Editorials Nov 30, 2013

Upgrading rules on harassment

The labor ministry is planning to tighten and enforce the country's guidelines for harassment in the workplace. Included is a reconsideration of office conversations between people of the same gender.

World / Offbeat | FOCUS Nov 13, 2013

Spanish pianist could be jailed over noise pollution

To most people, noise pollution is a jet engine roaring over their head. For one Spanish woman, it was a neighbor playing the piano more softly than a spoken conversation. The woman has taken her neighbors in the apartment below — a 27-year-old pianist and ...

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

World / Social Issues | FOCUS Nov 12, 2013

Russian nationalism stokes ethnic strife

When Russians celebrated the Day of National Unity last week, marchers waving imperial flags and shouting racist slogans paraded through cities across the country while ethnic minority citizens and migrants from the former Soviet Union stayed out of sight, better to avoid a beating. Russians ...

No safe country for foreign women: the debate

Voices Nov 4, 2013

No safe country for foreign women: the debate

Holly Lanasolyluna's article published Oct. 23 attracted an unprecedented number of online comments. More than 5,000 people also answered the accompanying poll about safety in Japan. Here are just some of the mails and comments.

Russian activist pays high price for actions

Environment Jul 15, 2013

Russian activist pays high price for actions

After three men in this heavily polluted city west of Yekaterinburg beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to ...