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1 May
Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Baltic Sea because the American plane had turned off its transponder, which is needed for identification. The Pentagon said the U.S. Air Force RC-135 plane had been flying…
1 May
She has no stamina. She shouts. She's got nothing going for her but being a woman. Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton's credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male…
1 May
The Japanese are known for being incredibly efficient, so you’d expect them to also have the most efficient gizmos. Today, we’re looking at eight Japanese gadgets that we’ve become so dependent on, we can’t live without them. Here they are, in no particular order: 1. Kitchen Gadgets Japan has a…
1 May
Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Kawasaki city is a refurbished workshop with a plain silver exterior and black draped windows that residents describe as creepy. The business inside, Sousou, is one of Japan's latest so-called corpse hotels, a camouflaged morgue used to store some of Japan's mounting…
1 May
Police in Chofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 47-year-old part-time worker on suspicion of assaulting a 13-year-old girl as she walked home in February. According to police, the suspect, Yutaka Takigasaki, grabbed the girl as they passed each other on the sidewalk at around 6 p.m. on Feb 15. He pushed…
1 May
The automotive and tech companies pursuing the driverless car share a utopian belief: Autonomous vehicles will benefit society, eventually saving most of the nearly 33,000 people each year killed in road accidents in America alone. "If the situation was reversed, and we had automated vehicles today and someone proposed to…
1 May
Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put…
1 May
It's now possible — though neither easy nor particularly convenient — to buy stuff on Facebook via automated messaging "bots." But it's far from clear that people really want to go shopping on the social network. Last month, Facebook announced that people can use its Messenger chat service to order…
1 May
Japan's major corporations are increasingly moving to employ foreign nationals on permanent contracts, judging that the benefits of diversification are worth the challenges. Convenience store operator Lawson is among them, awarding between 10 and 30 percent of its graduate positions to foreign nationals over the past several years. At several…
1 May
In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to gatecrash the party. Almost 18 months later, France…
1 May
China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat. China, the world's second-largest economy, and Japan, the third-largest, have a difficult…
1 May
The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city, as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day. Contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city and former commercial center, has been the…
1 May
Nissan will recall more than 3.8 million vehicles, mostly in North America, because the passenger-side airbag may not deploy in a crash due to a defect in the seat sensor. The Japanese automaker said the global recall would cover 2013-2017 including some Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra and…
1 May
An official with the Public Relations Department at NHK, responding to criticism of NHK's president who caused a new stir by telling subordinates to toe the government line in coverage of the recent earthquakes and their possible impact on nuclear power plants. (Asahi Shimbun)
1 May
Iraqi forces launched a final assault Saturday to retake the Turkmen majority town of Bashir from the Islamic State jihadist group, Kurdish authorities said. Pressure for an operation to retake the town had grown in March after IS launched a chemical attack from Bashir on the nearby town of Taza…
1 May
Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him. "I am whispering to you, Zuma, wherever you are, those soldiers are going to turn their guns against you,"…
1 May
Did you know that there are some KitKat items that you can only buy at certain airports in Japan? The new “Hokkaido Melon with Mascarpone Cheese” KitKat is one such product, and they’re sold exclusively at specific areas within some of the major international airports in Japan. The name of…
1 May
Back in 2002, it would have been extremely easy for Disney and "Final Fantasy" developer Square to shake hands on the deal to co-produce "Kingdom Hearts," quickly and cheaply slap together a half-hearted video game starring their dozens of iconic characters, and them wait for their legions of preexisting fans…
1 May
Being an anime voice actress didn’t use to be such a multi-faceted job. Through the mid-1990s, generally all you had to do was show up at the studio and record your lines. As otaku and Internet culture have exploded, though, the professional activities of popular voice actresses have become much…
1 May
Beachgoers dig for clams at Marine Park in Yokohama on Saturday. Hundreds of people come to this one-kilometer-long beach to catch little neck clams when the tide is out.
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