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Criminal notoriety for the sake of fame

| Aug 24, 2014

Criminal notoriety for the sake of fame

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Hirofumi Watanabe, the man convicted Thursday of threatening publishers, stores, universities and basically anyone or anything that had something to do with the popular manga “Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko’s Basketball),” has enjoyed a peculiar sort of celebrity since he was arrested in December. Prior ...

Thousands march on Henoko base site

Aug 24, 2014

Thousands march on Henoko base site

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More than 3,500 demonstrators marched to U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday in the largest show of anger to date against the new American base being built off Henoko Bay to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in crowded ...

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

| Aug 24, 2014

Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million ...

Protests remain muted in Ferguson as National Guard withdraws

Aug 24, 2014

Protests remain muted in Ferguson as National Guard withdraws

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening on Friday as National Guard troops began withdrawing from the St. Louis suburb, racked by nearly two weeks of racial turmoil after a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death. ...

Aug 24, 2014

Homeless risk attack in Tokyo

A new survey by a nonprofit organization finds that about 40 percent of homeless people in Tokyo have had the experience of being attacked or threatened on the street.

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

Aug 24, 2014

Dealing with addiction: Japan's drug problem

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Some kid shot up a dose again tonight Pushed back by his other self Even if you were to buy your dream You need self-control No one talks about hopes and dreams All that’s there is something better, something new, a better way The ...

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

Aug 24, 2014

Former drug addict relieved to be alive

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You won’t find an air conditioner in any inmate wings at Fuchu Prison, no matter how hot it is outside. And on this sweltering, cloudless day in August, it is certainly hot. Two members from Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) are preparing to hold ...

Cheap train to the north with Basho

Aug 24, 2014

Cheap train to the north with Basho

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On July 19, the Yamagata Shinkansen debuted a luxury ashiya (foot bath) service. A ticket from Tokyo to Yamagata City, in Tohoku Prefecture, costs around ¥11,000, but 15 minutes in the foot bath car is extra. If Matsuo Basho, Japan’s most well-known poet, were ...

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

Aug 24, 2014

Wena Poon on life and death in occupied Kyoto

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As a child living in a tiny apartment in Singapore, Wena Poon listened to radio plays broadcast in a variety of languages and watched TV — everything from Chinese sword-fighting operas to popular American series such as “M*A*S*H.” “There was nowhere to go outside,” ...

Masks

Aug 24, 2014

Masks

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Born in the late Meiji Era (1868-1912), Fumiko Enchi was not simply the peer, but the equal of writers in the order of Naoya Shiga and Jiro Osaragi. There was praise for her work from such authors as Junichiro Tanizaki and Yasunari Kawabata, towering ...

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...

Frontale miss opportunity to leap ahead of first-place Reds

Aug 24, 2014

Frontale miss opportunity to leap ahead of first-place Reds

Kawasaki Frontale missed an excellent opportunity to wrest the J. League lead from Urawa Reds after losing 2-0 to Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. An early Rafinha penalty set Marinos on their way before Frontale midfielder Jumpei Noborizato was dismissed late in the first ...

U.S. settles on 12-man roster

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. settles on 12-man roster

The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title. The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of ...

Kvitova, Rybarikova win semis

Aug 24, 2014

Kvitova, Rybarikova win semis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday. She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy ...

Takada aiming for NFL career

Aug 24, 2014

Takada aiming for NFL career

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Playing in the NFL is the ultimate dream of every kid who plays football. The majority, however, never get to see that dream come true. The window of opportunity to reach the NFL is even narrower if you don’t live in the United States. ...