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41 articles published


Spare a thought for the secretaries

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 29, 2017

Spare a thought for the secretaries

by Philip Brasor

Few recent scandals have been as entertaining as Lower House lawmaker Mayuko Toyota's verbal and physical attack on her secretary as revealed in a recording leaked to the weekly magazine Shukan Shincho. With the recording coming to light in the week before the Tokyo ...

Death: We all have to go sometime

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jul 29, 2017

Death: We all have to go sometime

by Michael Hoffman

"In Japan today, talking about death is taboo," Kobe University medical professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa told the Asahi Shimbun earlier this month. It is remarkable that this should be so. Japan of all nations should be primed for such a discussion. Its traditional culture is breathtakingly ...

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

National Jul 29, 2017

Enoshima: An island in the spotlight

by Satoko Kawasaki

Enoshima, a small land-tied island in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a major tourist destination that welcomes 7 million visitors a year. Boasting numerous attractions, including a Shinto shrine, a lighthouse, a cave and a rocky beach, the island fell under a renewed spotlight in May ...

Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Jul 29, 2017

Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease

As fellow Republicans labored to repeal "Obamacare" this past week, U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly swerved off topic, escalating concerns in his party about his ability to govern the country six months after taking office. While senators grappled with health care, Trump banned transgender people ...

Trump-Putin honeymoon may be over

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Jul 29, 2017

Trump-Putin honeymoon may be over

Russian President Vladimir Putin tossed President-elect Donald Trump a bouquet in December when he chose not to retaliate for the U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats and the seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds. The honeymoon is over. A tit-for-tat decision by Russia on Friday to expel hundreds ...

Fujioka shines as Japan stuns China to make final

Basketball Jul 29, 2017

Fujioka shines as Japan stuns China to make final

Japan's women's national team has continued its meteoric rise at the FIBA Women's Asia Cup, beating 11-time champion China on Friday to set up a meeting with Australia in Saturday's final. All looked lost for Japan when China opened the first four minutes of the ...

Japan nets two breaststroke medals at world championships

More Sports / Swimming Jul 29, 2017

Japan nets two breaststroke medals at world championships

Yasuhiro Koseki and Ippei Watanabe won silver and bronze, respectively, in the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the world championships on Friday. The 25-year-old Koseki touched the wall in 2 minutes, 7.29 seconds, finishing 0.33 seconds behind Russia's Anton Chupkov who won with a meet record. Watanabe, ...