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Japan Times
Nov 28, 2017
Trump-tapped foe of U.S. consumer protection agency assumes its helm amid row with predecessor's pick
With doughnuts in hand, President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. government consumer watchdog agency turned up for work on Monday, challenging the acting appointee of the Obama-era leader in an partisan showdown over how the U.S. financial system should be regulated.
Nov 17, 2017
Contentious Keystone oil pipeline leaks 5,000 barrels in South Dakota as Nebraska weighs XL
TransCanada Corp. shut part of its Keystone oil pipeline system after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before neighboring Nebraska was set to decide on the company's long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2017
Trump has 'choke artist' Rubio moment, fumbles for water during speech
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2017
U.S. curbs travel and trade with Cuba in move seen as hypocritical as communist China fetes Trump
The U.S. government made it tougher on Wednesday for Americans to book trips to and do business with Cuba, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor's move toward warmer ties with Havana.
Nov 5, 2017
With U.S. pulling out, China may grasp climate leadership at U.N. talks
China has a chance to assert leadership of a global plan to combat global warming this week at the first U.N. climate talks since U.S. President Donald Trump decided to quit the 195-nation Paris Agreement, delegates say.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 19, 2017
Obama hits campaign trail for first time since leaving White House
Former President Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, venturing out to support Democrats in two governor's races that could offer a clue about the national mood before next year's midterm elections.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2017
African-Americans twice as likely as whites to default on student debt: DOE
Nearly half of black Americans who borrowed from the federal government to attend college defaulted on their student loans — more than double the rate among white student debtors, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 11, 2017
Lacking legislation, Trump looks to sign order this week that is expected to further gut Obamacare
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he likely will sign an order this week that is expected to allow Americans to buy stripped-down health insurance policies, a step some experts say would further undermine the Obamacare law that Trump opposes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 6, 2017
Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal, adopt confrontational tone toward Tehran
President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that could lead to renewed U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
Japan Times
Oct 4, 2017
Under Trump's review, EPA set to propose repeal of Obama's climate regulation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's centerpiece regulation to fight climate change — and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 22, 2017
Trump doesn't embody Western values, unlike JFK and Obama: German envoy
Donald Trump doesn't embody Western values in the way that previous presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama did, according to Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the U.S. who now heads the Munich Security Conference.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 21, 2017
Republicans set vote on health care bill slammed by Obama as path to 'real human suffering'
Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. health care debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2017
Obama betrayed the 'dreamers' before Trump did
U.S. President Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform, including protection for the dreamers, in his 2008 campaign, but he never delivered.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 30, 2017
EPA hits climate scientists trying to 'politicize' Texas storm disaster
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday rejected a contention by scientists that the historic rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey was linked to climate change, calling it "an attempt to politicize an ongoing tragedy."
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 25, 2017
White House to send memo to Pentagon soon on transgender ban, allowing Mattis to judge 'deployability'
The White House is expected to tell the Pentagon in coming days how to implement a ban on transgender people in the military, according to a memo that says the defense secretary may decide whether to remove service members based on their ability to deploy, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 20, 2017
Ex-Obama adviser Ben Rhodes rips Trump's off-the-cuff diplomacy
U.S. President Donald Trump's recent attempt to look tough in his blistering war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sowed divisions with Tokyo and Seoul — America's two key allies in Asia — risking a rift that could give the reclusive regime a strategic advantage, a former top White...
Aug 16, 2017
Taxpayers expected to take hit as Trump moves to dump Obama-era flood-risk building standards
U.S. President Donald Trump will revoke an Obama-era executive order on Tuesday that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise, sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Aug 4, 2017
Three years since Islamic State genocide, Iraq's Yazidis still suffer, steer clear of Sinjar homeland
Iraq's Yazidis marked three years Thursday since Islamic State launched what the United Nations said was a genocidal campaign against them, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadi fighters.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 28, 2017
Federal law doesn't ban discrimination against gay workers, U.S. Justice Department tells court
The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 26, 2017
Trump speech to Boy Scouts slammed by parents, called 'pathological campaign rehashing'
President Donald Trump's campaign-style address to the Boy Scouts of America touched off a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday as parents and former Scouts decried a speech peppered with partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media."


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals