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Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Mar 01, 2013

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday to protect Japanese territory and called on China to refrain from escalating tensions over the Senkaku Islands. In his first foreign policy address to the Diet, Kishida said there is no territorial issue to be resolved concerning the ...

Kumamon mascot sees surge in 2012 product sales

Mar 01, 2013

Kumamon mascot sees surge in 2012 product sales

Sales of products featuring Kumamon, the official black bear mascot for Kumamoto Prefecture, swelled to at least ¥29.36 billion in 2012, about 11 times more than the previous year, officials said. Taking advantage of the boom, prefectural officials said a Kumamon song — the ...

Phoenix Island, China's 'Dubai,' falls into property flames

Mar 01, 2013

Phoenix Island, China's 'Dubai,' falls into property flames

Focus It was billed as China’s Dubai: a cluster of sail-shaped skyscrapers on a man-made island surrounded by tropical sea, the epitome of an unprecedented property boom that transformed skylines across the country. But prices on Phoenix Island, off the palm tree-lined streets of ...

Mar 01, 2013

Top court to assess kids' inheritance limits

The Supreme Court's Grand Bench will examine two cases that question whether a Civil Code stipulation limiting inheritance rights of children born out of wedlock infringes on the Constitution, which guarantees equality for all under the law.

Mar 01, 2013

Tough road ahead for the DPJ

The Democratic Party of Japan, which suffered a severe setback in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, on Feb. 24 held a party convention aimed at laying the foundation for its resuscitation. Although it adopted a party platform and a seven-point declaration, it is ...

Mar 01, 2013

Treat all students equally

The education ministry on Feb. 20 revised an ordinance to exclude so-called Korean high schools or pro-North Korea high schools from the government’s tuition-waiver program. This change will cause various problems. First of all, the revision violates the principle of an education program designed ...

Mar 01, 2013

Today's take on Stalingrad

by Andrey Borodaevskiy

In one of Moscow’s central subway stations — Arbatskaya — the escalator leading up to the city exit ends in a spacious vestibule. On the front wall, a classic frame several meters high is covered with white plaster. It bears no image, and the ...

Mar 01, 2013

Afghanistan's legacy of child opium addiction

by Cesar Chelala

A report just released by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan states that there were 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in that country during 2012. Unmentioned is a serious side effect of the conflict: the high number of opium-addicted children in Afghanistan. ...

'Django Unchained'

Mar 01, 2013

'Django Unchained'

by Giovanni Fazio

Way back in 1992 there appeared a hot new indie flick called “Reservoir Dogs” by a then-unknown video-rental clerk turned director called Quentin Tarantino. This newcomer’s knack was to take a classic genre movie — the heist flick — and pump it full of ...

'Flight'

Mar 01, 2013

'Flight'

by Kaori Shoji

Be prepared for the most terrifying flying experience you’re ever likely to encounter, expertly created by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”) and engineered on-screen by Denzel Washington. “Flight” may put you off air travel for a while, but on the other ...

'Shadow Dancer'

Mar 01, 2013

'Shadow Dancer'

by Kaori Shoji

If you’ll excuse the pun, Andrea Riseborough is a star on the rise. In her home ground of Great Britain she’s famed for her role in 2010′s “Brighton Rock,” and in the U.S. she turned heads last year with her performance in Madonna’s “W.E.” ...