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Returnee Hasuike suggests offering electrical aid to North for remaining abductees
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:06:26 +0200
Former abductee Kaoru Hasuike on Saturday proposed offering goods or know-how to North Korea, such as technical help for easing electricity shortages, in exchange for ...
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Former North Korean spy, now 90 and living in the South, just wants to go home
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:04:09 +0200
Condemned to death twice for spying, Seo Ok-ryol spent three decades in prison, most of it in solitary confinement. Now age 90, the only thing ...
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Friend or foe? Ata Ullah, the man behind Myanmar’s deadly Rohingya insurgency
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00:21 +0200
To his foes, Ata Ullah is a reckless amateur who has brought untold misery to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya after launching an insurgency in ...
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Local, national agendas shade parties’ prospects in expected snap poll
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:52:52 +0200
As Japan gears up for an anticipated snap election at the end of October, Kansai politicians and parties are staking out their positions on issues ...
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Kyoto’s pricey lodging tax plan spurs fierce debate over necessity, tourism impact
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:52:25 +0200
A necessity for improving Kyoto’s tourism infrastructure or a bad decision that might convince tourists to go elsewhere?That is the question being asked in Kyoto ...
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‘Red Culture’ training camps aim to rekindle Chinese faith in communism ahead of key party congress
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:41:42 +0200
A man in Red Army garb hits the pavement in a simulated attack during a re-staging of part of the Long March.The scene brings alive ...
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Debate swirls as power of U.S. tech giants grows
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:27:28 +0200
With a handful of U.S. technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech’s growth is healthy or not.Over the ...
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‘Power to the PeePee’: Dutch women protest lack of female-friendly public toilets
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:51:45 +0200
Fed up with the shortage of public toilets for women, Dutch women took the matter to the streets Saturday in a protest aimed at showing ...
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Immunotherapy is hottest thing in cancer care — but not for everyone
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:51:18 +0200
Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs ...
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New Zealand leaders line up to woo kingmaker Peters amid election stalemate
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:13:23 +0200
Both of New Zealand’s major political parties moved to open coalition negotiations with maverick MP Winston Peters on Sunday after the country’s general election stalemate ...
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Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:08:56 +0200
Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response but called for ...
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New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico, killing at least two
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:08:27 +0200
A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm ...
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Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:37:20 +0200
Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its ...
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University of Tokyo pair invent loop-based quantum computing technique
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:08:32 +0200
Japanese scientists have invented an approach to quantum computing that renders a far larger number of calculations more efficiently than existing quantum computers.Under the new ...
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Dubai starts replacing skyscraper facades after series of fires
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:52:04 +0200
Dubai authorities have begun telling owners of high-rise buildings across the emirate to make the facades more resistant to fire, the government said on Saturday, ...
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Iraq seeks other nations’ help to build a nuclear reactor
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:45:36 +0200
Iraq’s foreign minister is asking nuclear countries for help building an atomic reactor for peaceful purposes, saying the country has a right to use atomic ...
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Women lauded for success of Miyazaki mascot maker
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:41:44 +0200
For Hiromi Kano, head of a well-known Japanese mascot maker, the company’s costumed characters not only bring joy to people but also signify the labor ...
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Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:41:07 +0200
A Miyagi city’s efforts to rebuild its electrical power system after 3/11 mark a quiet shift away from Japan’s old utility model and toward self-reliant, ...
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North Korea foreign minister warns of ‘pre-emptive action’ as U.S. bombers fly off Korean Peninsula
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:59:54 +0200
In a fiery speech before world leaders at the U.N. on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister vowed the country will take “merciless pre-emptive action” if ...
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Prepare for the future, at your convenience
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:54:08 +0200
Japan’s first convenience store was not, as many suppose, 7-Eleven in Tokyo in 1974 but Mitsui in Kyoto in 1673.The genius behind it was Mitsui ...
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Political protest or textbook harassment?
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:40:54 +0200
In 1979, The New Yorker ran a very long article by Frances FitzGerald about American history textbooks and how they had changed over the years. ...
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North Korean tremor termed ‘suspected explosion’ by China, natural quake by South Korea
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:07:17 +0200
China’s earthquake administration said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a “suspected explosion,” raising fears the isolated ...
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China says North Korean earthquake ‘suspected explosion,’ South Korea says likely a natural quake
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:07:13 +0200
China’s seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, calling it a “suspected explosion,” while South Korea’s weather agency said ...
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Analysis: Abe’s aggressive approach to North Korea succeeds at the U.N., for now
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:03:08 +0200
At a U.N. General Assembly dominated by debate over how to tackle the threat from North Korea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was successful in securing ...
