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Mar 19, 2015

China in shock after Japanese girl wins brain battle

China’s loss to Japan on a popular game show devoted to mental athletics has left the country’s netizens atwitter and provoked some national soul-searching. The battleground was the popular television show “Super Brain,” and the eventual winner a 9-year-old Japanese girl. The series is ...

Despite dangerous smog, most Beijingers go mask free

Feb 22, 2015

Despite dangerous smog, most Beijingers go mask free

In early January, a toxic cloud of smog settled over Beijing. For nearly a week, it wreathed the city in a choking, yellow haze. Levels of PM2.5 — microscopic particles that can be absorbed into the lungs and bloodstream endangering human health — peaked ...

Jan 27, 2015

As Japan frets over hostages, China frets over Abe

The Islamic State’s announcement last week of the kidnapping of two Japanese men has raised serious questions about how the crisis will affect Japan’s Middle East policy. But for China, the unfolding drama has raised concerns about its neighbor’s policies closer to home. News ...

China brings sex slave issue into spotlight

| Jan 9, 2015

China brings sex slave issue into spotlight

For years, China literally kept the tragic story of its “comfort women” underground. Since 2007, the country’s only museum dedicated to the women forced to work in Imperial Japanese Army brothels has overflowed two cramped rooms in a musty basement on the campus of ...

Chinese public has no appetite for Senkakus fight: poll

| Dec 5, 2014

Chinese public has no appetite for Senkakus fight: poll

A majority of Chinese citizens believe the United Nations, not the battlefield, is the proper venue for settling their country’s maritime disputes with Japan, according to a first-of-its-kind opinion poll released last week. The survey, as reported by the University of Western Australia’s Perth ...

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

May 12, 2014

Educating Asian women paying off for Japan Inc.

When Kimsru Duth was a child, her mother moved her family from rural Cambodia to the capital, Phnom Penh, in the hope of sending her daughter to college. She took two grueling jobs, working days as a waitress and nights doing laundry, but she ...