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Abe's play for secrecy law

Oct 27, 2013

Abe's play for secrecy law

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is striving to protect state secrets by stiffening the penalties for leakers in a new law touted as a pillar of his envisioned security framework. With the focus on how Tokyo will address public criticism about tightening control over government ...

Fukushima to host Japan-Pacific island leaders' summit in 2015

Oct 27, 2013

Fukushima to host Japan-Pacific island leaders' summit in 2015

Cabinet ministers and their Pacific counterparts decided Saturday to hold the next leaders’ summit of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fukushima Prefecture in May 2015, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced. The decision was made as participants from the 16-member forum discussed maritime order, resource ...

| Oct 27, 2013

Oh, to be blissfully unfree in Nippon's isles . . .

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“Freedom.” “Liberty.” Ringing words. Better than any other, they define modern times. They sparked three early-modern revolutions — England’s “Glorious Revolution” (1688), the American Revolution of 1776-83, and the French Revolution beginning around 1789. Japan then was a “closed country” — had been since ...

Syrian Kurds route jihadists at major border crossing with Iraq

Oct 27, 2013

Syrian Kurds route jihadists at major border crossing with Iraq

Fierce clashes raged Saturday after Syrian Kurds seized from jihadists a crossing on the Iraqi border, a key supply route for weapons and fighters in Syria’s 31-month-long civil war, activists said. U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, meanwhile, was due to visit Iran ...

Singh seeks to mend fences with Beijing

Oct 27, 2013

Singh seeks to mend fences with Beijing

Six months after a military standoff on their disputed border, the leaders of China and India signed a defense cooperation agreement last Wednesday to limit the risk of further confrontations. But experts say it will be difficult for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian ...

Oct 27, 2013

Google preparing paid YouTube music service: report

YouTube, Google’s video-sharing arm, is preparing to launch a subscription music service to allow consumers to watch videos and listen to music ad-free, industry sources said Friday. Sources familiar with the plans said the service is likely to launch sometime next year. The new ...

Oct 27, 2013

Is job hunting a suicide risk?

The stress of job hunting has become so extreme in recent years that one in five college students contemplates suicide during the job-hunting process, according to a poll taken last summer.

Oct 27, 2013

Teachers add up days of overtime

Teachers at Japanese elementary and secondary schools log an average of 95 hours of overtime per month. It's no wonder some might be falling asleep along with their pupils.

| Oct 27, 2013

Branding Japan: Not always onward and upward

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Branding is not an exact science. Take for example the recent campaign by Fukushima Industries to launch a new consumer-friendly corporate mascot. Perhaps braving the possibility of a lawsuit from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) over infringement of intellectual- property rights, the Osaka-based appliance ...

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

Oct 27, 2013

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

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I like well designed books and often choose what I read by its cover — despite the well-known adage, I am rarely disappointed. Yuko Shimizu’s illustration on the front of “Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail” immediately drew me in — ...

Pink Globalization

Oct 27, 2013

Pink Globalization

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Pink Globalization, by Christine R. Yano, Duke University Press The rise of Hello Kitty as a cultural icon has mirrored the expansion of Japan’s pop culture overseas in the past 40 years or so. Author Christine R. Yano examines this complex relationship in “Pink ...

Speed skater Kato claims 500-meter national title

Oct 27, 2013

Speed skater Kato claims 500-meter national title

Joji Kato, the Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s 500 meters, won his second straight title on Saturday at that distance at the Japan speed skating national championships. Kato, who won his seventh career title, totaled 1 minute, 10.44 seconds over his two ...

Champions Hiroshima move back into J-League lead

Oct 27, 2013

Champions Hiroshima move back into J-League lead

J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved back into first place on goal difference ahead of Yokohama F Marinos with a narrow 1-0 victory over Vegalta Sendai on Saturday. In the day’s only J1 match and in what was a meeting of last season’s top two ...

Akita hammers Shinshu, raises record to 7-0

Oct 27, 2013

Akita hammers Shinshu, raises record to 7-0

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The Akita Northern Happinets extended their perfect start to the 2013-14 bj-league season on Saturday, trouncing the visiting Shinshu Brave Warriors 113-82. Richard Roby led all scorers with 34 points on 11-for-16 shooting and earned repeated trips to the free-throw line, where he calmly ...

Chan leads Oda, Hanyu; Suzuki third after short

Oct 27, 2013

Chan leads Oda, Hanyu; Suzuki third after short

American Gracie Gold delivered the short program performance of the day on Friday to finish atop the standings in what was a superbly skated women’s opener at Skate Canada. On the men’s side, it was more a case of hands down on the ice ...

Wenger thinks Ferguson could return to managing

Oct 27, 2013

Wenger thinks Ferguson could return to managing

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Alex Ferguson go back on his decision to retire. Former Manchester United manager Ferguson quit Old Trafford at the end of last season after 26½ years in charge. The Scot was ...