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Direct South Sudan cease-fire talks delayed

Jan 05, 2014

Direct South Sudan cease-fire talks delayed

Face-to-face talks between warring parties in South Sudan have been delayed, government and rebel delegations said Saturday, dashing hopes of a swift cease-fire to end raging battles and risks of all-out civil war. South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei, part of the delegation to ...

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

Jan 05, 2014

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

The government plans to embark on joint development of tank engines with Turkey under arms embargo rules eased in 2011, government sources said Saturday. Turkey is showing interest in engine technology employed in the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type 10 tank, according to the sources. ...

Indonesian volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced

Jan 05, 2014

Indonesian volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced

An Indonesian volcano that has erupted relentlessly for months shot volcanic ash into the air 30 times Saturday, forcing further evacuations with more than 20,000 people now displaced, an official said. Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra sent rivers of lava flowing ...

How we scored on calling 2013

Jan 05, 2014

How we scored on calling 2013

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A year ago, we brought you an analysis of the forces that appeared likely to shape the U.S. economy, for better and worse, in 2013. So, what did we get right and what did we get wrong? And of the things we posed as ...

Seoul digs up nation-building past

| Jan 05, 2014

Seoul digs up nation-building past

Fifty years ago, several hundred South Koreans went to work in German mines — the first wave of a flood of Korean migrants whose remittances helped jump-start one of the great economic transformations of the modern age. The experience was often lonely, and for ...

U.S. snowstorms kill at least 16 in Northeast

Jan 05, 2014

U.S. snowstorms kill at least 16 in Northeast

Residents began digging out of the snow and ice Saturday after a winter storm slammed the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly 60 cm of snow on some areas and leaving at least 16 people dead amid the blizzardlike conditions, ...

Al-Qaida fighters repel Iraq Army, take control of Fallujah

Jan 05, 2014

Al-Qaida fighters repel Iraq Army, take control of Fallujah

Al-Qaida-linked militants maintained control of much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and other nearby towns Friday, fighting off efforts by troops with air support to regain control, according to a witness. The fighters have seized military equipment provided by the U.S. Marines to ...

Jan 05, 2014

Not all kids can fete the new year

The extreme poor in Japan make up a larger percentage of the poor than in all except five other OECD nations. The children of this group do not have the basics for learning.

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Jan 05, 2014

Kenya Hara: the future of design

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Sitting at a plain white table in a meeting room high up on the 12th floor of a narrow building in central Tokyo, product designer Kenya Hara asks me to picture a shallow plate in my mind. “Now imagine a slightly deeper plate,” Hara ...

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

Jan 05, 2014

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

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The guesthouse I was staying at in Kitsuki was named after the owner, a tough but warm-hearted example of Kyushu womanhood, someone who had learnt to stand her own ground on an island known for its almost theatrical levels of machismo.

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

Jan 05, 2014

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

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At the climax of “Shinju”(1994), Laura Joh Rowland’s first mystery novel, gallant yoriki (police sergeant) Sano Ichiro rescues the shogun from an assassination plot and earns himself a big promotion. It’s a pyrrhic victory leading to what Sano immediately realizes will be a thankless ...

Botchan

| Jan 05, 2014

Botchan

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Written in 1906, Natsume Soseki’s “Botchan” is based on the author’s experience as a teacher in a “barbaric” country town at a time when modern, Western modes of thinking were slowly spreading across Japan from the rapidly modernizing metropolis of Tokyo. The clash between traditional ...

Bullfight

Jan 05, 2014

Bullfight

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First published in 1949, Yasushi Inoue’s “Bullfight” tells the story of Tsugami, a harried editor-in-chief of a small evening newspaper who agrees to sponsor a bull-fighting contest in Osaka.

An Encouragement of Learning

Jan 05, 2014

An Encouragement of Learning

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Yukichi Fukuzawa, who appears on every Japanese ¥10,000 note, wrote “An Encouragement of Learning” as a collection of essays while completing his masterpiece, “An Outline of a Theory of Civilization” (1875). The essays highlight the basic tenets of his fundamental philosophical beliefs — freedom, ...

Warren ignites Fukuoka in triumph over Toyama

Jan 05, 2014

Warren ignites Fukuoka in triumph over Toyama

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Reggie Warren, one of the elite forwards in bj-league history, delivered a gutsy performance in the Rizing Fukuoka’s first game of 2014. The University of West Florida product finished with 19 points, 19 rebounds and three assists in the Rizing’s 80-77 triumph over the ...

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Jan 05, 2014

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na fired a warning shot to her rivals after producing a nearly flawless performance in the women’s short program at South Korea’s national championships on Saturday. The 23-year-old Kim topped the leaderboard with an eye-popping score of 80.60 points at ...

Swallows' Ogawa begins preparations for season

Jan 05, 2014

Swallows' Ogawa begins preparations for season

Tokyo Yakult Swallows hurler Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa, the Central League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, kick-started training for the upcoming season with some sprints and a game of catch on Saturday. Ogawa, who went 16-4 to lead the CL in wins, paid a visit ...

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Jan 05, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Yokozuna Hakuho got back into the trenches Saturday, kicking off his training for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament following a relaxing vacation in Okinawa. Donning a brand-new, sparkling white training mawashi, Hakuho, who enters his eighth year at sumo’s highest rank, held ...

Winston at ease in BCS spotlight

Jan 05, 2014

Winston at ease in BCS spotlight

Jameis Winston whispered and giggled with teammate Kenny Shaw on the dais as two Florida State coaches answered questions, many about him. The Heisman Trophy winner and his star receiver looked at times like a couple of kids trying not to laugh in the ...

Hewitt turns back clock

Jan 05, 2014

Hewitt turns back clock

Former No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt provided a vintage performance with a gritty 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to advance to the Brisbane International final and a showdown with Roger Federer. The 32-year-old Hewitt handled the heat better than his ...

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Jan 05, 2014

Takanashi jumps to victory again

Sara Takanashi extended her domination of the women’s ski jump World Cup on Friday by earning her fourth straight victory to start the season, underlining her status as the overwhelming favorite for the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi landed jumps of 99 and 96.5 meters for ...

Jan 05, 2014

AC Milan works to finish Honda deal

AC Milan has begun the necessary procedure with the Italian Football Federation to complete the signing of Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda, the Serie A club said Friday. “Even for a club like Milan, used to signing some of the world’s best-ever players, the ...