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Aug 05, 2014

Japan to tighten oversight of job training program for foreigners

Facing criticism that some Japanese firms exploit foreign trainees, the Abe administration plans to set up a new body with the power to conduct on-site inspections to enhance supervision, sources said Monday. The administration aims to submit a bill to the Diet next year ...

China controls narrative of violence in tense west

Aug 05, 2014

China controls narrative of violence in tense west

When a remote county in China’s far west exploded last week in what appeared to be the country’s worst ethnic violence since 2009, it took the government six days to put out an exact death toll. It isn’t clear when a full picture of ...

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

Aug 05, 2014

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said. It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ...

Lady Hebe promotional character intrigues Japan

Aug 05, 2014

Lady Hebe promotional character intrigues Japan

A new character representing the city of Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, has come under the public spotlight along with the city’s campaign to promote a local delicacy, the “hebesu” citrus fruit. Named after American pop singer Lady Gaga, Lady Hebe entertains the public wearing a ...

Traditional spirit-welcoming Bon dances get modern spin

Aug 05, 2014

Traditional spirit-welcoming Bon dances get modern spin

Choreographed dance has long been part of Bon festivals, which welcome ancestors’ spirits back to the world of the living each summer, but organizers of some events this year are seeking to revitalize the traditional performance by adapting it for a contemporary setting. A ...

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Aug 05, 2014

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Ask Maj.-Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: “Pretty darn good!” But when “son of ...

Japan Inc. seeks to recover influence in Brazil as China looms

Aug 05, 2014

Japan Inc. seeks to recover influence in Brazil as China looms

In the 1950s, Japan helped Brazil establish industries such as steelmaking and initiated key purchases of Brazilian iron ore. Now the Asian nation is seeking to regain influence in Latin America’s largest economy, where China is the No. 1 trading partner. Japan has signed ...

Aug 05, 2014

South Korea to issue 'comfort women' white paper in 2015

South Korea’s Gender Equality and Family Ministry will issue a white paper on the wartime “comfort women” around the end of 2015 and distribute it worldwide, it said Sunday. In the report, the ministry will refer to documents and studies on Japan’s wartime prostitution ...

Aug 05, 2014

Christian heritage of Japan

by Simon Hull

The government's announcement of its intention to make Christian sites in Nagasaki its official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016 spotlights a side of Japanese history that many around the world have little awareness of.

Aug 05, 2014

The fruit of good Japan-Taiwan ties

The exhibition of treasures from Taipei's National Palace Museum at the Tokyo National Museum through Sept. 15 is the first exhibition of its kind in an Asian country outside Taiwan. That's why it is attracting big crowds of Japanese.

Aug 05, 2014

The elderly who need help

The rapid aging of Japan's population has created a situation in which more than half of the elderly people who are incapacitated and live in their own homes are being taken care of by a similarly aging family member.

Scanning headlines for business clues

| Aug 05, 2014

Scanning headlines for business clues

by Mark Schreiber

Before we had the Internet, much of the work that has now been taken over by Google and other search engines was done, the old-fashioned way, by poring over secondary sources such as newspapers and magazines. In the 1980s, while working as an analyst ...

| Aug 05, 2014

Loophole Dappo drugs banned

In the face of a series of accidents caused by drivers high on law-skirting "dappo" drugs, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare used new emergency powers on July 15 to ban two substances.

Yankees to evaluate Tanaka's arm

Aug 05, 2014

Yankees to evaluate Tanaka's arm

Injured New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to take an important step in his rehabilitation process on Monday and could soon begin throwing again. “We said three weeks was the mark,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi said, and it has been three weeks ...

Kuznetsova outduels Nara in Citi Open final

Aug 05, 2014

Kuznetsova outduels Nara in Citi Open final

Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia ended her four-year WTA title drought Sunday, beating Kurumi Nara 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Citi Open final. It was the 14th tournament victory for the 29-year-old Kuznetsova, but her first since she won at San ...

Mariners can't score to support Iwakuma

Aug 05, 2014

Mariners can't score to support Iwakuma

No Seattle Mariners pitcher had ever absorbed a loss of this nature, so no one was blaming Hisashi Iwakuma for lamenting the one-of-a-kind defeat. Iwakuma gave up a leadoff homer to Nick Markakis, and that turned out to be the game’s only run in ...

Curtain closes on 20th Commonwealth Games

Aug 05, 2014

Curtain closes on 20th Commonwealth Games

They traveled in search of recognition, knowing they were unlikely to return with medals. At the Olympics, Norfolk Islanders must settle with being part of Australia’s vast team. But the Commonwealth Games, which end Sunday night, offered the tiny south Pacific outpost a platform ...