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Macau casino dealers take industrial action for first time

Aug 31, 2014

Macau casino dealers take industrial action for first time

Casino dealers working in one of the most popular casinos in the gambling hub of Macau started industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads. More than 1,000 dealers working for SJM ...

Tokyo's robotic eyes are everywhere

| Aug 31, 2014

Tokyo's robotic eyes are everywhere

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You are not alone. You are never alone. Is that comforting, or terrifying? It’s up to you. But Josei Seven magazine writes about “our surveillance society” in these terms: “Take one step outside your house and wherever you may be — on the street, ...

Inoki meets with North Korea's ceremonial head of state

Aug 31, 2014

Inoki meets with North Korea's ceremonial head of state

High-profile opposition lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Saturday met with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam following moves by the two countries to improve bilateral relations. The meeting between Inoki, a former pro-wrestling star who is in Pyongyang to co-host a two-day ...

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

Aug 31, 2014

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were ...

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 31, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...

Aug 31, 2014

World's cities not as livable

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that many cities have become less livable since the worldwide economic downturn in 2009. Yet, the higher-ranking cities tended to stay at the same level as in past years.

Aug 31, 2014

Is it twilight for cram schools?

Does the announcement by Japan's third-largest cram school that it'll close 20 of its 27 facilities by March 2015 signal the twilight era for the entrance-exam industry?

Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

Aug 31, 2014

Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

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Despite the seasonal limitations for visiting, the Atami Baien, a plum garden, is a better-known sight that the Kiun-Kaku garden, which is an all-seasons landscape also found in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Perhaps it is the thirst for scale that has prioritized the plum trees in ...

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

Aug 31, 2014

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

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Outside the vista windows of the Hotel New Otani’s Garden Lounge cafe in Tokyo, it’s snowing, in March, and it suddenly feels like the spring flowers in the Japanese garden below may have popped too soon. David Mitchell wonders aloud what kind of flowers ...

The Makioka Sisters

Aug 31, 2014

The Makioka Sisters

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Junichiro Tanizaki may be best known for novels featuring protagonists with odd obsessions, but his masterpiece, family epic “The Makioka Sisters,” has been hailed by many as Japan’s greatest modern novel. The Makioka Sisters, by Junichiro Tanizaki, Translated by Edward G. Seidensticker.Vintage Books, Fiction. ...

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Aug 31, 2014

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Deunte Heath threw 6-1/3 scoreless innings and Eishin Soyogi drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Chunichi Dragons 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Heath (1-0), making his second start since joining the Carp from the Chicago White Sox ...

Silver Star storm past Blues after slow start

Aug 31, 2014

Silver Star storm past Blues after slow start

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The Asahi Beer Club Silver Star overcame a sluggish start and scored 34 unanswered points to defeat the Bulls 34-14 on Saturday at Kawasaki Fujimi Stadium in an X League Central Division game. Yoshitaka Sakurai kicked four field goals for the Silver Star while ...

Oga recognizes value of physical play

Aug 31, 2014

Oga recognizes value of physical play

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Star guard Yuko Oga insists the Japan’s women’s national team will show off a new style in Turkey at the FIBA World Championship for Women, which tips off late next month. How, physically speaking, is that possible? It may sound positive to hear something ...

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Aug 31, 2014

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Arsenal’s trip to face Leicester City on Sunday will provide another test of Arsene Wenger’s belief that his squad is strong enough to cope without Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman suffered a broken leg in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Everton and is expected to ...

Tanaka heading to N.Y.

Aug 31, 2014

Tanaka heading to N.Y.

Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season. “There’s obviously concern, but I think we play it out this week to ...