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Schools to close but their songs go on

Jan 25, 2013

Schools to close but their songs go on

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Music has played an important role in easing the pain of many people in the Tohoku region whose lives were affected by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. But for Sendai-based violinist Satoko Sato and pianist Mitsuhiro Sakakibara, performing for the survivors ...

'12 trade deficit at record ¥6.9 trillion

Jan 25, 2013

'12 trade deficit at record ¥6.9 trillion

Japan logged a record trade deficit of ¥6.93 trillion last year, up 2.7-fold from 2011, as exports shrank amid the territorial dispute with China and fossil fuel imports soared, the government reports.

Jan 25, 2013

Faults may void Tepco's Niigata plant

Some of the faults running under the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa atomic plant, the world's biggest nuclear power complex, could be considered active under the new regulator's safety standards.

'Minasan, Sayonara (See You Tomorrow, Everyone)'

Jan 25, 2013

'Minasan, Sayonara (See You Tomorrow, Everyone)'

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Those directors who return to the same theme over and over commonly use the same actor to embody it. Akira Kurosawa cast Toshiro Mifune as the intense hero in film after film about masculine, if not always traditionally macho, heroism. Juzo Itami starred wife ...

A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous

Jan 25, 2013

A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous

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Monsters and runaways aren’t usually the kinds of problems teenagers face, but a Tokyo-based theater troupe thinks these are the kinds of conundrums that await teenage monks. This weekend, the troupe Tateyoko Kikaku will present two works that are part of a series of ...

Undefeated yokozuna Harumafuji inches closer to title

Jan 25, 2013

Undefeated yokozuna Harumafuji inches closer to title

Harumafuji took apart Kotoshogiku and closed in on his third championship title in four meets Thursday as chief rival and fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho crashed to a second loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Harumafuji watched Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu (7-5) topple Hakuho ...