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56 articles published/printed


Lesbian couple get Disney 'wedding'

Mar 07, 2013

Lesbian couple get Disney 'wedding'

Two Japanese lesbians have become the first same-sex couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both decked out in fairy-tale white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men’s clothes. “My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and ...

Retrial appeal in '79 murder case rejected

Mar 07, 2013

Retrial appeal in '79 murder case rejected

The Kagoshima District Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal for a retrial filed by a woman who served a 10-year prison term for killing her brother-in-law in 1979. The decision came after the district court in 2002 decided to reopen the case involving Ayako ...

Displaced brewer rebuilds sake biz

Mar 07, 2013

Displaced brewer rebuilds sake biz

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Daisuke Suzuki, a sake brewer, is hoping his product will help the people of his Fukushima Prefecture hometown, now uninhabitable due to the nuclear crisis, stay connected. The March 11, 2011, megaquake and tsunami that led to the three meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power ...

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Mar 07, 2013

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Two giant pandas will be removed from public view Thursday because they appear to have entered the mating season, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Wednesday. The zoo added that it will decide within about two weeks whether to start showing the 7-year-old mammals again. On ...

Toyota Aqua stays best-selling car for fifth month

Mar 07, 2013

Toyota Aqua stays best-selling car for fifth month

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Aqua hybrid hatchback remained the nation’s top-selling car for the fifth straight month in February, selling 24,526 units, up 11.7 percent from a year earlier, industry bodies said Wednesday. The automaker’s Prius hybrid hatchback took the No. 2 slot with sales ...

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

Mar 07, 2013

Diet set to approve BOJ nominees

The Diet is expected to approve the government’s nominees for Bank of Japan governor and its two deputy governor posts, with the largest opposition party set to give the nod for Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda to head the central bank, lawmakers said ...

Mar 07, 2013

A blow to the weapons exports ban

The Abe administration's decision to let domestic firms participate in producing the U.S. F-35 fighter violates the spirit of Japan's weapon exports ban.

Mar 07, 2013

Mr. Kuroda's high hopes

Bank of Japan presidential nominee Haruhiko Kuroda tells confirmation lawmakers that he will do anything he can to push Japan off its deflation path.

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

Mar 07, 2013

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

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“I don’t think that many people in Japan know who Edward Steichen is,” says curator Miki Tsukada in a surprisingly honest comment about visitors to the Setagaya Art Museum’s current exhibition.

There's no battering the Tempura Kidz spirit

Mar 07, 2013

There's no battering the Tempura Kidz spirit

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The members of Tempura Kidz have danced in front of thousands of strangers at sold-out venues across Japan, including Tokyo's famed Budokan and the Summer Sonic festival. Yet on a Thursday night in a Harajuku office building, the teenage quintet is nervous.

Hitoko Urago's 'Connected': blot-tests of portraiture

Mar 07, 2013

Hitoko Urago's 'Connected': blot-tests of portraiture

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Hitoko Urago pairs paintings — portraits with abstractions — though each work is not necessarily conceived at the same time. “Untitled (Lynda)” (2012), for example, depicts a profile of a black woman with big hair against a green background. She is paired with a ...

Such sweet strokes of the Impressionists

Mar 07, 2013

Such sweet strokes of the Impressionists

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A horde of Renoirs and other works from the high-water mark of Impressionism have descended on Tokyo — rampaging in their quiet, colorful way through the labyrinthine exhibition spaces of Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan. “Great French Paintings from the Clark” mainly presents a riot of ...