Nov 12, 2014

Man arrested for threatening 'blog queen'

Police have arrested an unemployed man in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, for allegedly issuing an online threat to kill TV celebrity Kaori Manabe, it was learned Wednesday. Kazuki Matsuhashi, 39, has admitted to posting the threatening comment on Manabe’s official blog site in mid-October, police ...

Oct 31, 2014

Vigilance urged over threat to American schools in Mideast

U.S. embassies in the Gulf and Egypt are calling for vigilance after a post on a jihadist website encouraged attacks on American and other international schools there, specifically teachers. The warnings have been issued by missions in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the ...

Pyongyang threatens to cancel reunions with Seoul

Feb 6, 2014

Pyongyang threatens to cancel reunions with Seoul

North Korea threatened Thursday to cancel reunions of Korean War-divided families because of upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills and accused the United States of raising tensions by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near the Korean Peninsula. The apparent about-face a day after the rival Koreas ...

Oct 2, 2011

Effects of disenfranchisement

In his Sept. 22 letter, “A prevalent form of propaganda,” Greg Leviton addresses a number of points that are often brought up concerning issues in the Middle East. Although I appreciate his ardor in support of Israel, many of these topics are more nuanced ...

Apr 24, 2011

Food first

The World Bank reported April 14 that world food prices have jumped 37 percent from a year ago. That has pushed an estimated 44 million more people into poverty. As countries around the world recover from weak economies, political instability or, like Japan, from ...

Feb 3, 2009

For a stronger safety net

As economic conditions worsen and an increasing number of workers, especially irregularly employed workers, lose their jobs, it is becoming urgent that the government strengthen the social safety net. The number of people who receive livelihood protection assistance — the last resort for people ...