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Armed drones stir debate in pacifist Germany

Feb 14, 2013

Armed drones stir debate in pacifist Germany

by Michael Birnbaum

The debate over the legality of drone warfare is stretching from Capitol Hill into the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate, as Germany considers purchasing armed drones for the first time. Ever since World War II, Germany has been skeptical about military deployments, mindful of ...

Facing up to a great Valentine's Day gift

Feb 14, 2013

Facing up to a great Valentine's Day gift

by Mayu Yoshida

Hoping to make this year’s Valentine’s Day unforgettable, some young women will surprise their loved ones by giving chocolates molded from their faces. The FabCafe, located in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, recently held a two-day workshop where women had their faces 3-D scanned to make ...

Truck driver held over train wreck

Feb 14, 2013

Truck driver held over train wreck

Police on Wednesday arrested a truck driver for allegedly causing a six-car passenger train to derail the day before in Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture, leaving 15 people injured. All six cars of the Sanyo Electric Railway Co. train left the tracks. Keiichiro Endo, 36, was ...

Junko Koshino lends style to Sao Paulo Carnival group

Feb 14, 2013

Junko Koshino lends style to Sao Paulo Carnival group

Prominent avant-garde fashion designer Junko Koshino took part behind the scenes in this year’s Sao Paulo Carnival as a designer of the costumes for the Barroca Zona Sul samba school, which took center stage early Tuesday. The Osaka-born stylist, world famous for designing costumes ...

Obama stakes second term on ambitious reforms

Feb 14, 2013

Obama stakes second term on ambitious reforms

President Barack Obama on Tuesday wagered his second term on an ambitious bid to strengthen America at home by reigniting its economic engine, cutting gun killings and fixing a broken immigration system. Focusing his State of the Union address squarely on domestic priorities, Obama ...

Abe, Lee vow unity against North Korean threat

Feb 14, 2013

Abe, Lee vow unity against North Korean threat

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said Wednesday that they will coordinate closely with each other and the United States in dealing with North Korea, which conducted its third nuclear test Tuesday, a Japanese official said. Speaking by telephone, ...

Hollowing-out hurting factory ranks

Feb 14, 2013

Hollowing-out hurting factory ranks

The nation’s once-thriving manufacturing sector saw its total workforce fall below 10 million for the first time in 51 years in December — down sharply from an October 1992 peak, when it employed just over 16 million, government data has shown. With 9.98 million ...

Driven to shoot on the frontlines

Feb 14, 2013

Driven to shoot on the frontlines

by C.B. Liddell

The camera never lies — or does it? The double-barreled exhibition now on at the Yokohama Museum of Art suggests that it doesn’t always tell the truth either. “Two Photographers: Robert Capa Centennial/ Gerda Taro Retrospective” is a time-traveling trip back to the middle ...

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

Feb 14, 2013

Colo brings tribes together in Osaka

by Erik Luebs

It’s December and small flocks of young, creative-looking types are making their way to a shipyard in Osaka’s Namura district. Tucked among an expanse of otherwise drab warehouses there is Creative Center Osaka, and tonight is “Hot Docks 2,” an art and music spectacle. ...

Breathing life into the forgotten and neglected

Feb 14, 2013

Breathing life into the forgotten and neglected

by Matthew Larking

Painter Daisuke Fukunaga (b.1981) states: “If the world is the stage of a theater, I want to paint the bustle of the things waiting behind the blackout curtain rather than the heroine.” His motifs are of things forgotten and neglected, but unlike his earlier ...

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

Feb 14, 2013

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

by Shaun Mckenna

My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe manned the decks for a rare DJ set at a Tokyo Indie event in Tokyo on Friday. The acclaimed alt-rock band was in Japan to play sold-out shows in Osaka and Tokyo in support of its new album ...

Go with the flow from representational to abstract

Feb 14, 2013

Go with the flow from representational to abstract

by Matthew Larking

For five years starting in 2007, Shinpei Kusanagi (b.1973) made monthly serialized paintings to accompany installments of Teru Miyamoto’s novel “Mizu no Katachi” (“The Shape of Water”) in the magazine éclat. Text and image had little to do with one another, though the small, ...

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Feb 14, 2013

Japan wrestling head not ready to give up fight

Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport’s governing body has failed to give “clear reasons” for why wrestling is being removed. Fukuda said the fight ...

Sharapova, Serena advance in Doha

Feb 14, 2013

Sharapova, Serena advance in Doha

by Jack Gallagher

Third seed Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday night with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Caroline Garcia of France. Sharapova, who had a first-round bye, broke Garcia’s serve in the opening game of the match ...