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Powerful magnitude-5.6 quake rocks Nagano Prefecture

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

A powerful earthquake registering an upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale jolted Nagano Prefecture on Sunday morning. The estimated magnitude of 5.6 quake ...

Miyazato reaches final round; Ryu shoots course-record 61

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Ai Miyazato carded a 2-under-par 69 to advance to the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Saturday. Playing in her first event ...

Taking a look back at Kobe’s opening to the West nearly 150 years ago

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

This postcard shows Kobe's Foreign Settlement area as it appeared in around 1901, just after jurisdiction was returned to Japan. | THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

On Jan. 1, 1868, foreign merchants, who had spent the preceding days on ships offshore waiting for the official opening of the Port of Kobe, ...

Wakayama seeks to lift itself out of obscurity with fruit, gambling

By Eric Johnston
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

In the Kansai region, known mostly for the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe, Wakayama Prefecture rarely tops the destination list of most tourists. ...

Okuhara beats Yamaguchi to win Australian Open badminton title

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Nozomi Okuhara defeated Akane Yamaguchi 2-1 in an all-Japanese final to win the women’s singles title at the World Super Series ...

One woman’s suicide shines a harsh light on the plight of Japan’s doctors

By Hifumi Okunuki
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Overboard on overtime: Doctors in Japan are seldom given sympathy for long hours because their salaries are considered generous. | ISTOCK

I think many people hold the following preconceived notions of what it means to be a physician. Doctors, we believe, are: highly specialized (and only ...

Remembering the life and works of Boye De Mente, a giant of writing on Japan

By Amy Chavez
- via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Boye Lafayette De Mente in 1987

Any Japanophile will have at least one of the 30 or so books authored by Boye Lafayette De Mente during his long and prolific writing ...

The LDP’s rush to revise the Constitution

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Abe is pushing for constitutional revision while he has the political strength, instead of trying to build a consensus with other forces through convincing arguments.

It’s OK to disrupt diplomacy, but do it with wisdom

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

The  Trump administration would do well to step up its 'soft diplomacy' efforts  given the 2018 budget cuts it is proposing for the U.S. State Department, headed by Rex Tillerson. | AP

More than ever, in this time of disruption and division, the need for smarter, enhanced U.S. engagement extends around the world.

Political parties tweak campaign policies to win youth vote

via The Japan Times    Jun 25, 2017

Politicians campaign to attract younger voters. | ISTOCK

Political parties are making a push to win over more young people a year after the country’s voting age was lowered to 18 from 20. ...

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