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Teen must repay $37 million for starting Oregon wildfire: judge

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A wildfire is seen from near Stevenson, Washington, across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Oregon, last September. A teenager who started the major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. | TRISTAN FORTSCH / KATU-TV / VIA AP

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the ...

Mountain-biking pair tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing one near Seattle

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's and a King County Sheriff's deputy on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, Washington, following a fatal cougar attack Saturda. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. | ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES / VIA AP

The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They ...

Is history rhyming in East Asia?

By Kuni Miyake
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Look to Japan-U.S. relations in the 1930s for clues on the course of current Sino-American ties.

GOP senators lunch with Trump, don’t raise tough issues, including aide’s slur against colleague John McCain

via The Japan Times    May 16, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following a closed-door luncheon with President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday. | AP

President Donald Trump appeared to be in a good mood Tuesday when he met privately with Senate Republicans, buoyed by primary election results and talks ...

Sapporo Olympic bid chiefs remain vague over target year

via The Japan Times    May 14, 2018

Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force are seen raising Olympic flags in Sapporo in a file photo taken Jan. 23, 1972, before the opening of the 1972 Winter Games. | AP

The mayor of Sapporo and the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee are weighing a bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics, but have declined to ...

Trump’s Iran nuclear decision ends era in U.S.-Europe ties

By John Lloyd
- via The Japan Times    May 14, 2018

The U.S. president's renouncing of the JCPOA raises his scorn from America First to America Alone.

Trump open to negotiations with California on fuel economy standard

via The Japan Times    May 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with automotive executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday. | BLOOMBERG

Addressing a key concern for manufacturers, U.S. President Donald Trump instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard ...

Sapporo ambivalent about 2026 Olympics, taking look at 2030: polls

via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games.Sapporo, which held the ...

U.S. needs a positive-sum trade and economic strategy

By Shihoko Goto
- via The Japan Times    May 11, 2018

Washington places too much emphasis on reducing the trade deficit and not enough on investing in future U.S. competitiveness.

Trump is master of the art of making America grate

By Ramesh Thakur
- via The Japan Times    May 10, 2018

The U.S. president's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal will worsen ties with Europe, destabilize the Mideast and complicate efforts to reverse ...

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