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67 articles published/printed


Getting past the stigma of dementia

| May 25, 2014

Getting past the stigma of dementia

by Philip Brasor

Last April, the Nagoya High Court ordered a 91-year-old woman in Obu, Aichi Prefecture, to pay ¥3 million in compensation to JR Tokai for disruption of service after her husband was struck and killed by one of the company’s trains. The man, who was ...

Will Japan be a country that welcomes all?

| May 25, 2014

Will Japan be a country that welcomes all?

by Michael Hoffman

“A nation of immigrants.” Japan? The leading proponent of that vision has been Hidenori Sakanaka, former head of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, current executive director of the private think tank he founded in 2007, the Japan Immigration Policy Institute. His was long a voice ...

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

May 25, 2014

Abe to visit Singapore casino to gauge economic benefits

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit a casino and resort complex in Singapore later this month to assess the facility’s economic benefits and effect on society, according to a government source. Abe’s trip will come at a time when domestic legislation to legalize ...

Yingluck, Thai protest leaders held

May 25, 2014

Yingluck, Thai protest leaders held

Thailand’s coup leaders said Saturday they will keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders in detention for up to a week to give them “time to think,” as the junta expanded its target list to include several prominent academics. ...

Global Hawk in town

May 25, 2014

Global Hawk in town

A U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone arrived Saturday morning at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, marking the first time the drone has been deployed in Japan. The Global Hawk is 14.5 meters long and has a wingspan of about 40 meters. Capable of ...

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

May 25, 2014

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

One of Russia’s biggest state companies has handed billions of dollars to mysterious private contractors that disguise their ownership or have little or no presence at their registered headquarters, a Reuters investigation has found. Russian Railways, led by Vladimir Yakunin, an old friend of ...

Putin promises to respect Ukraine election results

May 25, 2014

Putin promises to respect Ukraine election results

President Vladimir Putin pledged Friday that Russia will respect the results of Ukraine’s presidential election, a strong indication the Kremlin wants to cool down the crisis. But new violence and rebel vows to block the balloting made prospects for peace appear distant. New clashes ...

May 25, 2014

Stop the bullying of LGBT students

A recent survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Kanto area finds that 70 percent were bullied during their school years. Learning respect and tolerance for individual differences should start earlier.

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

| May 25, 2014

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

by Stephen Hesse

Young researchers today are in a pickle. Most of them have assumed that peer-reviewed science is fundamentally accepted until new, equally legitimate research proves those findings wrong. However, that was before politicians became self-declared experts on everything under the sun, from science to religion. ...

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

May 25, 2014

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 43-9 regular-season record was no accident. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s team plays feisty, opportunistic and, most important, strong fundamental defense. This has never been more evident than in the bj-league’s Western Conference final at Ariake Colosseum on Saturday night. Exhibit A: ...

Rivals wary of Nadal backlash

May 25, 2014

Rivals wary of Nadal backlash

French Open Rafael Nadal might be seen by some as losing his grip on the French Open crown, but his main rivals for the title don’t share that view ahead of Sunday’s opening day at Roland Garros. The 27-year-old Spaniard has been strangely subdued ...

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

May 25, 2014

Kobe halts Shimizu's perfect Nabisco Cup run

Vissel Kobe ended Shimizu S-Pulse’s perfect start to the Nabisco Cup campaign with a 2-1 away win on Saturday. Jung Woo-young opened the scoring for Kobe shortly after the half hour. Milivoje Novakovic equalized on the other side of halftime in the 63rd minute, ...

Hakuho nears triumph

May 25, 2014

Hakuho nears triumph

Sumo Hakuho moved one win from capturing his 29th career title after beating yokozuna debutant Kakuryu with an impregnable attack to improve to 13-1 on the penultimate day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Ozeki Kisenosato (12-2) also remained in the running ...

Japan stuns China in historic badminton triumph

May 25, 2014

Japan stuns China in historic badminton triumph

Badminton Japan enjoyed one of its best days in badminton history on Friday as the men sensationally knocked out powerhouse China 3-0 in the Thomas Cup and the women entered the Uber Cup final. The men will take on Malaysia — 3-0 victors over ...

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

May 25, 2014

George to return for Pacers in Game 3

NBA Indiana’s Paul George will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which comes as no surprise to the Miami Heat. They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared “to return to normal ...