Articles by Eric Talmadge

Sommelier Robot Can Sniff Through Bottles

  • 06 September 06
  • The Associated Press
The ability to discern good wine from bad, name the specific brand from a tiny sip and recommend a complementary cheese would seem to be about as human a skill as there is. In Japan, robots are doing it.

Afghan Parliament Is Inagurated

  • 20 December 05
  • The Associated Press
Afghanistan inaugurated its first popularly elected parliament in more than three decades Monday, a major step toward democracy following the ouster of the hard-line Taliban.

Scientists Observe Live Giant Squid

  • 29 September 05
  • The Associated Press
When a nearly 6-meter-long tentacle was hauled aboard his research ship, Tsunemi Kubodera knew he had something big.

Japan Finance Chief Axed in Cabinet Purge

  • 23 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi named a new Cabinet Monday, replacing several key members -- including his ailing finance minister -- in a bid to consolidate his power and breathe new life into his promises to turn around Japan's sickly economy.

Japan, China Jockey for Siberian Crude

  • 27 June 03
  • The Associated Press
For energy-hungry Japan, it would be a major coup -- a multibillion-dollar pipeline pumping at least 1 million barrels of oil a day out of Siberia to the Sea of Japan coast.

Japan Anxious for Siberian Energy

  • 13 January 03
  • The Associated Press
Hoping to open Siberia's vast oil reserves Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi wrapped up his four-day visit to Russia with a stopover in Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Kidnapped Japanese Finally Return Home

  • 16 October 02
  • The Associated Press
Tuesday's homecoming was tempered by concerns about the abductees' future and outrage over the deaths of eight others.

Mad Cow Fears Hit Japan's Beef Market

  • 29 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Hiromichi Murakami stands beside a glistening, 450-kilogram carcass that once was the Japanese cattle farmer's equivalent of gold -- a near perfect hunk of Matsusaka beef.

Mir's Fall From Orbit Has Japan Worried

  • 23 February 01
  • The Associated Press
When Russia brings the Mir space station down to Earth in March it may fall on a populous swath of Japan.

Mystics Take the Heat on Firewalk

A Marriage of East and West in Tokyo Trend

Europe, Japan Lay Plans For Return to the Moon

Record Oil Spill Taints Tokyo Bay

Ambassador To Peru Quits Post

$5 Million Roach: A Bionic Vermin

272 Survive, 3 Die in Japan Jet Crash

Japan Hears of Cult's Deathly World

Tokyo Resembles War Zone as Trial Begins

Tokyo Police Clean Out Shantytown

Hiroshima 50 Years On: 'It Isn't Over'

Experts Warn of Heightened Quake Activity

Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Cult 'Master'

Gas Triggers Panic in Yokohama Train Station

Top Cult Investigator Injured in Gun Attack

Were Police Targeted in Gas Attack?

Victims of Japan's Subway Terror