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Trouble is brewing on tracks up north

| Oct 06, 2013

Trouble is brewing on tracks up north

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Last week the Fuji TV variety show “Real Scope” covered Japanese railroads. Most of the celebrities in the studio were densha otaku (train geeks), so it was one big love-in for railways and the people who operate them. However, the entire two-hour program focused ...

Driver shot in D.C. apparently thought Obama was monitoring her

Oct 06, 2013

Driver shot in D.C. apparently thought Obama was monitoring her

Investigators believe that a Connecticut woman who was fatally shot by police Thursday after a car chase from the White House to the Capitol had grappled with mental illness and may have believed she was surreptitiously being monitored by President Barack Obama. Miriam Carey, ...

Italy mourns Africa migrants

Oct 06, 2013

Italy mourns Africa migrants

Italy on Friday mourned the 300 African asylum seekers feared dead in the worst-ever Mediterranean refugee disaster, and its government asked Europe to help stem the influx of migrants. With the search for bodies off the island of Lampedusa suspended due to bad weather, ...

Oct 06, 2013

The danger of social isolation

The terrible results of social isolation are evident in a new study by the Justice Ministry of 52 of the most violent attacks that occurred in Japan between 2000 and 2009.

Oct 06, 2013

Japanese language diplomacy

An expert panel has proposed increasing the number of Japanese teachers sent abroad to teach the Japanese language as a way of improving relations with Southeast Asian nations.

Sweet times on sugar-isle Kohama

Oct 06, 2013

Sweet times on sugar-isle Kohama

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In our minds, islands should be counter worlds, autarchies unsullied by continental concerns. We should arrive spellbound, leave anointed by their beauty. Wherever in the world you might be, it is virtually impossible to set foot on an island without experiencing the sensation that ...

Reds roll to comprehensive victory over Ardija

Oct 06, 2013

Reds roll to comprehensive victory over Ardija

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Urawa Reds got their faltering J. League title challenge back on track in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over local rivals Omiya Ardija on Saturday. Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium trailing league leaders Yokohama F. Marinos by four points having ...

Top seed del Potro, Raonic advance to Rakuten Open final

Oct 06, 2013

Top seed del Potro, Raonic advance to Rakuten Open final

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro will try to hold off the red-hot Milos Raonic for the Rakuten Open title after edging Nicolas Almagro in the semifinals on Saturday. Del Potro, who was the 2008 runner-up and is appearing at the tournament for the ...

Oct 06, 2013

Dalglish joins Liverpool board

Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has returned to Anfield as a member of the board 17 months after being fired as Reds manager, the Premier League side announced Friday. Former Scotland striker Dalglish, who first arrived at Liverpool from Celtic in 1977 and is widely ...