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Hey JapanToday listeners. I’m taking some time off this week with my family in town. However, this week, I’m presenting two Asia Now episodes still relevant to the region. I’ll be back next week with a regular episode.

To begin this week’s special podcast, I’m presenting an interview I conducted…

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A man was shot dead by police and another detained after a knife attack at a Chinese train station which left nine people wounded Friday, police said.

The incident at the main station in Guangzhou happened as China's communist-controlled parliament meets in Beijing and just over a year after a…

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Canadian number one Milos Raonic will take on Tatsuma Ito on Friday in the opening match of Canada's Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Japan.

The big-serving Raonic, who is ranked sixth in the world, will be followed on court by team-mate Vasek Pospisil, who will face world number…

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"Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" actor Harrison Ford was injured Thursday when his small plane crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, media reports and officials said.

The 72-year-old suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of a vintage two-seater plane, according to…

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David Mitchell remembers the day he read the memoir of a 13-year-old boy with autism -- hailing it a "revelatory godsend" that offered a window on the life of his own autistic son.

The best-selling author of "Cloud Atlas" said Naoki Higashida was "one of the most helpful and practical…

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NATO and Russia exchanged heated language reminiscent of Cold War days on Thursday with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

NATO's top U.S. civilian official, Alexander Vershbow, said Thursday that "an angry, revisionist Russia" was stopping at little to re-establish its…

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Boko Haram fighters killed 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants began amassing in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible fight-back by military forces.

The atrocity in Njaba, some 50 kilometers from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, happened at dawn on Tuesday and also…

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The 31 largest banks in the United States passed the first phase of regulatory stress tests, the Federal Reserve announced Thursday.

But the three leading investment banks Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley were among the worst performers, mainly because of their greater exposures to capital markets.

In tests…

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The Bank of Japan should give itself more time to achieve its ambitious price target, board member Takahide Kiuchi said Thursday, warning that an appropriate level of inflation for Japan is currently lower than the bank's 2% target.

The remarks by Kiuchi, who has long been skeptical of the central…

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The surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, marked the day the United States entered World War II. Over three thousand Americans lost their lives in the attack and in 1962 the USS Arizona Memorial was constructed over the sunken battle ship USS Arizona to remember those…

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