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28 articles published


National Jan 5, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

The outbreak of the Great War: 100 years on

World 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 ...

Editorials Jan 5, 2014

Rising tides and drowning citizens

What does it portend for democratic government when half of the polled respondents in 35 of 39 countries say their economic system favors the wealthy and that the gap between rich and poor is intensifying?

Impress your hosts with <I>osechi</I> meanings

Language | BILINGUAL Jan 5, 2014

Impress your hosts with osechi meanings

by Minoru Matsutani

Shōgatsu (正月, New Year) is the time when most Japanese carry out certain religious rituals, though many of them may not realize what they do has religious significance. The ancient Japanese believed that toshigami-sama (年神様, year god) visited them in the shōgatsu period and pretty ...

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Figure Skating Jan 5, 2014

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na came within a whisker of her own world-record mark with a captivating performance to win South Korea's national championships on Sunday. The 23-year-old Kim, who plans to retire after the Sochi Olympics next month, scored 147.26 points in the free ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 5, 2014

Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz

by Ed Odeven

Taishiro Shimizu owns a well-recognized name wherever he travels around the bj-league. After all, the popular guard has played in the upstart circuit since its inception in 2005. After productive stints with the Saitama Broncos (2005-10) and his hometown Miyazaki Shining Suns (2010-12), one thing ...