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Japan Bathhouse Offers “Naked School” to Lure Bathers

By Hyun Oh TOKYO, May 29 – A Tokyo bathhouse is offering classes on topics ranging from comedy to gaming in hopes of luring younger bathers and reversing Japan’s dying tradition of communal baths. During one recent session of the “Naked School” at the Hinodeyu bath house, nine men sat around the bath, listening to

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Nuclear War Without a War

By Muhammad Riaz Pasha There are compelling reasons to end production and use of the nuclear material. There is enough highly enriched uranium on hand to fuel non-weapon uses of the fissile material for a century. To be sure, when nuclear goes wrong, it really, really goes wrong. There is huge increase in the number

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2017: The Year of Plane Rage?

TOKYO, May 3 – An American has been detained in Tokyo for allegedly assaulting an airline employee after a fight on a plane bound for Los Angeles, police said on Wednesday, in the latest bout of plane rage to go viral on social media. All Nippon Airways Flight 6 was waiting to take off from

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The Week in History: December 7 – 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed The Battle of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against a docked U.S. fleet at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which led to the U.S.’s entry into World

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Japan PM’s Pearl Harbor Visit Won’t be for Apology: Spokesman

By Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg TOKYO, Dec 6 – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologise for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe’s top aide said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet

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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

By Kentaro Hamada TOKYO, Nov 28 – Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million)

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Asian Export Nations Wary Dollar Boost Gives Trump Pretext to Beat Them

By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Cynthia Kim TOKYO/SEOUL, Nov 20 – Asian currency policymakers are worried that the strengthening of the dollar on expectations of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s fiscal policies could be used by his administration as a stick to beat them with on trade protectionist grounds. China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are already

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Japan, Israel Upgrade Relations as Arab Oil Influence Wanes

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV, Sept 5 – Japanese executives say they are increasingly drawn to investments in Israel as the price of oil falls and, with it, the influence Arab oil suppliers have on Japan’s decision-making. Over the past two years, Japan and Israel have strengthened business ties, signing a series of economic agreements

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Japan Warns Brexit May Drive Banks, Pharma Investment to EU

TOKYO, Sept 4  – Japan has warned Britain that its exit from the European Union could prompt Japanese financial institutions to relocate from London and listed a raft of concerns from Japanese companies about the transition away of the EU. In a 15-page report published on the eve of a summit of the Group of

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