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Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

Apr 2, 2014

Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

As an orphan, living on the streets of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, John Nakaswa never imagined he might one day travel to Japan. So when Ashinaga, a Japanese foundation dedicated to providing educational and emotional support to orphans, offered to send him to Kwansei ...

Bourbon makers look to cash in on Japan's whiskey boom

Jun 6, 2013

Bourbon makers look to cash in on Japan's whiskey boom

Japan is high on American whiskey, and Kentucky’s bourbon distillers are racing to the country, hoping to sell consumers on the merits of the iconic, corn-sweetened U.S. spirit. Greg Davis, master distiller at high-end bourbon producer Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc., a subsidiary of Beam ...

Infamous Hanford Site may yield nuke cleanup clues

May 15, 2012

Infamous Hanford Site may yield nuke cleanup clues

A group of Japanese scientists, government officials and company representatives visited the sleepy town of Richland, Washington, in February to seek advice on cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear crisis. They hoped to find answers at the Hanford Site, a complex of decommissioned nuclear reactors ...

Feb 10, 2011

Former JETs defend program

WASHINGTON — When current participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program gather, the discussion often focuses on English teaching methods. When the program’s U.S. alumni get together, however, talk often turns to a weightier subject: U.S. foreign policy toward Japan. Since the program ...

| Aug 7, 2010

Obama runs risk with Roos in Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA/WASHINGTON — As U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on Friday became the first U.S. representative to attend the annual ceremony to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the move was fraught with both political gains and risks for U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama ...

| Jul 14, 2010

Poll setback could mar DPJ-U.S. 'reset'

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party of Japan’s setback in the Upper House election may complicate attempts by Tokyo and Washington to “reset” their political relationship, strained over the relocation of the Futenma military base in Okinawa, according to U.S. experts. “The Japanese are going ...

Jul 3, 2010

Japanese 'critical' in U.S. language scheme

WASHINGTON — Thirty students from the U.S. traveled to Kyoto last month under a new U.S. government initiative to boost the country’s number of Japanese speakers, to make the country more competitive globally. The student trip was sponsored by the U.S. State Department as ...