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Time to act on insights from landmark survey of Japan’s foreign residents

By Debito Arudou
- via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Knowing our place: The first government survey of Japan's foreign population covered thousands of residents, mostly of Asian nationalities, who have lived here for a long time, with stable lifestyles, long-term visas and excellent Japanese skills. | ISTOCK

Government's attempt to understand the foreign experience of Japan produces valuable data despite some blind spots.

Strong M6.9 quake shakes central Chile but no damage seen; no tsunami alert

via The Japan Times    Apr 25, 2017

People remain in the street during a quake in Vina del Mar, Chile, Monday. | AFP-JIJI

A powerful magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off central Chile’s coast Monday evening, but there were no reports of injuries or damage and authorities ruled out the possibility of tsunami. The ...

Waseda student, 20, becomes youngest to complete Explorers Grand Slam

via The Japan Times    Apr 20, 2017

Marin Minamiya, a 20-year-old university student, has completed a venture known as the Explorers Grand Slam, becoming the youngest person to ascend all seven peaks in the world and conquer the two ...

Meltwater pooling on Antarctic ice shelves may accelerate sea levels rising

via The Japan Times    Apr 20, 2017

Ice litters the shore near Carlini Base, a permanent Argentine base and research station at Potter Cove on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, on Jan. 12. | AFP-JIJI

Antarctic meltwater lakes are far more common than once thought and could destabilize glaciers, potentially lifting sea levels by meters as global warming sets in, scientists said Wednesday. Most v...

Suburban South Florida’s pesky green iguanas becoming as plentiful as squirrels

via The Japan Times    Apr 18, 2017

Trapper Brian Wood holds an iguana he caught behind a condominium in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, in February. Wood primarily hunts alligators and tans their skins for luxury leather goods, but he's received so many calls from homeowners seeking help with iguanas in the last several years that he created a pest control business called Iguana Catchers. | AP

Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels. Native to Central and...

Venezuela’s Maduro looks to expand armed civilian militias amid mass protests

via The Japan Times    Apr 18, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (center) salutes next to his wife Cilia Flores, as they arrive for the celebrations for the seventh anniversary of the Bolivarian Militia in Caracas on Monday, when the army declared loyalty to Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him. | VENEZUELAN PRESIDENCY / HO / VIA AFP-JIJI

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued t...

Canada debuts legislation to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana

via The Japan Times    Apr 14, 2017

Walking from Parliament Hill Thursday (from right) Canada's Health Minister Jane Philpott, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Bill Blair, the government's point man on the legalized marijuana file, head to a news conference in Ottawa. | REUTERS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced legislation Thursday to let adults possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public — a measure that would make Canada the largest ...

America and the World in Transition

By Richard N. Haass
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 23, 2016

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common...

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

By James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jul 20, 2016

Bruno Kelly/Reuters

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed in recent decades, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has caused a shrinking of states interested in playing host and a search f...

What Does the TPP Mean for Latin America?

By Shannon K. O'Neil,Danielle Renwick
- via Foreign Affairs    May 19, 2015

Mexico, Peru, and Chile would benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership if their economies can begin to produce more value-added goods in a competitive way, says CFR's Shannon  K. O’Neil.

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