Mariko De Freytas

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Spelling bee champ from Japan ends run at U.S. semis

National May 29, 2014

Spelling bee champ from Japan ends run at U.S. semis

An American teenager born and raised in Japan fell short of the semifinals at a prominent U.S. spelling competition Wednesday, but said she was proud to represent her home country. "I feel so relieved. Now I can relax. I told myself I'd be happy either ...

National / Politics Apr 23, 2014

U.S. expert urges appeals process for Abe secrecy law

An American expert on classification policy has said that Japan's recently enacted secrecy law lacks proper checks and balances that are necessary to prevent bureaucratic overreach and ensure government accountability. Speaking in a recent interview, Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George ...