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Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

Feb 08, 2013

Wiped out city waits for Tokyo to wake up

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It has been almost two years since much of Tohoku’s coastline was wiped out by tsunami on March 11. Gone are many of the destroyed buildings and vehicles that served as reminders of the horror and tragedy caused by the monster earthquake in the ...

Work begins on Pompeii's $142 million makeover

Feb 08, 2013

Work begins on Pompeii's $142 million makeover

Conservation workers at the long-neglected Roman city of Pompeii began a €105 million ($142 million) makeover partly funded by the EU on Wednesday, a day after former site managers were put under investigation for corruption. The project, which is being funded to the tune ...

2013 a year for whom the snake tolls

Feb 08, 2013

2013 a year for whom the snake tolls

A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more “Gangnam Style” success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the Year of the Snake, according to soothsayers. Those who make predictions based on the study of feng shui are influential in ...

China provocation slammed

Feb 08, 2013

China provocation slammed

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Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera warns China that it may have violated the United Nations Charter when its warships locked their fire-control radars on a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and helicopter last month and calls for setting up a hotline between Tokyo and Beijing.

Pakistan to build theme park in bin Laden town

Feb 08, 2013

Pakistan to build theme park in bin Laden town

Pakistan is planning to build a $30 million amusement park in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs, officials said Monday. The 20-hectare riverside development on the edge of Abbottabad, where the al-Qaida leader was shot dead in May ...

Feb 08, 2013

Filipinos hope for coconut water craze windfall

Struggling Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the U.S. pop star’s endorsement of coconut water may help substantially improve her life. After centuries of replenishing Filipinos, the mineral-rich liquid has become a must-have health drink thanks to aggressive marketing by ...

Panetta urges restraint by Beijing on territory rows

Feb 08, 2013

Panetta urges restraint by Beijing on territory rows

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urges China to tone down its stance on its territorial disputes with neighboring countries, saying Beijing should cooperate with the United States, Japan and other nations to ensure peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Feb 08, 2013

Mr. Kerry's challenges

Mr. John Kerry has been confirmed as the United States secretary of state and has officially taken office. Although his predecessor, Ms. Hillary Clinton, left a big legacy to live up to, the five-term senator from Massachusetts is well suited for the job. Mr. ...

Feb 08, 2013

Breaking past the tired old plot with Pyongyang

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. North Korea decides, for whatever reason, that it is time to once again challenge the international community by conducting missile and nuclear tests. It announces a “satellite launch” and proceeds, despite international condemnation and warnings of ...

Feb 08, 2013

'Abenomic' hopes and fears

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“Abenomics” is now a buzzword at home and abroad. Even before taking office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had strongly demanded that the Bank of Japan take action to end deflation and set an inflation target that would drive the yen lower. He had gone ...

Feb 08, 2013

Documentary on stubborn tsunami survivor opens next week

A documentary about an elderly man who lost his home to the massive tsunami following the March 2011 earthquake and eventually succeeded in building a new one in the same neighborhood will open Feb. 16 in theaters across Japan. Directed by Kaoru Ikeya, 54, ...

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

Feb 08, 2013

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

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When she hears the phrase “a sense of home,” filmmaker Michale Boganim always endures a wave of sadness. “Home can mean a whole lot of things, but to me it has connotations of displacement and loss,” she tells The Japan Times. “I come from ...

Theater groups play together

Feb 08, 2013

Theater groups play together

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Fresh from a U.S. tour, “Zero Cost House,” the first international collaboration work between Yokohama’s Chelfitsch company and Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company (PITC), opens at Kanagawa Arts Theatre next week with its original U.S. cast. One of the few high-profile Japanese dramatists on ...

Modigliani lover portrait sells for $42.3 million

Feb 08, 2013

Modigliani lover portrait sells for $42.3 million

A portrait by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani of his lover Jeanne Hebuterne went under the hammer in London on Wednesday for £26.9 million ($42.3 million), Christie’s auction house said. The final price for the 1919 portrait, “Jeanne Hebuterne (Wearing a Hat)” was well more ...

Feb 08, 2013

JOC starts abuse probe of national sports federations

In response to allegations of physical and verbal abuse in the national women’s judo team, the Japanese Olympic Committee on Thursday began investigating abuse in its other affiliated federations, with 13 of the bodies questioned telling media they were free of abuse. For two ...