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Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

Feb 22, 2013

Already a huge hit, Line aims for SNS market

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The instant messaging app Line is already dominating the lives of young smartphone users in Japan and has spread rapidly elsewhere in the world, but its developer is eyeing even more aggressive growth. Unlike global giants like Facebook and Twitter, the nascent social networking ...

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

Feb 22, 2013

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

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The last words that a Fukushima dairy farmer said to his wife in the Philippines over the phone on the morning of June 10, 2011, was to make sure that she and their children ate well, stayed healthy and didn’t return to Japan. Later ...

Feb 22, 2013

Asteroid impact zone found in Aussie outback

Scientists have discovered a 200-km-wide impact zone in the Australian Outback they believe was caused by a massive asteroid smashing into Earth more than 300 million years ago. Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, said Wednesday the asteroid measuring 10 ...

Feb 22, 2013

Reform panel pulls its punches

It is regrettable that a Legislative Council advisory panel pulled its punches in recommending that a suspect's interrogation be electronically recorded.

Feb 22, 2013

The cybercrime challenge

The arrest this month of a 30-year-old man on suspicion of making anonymous threats by computer poses serious questions for the nation's police.

'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

Feb 22, 2013

'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

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Plenty of Japanese directors make films about socially awkward or marginal guys: Given all the on-screen examples (as well as their many real-life inspirations), it seems that the onetime country of the samurai has become the land of the otaku and freeter (unemployed or ...

Silver Linings Playbook

Feb 22, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook

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Sometimes life falls off its dreary grid and takes on the texture and flavor of strawberry chiffon cake. That’s kind of what happens when watching “Silver Linings Playbook”: The more this romantic comedy-drama about an ex-teacher with mental-health problems and the people around him ...

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Feb 22, 2013

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

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You’re fed up with your family, your upbringing, your school, your social class. You don’t fit in and are reminded of it. The rules and social norms that other people seem to follow so blindly seem to you phony, trite, suffocating. You develop an ...

Pavlicevic's magic helps Shimane sweep champ Ryukyu

Feb 22, 2013

Pavlicevic's magic helps Shimane sweep champ Ryukyu

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It’s a bit premature to say the Ryukyu Golden Kings need to push the panic button. Their 24-8 win-loss record is the league’s best (based on winning percentage), the same as the Yokohama B-Corsairs’ through Sunday. But after a magical 15-0 start, the reigning ...