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<em>Kagura</em> dance winning over young women

National | Regional Voices: Hiroshima Mar 27, 2020

Kagura dance winning over young women

Kagura, a form of Shinto theatrical dance, is increasingly winning the hearts of young women in Shimane Prefecture, carving out a new fan base in the traditionally male-dominated music ritual that is grappling with a shortage of successors. Dubbing themselves “kagurājo,” (kagura girls) these women ...

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

World Mar 27, 2020

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and illegal logging. Now the battle is against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Indigenous tribes are locking down and closing off their reserves to visitors as ...

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Business Mar 27, 2020

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week. It pledges to cut planet-warming emissions by a third by 2030 from 1990 levels, when the heavily ...

World / Science & Health Mar 27, 2020

Burning wood can be a clean source of power after all

Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution — but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide. That is the conclusion of new research published in Science Advances, which seeks to counter the prevailing view that ...

Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

National Mar 27, 2020

Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

The government on Friday decided it would aim to restore the gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026, with full-fledged reconstruction to begin in 2022. The government aims to enhance fire-prevention measures by installing sprinklers, previously missing at the castle, and automatic fire-detector alarms. Structural ...

Alibaba suffers culture conflicts

Business Mar 27, 2020

Alibaba suffers culture conflicts

by Keith Zhai and Fanny Potkin

At Lazada, the Southeast Asian arm of Alibaba Group Holding, staffers are furious over demands that they submit health reports daily and other coronavirus-prevention steps seen as too invasive, highlighting a long-running culture clash with management from China. Since February, Singapore-based Lazada has asked all ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Music | Music Mar 27, 2020

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

by James Hadfield

In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled “MIDI Sans Frontieres.” Though he’s better known for maximalist explosions of breakbeats, hyperactive acid synths and fusion-jazz frippery, the ...

Diamond League postpones three more events in May

More Sports / Track & Field Mar 27, 2020

Diamond League postpones three more events in May

Diamond League events in Stockholm, Naples and Rabat that were scheduled for late May have been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Friday. The Diamond League has now postponed five events in the 2020 season, after meets scheduled for Doha and an unspecified ...