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29 Aug
This will be a great event to invite clients and other professional contacts for an enjoyable evening, also an excellent opportunity to network and catching up with fellow members after the return from the summer break. Read more
29 Aug
U.S. President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked the world. Dampening hopes of imminent air…
29 Aug
Syrian armed groups, some of whom are linked to al-Qaida, captured 43 U.N. peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and surrounded 81 others, the U.N. said. The 43 peacekeepers from Fiji were forced to surrender their weapons and taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but…
29 Aug
Japan's new soccer coach Javier Aguirre declared Thursday the reigning Asian champions were "starting from scratch" as he named his first squad for next month's friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela with playmaker Shinji Kagawa the most notable absentee. Kagawa, seemingly surplus to requirements at Manchester United and linked with Valencia…
29 Aug
South Korea's new ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-Soo, right, talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, during their talks at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Thursday.
29 Aug
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Hollywood's first couple, married in France last weekend following a two-year engagement, ending nearly a decade of fevered tabloid speculation over whether "Brangelina" would ever tie the knot. Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, were wed on Saturday in a small chapel at Chateau Miraval, the…
29 Aug
Japan Airlines (JAL) on Thursday said it would order up to 59 regional jets from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Brazilian plan maker Embraer, as it retires some of its gas-guzzling domestic fleet. The former flag carrier announced plans to buy up to 32 of Japan's first domestically produced jet airplane,…
29 Aug
Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as "Russian volunteers." The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the…
29 Aug
India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. India has been pushing for an agreement with Japan on the…
29 Aug
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or…
29 Aug
Japan's coast guard is asking the government to double its budget to boost patrols around islands that are the focus of a dispute with China, officials said Thursday. The agency will submit a request to the government for 50.4 billion yen for the financial year starting in April 2015, they…
29 Aug
Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years. The three are suspected of having contracted the disease when they were bitten by mosquitoes in Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, officials said. Parts of the…
29 Aug
Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company behind Japan's global icon of cute insisted Thursday, despite an uproar from Internet users who spluttered: "But she's got whiskers!" The moon-faced creation that adorns everything from pencil cases to pajamas the world over is, in fact, human. "Hello Kitty is a…
29 Aug
Casio Computer Co will release its new EX-ZR50 camera on Sept 12. The EX-ZR50 is an addition to the Casio EXILIM line of “Amazing Gear”, that creates and provides unconventional styles of enjoyment. The EX-ZR50 is a compact camera, ideal for individual or group selfies. It boasts a newly designed liquid-crystal…
29 Aug
In an ongoing investigation into the case of a five-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found in an apartment in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, in May, investigators have learned that although officers from a local child welfare center were supposed to have visited the home to find out what had happened…
29 Aug
Ana Ivanovic's comeback tour has ended with yet another early exit at the U.S. Open. Ivanovic, who had been having her best season since winning the French Open in 2008, looked out of sync and had 29 unforced errors in a 7-5, 6-4, second-round loss Thursday to 42nd-ranked Czech Karolina…
29 Aug
I love silk! Don't you? It's soft, supple, shimmering, versatile...I could go on and on. As amazing as the fabric is its almost mystical origins. The strong yet lustrous threads of the humble silkworm were first discovered and woven into fabric by the Chinese more than 4,000 years ago. The…
29 Aug
China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to "undesirable accidents". The U.S. should "take concrete measures to decrease close-in reconnaissance activities against China toward a complete stop", defense…
29 Aug
Eighteen people, mostly students, were injured on Thursday after a bus carrying students crashed head-on into a station wagon on a highway in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture. According to police, the accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. near the Maruoka Interchange tollbooth. TBS reported that the bus was carrying 16 junior…
29 Aug
For years, British entertainment executive Dan Chuter has been coming to Japan, managing solo violinist Diana Yukawa ... and for years, he has wondered why he couldn’t find an authentic British fish & chips shop in Japan. So he decided to do something about it, and with two Japanese partners,…
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