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Wartime labor case brews in South Korea

Feb 23, 2014

Wartime labor case brews in South Korea

Japanese officials may soon get a fresh diplomatic headache stemming from its colonialist past with South Korea as it struggles to cope with the sex slave denial issue, a territorial dispute and challenges to the naming of the Sea of Japan. The government is ...

Feb 23, 2014

VIP attends Takeshima ceremony

A senior government official attended a ceremony Saturday commemorating the “incorporation” of two tiny islets at the center of a territorial dispute with South Korea. Yoshitami Kameoka, parliamentary secretary with the Cabinet Office, represented the government at the Takeshima Day ceremony, which is named ...

Feb 23, 2014

N.Z. city marks 2011 quake anniversary

A memorial service commemorating the third anniversary of the Christchurch quake, which claimed the lives of 185 people, including 28 Japanese students, was held Saturday in the city’s botanical gardens. The civic ceremony was attended by Senior Vice Foreign Minister Norio Mitsuya, Japanese Ambassador ...

Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to U.S.

Feb 23, 2014

Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to U.S.

Mexico is on track to become the United States’ No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, overtaking Japan and Canada in a manufacturing boom that’s turning the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home ...

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Feb 23, 2014

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

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Often dubbed one of the world’s most important intellectuals and its leading public dissident, Noam Chomsky was for years among the top 10 most quoted academics on the planet, edged out only by William Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Aristotle. An unrelenting critic of U.S. foreign ...

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Feb 23, 2014

Remarks on Asada misconstrued, Mori says

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori said Friday his remarks about figure skater Mao Asada, who placed a disappointing sixth in the women’s singles competition at the Sochi Games, were taken out of context. Mori, chairman of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic ...

Obama ignores Beijing, hosts Dalai Lama at White House

Feb 23, 2014

Obama ignores Beijing, hosts Dalai Lama at White House

President Barack Obama met Tibet’s Dalai Lama on Friday over strong objections from China that the U.S. was meddling it its affairs. The White House took pains to ensure the meeting was not portrayed as a conference of two heads of state. Obama played ...

Feb 23, 2014

Higher university fees raise concern

Most of Japan's prestigious private universities say they plan to raise tuition and other fees beginning in April, making the nation's notoriously expensive education even more costly.

Feb 23, 2014

Grim global stats on sexual assault

In the first-ever global picture of sexual assault, a respected British medical journal reports that, worldwide, 7.2 percent of women at least 15 years old have suffered sexual violence from a stranger.

Can waste-made chic save the oceans?

| Feb 23, 2014

Can waste-made chic save the oceans?

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Search online for “Pacific gyre” and you’ll get about 455,000 results in 0.15 seconds. Try “Pacific trash vortex” and you’ll get 474,000. Here’s another: Do a search for “Pacific garbage patch” and, in 0.40 seconds, you’ll have 593,000 hits. If you’ve heard horror stories ...

Japanese social issues await 'new dawn'

Feb 23, 2014

Japanese social issues await 'new dawn'

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Japan is on the way up. That much is obvious from improved business confidence, its successful bid for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the early economic successes of “Abenomics,” with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaiming to the world the arrival of “a new dawn.” ...

The Pillow Book

| Feb 23, 2014

The Pillow Book

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Written by Japan’s original blogger, a mistress of wry observation and scalding wit, Sei Shonagon’s “The Pillow Book” retains its fresh, authentic appeal more than 1,000 years after its inception. Shonagon was a contemporary and presumed rival of Lady Murasaki, author of the “The ...

Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan

Feb 23, 2014

Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan

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Decadent Literature in Twentieth-Century Japan, by Ikuho Amano.Palgrave Macmillan, Academic. Japan is not generally believed to be a decadent society, and yet there are certain periods in its history when phases of moral decay were accompanied by a surge in “aesthetic indulgence.” The bubble ...

Murata earns fourth-round TKO

Feb 23, 2014

Murata earns fourth-round TKO

London Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Brazilian Carlos Nascimento in his third professional boxing nontitle bout on Saturday. The referee stepped in to stop the bout 43 seconds into the fourth round at Cotai Arena at the ...

Shiffrin sets new mark with title

Feb 23, 2014

Shiffrin sets new mark with title

Alpine skiing Normally so composed, so in control, so not-very-teenlike on and off the slopes, Mikaela Shiffrin suddenly found herself in an awkward position halfway through the second leg of the Olympic slalom. Guilty, perhaps, of charging too hard as she swayed this way ...

Ahn skates to more glory for Russia

Feb 23, 2014

Ahn skates to more glory for Russia

Viktor Ahn was already a Russian citizen. At the Sochi Olympics, he was embraced as a Russian hero. Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay. His countrymen applauded right back, cheering the speedy ...

Allen provides spark in return

Feb 23, 2014

Allen provides spark in return

With Tony Allen back, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to turn up their defense pressure and hold off the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch. Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and ...

Sanfrecce open with win

Feb 23, 2014

Sanfrecce open with win

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Teenage strikers Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano put Yokohama F. Marinos to the sword as Sanfrecce Hiroshima opened the new soccer season with a 2-0 victory in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Notsuda got the two-time defending J. League champions off the mark ...