National Feb 10, 2015

Book featuring Muhammad cartoons goes on sale in Japan

Tokyo-based publisher Daisan Shokan released a book Tuesday containing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad previously published in the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. About 500 bookstores nationwide have expressed interest in selling the book, titled "Islam Heito Ka, Fushi Ka" ("Anti-Islam Hate, or Satire?"), ...

Iran newspaper shut over George Clooney 'I Am Charlie' headline

World Jan 19, 2015

Iran newspaper shut over George Clooney 'I Am Charlie' headline

Iranian authorities closed the Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper after it published a quote from U.S. actor George Clooney saying "I am Charlie" in reference to the attack on a French satirical newspaper, Tasnim News Agency reported yesterday. The country's public prosecutor ordered the newspaper to close ...

Editorials Dec 23, 2011

Risky catalog purchase of fighter

The government on Tuesday selected Lockheed Martin's F-35 as the Air-Self Defense Force's next-generation fighter over Boeing's F/A-18 and the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace aging F-4 fighters. Japan plans to purchase 42 F-35s, hoping that the first delivery will start in fiscal 2016 (April ...

Commentary / World Sep 5, 2011

Japan in a European club?

by Kevin Rafferty

Hitherto unknown and self-styled "loach" Yoshihiko Noda must learn to swim in an ocean of problems as Japan's new prime minister of the year. He has more than a plateful of domestic issues, but he should also realize, as his predecessors forgot, that Japan ...