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On infrastructure tours in Japan, the road is the destination

National Aug 25, 2017

On infrastructure tours in Japan, the road is the destination

Looking for an extraordinary experience in Japan? How about climbing to the top of the world's longest suspension bridge for a panoramic view of the city, or a walking tour on an expressway yet to be completed? So-called infrastructure tourism is an emerging segment of ...

One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

National Aug 25, 2017

One dead after heavy rain hits Tohoku, Hokuriku

Parts of central and northern Japan received heavy rain Friday that was linked to the death of one person in Iwate Prefecture whose car was apparently swept away by a flooding river. The body of Yuki Ikeda, a 29-year-old construction worker from Miyako, was found ...

Hong Kong pro-independence duo lose appeal over council seats

Asia Pacific / Politics Aug 25, 2017

Hong Kong pro-independence duo lose appeal over council seats

Hong Kong's highest court dismissed an appeal by two pro-independence lawmakers contesting their disqualification from the legislature last year on Friday, effectively ruling out their return to the political fold in the Chinese-ruled city. China's parliament made a controversial interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution that ...

Judge approves warrant for data from anti-Trump website

World / Politics Aug 25, 2017

Judge approves warrant for data from anti-Trump website

District of Columbia Superior Court judge on Thursday approved a government warrant seeking data from an anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he added protections to safeguard "innocent users." Chief Judge Robert Morin said DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based web-hosting company, must turn over ...

Egyptian students produce fuel from used tires, seek investors

Business Aug 25, 2017

Egyptian students produce fuel from used tires, seek investors

Egyptian students have built a machine they say can produce fuel from worn-out vehicle tires, after big rises in energy prices as part of recent economic reforms. The device heats the tires until they reach evaporation point. The vapor then enters a condenser. The product is ...

Editorials Aug 25, 2017

ASEAN at the 50-year mark

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has many successes under its collective belt, but there are still ways it can improve.

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

Travel Aug 25, 2017

Drinking to health and history in Kagoshima

by Kit Nagamura

Passengers flying into Kagoshima Airport in Kyushu pass over verdant mountains and lush agricultural fields just before landing. This rich terrain, fertilized by ash from a nearby active volcano, partially explains one facet of the prefecture's reputation: Kagoshima is famous for healthy cuisine. Centuries-old seaports ...

Netflix's 'Death Note' may be dumber, but is it really evil?

Film Aug 25, 2017

Netflix's 'Death Note' may be dumber, but is it really evil?

by James Hadfield

After the furor over the recent "Ghost in the Shell" adaptation, moviegoers should be familiar with the concept of "whitewashing," the insidious Hollywood practice of casting Caucasian actors in roles that originated as non-white characters. But when Lakeith Stanfield, who is African-American, was picked ...

Matsuyama gets off to abysmal start in PGA playoffs

More Sports / Golf Aug 25, 2017

Matsuyama gets off to abysmal start in PGA playoffs

PGA Tour points leader Hideki Matsuyama struggled to a 4-over-par 74 in Thursday's first round of the Northern Trust, leaving him in a tie for 102nd place. The Japanese golf star, who cut short his practice for the first of four PGA Tour playoff tournaments ...

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

Soccer / J. League Aug 25, 2017

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

Kawasaki Frontale will not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being disciplined over a controversial wartime Japanese flag, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The club's decision means accepting the Asian Football Confederation's ruling: a $15,000 fine and one ...