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Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

Nov 30, 2012

Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

by Mizuho Aoki

Tokyo is about to get its first new governor in almost 14 years, and whoever wins the Dec. 16 election will have to fill the shoes of Shintaro Ishihara, who leaves behind a legacy both positive and negative. The 80-year-old Ishihara, who now heads ...

Ex-envoy calls for 'mature' diplomacy

Nov 30, 2012

Ex-envoy calls for 'mature' diplomacy

Masatoshi Muto, Japan’s ambassador to South Korea when bilateral tensions spiked over the Takeshima territorial dispute this summer, is calling for a “mature relationship between adults” in which bilateral cooperation can be advanced where possible. To help improve the frayed ties between the two ...

6,300 Hokkaido households still without power

Nov 30, 2012

6,300 Hokkaido households still without power

Around 6,300 households in Hokkaido were still without electricity in freezing temperatures Thursday night after a snowstorm cut power to as many as 56,000 households in the prefecture the previous day, local authorities and a regional utility said. Some 260 people whose heating equipment ...

'Skyfall'

Nov 30, 2012

'Skyfall'

by Giovanni Fazio

The 007 franchise has been around for 50 years now, and in that time we’ve seen the good, the bad and the Lazenby. The tendency has been, however, to view the success or failure of each movie as resting entirely on the actor playing ...

Nov 30, 2012

At 106, he's a fashion icon

A 106-year-old academic who has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to have traveled around the world using public transportation has received an award for best dresser. Saburo Shochi, professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education, received the honor at ...

Nov 30, 2012

EU greenlights talks on huge free-trade deal with Japan

European Union trade ministers agreed Thursday to launch negotiations on a mega-size free-trade deal with Japan despite bitter opposition from Europe’s struggling carmakers. “This is the first big step towards liberalizing trade between two of the world’s largest economies,” said Britain’s trade and investment ...

The gentleman in the tux and what he did for Japan

Nov 30, 2012

The gentleman in the tux and what he did for Japan

by Kaori Shoji

In 1967, James Bond made his official Japan debut in “You Only Live Twice”: The gentleman spy came to Tokyo and Fukuoka, saw some sumo, consorted with ninja and got intimate with two homegrown Bond girls. Directed by Lewis Gilbert, “You Only Live Twice” ...

Tokyo gubernatorial election a three-horse race

Nov 30, 2012

Tokyo gubernatorial election a three-horse race

by Jun Hongo

The Tokyo gubernatorial election campaign kicked off Thursday, with three main contenders vying for the post: Naoki Inose Thanks to the backing of former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, Inose appears to be the front-runner in the gubernatorial race. Before serving as vice governor under ...

Nov 30, 2012

Reconstruction HQ to be in J-Village

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will locate its reconstruction headquarters at the J-Village national soccer training center near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, sources said Thursday. The selection reflects Tepco’s intention to highlight its resolve to contain the crisis and make the headquarters a ...

Nov 30, 2012

Myanmar violently ends mine protest

Security forces cracked down on protesters occupying a copper mine in Myanmar early Thursday, using water cannons and other devices to break up the rally hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was expected to hear their grievances. Unexplained fires engulfed the protest ...

Nov 30, 2012

Kiyotake stars in Nuremberg victory

Hiroshi Kiyotake played a starring role as Nuremberg defeated Hoffenheim 4-2 to move away from the Bundesliga drop zone on Wednesday night. Kiyotake’s free kick was flicked in by Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy to put Nuremberg in front after six minutes and the Japan midfielder ...

Nov 30, 2012

Trial of Red Shirt leaders postponed in Thailand

A Thai court Thursday postponed the start of the terrorism trial of 24 leaders of Red Shirt protests that rocked Bangkok in 2010 until next month because one of the defendants is ill. The accused, who include five current lawmakers, could face the death ...