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Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

Jul 08, 2014

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

North Korea said Monday it will send an official cheering squad to support its athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea. In a statement, it said the gesture is aimed at promoting reconciliation between the rivals. The games are scheduled from Sept. ...

States eye gun seizure laws after shootings

Jul 08, 2014

States eye gun seizure laws after shootings

As state officials across the U.S. grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Jul 08, 2014

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed Monday to work on concluding the Trans-Pacific free trade talks as soon as possible and to improve defense cooperation as Japan sheds its pacifist stance and seeks a more active security role. During ...

Jul 08, 2014

Not a solution for mental patients

The health and welfare ministry's plan to renovate some wards of mental hospitals into residences to reduce the official number of long-term in-patients will only prolong the "former" patients' isolation from society.

Jul 08, 2014

Getting multiple tax rates to fly

The ruling coalition parties are trying to decide whether to introduce a reduced consumption tax on some daily necessities when the current 8 percent rate rises to 10 percent in October 2015.

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Otoko-rashī hito-ga taipu-na-no-ne.

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Today we will introduce some expressions that describe the behaviors, physical features or attributes that characterize a person and X(noun)らしいY(noun) is one of these expressions, as in Ms. Tamachi's 男(おとこ)らしい人(ひと)( a manly person) in Situation 1, or as in 先生(せんせい)らしい態度(たいど)(The attitude that is appropriate ...

McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization

Jul 08, 2014

McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization

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Paul McCartney returned to a concert stage Saturday after being sidelined for two months because of a virus, spinning out songs from the Beatles, Wings and a solo career that has spanned more than 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll. McCartney, who turned 72 ...

Italian Nibali captures Tour de France Stage 2

Jul 08, 2014

Italian Nibali captures Tour de France Stage 2

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali outfoxed other Tour de France title contenders to win a hilly second stage through Yorkshire countryside on Sunday, wresting the overall race leader’s yellow jersey. The Astana team leader pointed a finger skyward as he burst out of a breakaway bunch ...

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jul 08, 2014

Samardzija has victorious debut with Athletics

Jeff Samardzija arrived at the ballpark nearly five hours before making his first start with his new ballclub. The right-hander left having secured a four-game sweep for Oakland with a performance that showed exactly why the Athletics were so eager to get him in ...

Djokovic tops Federer in Wimbledon final

Jul 08, 2014

Djokovic tops Federer in Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic’s large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer’s regal presence and resurgent play. No man has won tennis’ oldest major tournament more often than Federer, and he was not about to let ...

Brazil tries to look forward

Jul 08, 2014

Brazil tries to look forward

Still coping with the loss of its biggest star, Brazil is trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country’s hopes ...

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

Jul 08, 2014

Tanaka chosen for MLB All-Star Game

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The $175 million the New Yankees spent to acquire Masahiro Tanaka is looking more and more like a bargain with each passing day. The Japanese ace had already established himself as one of the best pitchers in the majors this year. Now he can ...