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62 articles published/printed


Identifying the 'liberal' in Japanese politics

/ | Oct 22, 2017

Identifying the 'liberal' in Japanese politics

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The current group of conservative public figures in the United States wants to return to an age when certain middle-class values were ascendant, without acknowledging that many of those values were realized because President Franklin Roosevelt implemented progressive social policies and trade unions had ...

Newest viral craze in China: Virtual clapping for Xi

/ Oct 22, 2017

Newest viral craze in China: Virtual clapping for Xi

Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3½-hour speech on Wednesday, but they are happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet. Tencent, the internet giant behind the WeChat messaging app, rolled out a ...

Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout

Oct 22, 2017

Powerful typhoon threatens to drown election turnout

A powerful typhoon is approaching the Japanese archipelago and the stormy conditions it is projected to generate over much of the Pacific coast could lower turnout for Sunday's general election. As of Saturday afternoon, Typhoon Lan had an atmospheric pressure of 925 hectopascals and was ...

Oct 22, 2017

Slow regional revitalization

The demographic challenges confronting the nation are indeed enormous, but the regional revitalization policy of the Abe administration has so far accomplished little.

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

Oct 22, 2017

Pedal power: Bike-sharing services expand in Japan

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It's a little past 7:30 a.m. at Shinagawa Station's bustling Konan Exit. The air is crisp on this beautiful autumn morning, with hundreds of people passing through the fourth busiest rail hub in Tokyo on their way to various appointments. Just off to the side ...

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

/ | Oct 22, 2017

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

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On reading Jonathan Clements’ brief history of the samurai, first published in 2010, you can’t help but see parallels with the recent blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones.” A Brief History of the Samurai, by Jonathan Clements.365 pages ROBINSON, Nonfiction. Clements’ recounts centuries of samurai power struggles, ...

Hanyu earns second-place finish at Cup of Russia

Oct 22, 2017

Hanyu earns second-place finish at Cup of Russia

Yuzuru Hanyu settled for second place on Saturday at the Cup of Russia. American Nathan Chen, the silver medalist at last year's Grand Prix Final behind Hanyu, started the day with a 5.69-point lead over the Japanese superstar and scored 193.25 in the free skate ...

Hawks go up 3-2 on Eagles

/ Oct 22, 2017

Hawks go up 3-2 on Eagles

Seiichi Uchikawa and Akira Nakamura homered for the second straight day as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks moved within reach of the Japan Series by beating the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Game 4 win in the Pacific League Climax Series' six-game ...

Garbine Muguruza receives top WTA accolade

/ Oct 22, 2017

Garbine Muguruza receives top WTA accolade

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is the WTA Player of the Year, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has been honored as the Comeback Player of the Year. The WTA announced the annual honors on Friday. The awards are voted on by members of the media. Other ...

Durant's defense sinks Pelicans

/ Oct 22, 2017

Durant's defense sinks Pelicans

Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Kevin Durant added 22 points and a career-high seven blocked shots for ...

Caps edge Red Wings in OT

/ Oct 22, 2017

Caps edge Red Wings in OT

Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal at 1:56 of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. T.J. Oshie forced the extra session for the Capitals, tying it with 1:01 left in regulation with a power-play goal of his ...

Nationals cut Baker loose

/ Oct 22, 2017

Nationals cut Baker loose

Dusty Baker is done as manager of the Washington Nationals after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he told Baker the news via telephone Friday morning. Baker's two-year deal with the club is expiring. "Our ...

Astros top Yanks, force Game 7

/ Oct 22, 2017

Astros top Yanks, force Game 7

Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn't afford anything else. The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the ...

Hanyu 2nd after short program

Oct 22, 2017

Hanyu 2nd after short program

Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu made two mistakes in his jumps Friday to finish second behind rival Nathan Chen in the men's short program at the Cup of Russia, the first event of the Grand Prix series. Hanyu, last up in the 12-man field, under-rotated ...