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WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

National / History Jun 30, 2015

WWII Hanaoka labor camp uprising remembered

More than 100 mourners gathered Tuesday in honor of the victims of an uprising at a labor camp in northern Japan during World War II. Those present included 87-year-old Chinese survivor Zhang Guangxun and relatives of some of the more than 400 forced laborers who ...

Business / Economy Jun 30, 2015

For Japan, lesson from Greek crisis is to keep on spending

As one of the most indebted countries in the developed world, the crisis unfolding in Greece is causing a moment of self-reflection for Japan. But policymakers and economic advisers in Japan are not drawing an uncomfortable lesson about the need for fiscal discipline. Instead they see ...

China hackers defect to other side, become cyber gatekeepers

Asia Pacific Jun 30, 2015

China hackers defect to other side, become cyber gatekeepers

China, long accused by the United States of rampant cyber aggression, may be synonymous with hacking exploits these days, but that doesn't mean every Chinese hacker is out to pilfer and destroy. As Chinese companies grapple with a sharp increase in the number of cyberattacks, ...

IOC wants stadium plan finalized by end of July

National Jun 30, 2015

IOC wants stadium plan finalized by end of July

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has asked Japan's organizing committee to finalize the main stadium plan for the 2020 Summer Games before the IOC meets in late July, Toshiaki Endo, the Cabinet minister in charge of hosting the Olympics, revealed Tuesday. Endo, who was ...

Business Jun 30, 2015

Japan's utilities and their customers favored by falling LNG prices

Japan's biggest power utilities, emerging from four years of gloom, have cut electricity rates as cheaper natural gas benefits both the bottom line and customers. The global collapse in energy prices and abundant supplies of liquefied natural gas are a boon to Japan, the world's ...

For Europe's anti-establishment ranks, Tsipras an unlikely hero

World / Politics Jun 30, 2015

For Europe's anti-establishment ranks, Tsipras an unlikely hero

European anti-establishment parties of all political colours are rallying behind Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his standoff with creditors, which threatens to force Athens out of the eurozone and undermine the single currency. Parties with virtually nothing in common except a rejection of EU-imposed ...

Editorials Jun 30, 2015

Abe's ill-conceived university policy

The government should remember that the primary purpose of unversities is to provide students with a well-rounded education that helps them became more insightful citizens.

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

Art Jun 30, 2015

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

by Yoko Haruhara

'The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro" at the Nezu Museum is a splendid collection of Edo Period (1603-1868) swords and sword accessories that includes blades, scabbards and metal fittings, as well as decorative sets of inrō (pill boxes) and netsuke (carved ...

Don't take everyday objects at face value

Art Jun 30, 2015

Don't take everyday objects at face value

by John L. Tran

Atsushi Okabe's graduation work is an experiment with Rubik's Cubes and abstraction. The result is graphic, colorful and pleasing to the eye. By zooming the lens of his camera while the shutter is open, Okabe creates latticed images that seem to plunge away from ...

'Banditi dell'Arte'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 30, 2015

'Banditi dell'Arte'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

June 26-July 20 "Banditi dell'Arte" is Italian for "Bandits of Art," a title given to this exhibition by curator Gustavo Giacosa, who chose it because the term "banditi" usually refers to a lone wolf, or unconventional practices. The artists featured in the exhibition have not been ...

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

Basketball Jun 30, 2015

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

by Ed Odeven

Despite her team's poor start, Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki has been a bright spot for the WNBA club in the early going this season. The 191-cm forward, who signed with the Storm in April, had consecutive season-high scoring performances over the weekend. On Saturday, the ...