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Massively popular series Naruto comes to an end

The internationally acclaimed Japanese manga which debuted in 1999, Naruto, officially came to an end on November 4th, 2014, after 71 volumes Asahi News reports. Naruto, by author Masashi Kishimoto, first appeared in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump comic anthology fifteen years ago, when the author was only 25. He recently had his 40th birthday, on November 8th. According to Anime News Network, the series had more than 200 million copies in print as of September this year: 130 million were sold in Japan and 75 million in 35 countries worldwide. The story is about a whimsical yet remarkably persistent teenage ninja, Naruto, who – despite having been a dropout with a very tough past – strives to become the greatest ninja to ever have lived. Armed with infallible optimism, Naruto experiences...  read more

Pyongyang continues to improve nuclear tech unfettered

On April 25th, the BBC published an article entitled, “How advanced is North Korea's nuclear programme?” The verdict was: despite some uncertainty, it is advanced, but their nuclear warhead technology is probably not small enough to fit onto a missile. At the time, it also remained unclear whether...  read more

Colossal eruption could obliterate Japan

  Earth sciences professor Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and associate professor Keiko Suzuki of Kōbe University recently released a study showing that in the worst case scenario, a colossal eruption within the next century could kill all Japan's population of 127 million, the Wall Street Journal,...  read more

Tritium levels increase tenfold at Fukushima after Typhoon Phanfone tears through Japan

On Saturday, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced that the groundwater collected from a well in proximity of the Fukushima No. 1 plant contained levels of radioactive tritium 10 times greater than those recorded two days eariler. The latest report measured 150,000 becquerels (a unit...  read more

Turning the tides of fate: Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement in a nutshell

In classical Chinese thought, time was not considered linear: like the rise and fall of dynasties it was viewed as cyclical. Master Zhuang Zhou, a philosopher who lived in the 4th century BC famously wrote: “Time cannot be arrested. The succession of decline, growth, fullness, and emptiness...  read more

Popular new manga "Ichiefu" offers account of workers lives at Fukushima power plant

One of the things Japan has long excelled at is alluring people to it via cultural seduction – something Joseph Nye denominated “soft power”. From its rich literature to its tea ceremony to martial arts, Japan seems to have a natural affinity for making people become infatuated,...  read more

Massive railway strike ends as Park administration faces new challenges

Starting on December 9th, about 8,700 workers from the Korea Railroad Corp. union went on strike to protest the government’s recent plan to establish a subsidiary for KORAIL’s new bullet train, in the Suseo district of Seoul. The plan was widely believed to be the precursor to train...  read more