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China's parliament: Japan has "no right to criticize" air defense zone

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticize the establishment of a Chinese air defense zone which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday.<p>A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) …

U.S., Japan agree on plan to hand back Okinawa base

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and Japan announced on Friday an agreement for the return to Japan of a U.S. air base, taking a step to resolving an issue that has vexed ties when both countries face a belligerent North Korea and a rising China.<p>Hercules aircraft are parked on the tarmac at …

English Language Education in Japan

In Japan, eigo-kyouiku (English-language education) starts the first year of junior high school and continues at least until the third year of high …

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Record 2013 tourism in Japan despite islands spat, nuclear fallout

Radiation contamination still afflicts large swaths of Japanese land and water nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.<p>Energy shortages mean less air-conditioning in summer and heat in the winter in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka.<p>And a dispute between Japan and China over a …

Japan now spends more on mobile apps than any other country

Last year, Americans spent about a third more on apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store than the Japanese. By October this year, Japan’s 127 million people were outspending America’s population of 310 million by about 10%, according to a new report from App Annie, a research firm. Per capita, …

Apps

Geek Sleep Sheep – Hitsuji: New music from Japan

Geek Sleep Sheep are a supergroup consisting of Mo’some Tonebender’s Kazuhiro Momo, Miyoko Nakamura of Ling Tosite Sigure, and Yukihiro of L’arc-en-Ciel, one of the biggest arena rock bands in Japan. It’s intriguing that these three established musicians have come together at this point in their …

Five Reasons Why Japan Airlines Is Undervalued

In September of 2009, Japan Airlines was on the brink. Having just lost a record ¥131.22 billion ($1.45 billion) in the first half of Fiscal Year 2009, the airline was collapsing under the weight of its nearly $26 billion debt load. A bloated workforce and route network had placed the airline into …

China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit

TOKYO (Reuters) - When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.<p>Beijing’s rise as a military power as its economy has become second only to that of the United States has long sparked concern in Asia, and …

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially …

Writing