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French lawmakers vote to penalize clients of sex workers

Dec 01, 2013

French lawmakers vote to penalize clients of sex workers

French lawmakers on Saturday adopted a highly controversial provision in a bill that punishes clients of prostitutes amid fierce argument that the new measure will be counterproductive. Under the new provision, buying sex acts will be punishable by a €1,500 ($2,000) fine. Repeat offenders ...

Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

Dec 01, 2013

Skepticism engulfs secrecy bill

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As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government rammed the controversial state secrecy bill through the Lower House last week, what seemed to become evident is that even his Cabinet ministers lack a coherent understanding of the content, breeding even more skepticism among the public. Abe ...

U.S. vet held in North 'confesses' to crimes

Dec 01, 2013

U.S. vet held in North 'confesses' to crimes

An elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month in North Korea has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for “hostile acts” against the state during a recent trip, state media said. Authorities released video footage showing 85-year-old Merrill Newman, ...

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

Dec 01, 2013

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

The busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. drew frenzied crowds, worker protests and a little violence as the holiday rush toward Christmas began Thursday. The mad dash extended across the Atlantic, where a woman was injured in Northern Ireland as shoppers ...

10,000 protest Ukrainian leader spiking EU trade deal

Dec 01, 2013

10,000 protest Ukrainian leader spiking EU trade deal

Around 10,000 protesters crowded into the center of Ukraine’s capital Friday night to demand the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych after he shelved a landmark agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. An estimated 2,000 police in helmets and ...

Dec 01, 2013

Upgrading rules on harassment

The labor ministry is planning to tighten and enforce the country's guidelines for harassment in the workplace. Included is a reconsideration of office conversations between people of the same gender.

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Dec 01, 2013

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

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When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. “I just thought I had a regular illness,” said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld. However, the ...

Autumn escape in the home of the Heike clan

Dec 01, 2013

Autumn escape in the home of the Heike clan

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The road has thankfully just widened — and by that I mean it’s more than 2 meters across — when we meet our first oncoming car. I’ve been dreading this moment since we turned onto Route 445, a twisting “highway” that leads up into ...

Uzumaki

Dec 01, 2013

Uzumaki

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This 3-in-1 omnibus is the first time Junji Ito’s late-’90s horror series “Uzumaki” has appeared bound together in English. Uzumaki, Junji Ito, VIZ MANGA The story centers on Kirie and her boyfriend, Shuichi, who live in small Japanese town where the residents are slowly ...

Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity

Dec 01, 2013

Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity

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This fifth edition of the classic textbook “Religion in Japan” has been completely rewritten by author H. Byron Earhart to give greater coverage to the modern period, such as changes in marriage and death rites, and to widen the field of research into belief ...

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

Dec 01, 2013

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

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Quietly, without much fanfare or wide-spread exposure in the nation’s mainstream media, the Toyama Grouses have built a title-contending team. Head coach Bob Nash, whose basketball roots stretch from his schoolboy standout days in Hartford, Connecticut, to his rise to stardom at the University ...

Fujitsu import adjusts

Dec 01, 2013

Fujitsu import adjusts

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Once, or twice at most. That’s the number of times that a quarterback usually throws a pass to the side of the field occupied by a great cornerback. In Japan’s X League, that’s the area where Al-Rilwan Adeyemi operates. You can’t blame quarterbacks for ...

Marinos miss chance to clinch

Dec 01, 2013

Marinos miss chance to clinch

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Yokohama F. Marinos blew their chance to clinch the J. League title a week early after a 2-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata on Saturday, letting Sanfrecce Hiroshima back into contention heading into the final day of the season. League-leaders Marinos went into the game ...

Brady not holding back on field

Dec 01, 2013

Brady not holding back on field

Tom Brady opened his eyes wide, roared and shook his upper body in celebration. The cool quarterback went a little crazy. Brady had just thrown a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski and jogged to the end zone. Face-to-face with the excitable tight end, he ...

United's Giggs still sharp at age 40

Dec 01, 2013

United's Giggs still sharp at age 40

Ryan Giggs’ path to becoming the most durable and decorated player of the English Premier League era can be traced back almost 32 years, to the moment his precocious talents were spotted by a milkman on a muddy school pitch in northwest Manchester. “He ...

Red Wings bludgeon Isles

Dec 01, 2013

Red Wings bludgeon Isles

The Detroit Red Wings are surging and the New York Islanders are sinking. Daniel Alfredsson, Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard led Detroit past New York 5-0 on Friday for the Wings’ first regulation win against the Islanders in a decade. Alfredsson had two goals ...

Thunder triumph in OT

Dec 01, 2013

Thunder triumph in OT

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks might have some choices to make when scripting last-second shots. Brooks drew up a play for Kevin Durant on Friday night, but it was Russell Westbrook that came through in the end. Westbrook’s corner 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds ...