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If al-Baghdadi is dead, next Islamic State leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of ...

South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

By Martha Mendoza,Youkyung Lee
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Bicyclists ride along a path near the Han river in Seoul on June 15. In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests. | AP

In a country where bikes are either a poor man’s transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network ...

Ronaldo leads Portugal to easy win over New Zealand

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (7) heads the ball during his team's victory over New Zealand at the Confederations Cup on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. | AFP-JIJI

European champion Portugal showed 95th-ranked New Zealand the respect of selecting Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars when rest was an option. The strategy helped Ronaldo ...

Japan and ‘One Belt, One Road’

via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Shinzo Abe's recent warming up to Chinese trade initiatives is the right move.

Firms need new strategies in new world order

By Radu Magdin
- via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Facing anti-globalization, companies need a chief global strategist combining economic acumen with a political/power strategy mindset and intercultural charm.

Entertainment entrepreneur Steve Plotnicki: ‘Learn how to analyze what you’re eating’

By Melinda Joe
- via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Opinionated About Dining founder on his musical background, algorithms and what makes a decent restaurant critic.

Watch what you do and say: Broader ramifications of the new conspiracy law cause concern

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Jun 24, 2017

Protesters voice their opposition to the conspiracy bill outside the Diet in Tokyo on June 15. | KYODO

“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why ...

With U.S. exit from Paris climate pact, small island states have only hope to cling to as seas encroach

via The Japan Times    Jun 23, 2017

A boat lies wrecked and stuck on a seawall after it crashed into the back of Foreign Minister Tony de Brum's house on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 2015. To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth's temperatures and the world's seas will keep rising to a point where some island states won't survive through the end of the next century. | AP

To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the ...

Britain’s May wins guarded praise with offer for EU citizens at Brussels summit

via The Japan Times    Jun 23, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May and Britain's permanent representative to the European Union, Tim Barrow, arrive for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday. | BLOOMBERG

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says ...

EU leaders launch new defense plan, shared financing for military cooperation, weapons

via The Japan Times    Jun 23, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron, who threw his weight behind a common European defense during his election campaign, arrives Thursday for an EU summit in Brussels. | AP

European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defense plan for decades Thursday, agreeing on a multibillion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battle groups and ...

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