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Accused Charlottesville rampage driver had record of beating disabled mom, said to worship Hitler

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

James Alex Fields Jr. is seen via video link from jail as he appears before Judge Robert Downer and Commonwealth attorneys Nina-Alice Antony (second, right) and Warner Chapman (right) in an artists rendering of his bail hearing at the Charlottesville City Court in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monday. Fields was arrested on suspicion of murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run charges after a car hit counterprotesters after the 'Unite The Right' rally. | WILLIAM HENNESSY JR. / VIA REUTERS

The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with ...

Briefed on Guam plan, Kim puts North Korean forces on alert as Mattis warns U.S. ready to intercept missiles

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

This U.S. Navy handout photo released on Aug. 10 shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as he speaks with the crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) during a visit to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington, on Aug. 9. | WYATT L. ANTHONY / U.S. NAVY / VIA AFP-JIJI

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that the U.S. military would be prepared to intercept a missile fired by North Korea if it was ...

Wind-fanned wildfires multiply across Portugal, Corsica

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A woman tries to calm her neighbor as wildfire approaches the village following a new rash of forest fires ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures, at Rio de Moinhos village in Abrantes, Portugal, Sunday. Some 1,800 firefighters backed by hundreds of vehicles were trying to douse around 10 fires across the country, authorities said. | AFP-JIJI

Hot and dry weather stoked the wildfires burning across Southern Europe on Sunday as firefighters in Portugal and the French island of Corsica struggled to ...

Libya’s banning of ships from migrant ‘search and rescue’ zone hailed by Italy, seen by NGOs as ‘deady gap’ in sea

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The Italian rescue ship Vos Prudence run by NGO Doctor Without Borders (MSF) arrives July 14 in the port of Salerno carrying 935 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean sea. French NGO MSF announced on Saturday the activities of vessel Prudence, the largest of the rescue boats for migrants in the Mediterranean sea, were temporarily suspended following a ban by the Libyan Navy to sail off the Libyan coast. | AFP-JIJI

The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya’s decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as two more international charities ...

Protesters from across Europe slam Poland’s logging of UNESCO-site primeval forest

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Protesters hold a sign reading 'stop logging Bialowieza forest' while taking part in a rally against the cutting of trees in the Bialowieza Forest in Stara Bialowieza, Poland, on Sunday. The European Commission asked the European Court of Justice to accelerate the case against Poland on logging in the ancient Bialowieza Forest. | AFP-JIJI

Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.The Bialowieza Forest, one of ...

Search ends for Japanese alpinist stranded on Mont Blanc

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

The search for a Japanese climber who went missing on Mont Blanc was called off on Sunday after a Czech mountaineer died while descending Europe’s ...

Japan-EU trade deal looks to keep Yubari melons, Aomori cassis distinctive

By Shusuke Murai
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A worker inspects wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at a storehouse in Modena, Italy, in February 2016. | REUTERS / VIA KYODO

In the not so distant future, Kraft Parmesan, a household name for grated cheese with its distinctive green package sold by a Japanese dairy company, ...

From subculture chic to mainstream style trend: Japanese-themed T-shirts are all the rage

By Magdalena Osumi
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Keiko Sasaki arranges a display of T-shirts at her boutique Parisien in Tokyo's Harajuku district on July 26. | MAGDALENA OSUMI

Designers and clothing retailers are spotting what has previously been a niche trend now gaining widespread popularity in Japan, drawing a growing number of fashion-forward ...

Introducing the usage of two adverbs いちおう and とりあえず

By Akemi Tanahashi,Hitomi Tashiro
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

How do you say, "Your report was generally well-written" in Japanese?

For the U.S., Japan was the foe and China the prize

By Paul De Vries
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Chinese leader Gen.  Chiang Kai-shek, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Winston Churchill in November 1943 at the Cairo Conference, which outlined the Allied  wartime policy against Japan and the shape of postwar Asia | U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The Pacific War was a struggle between imperial powers for control of imperial possessions.

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