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74 articles published/printed


Ukraine leader announces anti-terror move in east

Apr 16, 2014

Ukraine leader announces anti-terror move in east

Pro-Russian insurgents who have seized government buildings across eastern Ukraine dug in Tuesday, fortifying their positions and erecting fresh barricades as Ukrainian tanks were seen within 70 km of one city controlled by pro-Moscow gunmen. Roads into Slovyansk, a city some 160 km east ...

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 16, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Apr 16, 2014

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Momentum is gathering pace for the lifting of a ban on casinos, prompting local governments and private businesses to step up preparations to host them. While Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore are widely known for huge casinos, or facilities that house and accommodate roulette ...

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Apr 16, 2014

Kyushu farmers on alert after bird flu resurfaces

Poultry farmers in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures are on high alert following an outbreak of avian flu at two farms in the neighboring town of Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, over the weekend that forced the prefecture to cull 112,000 birds.

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

Apr 16, 2014

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council ...

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

| Apr 16, 2014

The buck stops here: ‘Hunting girls’ on the rise

Here’s a new buzzword for you: kari-gaaru (hunting girls). They’ve descended from past trendsetting mori-gaaru (“forest girls,” interested in carefree lifestyles and spending time in nature) and yama-gaaru (“mountain girls,” who enjoy fashionable hikes). So now Japan has kari-gaaru who, instead of playing games ...

Questions linger a year after Boston attack

Apr 16, 2014

Questions linger a year after Boston attack

A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just meters from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries was ...

Apr 16, 2014

Japan's scientists: just 14% female

Just one-seventh of scientists in Japan are female — the lowest rate of any developed nation — despite being a record high for the country, government figures show.

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Apr 16, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

by William Hollingworth

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have ...

More dads bonding with their kids

Apr 16, 2014

More dads bonding with their kids

by Koichi Tsujimura

A growing number of Japanese men nowadays can be seen taking part in community events with their children, an extended trend of a recent movement in which more men are becoming actively involved in child raising. Accompanying children to events makes it easier for ...

Google buys solar-powered drone maker in bid to boost Net access

Apr 16, 2014

Google buys solar-powered drone maker in bid to boost Net access

Google on Monday announced that it was acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas. “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 16, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

Apr 16, 2014

Flawed foreign labor plan

The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Apr 16, 2014

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories, punish officials and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars have said. Long-awaited amendments to China’s 1989 Environmental Protection Law are expected to ...

Springtime for bamboo

| Apr 16, 2014

Springtime for bamboo

by Makiko Itoh

Few plants are as useful as bamboo. A member of the grass family, it is fast growing and very prolific given the right growing conditions, which makes it eco-friendly too. The bamboo plant is indispensable in the Japanese kitchen, where every part of it ...

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

Apr 16, 2014

Record Store Day finds its groove in Japan

by Patrick ST. Michel

It won’t be business as usual at Big Love Records this Saturday, April 19. The store, one of the best places to shop for records in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku neighborhood, will be selling limited-edition music from various artists, including film director David Lynch. Meanwhile, ...

Phelps poised for comeback

Apr 16, 2014

Phelps poised for comeback

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London ...

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

Apr 16, 2014

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

by Ed Odeven and Kaz Nagatsuka

Rizing Fukuoka president Go Takenaka was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee on suspicion of embezzling ¥380 million. The alleged illegal activities took place in July and ...

Apr 16, 2014

Mizuno issues apology over NPB ball fiasco

Mizuno Corp. President Akito Mizuno apologized on Tuesday following revelations that baseballs his company had supplied to Nippon Professional Baseball this season were livelier than the permissible limit. “Due to our own clumsiness, we have caused a lot of trouble for everyone. I want ...

LeBron sits as Heat lose, hand Pacers top seed

Apr 16, 2014

LeBron sits as Heat lose, hand Pacers top seed

LeBron James’ only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley’s interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn’t jibe with a 21-point loss — or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed. James ...

Uggla slams Phils in ninth

Apr 16, 2014

Uggla slams Phils in ninth

The Braves keep showing they are resilient and powerful. Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning, Monday night that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a wild 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Evan Gattis also homered twice ...