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Fix population problem by helping families

| May 18, 2014

Fix population problem by helping families

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For the past 18 months, media outlets in Japan and abroad have looked approvingly upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to improve the country’s economic future through proactive measures dubbed “Abenomics.” The goal is to spur inflation so that companies can make more money ...

May 18, 2014

Wrong to judge early imperialist Japan too harshly?

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“Korea turned out to be this nice, laid-back place…” It’s 1918; Korea has been a Japanese colony since 1910; a Japanese settler recalls with amused relief the extravagant fears she had expressed on the eve of her family’s migration several years earlier: “We might ...

In U-turn, Vietnam premier orders end to anti-China protests

May 18, 2014

In U-turn, Vietnam premier orders end to anti-China protests

Vietnam’s prime minister ordered an end Saturday to all “illegal protests” in the country after a week of violent demonstrations against China’s deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea. Last weekend, Vietnam’s government took the unusual step ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 18, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...

On high seas, Vietnam and China play tense game

May 18, 2014

On high seas, Vietnam and China play tense game

Each day the Vietnamese ships tried to get close to the rig. And each day they were driven back by the much larger Chinese ships. But before they sped away, laboring engines spewing black smoke, the Vietnamese delivered a message: “Attention! Attention! We are ...

Steelworkers oust pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine

May 18, 2014

Steelworkers oust pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine

Steelworkers from plants owned by Ukraine’s richest man retook government buildings from pro-Moscow insurgents, reversing the tide of rebellion and lawlessness that has gripped this industrial port and dealing a setback to anti-Kiev forces aspiring to merge with Russia. Wearing overalls and hard hats, ...

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

May 18, 2014

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

Radiation has spiked to all-time highs at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday. The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant. Officials of Tepco, as ...

May 18, 2014

Mother's Day belies realities

Japan considers itself one of the most advanced countries in Asia, yet socio-economic conditions for mothers still rank far below levels in Europe and even Singapore and South Korea.

May 18, 2014

Casino gambling bad bet in Japan

Letting the gambling industry operate in Japan would be a terrible bet, as the bulk of gambling tax revenue would be offset by expenditures for treating addictions and fighting crime.

Oya: The town that turned to stone

May 18, 2014

Oya: The town that turned to stone

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It’s always good to know something about the ground under your feet when you visit a new destination. Geology, in a very real sense, is the foundation of the former renown and wealth of Oya-machi, a town with the dimensions of a village in ...

Decadence in the time of evil encounters

May 18, 2014

Decadence in the time of evil encounters

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For most of us the notion of life in a tight-knit village is pure fantasy: We have lived our whole lives in and around cities. One would think, therefore, that we would have grown comfortable with the anonymity and the promiscuous mixing with strangers ...

Jorgensen retains Yokohama triathlon title

May 18, 2014

Jorgensen retains Yokohama triathlon title

Gwen Jorgensen of the United States won the ITU World Triathlon Series event in Yokohama on Saturday, successfully defending her title. Jorgensen pulled ahead in the run leg and finished with a time 1 hour, 58 minutes, 38 seconds. Ai Ueda was second with ...

Nadal mounts rally to defeat Murray

May 18, 2014

Nadal mounts rally to defeat Murray

Rafael Nadal stormed back from a surprisingly poor opening set to edge Andy Murray 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 Thursday and secure a spot in the Italian Open semifinals. Murray jumped out to a 5-0 lead and won the first set in just 37 minutes with ...

Kings thrash Ducks in Game 7

May 18, 2014

Kings thrash Ducks in Game 7

Sitting in another jubilant dressing room deep inside another dazed road arena, Anze Kopitar simply stopped trying to explain the Los Angeles Kings’ big-game brilliance. In nearly every tight playoff spot over the last three years, his Kings have emerged and advanced — even ...

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

May 18, 2014

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

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Teenager Takahiro Sekine scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute to send Urawa Reds into the J. League summer break on top of the table after a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. A crowd of 54,350 showed up at Saitama ...

Clippers look toward future

May 18, 2014

Clippers look toward future

The Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t even digested the final loss of their tumultuous season before they had to consider the growing possibility that owner Donald Sterling won’t leave the club quietly. After a month of playoff pressure and incredible off-court drama, a 104-98 loss ...

Kakuryu loses again

May 18, 2014

Kakuryu loses again

Disaster struck for yokozuna debutant Kakuryu after he was sent out to a second defeat at the hands of newly promoted komusubi Chiyootori on the seventh day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho, meanwhile, rolled to 7-0 with another ironclad performance ...

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

May 18, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan thumps Vietnam

Women’s World Cup holder Japan blew away Vietnam 4-0 Friday at the Women’s Asian Cup, a qualifying competition for next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Japan went atop Group A with four points followed by defending champion Australia in second to move a ...

MLB concerned over rash of elbow injuries

May 18, 2014

MLB concerned over rash of elbow injuries

All of baseball is focused on a most precious 5.1 cm (2 1/8 inches) — the average length of the ulnar collateral ligament. This year, more than a dozen major league pitchers already have undergone Tommy John surgery — which involves replacing the elbow ...