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Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
May 9, 2013
Scores vie for spots on Iranian ballot
Not just anyone is allowed to become president of Iran.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
May 9, 2013
Political novice takes on entrenched parties in landmark polls
Winning a grass-roots political campaign in Pakistan or anywhere else depends on having committed, hardworking volunteers. Iftikhar Ali Mashwani, an aspiring provincial lawmaker, has come to realize that his supporters are neither.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
May 8, 2013
Britain's ports put wind in investors' sails
Methil port north of Edinburgh, once the focus of Scotland's coal exports, is set to tap a greener kind of energy as Samsung Heavy Industry Co. constructs the world's biggest wind turbine in the town's faded harbor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Apr 24, 2013
Dreamliners to fly again, but public trust yet to be restored
Is the flying public ready to re-embrace the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Three months after the plane was grounded, it's set to return to the skies even though the root cause of its battery trouble remains unknown.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Apr 20, 2013
Suu Kyi visit puts pragmatism in spotlight
Known worldwide as a prodemocracy icon, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi showed herself to also be a capable and pragmatic politician during her weeklong visit to Japan as she sought backing for her country's political and economic development.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Apr 17, 2013
Uncomfortable truth laid bare in Boston: not every plot will be spotted
After nearly a dozen years of foiled plots, the United States on Monday suffered the first large-scale bombing since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, opened an era of heightened security affecting nearly every aspect of American life.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 14, 2013
Late Chavez haunts Venezuela's election
In Venezuela's brief but raucous presidential campaign, the ruling party has let Hugo Chavez do the talking. On state television, he provides words of wisdom in frequent ads, and loudspeakers at campaign rallies belt out recordings of him singing the national anthem.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Apr 11, 2013
Fight looms for rival Syria rebel factions
As this remote corner of northeastern Syria fast slides out of government control, many Syrians are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged more recently with the muscle...
WORLD / FOCUS
Apr 8, 2013
Group behind Luxor attack fills gaps left by government
There are generally two stories about how reliable the police force is in the southern Egyptian city of Assiut, and one of those is told by the police.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Apr 8, 2013
India students' aspirations, job market don't match
As India's economy grows, cities expand and new industries arise, officials and policy analysts are grappling with a key question: Will Indians have the skills to build the new India?
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Apr 8, 2013
Apps bring opportunities, transform lives of Africans
For generations, breeding cows in the rural highlands of Kenya has hinged on knowledge and experience passed down from parents to children. But Mercy Wanjiku is unlike most farmers. Her most powerful tool is her cellphone, and a text messaging service called iCow.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 4, 2013
U.K. immigration critical to success of anti-EU party
For the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), defeat has never looked this much like victory.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 3, 2013
As U.S. wallows in debt, bright ideas to save country billions go to waste
After President Barack Obama set up a national online suggestion box in 2009 asking federal workers for new ways to cut the budget, 86,000 ideas came in. Some, inevitably, were a little odd.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society / FOCUS
Apr 3, 2013
Egypt's fundamentalist rulers crush lives, hopes of women
The ambush came from the left, from a side street which led up the hill to Mokattam Mosque. A rush of hundreds of men running down on the march of antigovernment protesters, bringing a sudden clatter of rocks landing all around, the crack of shots fired and the whizz of tear gas canisters. Sticks, stones...
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 3, 2013
Gun control held hostage by politics
Gun-control measures that once seemed destined to become law after the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, are in jeopardy amid a fierce lobbying campaign by firearms advocates.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society / FOCUS
Apr 2, 2013
In China, anger grows over abuse of street vendors
In a country infamous for heavy-handed officials, the government employees who harass and sometimes beat and extort money from street vendors are among the most despised.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 10, 2013
In echo of Arab Spring, protests in Iraq surge
This restive Sunni town, the first to rebel against U.S. troops a decade ago, is rising up once again, this time against the government the Americans left behind.

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