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/ Nov 30, 2013

Japan judoka continue domination at Tokyo Grand Slam

Host Japan delivered another thunderous display of dominance, winning all four weight classes on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Saturday. It was the second day in a row Japan swept the gold medals in its own backyard after claiming five of ...

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

/ Nov 30, 2013

Toyama finds rhythm in road win over Kyoto

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Quietly, without much fanfare or wide-spread exposure in the nation's mainstream media, the Toyama Grouses have built a title-contending team. Head coach Bob Nash, whose basketball roots stretch from his schoolboy standout days in Hartford, Connecticut, to his rise to stardom at the University of ...

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

Nov 30, 2013

HIV: 'The fire across the river'

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When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. "I just thought I had a regular illness," said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld. However, the craftsman ...

Autumn escape in the home of the Heike clan

Nov 30, 2013

Autumn escape in the home of the Heike clan

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The road has thankfully just widened — and by that I mean it's more than 2 meters across — when we meet our first oncoming car. I've been dreading this moment since we turned onto Route 445, a twisting "highway" that leads up into the ...

Ukrainian demonstrators regroup outside monastery in Kiev

/ Nov 30, 2013

Ukrainian demonstrators regroup outside monastery in Kiev

About 1,000 antigovernment demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital have converged on a square outside a monastery where protesters driven away in a pre-dawn clash with police were taking shelter. The demonstrators outside the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery were shouting "shame" and "resign." Early Saturday, officers in ...

Congressional Gold Medal sought for WW II-era spy agency

Nov 30, 2013

Congressional Gold Medal sought for WW II-era spy agency

The men and women who spied on Germany and Japan for the U.S. during World War II parachuted behind enemy lines, led guerrilla raids, invented special equipment such as scuba gear and established a counterintelligence network that endured into the Cold War. Nearly 70 years ...

Toronto mayor and brother to host online show

/ Nov 30, 2013

Toronto mayor and brother to host online show

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother say they will host an online show so they can take their message straight to "Ford Nation," the term they use for the embattled mayor's conservative suburban supporters. Doug Ford, a city councilor, said Friday that the show ...

Uzumaki

/ Nov 30, 2013

Uzumaki

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This 3-in-1 omnibus is the first time Junji Ito's late-'90s horror series "Uzumaki" has appeared bound together in English. Uzumaki, Junji Ito, VIZ MANGA The story centers on Kirie and her boyfriend, Shuichi, who live in small Japanese town where the residents are slowly being driven ...

Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity

/ Nov 30, 2013

Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity

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This fifth edition of the classic textbook "Religion in Japan" has been completely rewritten by author H. Byron Earhart to give greater coverage to the modern period, such as changes in marriage and death rites, and to widen the field of research into belief ...