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Olympic mascot contest to start in August with over ¥1 million in prize money

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:27
The contest to design the official mascot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will kick off in August, and Japan’s schoolchildren will pick the winner.

Final curtain call for ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:11
Circuses are made from the stuff of dreams, and one that lasted 146 years has come to an end.

Is the U.S. ceding climate leadership to China?

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:10
By reversing his predecessor's policies on clean energy and carbon emissions, Donald Trump is rolling back the new model of cooperative global governance embodied in ...

Geography and the coming Sino-American war at sea

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:09
Geography and geopolitics will determine the course of any U.S.-China war. China is at a disadvantage on both counts.

Iranians re-elect a fake reformer in a fake election

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:08
Hassan Rouhani was the lesser of two evils, but Westerners vastly overestimate what an Iranian president can do.

Newspapers thrive, in India

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:07
While print media struggles to survive elsewhere, India's rising literacy rate is keeping its dailies firmly in the black.

America’s dangerous internet delusion

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:06
The more we connect our devices and instruments to the internet, the more we create paths for others to use against us.

University admission tests warrant skepticism

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:05
The debate over privately managed exams for university admissions will make little difference because of the limitations of all standardized tests.

Abe tells his party to draft new amendment plan for Constitution by year-end

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:38
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to present by the end of the year a new plan for amending the postwar ...

Honda set for AC Milan exit

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:27
Midfielder Keisuke Honda said on Twitter on Sunday he will be departing AC Milan at the end of the season, bringing an end to a ...

Tokyo Skytree tallies fifth anniversary

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:19
Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, marked its fifth anniversary on Monday. As of March, about 26 million people had visited the popular landmark, ...

North Korea declares medium-range missile ready ‘for action,’ shows off apparent photos from space

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:06
North Korea said Monday that its test-firing a day earlier of a solid-fuel, medium-range missile capable of striking most of Japan was “perfect” and that ...

Exports propel Japan to third straight monthly trade surplus

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 01:55
Japan posted a trade surplus for the third straight month in April, helped by a further rise in exports including to the United States, according ...

Darvish, Napoli key Rangers’ win

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 01:33
Yu Darvish received backing from a 15-hit offense and overcame a shaky start Sunday, picking up his fifth win of the season in the Texas ...

SoftBank’s Son chases boyhood dreams with $100 billion fund

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 01:05
When Masayoshi Son was a boy growing up in Kyushu, he kept a notebook to scribble down inventions he hoped to create one day. Today, ...

‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Ringling Bros. shuts down circus after 146-year run

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:41
With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation ...

Liverpool, City deny Arsenal top-four finish

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:39
Manchester City and Liverpool claimed the last two Champions League qualifying spots with comfortable wins on Sunday that meant Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal missed out on ...

Philippines’ top diplomat downplays alleged China war threats from Xi-Duterte dialogue

The Japan Times - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:18
The Philippines’ top diplomat has sought to downplay President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that Chinese President Xi Jinping told him China would go to war with ...

Ousted South Korean president's trial begins Tuesday

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:59
Handcuffed, her inmate number 503 attached to her clothing, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye begins her corruption trial Tuesday in the same courtroom where a brutal dictator was sentenced to death two decades ago.

Chubu Electric uses artificial nests so crows don’t build their own on power towers

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 23:32
Chubu Electric Power Co. has adopted a unique method to deter crows from nesting on transmission towers and causing blackouts by building artificial bird nests ...