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Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

National Jan 4, 2014

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

The government plans to embark on joint development of tank engines with Turkey under arms embargo rules eased in 2011, government sources said Saturday. Turkey is showing interest in engine technology employed in the Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 10 tank, according to the sources. To realize ...

How we scored on calling 2013

Business / Economy Jan 4, 2014

How we scored on calling 2013

by Neil Irwin

A year ago, we brought you an analysis of the forces that appeared likely to shape the U.S. economy, for better and worse, in 2013. So, what did we get right and what did we get wrong? And of the things we posed as ...

Editorials Jan 4, 2014

Not all kids can fete the new year

The extreme poor in Japan make up a larger percentage of the poor than in all except five other OECD nations. The children of this group do not have the basics for learning.

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

Travel Jan 4, 2014

Kitsuki's double visions of delight

by Stephen Mansfield

The guesthouse I was staying at in Kitsuki was named after the owner, a tough but warm-hearted example of Kyushu womanhood, someone who had learnt to stand her own ground on an island known for its almost theatrical levels of machismo.

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

Books Jan 4, 2014

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

by Mark Schreiber

At the climax of "Shinju"(1994), Laura Joh Rowland's first mystery novel, gallant yoriki (police sergeant) Sano Ichiro rescues the shogun from an assassination plot and earns himself a big promotion. It's a pyrrhic victory leading to what Sano immediately realizes will be a thankless ...

Botchan

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Jan 4, 2014

Botchan

by Andrew Lee

Written in 1906, Natsume Soseki's "Botchan" is based on the author's experience as a teacher in a "barbaric" country town at a time when modern, Western modes of thinking were slowly spreading across Japan from the rapidly modernizing metropolis of Tokyo. The clash between traditional ...

Bullfight

Books / Reviews Jan 4, 2014

Bullfight

First published in 1949, Yasushi Inoue’s “Bullfight” tells the story of Tsugami, a harried editor-in-chief of a small evening newspaper who agrees to sponsor a bull-fighting contest in Osaka.

An Encouragement of Learning

Books / Reviews Jan 4, 2014

An Encouragement of Learning

Yukichi Fukuzawa, who appears on every Japanese ¥10,000 note, wrote "An Encouragement of Learning" as a collection of essays while completing his masterpiece, "An Outline of a Theory of Civilization" (1875). The essays highlight the basic tenets of his fundamental philosophical beliefs — freedom, ...

Warren ignites Fukuoka in triumph over Toyama

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 4, 2014

Warren ignites Fukuoka in triumph over Toyama

by Ed Odeven

Reggie Warren, one of the elite forwards in bj-league history, delivered a gutsy performance in the Rizing Fukuoka's first game of 2014. The University of West Florida product finished with 19 points, 19 rebounds and three assists in the Rizing's 80-77 triumph over the visiting ...

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Figure Skating Jan 4, 2014

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na fired a warning shot to her rivals after producing a nearly flawless performance in the women's short program at South Korea's national championships on Saturday. The 23-year-old Kim topped the leaderboard with an eye-popping score of 80.60 points at the ...

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Sumo Jan 4, 2014

Yokozuna Hakuho returns to work after Okinawa vacation

Yokozuna Hakuho got back into the trenches Saturday, kicking off his training for the upcoming New Year Grand Sumo Tournament following a relaxing vacation in Okinawa. Donning a brand-new, sparkling white training mawashi, Hakuho, who enters his eighth year at sumo's highest rank, held sparring ...

Soccer Jan 4, 2014

AC Milan works to finish Honda deal

AC Milan has begun the necessary procedure with the Italian Football Federation to complete the signing of Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda, the Serie A club said Friday. "Even for a club like Milan, used to signing some of the world's best-ever players, the media ...