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“Picture Bride” – The Serialized Novel

Editor’s note: We continue Michael G. Malaghan’s serialized historical novel, “Picture Bride,” based on the Japanese immigrant experience. Malaghan’s trilogy will take readers from turn-of-the-20th-century-Japan to Hawai‘i in the picture bride era; the Islands...
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U.S. Travel Magazine Lists KYÖTO Tops In World’s Best City Ranking

KYÖTO — According to the website of the U.S. magazine, Travel + Leisure, readers ranked Kyöto first in a 2014 poll of the world’s best cities. An ancient Japanese capital, Kyöto is known for...
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Court Rejects Foreign Words Suit Against NHK

NAGOYA — The Nagoya District Court has turned down a suit for damages filed by a 72-year-old man who argued that public broadcaster NHK caused him emotional distress by using too many foreign words...
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Lafcadio Hearn Gallery Opens in Greece

LEFKADA, Greece — A gallery to commemorate works by writer Lafcadio Hearn, who devoted his life to introducing Japan to the West in the 19th century, opened recently in his birth town in western...
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Conductor Seiiji Ozawa Conducts in Europe

ROLLE, Switzerland — For the first time in about three years, Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa picked up his baton to lead a group of young string players from the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in...
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Summer Tax Savings

Having just enjoyed the 4th of July weekend just about a month ago, one thing is certain: Summer is here! I don’t know where all the time is going, but 2014 is flying by...
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The American World Order

Geir Lundestad, a Norwegian scholar, once categorized the American world order after 1945 as an “empire by invitation.” Its proponents have argued that by fostering multilateral institutions and allowing access to power for other...
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Is a New Social Security Card In Your Cards?

To help combat the rising threat of fraud and identity theft, Social Security will no longer issue Social Security number printouts beginning this month. If you need written confirmation of your Social Security number...
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How to Use Your New Health Insurance

If you are one of the millions of Americans who recently obtained health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance — also known as CHIP — here are...
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Spring In The Heart

Victor Hugo in his old age said, " Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."  If you have the spirit of youth with its courage, adventure and enthusiasm, you...

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