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Ex-islanders make first flight to disputed Russian-held isles to visit ancestors’ graves
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:02:55 +0200
In the first flight negotiated over their decades-long territorial spat, Japanese former residents of a group of Russian-held islands off Hokkaido flew to two of ...
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Sony-Olympus joint venture to market advanced HD surgical microscope
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:39:33 +0200
Sony Olympus Medical Solutions — a medical joint venture set up by Sony and Olympus in 2013 — says it has developed a new surgical ...
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San Francisco unveils ‘comfort women’ memorial
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:53:48 +0200
Now 89, former World War II “comfort woman” Lee Yong-soo clutched a microphone in one hand Friday in a park outside San Francisco’s Chinatown, thrust ...
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China arrests yet another alleged Japanese spy
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:49:39 +0200
Chinese authorities Monday arrested a Japanese citizen suspected of spying, local state media said.The arrest was made in the port city of Dalian in Liaoning ...
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Any U.N. reform must include Security Council revamp, Abe tells Guterres
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:12:28 +0200
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York on Tuesday that reform of the United Nations must include changes to ...
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Hurricane Maria lashes Dominica, menaces other islands
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:20:28 +0200
Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as “widespread devastation” from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands ...
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Firms seeking foreign help get guidance on visas
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:25:49 +0200
The Justice Ministry has drafted guidelines to help companies that want to hire international students understand the types of jobs eligible for Japanese visas being ...
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Defying Trump, Iran says it will boost missile capabilities
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:02:03 +0200
Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and not seek any country’s permission, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday, rejecting demands from U.S. President Donald Trump.Rouhani ...
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First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:51:56 +0200
With the anime marking its 25th anniversary this year, the world’s first permanent “Sailor Moon” store opened Saturday in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district.The Sailor Moon ...
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Raccoon takes a ride on police van in Colorado
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:34:25 +0200
A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield ...
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North Korean leader Kim called Trump a what? A ‘dotard’
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:23:27 +0200
Famous for using bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English slams against enemies, North Korean state media sent people scrambling for dictionaries Friday with a dispatch that ...
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Mexicans transfixed by efforts to rescue girl from quake-flattened school, only to learn she didn’t exist
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:28:32 +0200
Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by ...
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Study tallies cancer cases and deaths across Japan
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:23:47 +0200
In the most recent study of its kind, the National Cancer Center said Wednesday that new cancer diagnoses in Japan totaled 862,000 people in 2013, ...
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Nikkei soars to two-year high on yen fall, Wall Street rise
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:14:36 +0200
Stocks soared Tuesday thanks to the yen’s weakening against the dollar and higher U.S. equities, driving up the Nikkei 225 average to its highest closing ...
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Dirty money? Swiss authorities probe why Geneva toilets were flush with cash
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:42:46 +0200
If someone tells you they flushed more than a hundred grand down the toilet, chances are they’re referring figuratively to a bad investment, or an ...
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Man held over murder of Japanese couple in Bali
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:03:09 +0200
Indonesian police have arrested a man over the murder of an elderly Japanese couple whose bodies were found burned beyond recognition in Bali.The scorched corpses ...
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China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:05:46 +0200
China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and ...
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Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption row
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:23:21 +0200
An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as ...
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Japanese firms boost measures to promote employee health, enhancing their image in the process
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:19:21 +0200
Some companies are ramping up efforts to maintain and improve the health of their employees, such as sending them to remote health resorts where they ...
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Japan continues to support Iran nuke deal, Abe tells Rouhani on heels of Trump speech
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:19:27 +0200
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on Tuesday that Japan continues to support the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear ...
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Japan welcomes Trump’s rebuke targeting North Korea’s past abductions of Japanese
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:11:09 +0200
A senior Japanese official on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s in ...
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In first U.N. speech, Trump threatens total destruction of North Korea
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:39:20 +0200
U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless it halts its pursuit of ...
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Hong Kong leader demands end of independence talk, warns ties with Beijing at risk
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:32:37 +0200
Hong Kong’s leader urged an immediate end to independence debates in the Chinese-ruled global financial hub Tuesday, warning that the issue was harming the city’s ...
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Ally of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, DP defector to form new party by Sept. 28
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:00:12 +0200
A defector from the Democratic Party and an ally of popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike have reached a broad agreement to launch a new party ...
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Kuwait to expel North Korean ambassador, other diplomats
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:09:08 +0200
Kuwait will expel North Korea’s ambassador to the oil-rich country and four other diplomats, potentially limiting Pyongyang’s ability to earn money for its nuclear program ...
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NASA’s asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:06:59 +0200
NASA’s asteroid-chasing spacecraft swung by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock.Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex passed within 10,711 miles (17,237 kilometers) ...
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