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Japan’s museums relaxing no-photos policy in keeping with smartphone realities

A growing number of museums in the country are looking to abandon their no-photos policy amid the rising popularity of smartphones and calls to conform to more liberal global practices. While many famous museums overseas allow visitors to take photos, museums in Japan have long banned photography due partly to concerns about copyrights and safety. […]

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LDP’s Kochi Kai faction turns 60 with Abe still angling to remain on top

Kochi Kai, a once-powerful faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, marks the 60th anniversary of its establishment this year, just as LDP President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eyeing a new tenure that would make him the country’s longest-serving post-war leader. At a party celebrating the liberal faction’s milestone at a Tokyo hotel […]

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Tanaka tosses three-hit shutout, retires final 14 batters

New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that’s happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn his first shutout since 2014, and the Yankees beat Boston 3-0 […]

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Bullying in schools keeps youth suicide rate high

Schoolyard bullying has long bedeviled Japan where some students have taken their own lives after being harassed in person or online through emails, text messages and blogs. Bullying and suicide first entered the nation’s national discourse in 1986, when a 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a shopping center toilet after suffering repeated episodes of bullying […]

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Trump cookies outpace Abe buns in Diet souvenir shop

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being trumped by Trump — in the sweets department. Sales of Lucky Trump cookies, maple-flavored and featuring a cartoon image of U.S. President Donald Trump, initially outpaced those of bean-paste filled buns bearing Abe’s image, according to vendors who sell the items in the gift shop at the Diet building. […]

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Data shows job availability at best level in over 26 years, but consumption tepid in March

Job availability in March improved to a level last seen more than 26 years ago, government data showed Friday, with companies hunting for workers in a tight labor market. The ratio of job offers to job seekers stood at 1.45 in March, the highest since November 1990 during the time of the asset-inflated bubble economy. […]

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Restructuring sees Sharp post its first operating profit in three years in 2016

Sharp Corp. said Friday it posted its first operating profit in three years in the business year that ended March 31, helped by restructuring efforts under Taiwanese parent Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The electronics maker logged a group operating profit of almost ¥62.5 billion, a turnaround from a ¥161.9 billion loss in fiscal 2015. […]

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China revises mapping law to bolster claims over South China Sea land, Taiwan

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, a top law-making body, passed a revised version of China’s surveying and mapping law intended to safeguard the security of China’s geographic information, lawmakers told reporters in Beijing. Hefty new penalties were attached to “intimidate” foreigners who carry out surveying work without permission. President Xi Jinping has overseen a […]

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Trump wants Korea to pay for anti-missile system, vows to fix or scrap bilateral trade deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he will either renegotiate or terminate what he called a “horrible” free trade deal with South Korea and said Seoul should pay for a U.S. anti-missile system that he priced at $1 billion. Seoul quickly dismissed the comments on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, saying that under […]

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Arkansas holds fourth execution in eight days

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. A prison […]

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Human Rights Watch official says Southeast Asian leaders steering away from democracy

President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday. Duterte has been condemned in the West for the crackdown, which has claimed thousands of lives since he took power last year, but he is […]

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Against wishes of conservationists, Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling

Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to review […]

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Translators, couriers of diversity

Translators play a vital role in saving the world’s languages, their work allowing 6,000 to 7,000 spoken tongues to exist, and 3,000 rare dialects to survive. “Without translation, there is no history of mankind,” said linguist Astrid Guillaume, of the Sorbonne University in Paris. “We know histories and cultures of the world only by way […]

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Russian naval ship sinks in Black Sea; entire crew rescued

A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said. Turkey’s coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The freighter was carrying livestock. […]

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