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63 articles published/printed


Lady Gaga gets dolled up in Tokyo

Dec 02, 2013

Lady Gaga gets dolled up in Tokyo

by Jun Hongo

Leave it to Japan’s humanoid robotics to outdo the world’s most avant-garde diva. Multi-platinum pop star Lady Gaga, in Japan to promote her new album “Artpop,” was presented Sunday with four life-size dolls resembling her, created using precise anatomical measures and realistic silicone skin. ...

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

Dec 02, 2013

Who is Xi? Chinese leader enigma to world

by Jonathan Kaiman

In early November, China’s most powerful man, Xi Jinping, stepped into a rustic farmhouse while on an inspection tour in far-flung Hunan province. The occupants’ sole electrical appliance, a fluorescent light bulb, burned overhead. Shi Pazhuan, the family matriarch, was confused. “What should I ...

Yangon industrial complex on way

Dec 02, 2013

Yangon industrial complex on way

Construction on a joint venture industrial complex between Japanese and Myanmar companies has gotten under way in Yangon with an official ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony. Upon completion in 2015, the industrial complex in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, about 20 km south of central ...

In God Americans trust, but not in each other

Dec 02, 2013

In God Americans trust, but not in each other

Americans don’t trust each other anymore. We are not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other ...

Mexican drug cartels exporting iron ore to China

Dec 02, 2013

Mexican drug cartels exporting iron ore to China

Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. In November, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting ...

Dec 02, 2013

NSC council has dangerous flaws

The Upper House has enacted a law that establishes a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council. But there's no guarantee the NSC will contribute to the government's making rational security and diplomatic decisions.

Dec 02, 2013

A shift in rice production policy

It will take much more than an end to the rice paddy area reduction policy coupled with subsidies to turn Japanese agriculture into a growth sector as envisioned by the Abe administration.

Dec 02, 2013

Ukraine halts NATO's bulge

by William Pfaff

Russia has real grievances against the U.S., since the promise made by George H.W. Bush to Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not be expanded to incorporate the former Warsaw Pact countries was not kept.

Some illuminations on the red lantern

| Dec 02, 2013

Some illuminations on the red lantern

by Minoru Matsutani

Last month, the chōchin (提灯, a Japanese traditional lantern) at Kaminarimon (雷門, the gate of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, in Tokyo’s Taito Ward) was replaced with a new one, the first time it has been renewed since 2003. The Kaminarimon chōchin is 3.9 meters ...

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Dec 02, 2013

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Based on images adapted from some of the erotic frescoes found in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, an exhibition that opened in Italy last week features naked artists posing as cavorting nymphs and satyrs. Among images that leave little to the imagination are ...

Panthers win eighth straight

Dec 02, 2013

Panthers win eighth straight

Cam Newton walked into the press conference Sunday afternoon, flashed that familiar smile and gave a tip of the hat to his former college team. “War Eagle. War Eagle. War. Damn. Eagle,” Newton said. Less than 24 hours after the Auburn Tigers pulled off ...

Brave Thunders keep roll going against Brex

Dec 02, 2013

Brave Thunders keep roll going against Brex

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Toshiba Brave Thunders continue their supremacy in the NBL Eastern Conference. The League’s leading scorer, center Nick Fazekas, had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Kawasaki-based club in extended its 10-game winning streak with a 86-64 over the the ...

Dec 02, 2013

Kyoto books place in J1 playoff final

by Gus Fielding

Kyoto Sanga got the result they needed to advance to the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division after a 0-0 draw at home to V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday. Kyoto, who finished third in J2 this season, only had to avoid ...

Dec 02, 2013

Matsuyama becomes first rookie to claim money title

Hideki Matsuyama became the first rookie to win the JGTO money title after capturing the Casio World Open for his fourth victory on Sunday. Matsuyama, who has turned heads since turning pro in April and began his U.S. PGA career last month, held on ...

Tigers shock Tide on final play

Dec 02, 2013

Tigers shock Tide on final play

Alabama’s championship hopes collapsed under a flurry of missed kicks and opportunities and one utterly improbable final play. The top-ranked Crimson Tide, seemingly invincible at times this season, wound up losing 34-28 to No. 4 Auburn on Saturday when Chris Davis returned a missed ...

O'Reilly helps Avs tame Wild

Dec 02, 2013

O'Reilly helps Avs tame Wild

The Colorado Avalanche didn’t need a shootout to get off to their best start in franchise history. When they faced one, they were successful once again. Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots and the Avalanche beat ...

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

Dec 02, 2013

Toyama downs Kyoto, moves to 13-2

by Ed Odeven

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 ...

Lyons helps Stanford hold off Notre Dame

Dec 02, 2013

Lyons helps Stanford hold off Notre Dame

Wayne Lyons intercepted two passes from Tommy Rees late in the fourth quarter, and No. 8 Stanford held off No. 25 Notre Dame 27-20 on Saturday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Cardinal (10-2) overcame two interceptions from Kevin Hogan and ...