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Nationals outslug rival Phillies

/ Apr 8, 2017

Nationals outslug rival Phillies

Another shaky performance by the bullpen didn’t cost the Washington Nationals a game this time. Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth hit homers to back Max Scherzer and the Nationals held on for a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Scherzer ...

Apr 7, 2017

Cherry blossom 'index tree' at Yasukuni Shrine

The Meteorological Agency’s responsibilities include forecasting and tracking typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, snowstorms, volcanic eruptions and … cherry blossoms. To help the agency track the “blossom front” as it crosses the country, each prefecture has a designated “index tree” to report kaika (first blossoms) ...

Apr 7, 2017

Don't put Tohoku on back burner

The aftermath of a natural disaster is never dealt with easily, especially when it comes to developing emergency housing for the surviving victims. Japan is no different, but it does have its own unique issues — namely, a nuclear meltdown and a disproportionately elderly ...

Apr 7, 2017

Change to JR Pass wrongheaded

To promote tourism and assist local business and the overall economy of Japan, the Japan Railway group offers overseas short-term visitors the use of an economical Japan Rail Pass. In more recent years this facility was extended under strict conditions to Japanese nationals living ...

Mar 16, 2017

A look ahead at Japan under oppressive rule

Reading about America’s dystopian future (“A wry squint into the future of the U.S.” by George Will, in the March 12 edition) makes you wonder how oppressive Japan’s LDP will become by 2030. After all, the LDP has never pretended to care much for ...

Mar 16, 2017

Abe is not a nationalist or a revisionist

In William Pesek’s March 8 commentary piece, “Abe’s nationalism hurts Japan” and Jeff Kingston’s March 12 column, “Abe’s revisionism nets own goals at home and away” the authors argue that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “nationalism” or “revisionism” damages Japan. Abe’s so-called nationalism is an ...