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The Dalai Lama and Dr. Kazuko: A 47-Year Friendship

Dharamshala, India. Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura and I had an audience with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, yesterday. They have been friends for almost fifty years; she was the first to bring Tibetan cultural performances to the U.S. and invite H.H. to tour Japan. Looking back, they were then 35 and […]

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China to Militarize Coast Guard amid Maritime Rivalry from U.S.

Taipei, Taiwan. Beijing is placing its coast guard under military command to warn foreign nations, including the United States, against interfering with its control over the disputed South China Sea, experts say. This change, effective July 1, follows the passage of U.S. navy vessels through the sea seven times since U.S. President Donald Trump took […]

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U.S. Opens New De-Facto Embassy in Taiwan, Angering China

Washington, D.C. The United States has opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Taiwan that serves as Washington’s de facto embassy in the self-ruled island that Beijing claims is part of its territory. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce were among the dignitaries on hand for Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony for […]

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Calls for China to Face Ghosts of its Past on Tiananmen Anniversary

Beijing, China. The United States has added its voice to international calls for China’s communist-led government to give a full public accounting of those who were killed, detained or went missing during the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. In a bold statement from Washington to mark […]

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Nepal’s Quake-Damaged Museums Re-Open Thanks to Cultural Agency

New York, N.Y. More than a year since the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015, through the combined work of the United Nations cultural agency and its partners, some of the country’s notable museums and institutions, including the National Museum, and the National Art Gallery are once again open and visitors […]

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ISIS Presence in Predominantly Muslim Indonesia Growing

Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian officials estimate there are between 200 and 300 IS sympathizers in country. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for carrying out Thursday’s coordinated bomb and gun attacks in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta that left seven people dead, including all five attackers. Jakarta Skyline. Photo: Yohanes Budiyanto / Wikipedia. According to reports, IS has been recruiting in […]

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All Chinese Infrastructure Projects to Proceed, Sri Lanka Says

Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s government said Thursday that it would go ahead with billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese projects, almost a year after declaring it would cancel them because of corruption and overpricing. The Hambantota District in the Southern Province was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and is undergoing a number of major […]

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Thanksgiving: Beautiful Japanese Grandmother and Her Cat

Chiba, Japan.  When I studied at Waseda University, Tokyo, in the 1980’s I lived with a family in Chiba Prefecture and commuted into the city.  All around our suburban home were the original farms such as shown in this beautiful story below.  My grandmothers, Irene Dudley Simpson Alleman and Agnes Foote Luce, are long gone […]

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