Tag: Japan

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Lands on Ryugu Asteroid

[embedded content] What did Hayabusa2 do when it landed? Hayabusa2 tried to collect material from the rugged surface of the asteroid with a device called a sampler horn. To make small enough fragments, the spacecraft would have fired a projectile made of the metal tantalum — basically a bullet — […]

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童絵解万国噺: a wonderfully bizarre 19th century Japanese fanfic history of America

Japanese historian Nick Kapur unearthed “Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi” (童絵解万国噺), a wonderfully bizarre illustrated Japanese history of the USA from 1861, filled with fanciful depictions of allegedly great moments in US history, like “George Washington defending his wife ‘Carol’ from a British official named ‘Asura’ (same characters as the Buddhist deity).” They just get weirder […]

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Carlos Ghosn Says He’s the Victim of ‘Plot and Treason’ by Rivals at Nissan

TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn, the embattled auto executive indicted on charges of financial wrongdoing, says he was the victim of “plot and treason” by other Nissan leaders who wanted to thwart his plans to bring the automaker closer to its alliance partners, Renault of France and Mitsubishi Motors of Japan. […]

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Japanese Company Learns That Despite Its Best Efforts, Naomi Osaka Is Not a White Anime Character

Photo: Getty Japanese noodle company Nissin has pulled an ad egregiously whitewashing Haitian-Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. In the animated ad, the tennis star—who has proudly and repeatedly claimed both sides of her mixed-race heritage—has essentially had her skin bleached of all its melanin. Osaka’s nose has also been narrowed, […]

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Putin Quashes Japanese Hopes of End to Island Dispute

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday dashed Japanese hopes of a settlement to a territorial dispute that has festered since 1945, declaring after a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that there was still much “hard work” ahead. In his remarks to […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Tax Hike Idea Is Not About Soaking the Rich

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has kick-started a much-needed debate about taxes. But the debate, so far, has been misplaced. It’s obvious that the affluent — who’ve seen their earnings boom since 1980 while their taxes fell — can contribute more to the public coffers. And given the revenue needs of the country, […]

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Carlos Ghosn Is Denied Bail as Jail Stint Looks to Continue

TOKYO — For the second time in a week, a Japanese court has rejected a bail request by Carlos Ghosn, the former global auto chieftain who has spent more than two months in a Tokyo jail. A Japanese judge, after reviewing a request from Mr. Ghosn’s lawyers in which he […]

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Rare Rides: A Base Model Nissan Sentra Wagon From 1982

What’s Datsun, Nissan, and Sunny all over? It’s this pristine Nissan Sentra wagon, hailing from 1982. The Sunny line started back in 1966 as a compact car which touted fuel efficiency and economical motoring as its most important qualities. Intended as a competitor to the Toyota Corolla, it was introduced […]

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Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Is Denied Bail in Japan

TOKYO — A Tokyo court on Tuesday denied bail to Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman detained since November on allegations of financial misconduct. The embattled auto chief now faces two more months in a jail cell — and possibly longer — as his case heads to court. Mr. Ghosn, […]

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Carlos Ghosn Faces New Charges in Japan as Pressure Mounts

TOKYO — Japanese prosecutors brought fresh charges of financial wrongdoing on Friday against Carlos Ghosn, the embattled global auto chief who sits in a Tokyo jail. The new allegations raise the stakes in a showdown between Mr. Ghosn, until recently the head of the vast car-making alliance of Nissan, Renault […]

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Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in ‘Terror Attack’

Nine people are hurt after a driver deliberately rammed his vehicle into pedestrians in the Shibuya Ward in Tokyo on New Year’s Day in what the suspect told law enforcement was an act of terror, according to Japanese media. 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe was reportedly arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of attempted murder after plowing his rental car, […]

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Japan: Stop Slaughtering Whales

ImageA Baird’s beaked whale at a fishing port in Wada, southeast of Tokyo, in 2009.CreditShuji Kajiyama/Associated Press Japan, in many respects a model global citizen, has long been an outlier on whaling, an industry that most nations have abandoned as cruel, unnecessary and a danger to the survival of the […]

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The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the […]

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