Jan 16, 2014

Google brats are ruining Frisco for the locals

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Just under a year ago, Rebecca Solnit, a writer living in San Francisco, wrote a sobering piece in the London Review of Books about the Google Bus, which she viewed as a proxy for the technology industry in nearby Palo Alto, Mountain View and ...

Convenience stores turning to the elderly

Jan 16, 2014

Convenience stores turning to the elderly

With the market now saturated, convenience stores in Japan increasingly need to upgrade products and services for the elderly amid the rapid aging of the country’s population. The convenience store business has grown sharply since the first shop opened 40 years ago thanks to ...

Invisible threat from brain injuries

Jan 11, 2014

Invisible threat from brain injuries

Blows to the head can be silent killers for which swift diagnosis is often the only recourse, say doctors. Even if there is no damage to the outside of the head, the impact may inflict catastrophic damage to the brain inside, they say. Because ...

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Jan 4, 2014

Kenya Hara: the future of design

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Sitting at a plain white table in a meeting room high up on the 12th floor of a narrow building in central Tokyo, product designer Kenya Hara asks me to picture a shallow plate in my mind. “Now imagine a slightly deeper plate,” Hara ...

The most viewed life stories of 2013

Jan 1, 2014

The most viewed life stories of 2013

From burgers to ballerinas, LINE sending to gender bending, kawaii cute to Nadeshiko adorable, here are the life section stories that caught online readers’ eyes in 2013. As a gyaru might say, “Yababa!”

Santa Claus has many faces, races

Dec 24, 2013

Santa Claus has many faces, races

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In Atlanta, Georgia, children of many races share their Christmas wish lists with a black Santa Claus. In Houston, Texas, Santa dons a red zoot suit and dances to jazz as he hands out gifts in Mexican-American neighborhoods. In Indian Country, Native American Santas ...

Nov 16, 2013

Fifty years later, conspiracy theories live on

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“Any concerted plan that placed Lee Harvey Oswald in the gunner’s seat,” wrote Norman Mailer in “Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery,” “would have had to have been built on the calculation that he would miss.” Yet Mailer, whose research took him back to the ...

Oct 22, 2013

Apathy is the real enemy in NSA affair

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One of the most disturbing aspects of the public response to Edward Snowden’s revelations about the scale of governmental surveillance is how little public disquiet there appears to be about it. A recent YouGov poll, for example, asked respondents whether the British security services ...

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

Oct 22, 2013

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

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Among all the many trips American film director Mike Mills has made to Japan since he first started coming here in the mid 1990s, one incident in particular has remained with him. “One time, I was having coffee with a friend,” he told The ...