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Guam eager to keep Japanese visitors coming

Feb 20, 2013

Guam eager to keep Japanese visitors coming

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The government of Guam is desperate to keep Japanese coming to the island despite last week’s attack that left three tourists dead and 11 people wounded. “It goes without saying,” Antonio Muna of the Guam Visitors Bureau said when asked if the U.S. territory, ...

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

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Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, ...

Feb 20, 2013

EU shoots down bid to arm Syrian rebels

Rejecting a push by Britain, European governments on Monday decided against providing weapons to Syrian rebel forces, expressing fears that more arms would only lead to more bloodshed in a conflict that already has taken nearly 70,000 lives. The decision, by European Union foreign ...

Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela

Feb 20, 2013

Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to his homeland on Monday after a 10-week convalescence in Cuba following cancer surgery, a long absence that had raised doubts among his opponents and even some supporters about who was running the oil-rich nation. “We ...

Indians allege army in war of rape, killing

Feb 20, 2013

Indians allege army in war of rape, killing

Tens of thousands of Indian troops are deployed to these remote borderlands, their mission to fight a decades-long armed separatist rebellion. But for years, residents of the area have alleged that security forces have also waged a separate war of rape and murder of ...

BOJ members troubled by 2% target: minutes

Feb 20, 2013

BOJ members troubled by 2% target: minutes

Some Bank of Japan policymakers pointed to the difficulty of achieving 2 percent inflation at their Jan. 21-22 meeting when the central bank decided to introduce the target, according to the minutes released Tuesday. Other Policy Board members, however, said it was “meaningful” to ...

Japanese seek jobs abroad amid tough home market

Feb 20, 2013

Japanese seek jobs abroad amid tough home market

Miki Hotta, 26, works in Jakarta as a reporter for a local Japanese-language newspaper after failing to land a job back in Japan with any of the firms she contacted. Hotta started job hunting in September 2008 as a Nagoya college junior, and sent ...

Feb 20, 2013

Making senior facilities safer

Japan's central and local governments must find out why fires at four group homes for the elderly have resulted in at least 28 deaths since 2006.

Feb 20, 2013

Stopping the economy's slide

The reported decrease in Japan's real GDP for October-December, compared with the previous quarter, marks the third consecutive quarterly decline.

Ozawa to make comeback at Nagano festival

Feb 20, 2013

Ozawa to make comeback at Nagano festival

World-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa will make a comeback in August at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, conducting French composer Maurice Ravel’s opera “The Child and the Spells,” the festival’s organizing committee said. The 77-year-old maestro will conduct the Saito Kinen Orchestra on Aug. 23, ...

Kurosawa, collaborators receive Hollywood honor

Feb 20, 2013

Kurosawa, collaborators receive Hollywood honor

The late filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and three of his collaborators were honored by the Writers Guild of America, West at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday for their contributions to screenwriting. Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, all deceased, and Shinobu Hashimoto were honored ...

Feb 20, 2013

200-day countdown event held for Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid

The Tokyo Olympic bid committee held a commemorative event Tuesday to mark 200 days before the vote to decide the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The event was held jointly with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the international terminal ...