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Nov 05, 2013

Xinjiang general axed over attack

China’s Communist Party has expelled the military commander of Xinjiang from its ranks, state media reported Sunday, after an attack in Beijing that was officially blamed on members of the Uighur minority in the troubled northwest region. Gen. Peng Yong, who was named commander ...

Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

Nov 05, 2013

Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

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Flip on a television anywhere across Washington state and within minutes the barrage of advertisements makes clear that the latest fight over whether to require companies to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients has turned expensive and polarizing — not to mention perplexing for ...

Mission to push China business ties

Nov 05, 2013

Mission to push China business ties

Fujio Cho, chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association, is eager to hold talks with Chinese leaders on how to expand complementary economic relations. The association, one of seven groups promoting friendship between Japan and China, will dispatch a 100-member mission to China for four ...

Use 2020 Olympics to lift economy, Suga urges execs

Nov 05, 2013

Use 2020 Olympics to lift economy, Suga urges execs

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The central government should use the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as an opportunity to boost economic growth nationwide, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. “I’d like to make the coming games the ‘Japan Olympics.’ The government has a big task to realize ...

Diet reform paralyzed by hypocritical habits

| Nov 05, 2013

Diet reform paralyzed by hypocritical habits

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Indecision is a much-criticized feature of Japanese politics. Diet sessions are rife with unproductive wrangling as the ruling and opposition camps dispute the timing of the submission of bills while avoiding constructive discussions on them. Making matters worse, because the Constitution stipulates that Cabinet ...

Eagles win brings Tohoku bargains

Nov 05, 2013

Eagles win brings Tohoku bargains

Tohoku baseball fans flocked to special sales at department stores and other shops Monday to celebrate the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ first Japan Series championship. A day after the Eagles won the title in the club’s ninth year, about 1,000 people braved the rain ...

Getting creative in the home

| Nov 05, 2013

Getting creative in the home

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Let’s take the tube If you like practical, everyday furniture that still retains an unusual aesthetic, the Paper Tubes Bench by Rewire’s Akihiro Otsuka is ideal. As you’ve probably guessed, the main components are paper tubes, which are wrapped in fabric that’s available in ...

Gamba clinches return to J1 after one year away

Nov 05, 2013

Gamba clinches return to J1 after one year away

Former J. League and Asian club champions Gamba Osaka secured promotion back to the first division after one season in the second tier on Sunday after their 4-0 thrashing of Roasso Kumamoto was coupled with a 0-0 draw between Vissel Kobe and Kyoto Sanga. ...

Nov 05, 2013

Ando moves closer to Sochi spot

Two-time women’s world champion Miki Ando booked a spot on Monday in Japan’s qualifying tournament for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Ando, who has returned to competition after giving birth to a daughter in April, finished second with 147.21 points in the Eastern Japan ...