Tag - europe



Dec 23, 2014
Making obesity a disability will only fuel problem
The decision by Europe's highest court that obesity can be a disability will only give the many overweight people in rich countries legal grounds to feel righteous about their condition, regardless of its causes.
Dec 19, 2014
Takata issues apology ad in U.S., Germany but not in Japan
Takata Corp. issued an apology advertisement in U.S. and German newspapers on Thursday, as the Japanese auto parts supplier has been embattled due to global recalls over its potentially defective air bags.
Dec 16, 2014
ECB must banish the specter of deflation
The European Central Bank is moving, hesitantly but ineluctably, toward quantitative easing, as the threat of deflation — and the ineffectiveness of its previous measures — leaves it no choice.
Dec 5, 2014
The pope has a point in denouncing materialism
Pope Francis finds himself ranged against a pitilessly Darwinian outlook in Europe, which, maintained by self-interested political and business elites, seems to go unexamined by apathetic voters.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2014
Why reuniting territories would benefit Russia
Russia could serve its own interests by encouraging some of the territories that helped break away from neighboring countries to rejoin them.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2014
EU must pay heed to Japan's slide
If Western nations don't do a better job of internalizing the lessons of Japan, some of them might find themselves in even deeper trouble.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 18, 2014
Bird flu discovered in U.K. and Netherlands, but authorities play down risk to humans
Bird flu was found on a duck farm in England on Monday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens, forcing authorities to destroy poultry and restrict exports, although it was not a strain known to be deadly to humans.
Nov 17, 2014
For whom the Berlin Wall fell?
A quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, democracy and prosperity have not really arrived for most people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Nov 15, 2014
Eastern Europe's 25 years of transition
Four key ingredients contributed to Central and Eastern Europe's successful transitions after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Nov 14, 2014
Dutch fighters intercept Russian plane over Baltic states
Two Dutch F-16 fighter jets, part of a NATO force patroling the skies above the Baltic states, intercepted a Russian Ilyushin transport aircraft after it intruded into Estonian and Lithuanian airspace, the Dutch government said on Thursday.
Nov 11, 2014
U.S. veterans sue banks, claiming they should pay over Iran funds used in Iraq attacks
Wounded U.S. veterans and family members of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq sued five European banks on Monday, seeking to hold them responsible for shootings and roadside bombings because they allegedly processed Iranian money that paid for the attacks.
Japan Times
Nov 10, 2014
Catalans in Tokyo: How did you vote in the Catalonia referendum and why?
Independence-minded Catalans at a polling station in Tokyo explain why they voted in defiance of Madrid in a referendum that had already been ruled invalid.
Nov 3, 2014
Putin's shortsighted military play
The rising number of Russian violations of neighbors' airspace of late suggests that President Vladimir Putin is betting that the West can be shown up as a paper tiger. But Russian behavior seems only to be pushing European governments to reduce their interactions with Moscow.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 18, 2014
Abe, Putin agree to continue dialogue on bilateral issues
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to continue bilateral dialogue during a brief meeting in Milan, Italy, on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 14, 2014
Abe to attend ASEM summit in Italy this week
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Milan starting Thursday, the government said Tuesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 10, 2014
Spanish nurse worsens; Madrid blames Ebola infection on human error
The health of a Spanish nurse with Ebola worsened on Thursday and four other people were put into isolation in Madrid, while the country's government rejected claims its methods for dealing with the disease weren't working and blamed human error.
Oct 8, 2014
Japan Tobacco looks at closing some European plants
Japan Tobacco Inc. may close some European manufacturing facilities after taxes and illegal trade triggered an industry slowdown in a number of countries in the region.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2014
Europe takes control of Ryder Cup
Captain Fantastic Paul McGinley hailed "a great team performance" after Europe crushed the United States in the Ryder Cup foursomes for the second day running to gallop into a commanding 10-6 lead on Saturday.
Sep 19, 2014
Russians love their kids, but that won't stop a war
The idea that a common understanding is always within reach of all humans is seductive. That's why it has been so difficult for an army of Western experts to predict Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior. In reality, Putin has no objections to being perceived as an aggressor.
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 19, 2014
Independence-minded Scots spur signs of life in currency trading
Secession-minded Scots and diverging interest-rate outlooks have benefited at least one part of financial markets. They have eased the recent drought in currency trading with some platforms witnessing record volumes.


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