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71 articles published/printed


LDP touts moves to bolster 'Abenomics'

May 22, 2014

LDP touts moves to bolster 'Abenomics'

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Corporate tax cuts, stronger corporate governance and closing the tax gap between one- and two-income households are among the Liberal Democratic Party’s recommendations for inclusion in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy, due by the end of next month. The LDP, which met ...

U.S. experts  back Abe on SDF role

May 22, 2014

U.S. experts back Abe on SDF role

Several former U.S. officials who remain engaged in Japanese affairs have urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense by the time the regular Diet session ends on June 22. The group ...

Disease warning issued in deluged, grieving Balkans

May 22, 2014

Disease warning issued in deluged, grieving Balkans

Officials in the Balkans warned Tuesday of the risk of epidemics as the death toll from the worst floods in over a century hit 49 and water levels in Serbia inched ever higher. Bosnia, where a million people were without drinking water, was in ...

Kiev's hobbled navy struggles to stay afloat

May 22, 2014

Kiev's hobbled navy struggles to stay afloat

Ukraine’s navy is in Odessa’s harbor, though it can be hard to spot. It’s tucked behind a collection of storage tanks and overshadowed by immense cargo vessels docked nearby. There are a couple dozen boats, few much larger than a decent-sized yacht and many ...

May 22, 2014

Caring for dementia sufferers

Steps must be taken to minimize hazards for the nation's growing number of elderly people with dementia and to ease the burden on their families.

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

May 22, 2014

Small presses fill a niche in books about Japan

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Isobar Press (Tokyo)Speciality: Poetry “There is a crisis of the printed book, but poetry is one of the genres that works best as a physical book,” Isobar Press founder Paul Rossiter says. “A lot of the readers are themselves poets and it can sound ...

One Man's Justice

| May 22, 2014

One Man's Justice

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To borrow historian John Dower’s expression, the conflict in World War II between Japanese and American forces was a “war without mercy.” The atrocities committed by Japanese forces are well documented, those by American military personnel less so. One Man’s Justice, by Akira Yoshimura ...

Godzilla Awakening

May 22, 2014

Godzilla Awakening

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The first thing that must be said about the comic prequel to the new “Godzilla” movie is that it seems to contain a massive spoiler! So if you haven’t yet seen the movie, then perhaps you should wait until you have, before reading either ...

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

May 22, 2014

Shirai triumphs with 'The Tempest'

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“I’d like ‘The Tempest’ I am creating to be on the smallest scale ever, but as it’s a very spacious stage at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, it won’t have the most compact set. Nonetheless, I will try to present it as stories from ...

Yang Liping speaks out

May 22, 2014

Yang Liping speaks out

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“My dance is not something I learned from someone; my mentor is nature and I learn from watching nature,” is how the Chinese star Yang Liping explained the roots of her art in a recent interview for The Japan Times. Now aged 55, Yang ...

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

May 22, 2014

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade followed the same old script Tuesday night. When Miami got into trouble, the All-Star duo bailed out the Heat. Again. James scored the first six points in a decisive 12-2 run, and combined with Wade for Miami’s final 20 ...

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

May 22, 2014

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

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There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months. Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to ...

Goeido pulls off upset of yokozuna Hakuho

May 22, 2014

Goeido pulls off upset of yokozuna Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho was tripped up for a shock first defeat at the hands of sekiwake Goeido on Wednesday, throwing the door wide open in the title race on the 11th day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Ozeki Kisenosato came through with flying colors ...

Seattle takes down Texas

May 22, 2014

Seattle takes down Texas

Hisashi Iwakuma continued his strong performance on the mound after beginning the season on the disabled list, and third baseman Kyle Seager had three hits, including a two-run single that sparked a four-run third inning as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 ...

Cubs end Tanaka's win streak

May 22, 2014

Cubs end Tanaka's win streak

All Masahiro Tanaka could do was put this one behind him and look forward to his next start. He’ll be hard-pressed to match an unbeaten streak like this, though. Tanaka had his unbeaten regular-season run snapped at 42 starts, allowing a career-high four runs ...