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Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

Oct 21, 2013

Heavy rain warning issued for typhoon-hit Izu-Oshima Island

A heavy rain warning was issued for the Izu-Oshima Island on Sunday, after residents were earlier advised to take shelter amid fears of another landslide disaster following last week’s powerful typhoon. As of Sunday evening, the 27th typhoon of the year was barreling north ...

Sydney Opera House celebrates 40 years

Oct 21, 2013

Sydney Opera House celebrates 40 years

The Sydney Opera House, World Heritage-listed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity,” celebrated its 40th birthday Sunday with a flotilla of lifesavers, Aboriginal dancers and a gigantic cupcake. Huge crowds packed the steps for a distinctively Australian performance on the glittering ...

Fukushima moms croon at Carnegie

Oct 21, 2013

Fukushima moms croon at Carnegie

Around 140 members of the Fukushima Mothers’ Chorus Association performed at the second Japan-U.S. Chorus Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday. “To sing our songs to the world in this grand hall with our heads held high was wonderful. We ...

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

Oct 21, 2013

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

by Dom Phillips

The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in ...

Femen to take topless protests to United Kingdom

Oct 21, 2013

Femen to take topless protests to United Kingdom

by Zoe Holman

They started out in Ukraine, established a thriving headquarters in Paris and last year succeeded in ambushing a startled Vladimir Putin during a visit to a German trade fair. Now the controversial activists of Femen, notorious for their topless protests on issues such as ...

The face of journalism's savior?

Oct 21, 2013

The face of journalism's savior?

by Dominic Rushe

By the time Pierre Omidyar was 31, he was, in his own words, not just regular rich but “ridiculous rich.” With enough money to make an impact in pretty much any sphere he chooses, the eBay billionaire last week made a splash in an ...

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Oct 21, 2013

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Empress Michiko, who turned 79 on Sunday, expressed joy over Crown Princess Masako’s first official overseas trip in 11 years. “I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely,” the Empress said, referring to the ...

U.N.-Arab League envoy pushes for Syria talks

Oct 21, 2013

U.N.-Arab League envoy pushes for Syria talks

U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sunday kept up his regional push for peace talks on Syria, where a suicide car bombing and assault on a key Damascus checkpoint killed 16 Syrian soldiers. On Saturday Brahimi met with Egypt’s foreign minister, saying “intense efforts” ...

French winemakers seek elusive Chinese blend

Oct 21, 2013

French winemakers seek elusive Chinese blend

The world’s fine winemakers have exacting standards for soil, climate and cultivation to produce the perfect grape. And they are looking to re-create that unlikely blend in China, which is better known for cheap mass production. The potential harvest will be more drinkers in ...

Oct 21, 2013

Improving disaster responses

Although it was known early on that a powerful typhoon would strike Tokyo's Izu-Oshima Island, disaster plans stalled and the storm left 49 people dead or missing.

Oct 21, 2013

Firms hiring more foreign students

Japanese companies surveyed are increasingly looking to hire foreign students from China, South Korea and other Asian countries despite the less-than-rosy political relationships.

You may find <em>mei</em> mystifying

| Oct 21, 2013

You may find mei mystifying

by Mark Schreiber

It’s almost Halloween again, so before I set out my カボチャ提灯 (kabocha chōchin, jack-o’-lantern), I thought the time is right to take up the topic of 迷信 (meishin, superstition). The first character is 迷, meaning lost or puzzled, made by combining the phonetic 米 ...

| Oct 21, 2013

Taichō, daijōbu na-no?

by Akemi Tanahashi and Hitomi Tashiro

Today, we will introduce the proper use of だいじょうぶ, which is frequently heard in daily conversation. だいじょうぶ means "all right" or "no problem," and is used to express one's physical and mental condition. だいじょ うぶ can be used to express the condition of things ...

Wildlife victory: shark fin falls from favor in China

Oct 21, 2013

Wildlife victory: shark fin falls from favor in China

Once a rare delicacy served to honored guests, shark fin soup had become so popular among China’s fast-growing elite in recent years that it was pushing some shark species close to extinction. Now there is fresh hope for sharks around the world. The demand ...

Red Sox reach World Series

Oct 21, 2013

Red Sox reach World Series

Koji Uehara was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series after closing out Junichi Tazawa’s win as the Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 on Saturday. Uehara became the ...

Rain washes out fourth game of Climax Series

Oct 21, 2013

Rain washes out fourth game of Climax Series

Sendai will have to wait at least another day to celebrate its first Japan Series berth after Game 4 of the Pacific League Climax Series final stage was rained out on Sunday afternoon at Kleenex Stadium. With rain expected through the night, the game ...