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57 articles published


NASA unveils its first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell

World / Science & Health Nov 9, 2019

NASA unveils its first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell

NASA, best known for its many Florida-launched forays into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell, on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert. Adapted from an Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, the X-57 ...

Chinese inflation rate highest rate since 2012

Business Nov 9, 2019

Chinese inflation rate highest rate since 2012

China's consumer prices grew at their fastest rate in almost eight years in October driven by a spike in pork prices caused by an outbreak of African swine fever, according to official figures released Saturday. The consumer price index (CPI) — a key gauge of ...

Lights, camera ... cut! Japan soul-searching over freedom of expression

National Nov 9, 2019

Lights, camera ... cut! Japan soul-searching over freedom of expression

Withdrawn endorsements for films and art exhibitions are re-igniting a debate in Japan over self-censorship, exposing a struggle to balance freedom of expression with a cultural penchant for avoiding conflict. The latest controversy arose when Japan last week canceled its endorsement of an art exhibition ...

Back to 'The Factory' in a new era of meaningless work

Books / Reviews Nov 9, 2019

Back to 'The Factory' in a new era of meaningless work

by Kris Kosaka

Hiroko Oyamada's award-winning debut novel, "The Factory," measures out in terse detail an indictment of contemporary work culture. Set in modern Japan where the norms of underpay and overwork are well-known, the novella evokes the worst of the Silicon Valley-type tech campuses and asks ...

Frontale triumph over Antlers to keep slim title hopes alive

Soccer / J. League Nov 9, 2019

Frontale triumph over Antlers to keep slim title hopes alive

Kawasaki Frontale clung to the slimmest hopes of a third straight J. League crown Saturday, handing the Kashima Antlers a 2-0 defeat that dented the eight-time champions' own title aspirations. Former Antlers defender Kazuya Yamamura and Tatsuya Hasegawa scored against the momentum in the second ...

Japan women's 3x3 squad vows to earn Olympic berth

Basketball Nov 9, 2019

Japan women's 3x3 squad vows to earn Olympic berth

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Shocking news came out of the blue early last month when the Japan Basketball Association revealed that the wild-card spot for either its men's or women's national 3x3 teams would be negated by the International Olympic Committee. In late March, FIBA had granted automatic berths ...