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Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan adapting to times

  KYOTO, Japan (AP) — Successful businesses shine for a few years, then nimbler competitors outwit them in a constant cycle that spans being feted to forgotten in less than a generation. But Japan has something different: thousands of companies that have prospered for centuries. Japan has more old companies …

Quote of the Day

“We weren’t going to have a summit for the sake of appearances, and there wasn’t an agenda that was ripe.” BENJAMIN J. RHODES, deputy national security adviser, on the canceled meeting between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin. Quotation of the Day for Thursday, August 8, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

It’s a Natural Gas, Gas, Gas – NYTimes.com

I’m a biologist with a federal agency. My family owns land in northeast Pennsylvania. A portion is owned outright by my mother, who has entered into a contract with a natural-gas company to allow drilling on the property. Royalties from the gas extraction allow her to live comfortably in retirement. …

Betting the Homeroom – NYTimes.com

My school charged a dollar for students to bet, or “predict,” which team would win the Super Bowl. It was $1 for one team, and if you won, you would get a candy bar. If you bet $3, you could choose both teams and guarantee your candy bar. Is this …

There Goes the Neighborhood – NYTimes.com

A co-worker of mine saw a van plow into two parked cars. She wrote down the license plate number as the van drove away, but when she pulled up alongside it, she recognized the driver — a known criminal in her neighborhood who is always armed and has a very …