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Japanese girl says school forced her to dye hair black

TOKYO: A Japanese teenager is suing the government of Osaka, saying her public high school repeatedly forced her to dye her naturally brown hair black or be banned from attending school, local media reported on Friday. In a lawsuit filed in Osaka District Court, the 18-year-old girl said her mother informed Kaifukan School in Habikino city upon her enrolment that […]

Nikkei hits 21-year high as banks, tech stocks firm

A woman walks past an electronic board showing the graphs of the recent movements of Japan‘s Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo on Monday. (Reuters photo) TOKYO: Japan‘s Nikkei share average surged more than 1% to a fresh 21-year high on Friday, led by banking shares as US yields remained high and by tech shares after their US counterparts […]

19 million people offered funeral flowers for Rama IX

A mourner weeps as she lays a sandalwood flower at the replica of the royal crematorium in Kanchanaburi on Oct 26. More than 19 million people across the country lay funeral flowers in tribute to the late monarch, including 2.96 million people in Bangkok. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen) More than 19 million people across the country made offerings of funeral […]

New questions, searches greet travellers flying to US

A traveller walks with her luggage after exiting the customs and immigration area at the international arrivals terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday. (AP photo) CHICAGO: Some were asked their hobbies and packing habits. Others were queried about what they do for a living. There were lines for security interviews and searches of carry-on bags. The first passengers […]