| Jul 6, 2015

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

Kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita (We’ve done well decorating our bamboo tree.) Situation 1: Mariko has finished decorating a bamboo tree for Tanabata (Star Festival) with her mother. 母: まり子、きれいな七夕かざりができたねえ。 まり子: うん。今夜晴れるといいなあ。 Haha: Mariko, kireina Tanabata kazari-ga dekita-ne¯. Mariko: Un. Kon’ya hareru-to ii-nā. Mother: Mariko, ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Beijing introduces tough smoking bans

China, the world's largest tobacco producer and consumer, on June 1 started imposing its toughest-to-date restrictions on smoking in Beijing, as part of efforts to reduce health problems and burnish the image of the capital as it seeks to host the 2022 Winter Olympic ...

Okazaki heads to Leicester unfazed by manager's dismissal

Jul 6, 2015

Okazaki heads to Leicester unfazed by manager's dismissal

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki left for England to join Leicester City on Monday, saying he believes the uncertainty at the Premier League club following the firing of the manager who signed him from Mainz will only serve to make him a stronger player. Okazaki ...

Greipel outduels rivals at finish line

Jul 6, 2015

Greipel outduels rivals at finish line

German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Sunday, while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Tour contender Nairo Quintana lost valuable time after dropping behind the front group. As the riders approached the ...

Royals prevail in final frame

Jul 6, 2015

Royals prevail in final frame

Royals manager Ned Yost treats just about every game the same, especially in July, because the reality is that they all count the same at the end of the season. So when he singles one out, it must have been important. Eric Hosmer drove ...

On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Jul 6, 2015

On Latin America visit, Pope to speak up for poor and planet

Latin America’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society. Children in traditional dress greeted Francis at Mariscal Sucre ...