South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to visit Japan for talks with counterpart Taro Kono on Tuesday

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to visit Japan for talks with counterpart Taro Kono on Tuesday

SEOUL – South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will visit Japan for two days from Tuesday to hold talks with her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, the two countries said Sunday. At a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Kono and Kang are expected...
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Japan’s MOX program faces tough questions as recycling costs balloon for spent atomic fuel

Japan’s MOX program faces tough questions as recycling costs balloon for spent atomic fuel

The cost of recycling spent nuclear fuel has surged since Japan began using it in 1999, raising questions about the viability of the reprocessing strategy, it has been learned. Japan is the only non-nuclear weapons state in the world that...
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Smith, Mitchell Marsh heap pain upon England

Smith, Mitchell Marsh heap pain upon England

  shares Play 02:23 Vaughan: Smith has the special skill and hunger of greatness Australia 4 for 549 (Smith 229*, M Marsh 181*) lead England 403 by 146 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details It would be hard to imagine a day...
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Heart of gold: The Ginza Line celebrates its 90th birthday

Heart of gold: The Ginza Line celebrates its 90th birthday

Born of disasters, war and massive infrastructure projects, 21st-century Tokyo has plenty of ghosts buried underground. If you ride the subway these days, you can catch a fleeting glimpse of two of them but, if you blink, you’ll miss them....
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Why do some old men age disgracefully?

Why do some old men age disgracefully?

It’s a universal belief that life is unfair, though there are many ways in which people manifest this belief. Some withdraw from the world, while others engage with it in an attempt to correct imbalances. Sometimes this engagement takes the...
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Showa’s not giving up without a fight

Showa’s not giving up without a fight

The government has decided that the 31st year of Heisei will end with the abdication of Emperor Akihito 120 days into 2019, on April 30. Then on May 1, Crown Prince Naruhito will become emperor and a new nengō (name...
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Getting to the bottom of a slippery game show gone viral

Getting to the bottom of a slippery game show gone viral

No aspect of Japanese pop culture titillates the world more than the country’s game shows. From references on “The Simpson’s” to inspiring Western riffs on subjects such as “Banzai” and “I Survived A Japanese Game Show,” the idea of wacky...
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Getting to the bottom of a viral slippery game show’s popularity

Getting to the bottom of a viral slippery game show’s popularity

No aspect of Japanese pop culture titillates the world more than the country’s game shows. From references on “The Simpson’s” to inspiring Western riffs on subjects such as “Banzai” and “I Survived A Japanese Game Show,” the idea of wacky...
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‘Book With No Pictures’ is leaving kids in stitches

‘Book With No Pictures’ is leaving kids in stitches

Picture-less book a hit with kids A book titled “えがないえほん” (“E ga Nai Ehon,” or “The Book With No Pictures”) has been leaving children nationwide in stitches, taking top spot on online bookstore e-hon early last week. The book was...
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Japan to run for 2023-2024 seat on UNSC, continue reform push

Japan to run for 2023-2024 seat on UNSC, continue reform push

NEW YORK – Japan will contest the election for a nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council from 2023 to 2024 after its current two-year term closes at the end of this month, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday in...
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20 years on, the Kyoto Protocol initiated awareness

20 years on, the Kyoto Protocol initiated awareness

OSAKA – In the midst of serious news about North Korean missiles and constitutional revision, as well as a steady diet of BLT (bright, light and trite) stories and corporate propaganda that clog our intellectual arteries, it’s easy to lose...
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