WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Mar 9, 2014

WWI training trenches rediscovered in southern England

Two lines of trenches face off across no man’s land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields ...

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

Jan 5, 2014

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

by Elizabeth Day

On New Year’s Day 1914, a respected weekly literary publication carried a long article penned by an author referred to only as A Rifleman. Entitled “Letters on War” and published in The New Age, an influential radical magazine in Britain, the three-page piece argued ...

Ceremonies across Europe mark end of World War I

Nov 12, 2013

Ceremonies across Europe mark end of World War I

As a bugler played the “Last Post,” a cascade of red paper poppies floated down Monday from Menin Gate in Ypres as visitors from around the globe came to honor the dead of World War I. The gate’s vaulted ceiling in the Belgian town ...

Oct 19, 2011

Preparing for future disasters

Following discussions in the wake of the March 11 quake and tsunami, an experts’ panel of the Central Disaster Management Council submitted its final report to post-disaster reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano in late September. The report called on the central and local governments to ...

Oct 2, 2008

Slide in land prices

Commercial land prices fell an average 0.8 percent in the year ended June 30 — following their first upturn in 16 years the year before — while the 1.2 percent average decline in residential land prices for the same period marked the 17th straight ...