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U.S. holds parachuting drill at Okinawa base despite opposition

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:04
The U.S. military conducted a parachuting drill Thursday at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa’s main island for the third time this year, despite calls from ...
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Moving toward Kurdish independence?

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:03
The Kurds' quest for self-rule puts them in the crosshairs of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States.
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Documents sought on President's firings

cnn - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:03
Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents and information covering a range of events from President Donald Trump's White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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Japan’s Kono reaffirms commitment to peacekeeping at U.N.

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:02
Japan will continue to make a positive contribution to U.N. peacekeeping efforts following its withdrawal of troops from a mission in South Sudan, Foreign Minister ...
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Bill Gates was her secret Santa, and it was as awesome as you'd think

cnn - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:01
Be prepared. Your Secret Santa will probably disappoint you this year, cause your Secret Santa isn't Bill Gates.
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Sunwolves drawn in Australian Super Rugby conference

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:57
The 2018 Super Rugby season will open on Feb. 17 with a match between the Cape Town-based Stormers and Argentina’s Jaguares, and with Japan’s Sunwolves ...
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Sale reaches 300 strikeouts as Red Sox clinch playoff berth

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:53
Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Boston Red Sox.Sale ...
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BOJ keeps policy unchanged but new member casts dissenting vote

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51
The Bank of Japan kept its monetary stimulus unchanged Thursday, but a dovish new board member opposed the decision in his first meeting — an ...
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Nara falls to Garcia as Japanese bow out of Pan Pacific Open

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:46
The Japanese contingent disappeared from the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday after Kurumi Nara lost 6-1, 6-3 to Caroline Garcia of France in the second ...
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Toyota applies famed management system to agriculture

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:44
Toyota Motor Corp. is using its globally renowned manufacturing management system to improve farmers’ efficiency.Nabehachi Nousan Co., a farming corporation in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, has ...
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Abe calls for shift of social security benefits to working generation

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:37
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed willingness to shift social security benefits — currently aimed primarily at retirees — to the working generation in a ...
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Japan launches a free smartphone app for foreign travelers amid record-breaking tourism boom

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:35
The Japan National Tourism Organization on Thursday launched a free smartphone app that allows travelers from abroad to look up destinations, restaurants and train routes ...
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Enjoy spooky suite tea service

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:32
The Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is offering a Halloween plan “Adults’ Halloween Suite,” limited to one pair or group per day, from Sept. 22 to ...
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Theaters in Japan are increasingly looking at longer runs for their productions

japantimes - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:29
As I turned the pages of a free magazine in London this summer, a picture of a beaming woman clutching a signed CD and program ...
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British & Irish Lions: Sean O'Brien says team could have won 3-0 with better coaching

bbc - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:19
The British and Irish Lions could have whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 had they been better coached, says flanker Sean O'Brien.
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'He was the man' - young artists on Basquiat

bbc - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:13
Young black artists celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat's impact on art.
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Mexico playground becomes scene of quake rescue

bbc - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:10
A playground in Mexico City becomes ground zero for the earthquake recovery, the BBC's Paul Blake reports.
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Mormon singles and their dating app

cnn - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:51
Benjamin Brown is a glasses-wearing lawyer who flavors his language with words like "heck" and "gosh." He has also been punched in the face in an altercation over dating, one of the few subjects that can rile Mormon men.
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Why is a condom advert with Sunny Leone angering Indians?

bbc - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:36
Billboards featuring a former porn star advise safe sex during a Hindu festival, upsetting conservatives.
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Australian schoolgirl raises alarm over flesh-eating disease

bbc - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:14
An Australian girl whose knee was eaten away by a Buruli ulcer calls for better research funding.
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