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By Elena Heatherson On Sunday, November 20th, 2016
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Light blight: Art project breathes life into empty buildings

TROY, N.Y. — Empty homes on blighted blocks here pulse with a ghostly glow every night. Windows in more than 150 abandoned buildings in three upstate New York cities have been fitted with light-emitting diodes More...

By Elena Heatherson On Sunday, November 20th, 2016
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Cosplay organization receives grant from Tokyo’s Ota Ward

TOKYO — If you’ve got an interest in Japanese animation and/or politics, you may recall that in the spring of 2015, Minoru Ogino was chosen as the head of the ward council for Tokyo’s Ota Ward. Not only is More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Japan ranks among worst performers in tackling climate change

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Japan remains one of the world’s worst-performing nations in tackling climate change, think tank Germanwatch says. Japan was deemed the second-worst performer of 57 countries and Taiwan, More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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World leaders at APEC summit take aim at Trump over trade

Barack Obama, Enrique Pena NietoUS President Barack Obama looks over to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto attends a meeting with leaders of participating countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Man found innocent of molesting charges by claiming he was pickpocketing

TOKYO – A man has denied touching a woman in a train for sexual reasons because he was “actually” trying to rob someone else. According to the defendant’s testimony in Osaka District Court, he was riding More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Airports to set up duty-free shops for arriving passengers

TOKYO — Japanese airports will be allowed to provide duty-free shopping to arriving international passengers from fiscal 2017 to encourage foreign tourists to spend more money when entering the country, ruling More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Gov’t eyes unified tax rate on all beer-like products

TOKYO — The Japanese government and ruling parties plan to propose unifying the tax rates on beer and beer-like drinks under fiscal 2017 tax reforms. Under the current system, taxes on beer and beer-like drinks More...

By Elena Heatherson On Saturday, November 19th, 2016
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Japan to fast-track permanent residency for highly skilled individuals

TOKYO — Japan is planning to allow foreigners with advanced expertise to apply for permanent resident status after living in the country for only a year, compared with five years currently, government sources More...

By Elena Heatherson On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
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Denise Gibbs, former SCAP leader, no longer at helm of residential care center

Denise Gibbs, the former leader of a controversial housing agency in Modesto, was dismissed this past week from her management job at a senior assisted-living center in Manteca. Gibbs was the executive director More...