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53 articles published/printed


Ex-cop off hook for Akashi '01 fatal crush

Feb 21, 2013

Ex-cop off hook for Akashi '01 fatal crush

The Kobe District Court dismissesd a case against a former senior police officer over a 2001 fatal mass crush after a fireworks display in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, because the statute of limitations has expired.

Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

Feb 21, 2013

Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

by Jun Hongo

The economy may be heating up, the weather outside may be chilly, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sticks to the middle of the road: lukewarm water. In a Tuesday Facebook entry from the prime minister’s office, Abe wrote that the contents of the thermos ...

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

Feb 21, 2013

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

by Hiroko Nakata

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization on Wednesday unveiled a series of robots and systems to help deal with disasters such as the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and reduce the danger for workers. The robots, developed under a one-year project, ...

Feb 21, 2013

Avoiding a currency war

The Group of 20 ministers' communique urges member countries, including Japan, to avoid actions aimed at lowering the value of their currencies.

Paul Delvaux's stuff of dreams

Feb 21, 2013

Paul Delvaux's stuff of dreams

by C.B. Liddell

Once you see the paintings of Paul Delvaux you are unlikely to forget them. The dreamlike mood and quaint atmosphere is unique and hypnotic. But where does the mysterious power of his art come from? The exhibition “Paul Delvaux: Dream Odyssey” at the Museum ...

The future of fabrics woven with the past

Feb 21, 2013

The future of fabrics woven with the past

by Mio Yamada

The textile work of Junichi Arai is renowned for its complexity and innovation. Often three-dimensional in nature, his fabrics appear as undulating landscapes of puckering, crumpling, puffs, pleats and protruding felted yarns. Many of them glimmer with metallic or translucent sheens, some seem understated ...

Creative-content agency helps Korean music abroad

Feb 21, 2013

Creative-content agency helps Korean music abroad

by Shawn Despres

Regardless of whether you are a bigger-name draw or a smaller, emerging band, planning — and more importantly financing — international gigs is no easy task. But since last year, things have gotten a bit easier for Korean acts touring abroad. In March 2012, ...

Redefining conventions of the play

Feb 21, 2013

Redefining conventions of the play

by Nobuko Tanaka

Without doubt, Takahiro Fujita is the most prominent newcomer in the world of Japanese contemporary theater. To a considerable extent that’s because the 27-year-old playwright/director has an unusual trademark style — to create works that often have the same lyrical phrases and series of ...