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56 articles published/printed


GHQ probed delay in FDR note to Hirohito

Mar 08, 2013

GHQ probed delay in FDR note to Hirohito

Allied prosecutors probed the delay in delivering U.S. President Roosevelt's letter to Emperor Hirohito on the eve of war, apparently to establish that the foreign minister was to blame for failing to stop the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Inamori set to leave JAL board

Mar 08, 2013

Inamori set to leave JAL board

Japan Airlines Co. Chairman Emeritus Kazuo Inamori will retire from JAL’s board of directors on March 31, effectively giving its management a freer hand, a source said Thursday. Although Inamori will retain the honorary chairmanship, his duties will be limited to advising the management ...

Mar 08, 2013

Nikkei briefly tops 12,000 line last seen in '08

The Nikkei ended at a fresh 53-month high Thursday, supported by the Dow Jones industrial average’s advance to a new all-time high overnight, but it trimmed gains after rising above the 12,000 mark. The 225-issue Nikkei posted a six-session winning streak, ending up 35.81 ...

Mar 08, 2013

Worrisome Osprey training flights

The U.S. Marine Corps begins training flights for its tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft in western Japan, but not without making a sudden flight-route change.

'Bel Ami'

Mar 08, 2013

'Bel Ami'

by Kaori Shoji

If you thought the tsk-tsk antics of the French aristocracy ended when the peasants stormed the Bastille, “Bel Ami” is here to tell you that corruption and debauchery among the upper classes carried on for at least a century more. Based on a novel ...

'Savages'

Mar 08, 2013

'Savages'

by Giovanni Fazio

Oliver Stone’s first hit as a director was “Salvador,” way back in 1986, which looked at a small Latin American nation’s descent into political murder, funded mostly by its larger neighbor to the north. Now, with “Savages,” he seems to have come full circle, ...

'The Messenger'

Mar 08, 2013

'The Messenger'

by Giovanni Fazio

It’s a scene we’ve seen in so many other movies: Two soldiers, in full dress uniform, arrive on some leafy suburban street and knock on a door. “We regret to inform you ma’am” is usually about how far they get into their message before ...

'Amour'

Mar 08, 2013

'Amour'

by Kaori Shoji

You’re old, sick and bedridden. You’ve just suffered a stroke and lost most of your motor skills. Who will tend to your basic needs, brush your hair and see to it that you hold on to at least a semblance of personal dignity? Increasingly ...

'Arekara (Since Then)'

Mar 08, 2013

'Arekara (Since Then)'

by Mark Schilling

It’s rare indeed that I ever wished a new Japanese film were longer — and I am not the only one. “This could be shorter by (name your number) minutes” is such a cliche of Japanese film reviewing and commentary that I inwardly groan ...

Plotting director Sam Raimi's unlikely path to Oz

Mar 08, 2013

Plotting director Sam Raimi's unlikely path to Oz

by Giovanni Fazio

There’s a moment in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney’s much-anticipated prequel to the 1939 MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz,” where a character falls to the floor, in the midst of a witchy transmogrification into something evil. Off-screen she remains until suddenly, with ...

Mar 08, 2013

Inspirational walk across Japan

by Chiho Iuchi

‘Negative: Nothing” a documentary film on the odyssey of a Swiss man who walked the length of Japan, will again be screened in Tokyo this month. After becoming unemployed when his clients cancelled their trips to Japan in the wake of the disasters of ...

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

Mar 08, 2013

Aspiring thespians get help in realizing dreams

by Nobuko Tanaka

If you had a son or daughter who announced they wanted to be a stage actor, whatever would you say to them? In Japan today, as in centuries past, this still remains a dreaded scenario for many “respectable” parents hoping to raise children who ...