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Feb 24, 2013

Academy Awards rebranded as 'The Oscars'

They are the climax of Hollywood’s awards season, the 85th Academy Awards — except officially they’re not. This year, they’ve been rebranded as “The Oscars.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes Tinseltown’s biggest awards, did not confirm the change ...

Bollywood star: immediate change to keep women safe

Feb 24, 2013

Bollywood star: immediate change to keep women safe

Bollywood star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has called for “immediate” action to protect women in India following the fatal gang-rape of a student that horrified the country. The vicious attack by a group of drunken men on a 23-year-old medical student ...

Feb 24, 2013

Delving into desperation over babies

by Ben East

ORIGINS OF LOVE, by Kishwar Desai. Simon & Schuster, 2013, 496 pp., £7.99 (paperback) Kishwar Desai calls her novels social thrillers; books set in the beating heart of modern-day India that lay bare its caldron of inequalities, injustices and cultural traditions. The first, 2010′s ...

Beyond a shadow of doubt in new Higashino mystery

Feb 24, 2013

Beyond a shadow of doubt in new Higashino mystery

by Stephen Mansfield

SALVATION OF A SAINT, by Keigo Higashino. Little Brown, 2013, 376 pp., £12.99 (hardcover) When the pregnant lover of a murder victim receives the sympathetic ministrations from the deceased’s wife at the funeral service, you know you are in no ordinary emotional terrain. This ...

Recommended reading

Feb 24, 2013

Recommended reading

by Stephen Mansfield

Donald Richie was a scrupulous writer who paid finite attention to language and content. The following are 10 outstanding choices — titles that should be on any discerning readers’ bookshelf. “Tokyo: A View of the City” (1999) Here Richie manages to give the impression ...

Feb 24, 2013

The champion of Ozu's masterwork "Tokyo Story"

by Tadao Sato

Nowadays, the name of the Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is known throughout the world. But it wasn’t always like this — and it might never have been, without the efforts of Donald Richie. After Ozu’s masterpiece “Tokyo Story” was released in 1953, ...

Japan's vegetarians stay in the closet

| Feb 24, 2013

Japan's vegetarians stay in the closet

by Philip Brasor

Last week, entertainment-related media in the U.S. reported that the American Broadcasting Corporation had rejected an advertisement the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wanted to air during the Academy Awards ceremony, which takes place early tomorrow morning Tokyo time.

Sharing films with a master critic

Feb 24, 2013

Sharing films with a master critic

by Mark Schilling

Donald Richie was my friend and mentor for more than 20 years and my inspiration before that. When I was preparing to come to Japan for the first time in 1975, I read many books about the place, but Donald’s masterpiece “The Inland Sea” ...

Spring training in Mukojima

| Feb 24, 2013

Spring training in Mukojima

by Kit Nagamura

It’s hard to think of February as springlike, what with snowfalls, freezing winds and a dusting of dead leaves everywhere. But I know from experience that the intrepid Prunus mume, or plum tree, blooms this month, and a trek to see some blossoms seems ...

Feb 23, 2013

Sharp to drop Hon Hai tieup talks

Ailing Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. will cut off stalled capital tieup talks with Taiwanese business partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and give priority to capital alliance negotiations with another firm.