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World falling behind warming deadlines

Nov 10, 2013

World falling behind warming deadlines

The chance of limiting global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius this century are swiftly diminishing, a new United Nations report warned Tuesday, ahead of the body’s annual climate talks next week. Global greenhouse gas emissions will be 8 billion to 12 billion tons ...

Massive Philippine typhoon leaves over 100 dead

Nov 10, 2013

Massive Philippine typhoon leaves over 100 dead

One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines, killing more than 100 people whose bodies lay in the streets of one of the hardest-hit cities, an official said Saturday. Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority ...

U.S. businesses boost hiring despite government paralysis

Nov 10, 2013

U.S. businesses boost hiring despite government paralysis

The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed. Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought. Not ...

Twitter in Asia: too open, too crowded, too difficult

Nov 10, 2013

Twitter in Asia: too open, too crowded, too difficult

That’s why some Twitter users in South Korea and Japan say they are spending less time on the site or have quit for other services. After selling shares in a highly anticipated initial public offering, Twitter is set to face minute ongoing scrutiny from ...

Nov 10, 2013

Winds of energy independence

Amid the prime minister's push to sell nuclear technology abroad and restart nuclear power plants at home, the Environment Ministry has moved to develop Japan's capacity for wind power.

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

Nov 10, 2013

Perfect match: Miyakon help singles connect

by Jun Hongo

Despite being located almost a stone’s throw from the historic town of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and establishing itself as the gyōza capital of Japan, Utsunomiya was languishing in the economic doldrums for the much of the early 2000s. Nearly a decade later, the ...

Stairway to heavenly Haguro

Nov 10, 2013

Stairway to heavenly Haguro

by Chris Bamforth

Some of the more interesting spots in Japan are the ones that are not really on the way to anywhere else at all. A sense of remoteness and being firmly off the beaten track lends them a particularly beguiling character. In the northeastern neck ...

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Ima desho!: Do it now!

今でしょ! The phrase “Ima desho!,” or “Now!,” first became popular online last year, but it has taken on a life of its own after Toshin High School literature teacher Osamu Hayashi spat it out at the end of a Toyota commercial in January (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mKEeqzqJtc) ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Nov 10, 2013

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Roger Pulvers

The time line of Richard Flanagan’s new novel, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” slips back and forth from prewar Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide to postwar Sydney, among other locations. Yet there is only one stark, unrelenting and everlasting present — “the Line,” ...

Japan wins close contest in Taipei

Nov 10, 2013

Japan wins close contest in Taipei

Shogo Akiyama broke up a tie game in the sixth inning with his second RBI of the game as a young Japan team defeated Taiwan 4-2 in the first game of their three-game series. With the game tied 2-2, Akiyama delivered a sacrifice fly ...

Mao wins fourth NHK Trophy title

Nov 10, 2013

Mao wins fourth NHK Trophy title

by Jack Gallagher

Two-time world champion Mao Asada won the NHK Trophy for the fourth time with a strong free skate on Saturday night as her buildup to the Sochi Olympics continues. The victory gives Mao, who scored 207.59 points in the win, a berth in the ...