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New iPhone 6 screens to enter production this spring, report

The next incarnation of the iPhone will launch with a 4.7-inch screen while a 5.5-inch version may be delayed, according to Reuters.<p>In a post out of Tokyo early Tuesday, Reuters quoted unnamed supply chain sources saying that Apple's suppliers -- Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG …

North Korea's Kim Jong-un in 'unanimous poll win'

<b>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say.</b><p>Mr Kim's 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency reflects the "absolute support" of people in the country, KCNA news agency says.<p>The elections …

The Met's problem isn't bad apples, it's the whole barrel. Abolish it

If hacking someone's voicemail is a gross invasion of privacy, what words are left to describe agents of the state with fake identities having sex with women they're spying on? One activist who had a child with the undercover police officer Bob Lambert has offered four words: "raped by the state". …

Both had been sexually active for many years but neither of them had considered themselves as a performer sexually. But somehow their mutual sense of commitment and respect and the desire to please each other elevated their lovemaking to a new and unexpected level. They had found what Jaakko later described as “the pleasure of giving pleasure.”

<b>Established</b> in 1939, <i>The Library of Living Philosophers</i> is a series of books, each of which is dedicated to one of the 33 most distinguished …

The Yakuza Olympics

All eyes are on Russian corruption and incompetence at Sochi, but new reports have emerged about a likely link between Japanese Olympic officials and …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn't Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Facebook: 10 years of trying to be liked

Ten years ago this week, on 4 February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg changed the course of western socialisation by putting thefacebook.com on the internet. If this was a film, we would now be enjoying a super-fast montage of millions of people clicking through the past 10 years; uploading pictures, poking …

Iain Duncan Smith to snatch 4% of child support payments to cover Government costs

Children with absent parents will have a chunk of their ­maintenance creamed off by the Government when the Child Support Agency is ­replaced.<p>Four …

Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing their Japanese wives

Earlier this month, we brought you an article about foreign men sounding off on the difficulties of having a Japanese wife. While some of their …

Entrepreneurship in Japan: Separating fact from fiction

The Japanese are a polite and humble people. Does that mean they aren’t entrepreneurial? Not according to Robert Eberhart, Director of the Stanford …

Entrepreneurship

David Cameron to rip up green regulations

David Cameron will on Monday boast of tearing up 80,000 pages of environmental protections and building guidelines as part of a new push to build more houses and cut costs for businesses.<p>In a speech to small firms, the prime minister will claim that he is leading the first government in decades to …

After fall, Japan yen in sweet spot for economy, but U.S. watching

TOKYO (Reuters) - After falling by almost a fifth since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power just over a year ago, the yen is in a sweetspot for the economy.<p>A man holds Japanese 10,000 Yen ($121) bank notes in front of a bank in Tokyo November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon<p>Companies …

Robbers slash man in face and steal phone and cash

<b>A man in a wheelchair was slashed in the face before having his phone and cash stolen, police have said.</b><p>The 45-year-old man had just left his home and was in Sunningdale Road in Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, when he was approached by two men.<p>Avon and Somerset Police said the men approached him …

Crime

UK weather: cats lifted 6ft off ground in 'mini tornado', says eyewitness

A striking new element has been added to the inventory of atrocious weather indicators. Along with the customary floods, uprooted trees, toppling power lines and flying roof tiles, cats were lifted off their feet by the blast of gale-force wind that ripped across counties from Kent to the Midlands …

Kabul suicide bomb kills Afghan defence staff

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people in Kabul in an attack on a Ministry of Defence bus, officials said, confirming three people in the vehicle and a woman bystander had died.<p>At least nine people were wounded in the attack in the southeast of the city early on Saturday.<p>"The bomber …

Did men really once think groping was all right?

There's a moment in the film <i>Groundhog Day</i> when Bill Murray's character – doomed to relive the same day again and again – abandons decorum. A man approaches him in the road, expecting conversation. And Murray, beginning to lose his wits, punches the guy in the face.<p>I pondered the scene once or twice …

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Inside Uniqlo, The Japanese Company With Designs On Dressing The World

NEW YORK -- On a frigid afternoon in midtown Manhattan, international tourists and New Yorkers alike jam the Uniqlo store on Fifth Avenue, perusing a seemingly endless array of T-shirts, cashmere sweaters and winter jackets.<p>The hulking 89,000-square-foot space constitutes the largest retail store …

Cameron's 'good news' about rising incomes is misleading says Labour

Labour has accused the government of using highly selective figures to show that average pay is rising, as David Cameron claimed there were signs the squeeze on household budgets was lifting.<p>Ministers released new data on Thursday night showing that take-home pay had risen faster than prices …

AltJapan

By now you've undoubtedly read the brou-ha-ha over the "racist" ANA commercial featuring a Japanese dude wearing a huge prosthetic nose in an attempt …

US secretly backs rebels to fight al-Qaeda in Syria

Sources tell Telegraph that America is backing 'friendly' rebels with millions in cash and non lethal aid to take on extremists in Syria<p>The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda's most extreme wing in <b>Syria,</b> diplomats and rebels …

Take a deep breath: the stethoscope is dying

If you Google "Hugh Laurie" and "stethoscope", you will come up with a clutch of stories from February 2012 about how everybody's favourite pill-popping misanthropic physician is "hanging up his stethoscope" after eight seasons on the hit show House.<p>This underlines a more general truth: doctors …

6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday.<p>Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her …

Republican congressional hopeful believes autism and dementia are “punishment” for gay rights and legal abortion

<b>David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus (Screenshot via Daily Herald)</b><p>Susanne Atanus has already run for — and lost — Illinois’ 9th District twice<p>Katie McDonough<p>January 23, 2014 3:31pm (UTC)<p>A Republican wingnut from Chicago believes that dementia and autism are "punishments" from God over gay …

The Case for Snooping

President Barack Obama talks about National Security Agency surveillance, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington. Carolyn …

Is Japan Drifting Toward Isolation?

Golden Age” of Reconciliation<p>Almost a decade ago, <i>Newsweek International</i> featured a story titled “A Very Lonely Japan,” and the cover of the magazine …

Asia

Cost of raising a child rises to £227,000

Rising nursery and minding costs are blamed. The loss of child benefit is also putting parents off having babies, the research suggests<p>The cost of raising a child has risen 5pc in the past year to £227,266, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research.<p>It also suggested …

Join Sharla on a Japan love hotel adventure!

One of the weird, fascinating things about Japan that makes many foreigners giggle is the presence of so-called “love hotels.” In many Japanese …

4 patients die due to suspected norovirus outbreak in Kyoto hospital

Four patients died and at least 101 other patients and staff at a hospital in Kyoto were stricken by a suspected norovirus outbreak in December, …