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'Life of Pi'

Jan 25, 2013

'Life of Pi'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of author Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning “Life of Pi” feels almost like two films sandwiched into one. In the core, you have the succulent special-effects-driven story of a young Indian survivor of a shipwreck who’s adrift in a lifeboat ...

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

Jan 25, 2013

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

by Mark Schilling

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 ...

Jan 25, 2013

Medical, agriculture decontrols planned

A government regulatory reform panel, which was revived Thursday after nearly three years, will prioritize deregulating the medical, farm and energy sectors to remove obstacles to the nation’s economic growth strategy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed regulation reform council, headed by Motoyuki Oka, adviser ...

Schools to close but their songs go on

Jan 25, 2013

Schools to close but their songs go on

by Setsuko Kamiya

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 ...

Jan 25, 2013

Mitsubishi Heavy plans new aircraft plant in Aichi

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. plans to erect a new plant so its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., can produce a new small jet currently under development, company sources said Thursday. Mitsubishi Heavy intends to secure a 7.8-hectare site neighboring an airport in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, ...

Jan 25, 2013

Abe brings back education reform panel from 2006

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe started discussions Thursday on education reform, which he says is essential for building a stronger nation. “To re-create a strong Japan, it is essential to revive the education of the children who will be responsible for the ...

Jan 25, 2013

IMF still sees growth, recession or no

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday left its growth estimate for the Japanese economy this year steady at 1.2 percent despite the latest recession, after determining that the stimulative extra budget will likely spur a temporary recovery in the short term. “The recession is ...

Myanmar urges small firms to invest

Jan 25, 2013

Myanmar urges small firms to invest

Myanmar is eager to receive direct investment from small and medium-sized enterprises from Japan instead of just waiting for major corporations to invest, said the chief political adviser to Myanmar President Thein Sein. “What we need is the quick doers who will make business ...

Abe keeps options open on BOJ law, TPP, vows Fukushima help

Jan 25, 2013

Abe keeps options open on BOJ law, TPP, vows Fukushima help

The government is still looking to revise the Bank of Japan Law to ensure the central bank keeps easing monetary policy and helps revive the country’s economy struggling under deflation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. Given the need for continued bold monetary easing, ...