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Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2013
Economic disparities center stage in German poll
Germany has near record-low unemployment and a locomotive-strong economy, which leaves Frieder Beckmann with a question: Why can he only get a job that pays $2 an hour?
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2013
For world, U.S. gun violence is new norm
Jimmy Davis, a 41-year-old London disc jockey, was saddened when he heard about the latest mass shooting in the United States. But like much of the world after the attack Monday at Washington's Navy Yard, he was no longer shocked.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2013
First confusion, then 'we just started running'
Standing at an ATM in the first-floor atrium of the building where she works at the Washington Navy Yard, Patricia Ward was startled by a rapid succession of sharp noises that seemed to come from overhead.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2013
Epsilon success is no guarantee for industry
Saturday's successful launch of a solid-fuel Epsilon rocket was seen as a breakthrough for Japans' space industry, but the international competition won't be easy to beat.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Sep 16, 2013
Activist Chinese billionaire detained
Last month, Chinese police invited Wang Gongquan in for a "cup of tea," often a prelude to detention. He had launched a public petition calling for the release of arrested dissident Xu Zhiyong, and the authorities were not amused. But Wang effectively told the police to forget it — he had no time for tea, he was traveling, and he had said everything he wanted to say.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Sep 11, 2013
Syria debate twists Beltway playbook
Syria has utterly confounded the Washington political establishment, from the White House to the Capitol. There's no script for what's been happening. The usual political polarization, the simple calculus of R vs. D, has disintegrated into a tangle of uncomfortable alliances.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Sep 3, 2013
Nukes, terrorists, intel gaps: U.S. 'black budget' shows extent of distrust toward Pakistan
The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaida, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan, which appears at the top of charts listing critical U.S. intelligence gaps.
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Aug 28, 2013
Air gun noise sparks alarm in war over offshore drilling
The use of "seismic air guns" to determine how much oil and gas lies beneath a vast swath of the ocean floor off the southeast coast of the United States is provoking an early skirmish in a battle over oil drilling that is still years away.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Aug 28, 2013
Belarus arrest of potash tycoon angers top ally Russia
As Belarus television showed the Russian head of OAO Uralkali, the world's biggest potash producer, being led around the courtyard of an undisclosed prison, Anatoly Lebedko knew exactly where it was: Amerikanka.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 22, 2013
Japan on path to achieve foreign visitor target
The government's goal of drawing 10 million foreign travelers a year is in sight following a report Wednesday that the monthly visitor count in July hit a record high of just over 1 million.
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Phil learns the dangers of erasing tweets
On Tuesday, Dr. Phil, drawling psychologist to the masses, posted a tweet that some interpreted as, at best, tone-deaf and, at worst, a tacit encouragement for date rape. "If a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her?" someone from his account tweeted at 5:49 p.m. "Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Aug 22, 2013
North Korean gulag survivors tell U.N. investigators of rights abuses
One by one they came, taking seats next to a United Nations flag and stating their names for the record. Some kept calm. Some wept. One, as he spoke, used his left hand to clamp his trembling right hand to the table.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 20, 2013
Frugal German election contrasts sharply with U.S.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's calendar this past week looked like this: unpack from an Italian vacation, catch up with advisers and kick off a campaign with a small-town rally for an election that will be held in just five weeks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Aug 16, 2013
Myanmar strategy to get rethink after failed infrastructure bids
Japan is going to have to rethink its strategy for opening business opportunities in Myanmar, one of the last untapped markets in Asia, as Japanese consortia have failed to win international tenders to develop the country's infrastructure.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 16, 2013
War anniversary may irk China; why doesn't it honor fallen?
At 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Shanghai's state-owned Xinmin Evening News newspaper tweeted a reminder to its 1.8 million followers on the Sina Weibo microblogging service: "The Japanese surrendered 68 years ago today!"
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Aug 13, 2013
Iraqi al-Qaida group widens influence in Syria
A rebranded version of Iraq's al-Qaida affiliate is surging onto the front lines of the war in neighboring Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out the kind of sanctuaries that the U.S. military spent more than a decade fighting to prevent in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Aug 13, 2013
Al-Qaida's Yemen branch eyes a new haven
Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen is focusing on expanding its presence in a remote eastern province that is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, even as it remains the target of U.S. drone strikes and Yemeni military assaults, according to Yemeni officials.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 10, 2013
A-bombed cities don't buy Abe vow
Is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe truly willing to play an active role in ridding the world of nuclear arms?
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 8, 2013
U.S. helicopter crash puts Team Abe on spot
The crash of a U.S. Air Force helicopter inside an Okinawa military installation Monday amid local opposition to the deployment of tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a U.S. Marine Corps base on the main island has put Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government on the spot.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Aug 7, 2013
Can Amazon's Bezos save the newspaper business?
Amazon.com founder Jeffrey Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post promises not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution but a potential transformation of the fusty mechanics of the newspaper business.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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