More Sports May 5, 2016

Fukuhara, Ishikawa secure Olympic spots

Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa both qualified for the women's singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics based on the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday. Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa also secured their berths in the men's singles as ...

More Sports Dec 11, 2015

Teenager Ito earns table tennis accolade

Mima Ito, a 15-year-old table tennis prodigy, won the newly established Breakthrough Star of the Year award on Wednesday at the International Table Tennis Federation's end-of-year awards in Lisbon. Ito, who won the German Open in March at 14 to become the youngest singles winner ...

Commentary Apr 5, 2010

No fast-track education in Japan

by Gregory Clark

It's back to school in Japan, and back to the perennial questions: • How to find enough teachers able properly to handle English-language classes in primary schools? (Answer: nearly impossible.) • How to improve foreign-language education generally? (Cut back on high school teaching and ...

Commentary / World Jan 16, 2010

Hope and peril for Sudan

by Lakhdar Brahimi

ALGIERS — The future of Sudan hangs in the balance. National elections are due in April. A referendum on the future status of the south of the country is supposed to follow in 2011. Both were key ingredients of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ...

Commentary Jan 10, 2010

Why not search body cavities?

by Gwynne Dyer

LONDON — It is the duty of all public officials to "do something" whenever a new threat appears, even if there is nothing sensible to be done. If they don't make a show of solving the problem, the media will punish them severely. So ...