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Kim signals a familiar, familial policy

| Feb 15, 2013

Kim signals a familiar, familial policy

In power for barely more than a year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has adhered overwhelmingly to the policies of his father, using a familiar mix of internal repression and nuclear showmanship while all but dashing hopes he would emerge as a Deng ...

Tohoku Electric to seek 11.4% household power rate hike

Feb 15, 2013

Tohoku Electric to seek 11.4% household power rate hike

Tohoku Electric Power Co. sought government approval Thursday to raise household electricity rates by an average of 11.41 percent from July 1 to offset its worsening business due to the shutdown of its atomic reactors due to the March 2011 megaquake, tsunami and nuclear ...

India's doctors using illegal sex-selection in own families

Feb 15, 2013

India's doctors using illegal sex-selection in own families

Some doctors’ families in India are having more sons than daughters, a new study in the U.S. journal Demography claims, implying that they, too, may be using illegal sex-selective practices that are thought to be widespread in the country. Female feticide among not only ...

Feb 15, 2013

Bill targets reckless cyclists, unlicensed drivers

The National Police Agency unveiled a bill Thursday that would crack down on repeat reckless bicyclists, unlicensed motorists and people who fail to disclose diseases such as epilepsy that could impair their driving. The bill to revise the 1960 Road Traffic Law would oblige ...

Guam suspect never violent, friend says

Feb 15, 2013

Guam suspect never violent, friend says

For a former schoolmate of Chad Ryan De Soto, the news about the 21-year-old allegedly driving his car into and stabbing Japanese tourists Tuesday night in a Guam tourist area was shocking not only because it was so horrible, but also because it was ...

Toyota top brand among Japanese firms globally

Feb 15, 2013

Toyota top brand among Japanese firms globally

Toyota Motor Corp. maintained first place in Japan’s Best Global Brands rankings for the fifth straight year, U.S. consulting firm Interbrand Corp. said Wednesday. Toyota was followed by Honda Motor Co. and Canon Inc. in the 2013 rankings. The top nine remained unchanged from ...

BOJ stands pat on monetary easing, ups assessment

Feb 15, 2013

BOJ stands pat on monetary easing, ups assessment

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The Bank of Japan on Thursday put off additional monetary easing while raising its assessment of the economy, saying it appears to have stopped weakening. After its two-day Policy Board meeting drew to a close, BOJ Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa told a news conference that ...

Feb 15, 2013

An export ban worth keeping

The Abe administration's letting Japanese companies produce parts for the U.S. F-35 jet fighter would risk gutting the nation's weapons export ban.

Feb 15, 2013

Improve reconstruction efforts

As of mid-January, at least 316,000 people were still living away from homes affected by the 3/11 quake-tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.

'Sado Tenpesuto'

Feb 15, 2013

'Sado Tenpesuto'

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Beginning with 2001’s “Ichiban Utsukushi Natsu (Firefly Dreams),” a Yasujiro Ozu-esque drama about a friendship that develops between a rebellious teenage girl and an elderly former actress in the countryside, John Williams has been directing films in Japan with Japanese talent that do not ...

'My film remixes 'The Tempest' '

Feb 15, 2013

'My film remixes "The Tempest" '

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A Welshman who moved to Nagoya in 1988 and has been based in Japan ever since, John Williams is the rare foreigner who has worked in the Japanese film industry in not only the usual facilitator roles, as line producer and translator, but has ...

'Zero Dark Thirty'

Feb 15, 2013

'Zero Dark Thirty'

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"Money shot" is a term that originally came from the pornographic-movie industry, referring to, ahem, a male actor fulfilling his contractual obligations.

'A Good Day to Die Hard'

Feb 15, 2013

'A Good Day to Die Hard'

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that if you had to see yet another 20th-century action star, alive and well and kicking ass for the benefit of the over-40s crowd — and that star is Bruce Willis, whom you can remember as having ...