanghai

Sep 30, 2013

Trial free trade zone kicks off in Shanghai

China launched a free trade zone in the commercial hub of Shanghai on Sunday, state media reported, with the project seen as a testing ground for much-needed reforms in the world’s second-largest economy. The zone, which covers 29 sq. km, “started operating Sunday,” the ...

Abe's overture to Wall Street lost in translation

Sep 30, 2013

Abe's overture to Wall Street lost in translation

by William Pesek

Something was definitely lost in translation when Shinzo Abe spoke in New York on Thursday. First, Japan’s self-described reformist prime minister raised the specter of Gordon Gekko, the greed-is-good villain of Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Wall Street.” Speaking at the New York Stock Exchange ...

Sep 30, 2013

Worries over fate of Japan hands

n a sign that China's leadership is trying to strengthen its control of speech to increase its ideological grip, the government has detained a Chinese professor who teaches in Chiba.

Sep 30, 2013

Female cops given a boost

It is commendable of the Metropolitan Police Department to urge male officers to change their outdated perceptions of female colleagues and to wipe out prejudicial attitudes.

| Sep 30, 2013

Good morning Miss Kita-Senju, konbanwa Japan

by Matthew Chozick

Perhaps there comes a day in many a man’s life when he squints and says to himself something like this: 「まずいなぁ、もう少し度の強いメガネがあったら良かった。この距離だと、あの方が女装している北野武さんなのか、ミス・インターナショナルなのか、分からないや」(“Mazui nā, mō sukoshi do no tsuyoi megane ga attara yokatta. Kono kyori da to, ano kata ga jyosō shiteiru Kitano Takeshi-san nanoka, Misu ...

Harumafuji no match for Hakuho in finale

Sep 30, 2013

Harumafuji no match for Hakuho in finale

A day after wrapping up his 27th career championship, Hakuho put an exclamation mark on his fourth consecutive title with a convincing win over rival yokozuna Harumafuji on the final day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Hakuho, whose left eye was ...

Sep 30, 2013

Nishikori relaxed ahead of Japan Open defense

Kei Nishikori insists he’s never felt so free of pressure as the world No. 12 hopes to become the first back-to-back Japan Open champion since Pete Sampras in 1993-94. Last year, Nishikori became the first player from the host country to win the Japan ...