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58 articles published/printed


Mar 02, 2014

Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a lethal combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner rules.

Venezuela street protests continue

Mar 02, 2014

Venezuela street protests continue

Scattered barricades blocked streets and protesters battled police in some Caracas neighborhoods Friday even while life went on as usual in others as a political standoff persisted through the second day of national holidays. In spite of the long weekend heading into three days ...

Russia warned over Crimea push

Mar 02, 2014

Russia warned over Crimea push

Armed men described as Russian troops take control of key airports in Crimea and Russian transport planes fly into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials say, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to bluntly warn Moscow of "costs" if it intervenes militarily.

Yanukovych son's biz empire probed

| Mar 02, 2014

Yanukovych son's biz empire probed

On a street in ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s political stronghold, Donetsk, stands the imposing headquarters of the Mako Group, a Ukrainian conglomerate spanning banking to construction. The 20-story block is modern but designed in the style of the Stalin era and contains a hotel, ...

Putin's biker buddies to ride across Ukraine

Mar 02, 2014

Putin's biker buddies to ride across Ukraine

A group of Russian bikers called the Night Wolves that regularly rides with President Vladimir Putin is heading to Ukraine to back pro-Russian protests, its leader said Friday. Putin has ridden a Harley-Davidson with the bikers and called them his “brothers.” He is said ...

Bitcoin believers unfazed by losses

| Mar 02, 2014

Bitcoin believers unfazed by losses

Like other bitcoin evangelists, Ken Shishido is ready to write off the money he lost in the bankruptcy of Tokyo-based virtual currency exchange Mt. Gox as the price of revolutionizing global finance. “In the early days of the automobile, there were traffic accidents because ...

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

Mar 02, 2014

New debris estimates soar for Nankai Trough quake

The combined amount of debris from a projected Nankai Trough quake, as well as sediment washed ashore by the subsequent tsunami, could total as much as 349 million tons, some 11 times the amount caused by the March 2011 Tohoku disaster, the Environment Ministry ...

Thai opposition protesters to end Bangkok 'shutdown'

Mar 02, 2014

Thai opposition protesters to end Bangkok 'shutdown'

Thai opposition protesters seeking to force the prime minister from office said Friday they would abandon most of their rally sites in the capital, ending their self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok. The move follows increasingly frequent gunfire and grenade attacks targeting the protest sites, mostly ...

Seoul chides Japan over plan to review 'comfort women' apology

Mar 02, 2014

Seoul chides Japan over plan to review 'comfort women' apology

South Korea on Friday hit back at Japan over its plan to consider revising a landmark apology for its wartime system of sex slavery, accusing Tokyo of “insincerity,” a report said. Japan announced Monday that it will re-examine evidence given by “comfort women” — ...

| Mar 02, 2014

Japan's reactionaries waging culture war

by Jeff Kingston

The contemporary culture wars that have erupted over Japanese identity and history are undermining the country’s national interests and damaging its reputation. However, as rightwing extremists again try to mount a takeover by seeking to rehabilitate Japan’s history of aggression and colonial rule in ...

Mar 02, 2014

Fukushima's appalling death toll

As the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, new studies show that more people have died of stress and other mental illnesses than from causes directly linked to the triple "3/11" disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown.

Mar 02, 2014

Handle moral education with extreme care

by Walt Gardner

When Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura met with a ministry panel recently to discuss the inclusion of moral education for elementary and junior high school students beginning in 2015, he unwittingly stepped into a potential minefield.

Masako Shirasu: woman of the world

Mar 02, 2014

Masako Shirasu: woman of the world

by Roger Pulvers

“If you use beautiful things every day, you will naturally cultivate an eye for beautiful things without giving it a second thought. In the end, you will be repelled when you encounter the ugly and the fake. If only all Japan would come to ...

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

Mar 02, 2014

Visit Japan's ancient past in urban Kyushu

by Winifred Bird

Back in the late 1970s, the city planners of Karatsu, a fishing community on the northern coast of Kyushu, decided to build a new road. This provided a rare opportunity for local archaeologists. Seizing the chance to burrow with abandon in the densely developed ...

Doraemon, the robot cat, gets your tongue

Mar 02, 2014

Doraemon, the robot cat, gets your tongue

by Kris Kosaka

An earless blue robotic cat, one pocket bulging with gadgets from the future and a lifelong fear of mice: Who is he? Japan roars the answer — but English readers may be stumped. Because, even though he’s a government-appointed “cultural ambassador” and a familiar ...

The Ruined Map

| Mar 02, 2014

The Ruined Map

by Stephen Mansfield

Angela Carter wrote that Tokyo possessed the “indecipherable clarity of a dream,” one in which you might think you are in control, but have, in fact, been “precipitated into somebody else’s dream.” A similar sensation occurs when reading Kobo Abe’s novel, “The Ruined Map,” ...

Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

Mar 02, 2014

Mechademia 8. Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life

by Andrew Lee

“Mechademia” is an annual journal that gathers academic writing on manga, anime and games as well as on a broad range of activities related to popular culture in Japan, such as cosplay. In the eighth and most recent volume, however, the essays zero in ...

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

Mar 02, 2014

Ryukyu books spot in playoffs for sixth straight season

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth on Saturday, beating the host Shimane Susanoo Magic 79-64. Anthony McHenry, the reigning regular-season MVP, set the tone for Ryukyu (30-5) with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. The ...

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Mar 02, 2014

Kasai driven by quest to capture gold

Sochi Olympic hero Noriaki Kasai may be satisfied with his results from the Winter Games, but he has one more goal in mind. Competing in his seventh straight Olympics, the 41-year-old Kasai won large-hill silver and team bronze in Sochi, giving him three career ...

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

Mar 02, 2014

J. League seeks to widen scope in Asia

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As two decades have now elapsed since its inception, the J. League is entering a new era. And as one of its most conspicuous projects for the next decade and beyond, the Japanese professional soccer circuit is looking to expand its presence in Asia, ...

Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Mar 02, 2014

Sanfrecce spoil Forlan's league debut

Tsukasa Shiotani stole Diego Forlan’s thunder with a second-half winner as Sanfrecce Hiroshima launched their bid for a third straight J. League title with a 1-0 victory away to Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Shiotani buried his shot in the 71st minute to give Hiroshima ...

Irving nets first triple-double in win

Mar 02, 2014

Irving nets first triple-double in win

Kyrie Irving didn’t need any reminders he was closing in on his first career triple-double Friday night. He got plenty of help anyway. “I was trying to not think about it too much, but my teammates were hollering at me to get one more ...

Sabres defeat Sharks after big trade

Mar 02, 2014

Sabres defeat Sharks after big trade

Sabres 4, Sharks 2  Marcus Foligno looked up at the video board and was moved as the Buffalo Sabres said farewell to two of their most popular players. Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday ...