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Hashimoto exits politics after "Osaka Metropolis" plan defeat

On Sunday, May 17th, Osaka citizens voted against a plan proposed by the controversial and animated politician, Toru Hashimoto, that would purportedly merge the city's 24 wards into 5 semi-autonomous districts. The final tally was 705,585 votes against the plan versus 694,844 for it, with a...

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Chinese documentary "Under the Dome" sheds light on China's tremendous environmental issues

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When Chai Jing (柴静), one of China’s most celebrated investigative reporters, found out that her unborn daughter had a benign tumor — most likely due to China’s horrific pollution problem — she decided that she would turn all of her power and influence into tackling China’s growing environmental...

Yahoo!’s exit from China closes chapter on a difficult business partnership

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At a first glance, the decision by Yahoo!'s CEO, Marissa Mayer, to close shop in China is not exactly newsworthy. The internet search engine company has not even offered any products to the Chinese since 2013 when it shut down its email servers there. According to an official statement from the...

New bullet train opens doors to Western Japan

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Half a century has elapsed since the plan's initial conception. Finally, on March 14th, the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train extended its service by 228 km (141. 7 mi) connecting the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to the ancient city of Kanazawa. The voyage will be a feast for the eyes as the train...

US envoy to South Korea in stable condition after stabbing

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On Thursday, March 5th, U. S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark W. Lippert, was attacked by a knife-wielding man during a breakfast meeting at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, BBC news reports. He is currently in stable conditions. Mr. Lippert was attacked with a 25cm (10-inch)...

Tokyo to start offering gay couples "marriage" certificates

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Tokyo's Shibuya ward announced a plan to start issuing certificates to same-sex couples next month, a move which is intended to protect the rights of sexual minorities amid an increasingly globalizing nation, Asahi News reports. This system, which will not yet be legally binding, is the first of...

TransAsia flight to Kinmen crashes in Taipei river

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On Wednesday February 4th, TransAsia GE 235, a Taiwanese domestic flight departing from Taipei and bound for Kinmen Island, crashed just minutes after its departure from Songshan airport. According to The Guardian, the flight was carrying a total of 58 passengers and crew. After clipping a bridge...