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Sharon's life shaped Israel, mirrored its turbulent times

World / Politics Jan 12, 2014

Sharon's life shaped Israel, mirrored its turbulent times

The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been in a deep coma since suffering a stroke in January 2006, represents an extraordinary moment of rupture in his country's history. Of the generation of Israeli soldiers and politicians who fought in ...

Business / Corporate Jan 12, 2014

Yoshinoya eyes China, U.S. growth

Yoshinoya Holdings Co., a major "gyudon" (beef-on-rice dish) chain, plans to double its U.S. restaurants to about 200 and triple its China outlets to 1,200, President Yasutaka Kawamura said. The company aims to hit its China target — which would give the country roughly the ...

National Jan 12, 2014

Service helps new moms juggle kids and careers

by Junji Yamaguchi

After seeing many of her friends and colleagues abandon promising careers for motherhood, Keiko Koda was inspired to find a way to help professionals stay on the corporate path after having children. In 2009, she founded AsMama Inc. to lend a hand to these women. Since ...

Pakistanis find niche in used car business

National | WEDGE Jan 12, 2014

Pakistanis find niche in used car business

Led by Pakistanis living in Japan, exports of Japanese used cars are growing, thanks to their durability and high technology. In particular, Pakistanis at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, have been very active in the used-car business, using social networking ...

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

World Jan 12, 2014

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

by Peter Beaumont

The details were barely reported at the time by the world's media: the killing on Dec. 21 in the west of Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province of 24 Iraqi Army personnel, including the commander of the 7th Division. According to one account, the men were killed ...

'Architect of 9/11' exchanges letters with pen pal

World Jan 12, 2014

'Architect of 9/11' exchanges letters with pen pal

by Terri Judd

Details from an extraordinary exchange of letters between a care worker from Nottingham, in England's East Midlands, and the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks were revealed Saturday, offering an unprecedented insight into the mind of one the world's most notorious Islamic militants. Khalid Sheikh ...

Editorials Jan 12, 2014

Teaching or brainwashing?

An education ministry council has approved the new standard for screening school textbooks after holding just two sessions. Such haste is deplorable as it suggests that the government seeks to impose particular views on children.

Editorials Jan 12, 2014

Nuclear plant restarts on the table

While Japan goes through its first winter season with all of its 50 nuclear power reactors offline, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is considering utility companies' applications to restart 16 reactors under new post-3/11 safety standards.

Commentary / World Jan 12, 2014

Americans showing sound isolationist instincts

American military intervention in Iraq has been the largest cause of the present chaos, and that makes the isolationist instincts of the American people, displayed recently when the president rashly wanted to bomb Syria, were and remain sound ones.

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

Entertainment News Jan 12, 2014

French comedian's gesture divides a nation

by Kim Willsher

On Jan 12, 1944, the Gestapo occupying the French city of Bordeaux despatched its Jews, who had been rounded up and imprisoned in their own majestic synagogue, to the death camps. Fast-forward exactly 70 years and a photograph shows a group of youngsters standing outside ...

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

Basketball Jan 12, 2014

Sunflowers reign supreme in Empress' Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The JX-Eneos Sunflowers captured the Empress' Cup, which, according to their veteran point guard Asami Yoshida, had always belonged to them. A pair of Japan national team inside players, Yuka Mamiya and Ramu Tokashiki, scored 22 points and 16 point, respectively, to guide the Sunflowers ...

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 12, 2014

Kisenosato suffers defeat on tournament's first day

Ozeki Kisenosato's second bid at yokozuna promotion crash landed before it even got off the runway after a lopsided defeat on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Kisenosato, who beat both yokozuna and finished with an impressive 13-2 mark ...