Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

Nov 5, 2013

Racer-turned-mechanic makes top-grade bikes

by Hiroshi Harada

Yoshiaki Nagasawa has a list of customers who favor bicycles handmade for them, including Koichi Nakano, a former professional bicycle racer and 10-time world champion track sprinter. While bicycles made by Nagasawa cost ¥200,000 to ¥300,000, he says, “I don’t think even ¥500,000 is ...

Race blows dust off longest hallway

Oct 29, 2013

Race blows dust off longest hallway

About 100 people aged between 7 up to those in their 50s participated in a race last week to wipe Japan’s longest existing wooden hallway with dustcloths in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture. An 11-year-old girl won the championship for elementary school children. The winner, Yuri ...

For Obama, racial progress tied to economic woes

Aug 18, 2013

For Obama, racial progress tied to economic woes

by Zachary A. Goldfarb

President Barack Obama has only occasionally used his bully pulpit to confront racial inequality in the U.S., even if race inherently has been a backdrop of his tenure as the nation’s first black leader. He has, however, made fighting economic inequality a central goal ...

Martin rallies across U.S. urge 'justice'

Jul 21, 2013

Martin rallies across U.S. urge 'justice'

In most places it was too hot for hooded sweat shirts. So they came with T-shirts. In Washington, Elaine Morris showed up in one bearing a picture of slain teenager Trayvon Martin alongside members of the Ku Klux Klan, with the slogan, “Which hoodie ...