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48 articles published/printed


Mar 21, 2013

12% of athletes suffered abuse: poll

Nearly 12 percent of athletes surveyed by the Japanese Olympic Committee say they have been subjected to violence or sexual harassment while competing in their respective sports.

'95 Aum subway gas attack marked

Mar 21, 2013

'95 Aum subway gas attack marked

Tokyo subway officials commemorate the 18th anniversary of Aum Shinrikyo's deadly sarin attack, remembering the assault at one of the stations where lives were lost.

Islamic law takes root in Syria's rebel-held territory

Mar 21, 2013

Islamic law takes root in Syria's rebel-held territory

by Liz Sly

The evidence was incontrovertible, captured on video and posted on YouTube for all the world to see. During a protest against the Syrian regime, Wael Ibrahim, a veteran activist, had tossed aside a banner inscribed with the Muslim declaration of faith. And that, decreed ...

Mar 21, 2013

Takarazuka makes a move to grow fan base outside Japan

Amid the backdrop of a graying Japan, the all-female Takarazuka musical troupe is now looking to the nation’s rapidly growing Asian neighbors to boost its fan base. In April, the troupe organizer will put on a show in Taiwan — its first overseas undertaking ...

Oi reactors to get early NRA check to stay on

Mar 21, 2013

Oi reactors to get early NRA check to stay on

To keep the only nuclear plant now online from shutting down, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday it will inspect Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi atomic facility in Fukui Prefecture according to new safety standards prior to their official July debut. After a regular ...

Grand Central launches Japan Week

Mar 21, 2013

Grand Central launches Japan Week

In a push to promote Japanese tourism and culture, the bustling Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan began hosting Japan Week on Tuesday, with food, drinks and nine kinds of “ekiben,” or boxed lunches sold at train stations. The meals, whose name is shorthand for ...

Mar 21, 2013

China completes its transition

With the transition to the so-called fifth generation of leaders complete, China faces formidable environmental, economic and diplomatic problems.

Mar 21, 2013

EU ruins progress with Cyprus plan

by Megan Greene

There’s nothing like having part of your savings account confiscated overnight to make you feel that your money isn’t safe. That’s what depositors in Cypriot banks awoke to on March 16, when they found their accounts frozen for at least five days to avoid ...

A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

Mar 21, 2013

A lovesick nun, magic sandals and a vengeful ghost

by Rei Sasaguchi

“Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome” (“The Sumida River Adorned with Cherry Blossoms”) by Tsuruya Namboku IV (1755-1829), now showing at the National Theater of Japan, was written to be a blockbuster. It was created for the Ichimura-za theater in Edo in 1814, when kabuki was ...

Enjoy an art night out in Roppongi

Mar 21, 2013

Enjoy an art night out in Roppongi

by Stuart Munro

Spring finally returns and with the change of weather comes a flurry of activity in and around Tokyo, as this year’s Roppongi Art Night is welcomed back. Running from 10 a.m. on March 23 until 6 p.m. the next day, the festival hosts a ...

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

Mar 21, 2013

Japan's influence on Grimes grows deeper

by Jason Richards

Grimes has never been shy to acknowledge the influence of Japan on her work. The Canadian electronic pop artist, born Claire Boucher, credits a wide and various list of Japanese inspirations, including Yayoi Kusama, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, “Akira,” “The Legend of Zelda” ...

Mar 21, 2013

Hakuho continues march to 24th title

Hakuho inched a step closer to his 24th career title with a trouncing of ozeki Kotoshogiku on Wednesday, improving to an outstanding 11-0 at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. With rank-and-filer Okinoumi trailing at 9-2 and rival yokozuna Harumafuji in a trio of rikishi ...

Beckham won't give timetable for retirement

Mar 21, 2013

Beckham won't give timetable for retirement

Legend David Beckham raised the prospect of one last stop on his global soccer journey Wednesday, refusing to rule out playing in China after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends. Speaking at a news conference unveiling him as an ambassador for the Chinese Super ...