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Beating the bullies: Tackling 'ijime' in Japan

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I'm a big fan of the way Japanese people conduct themselves and deal with others. Their kindness, perseverance, dedication, sense of community and self-discipline are all traits that the rest of the world would do well to observe and follow. However, there is a darker side to the Japanese psyche… Read

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Why we need Ariana Grande to keep singing

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Like so many people around the world, I’ve been struggling to process the horrific news about the Manchester Arena explosion on May 22. Any form of terrorism that maims and kills is unforgivable but it is particularly abhorrent when it targets the young. Ariana Grande has legions of children and… Read

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Just say no when it comes to hosting Olympics

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It never figured to end well for Rio. Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of the city. Trying to recover from them may be impossible. Nine months after hosting the world's best athletes in a flawed — and mostly joyless — Olympics, Rio has little to show for the… Read

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Europe's rising tide of attacks show diminishing political effect

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that Islamic State was quick to claim responsibility for Monday’s suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people. As its last territory in Iraq’s second city of Mosul falls to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and its Syrian capital Raqqa is encircled, the group is increasingly desperate… Read

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What Trump gets wrong about the Middle East

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In his speech before dozens of Muslim leaders who had gathered in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, President Donald Trump toned down his harsh rhetoric against Islam and urged the leaders to “drive out” Islamic extremists from their societies. Trump even distinguished between the majority of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims,… Read

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Brexit: A green divorce

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Britain did not vote to leave the European Union for worse air pollution or a degraded natural environment. In fact, climate and environmental issues barely featured in the referendum campaign at all. But, nearly a year after the Brexit vote, the United Kingdom’s climate and environment policies have become a… Read

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Watch out in a world of connected objects

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The massive global cyberattack that wreaked havoc in computer systems earlier this month caused plenty of visible disruption, not least in Britain's National Health Service. But in the brave new inter-connected world heralded by the internet of things (IoT), so-called "ransomware" attacks could have as their source something quite mundane… Read

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Trump looks increasingly isolated in White House

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In the Trump White House, it’s getting lonely at the top. President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress are showing signs of going their own way, both on politics and policy, determined to salvage what they can of their agenda on healthcare and tax reform in the wake of one… Read

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Shed no tears for Sharapova in fight against doping

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Sometimes, the help in the fight against doping comes from the most unexpected places. French Open officials could easily have given Maria Sharapova an exemption to play in their tournament, now that she has finished a 15-month ban for doping. The decision to do so wouldn't have outraged many, since… Read

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Trump needs a lawyer

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If President Donald Trump wants to protect his own interests as the FBI and Congress move forward with investigations of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, he should hire a private lawyer to advise him, according to six lawyers with experience in the sort of mushrooming Washington… Read

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