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Deflation foe Kuroda takes helm of BOJ

Mar 22, 2013

Deflation foe Kuroda takes helm of BOJ

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New Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda reiterated his determination to end Japan’s decades-long deflation after officially being named to the position Thursday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “I was told to do all I can and bring the Japanese economy out of deflation,” ...

Resona sees 25% loan jump for expansion into Asia

Mar 22, 2013

Resona sees 25% loan jump for expansion into Asia

Resona Holdings Inc. plans to boost loans to domestic businesses looking to expand in Asia by 25 percent within a year, according to incoming President Kazuhiro Higashi. Higashi, who assumes the post April 1, said he is targeting ¥50 billion in new loans to ...

Renesas in talks with overseas firms to sell mobile chip operations

Mar 22, 2013

Renesas in talks with overseas firms to sell mobile chip operations

The president of struggling Renesas Electronics Corp. said Thursday that the chipmaker is in talks with overseas companies on selling its loss-making mobile device chip operations as part of efforts to streamline its business. Tetsuya Tsurumaru said, however, that the company has not ruled ...

Kitte mall opens doors at JP Tower

Mar 22, 2013

Kitte mall opens doors at JP Tower

A seven-floor restaurant and shopping facility opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the 38-story JP Tower building near Tokyo Station. Kitte, as the 9,400-sq.-meter facility is spelled in English and katakana, opened in a ceremony attended by actress Kii Kitano and the top ...

12 Inland Sea islets put on international art festival

Mar 22, 2013

12 Inland Sea islets put on international art festival

A contemporary art show featuring works of more than 200 artists from 23 countries and regions opened Wednesday on a cluster of 12 small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Setouchi Triennale 2013, the second of an event that happens every three years, is ...

Hiraoka to run as independent

Mar 22, 2013

Hiraoka to run as independent

Former Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka declared Thursday that he plans to run in the April 28 Upper House by-election in Yamaguchi Prefecture as an independent. The 59-year-old member of the Democratic Party of Japan, who lost his Lower House seat in last December’s general ...

NASA denies report of Voyager's departure

Mar 22, 2013

NASA denies report of Voyager's departure

NASA on Wednesday denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as “premature.” Scientists at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, launched in ...

Mar 22, 2013

'82 Pan Am bomber who killed boy freed

Mohammed Rashed, who placed a bomb that damaged a Pan Am jet over the Pacific in 1982, killing a Japanese high schooler, was released from federal prison Wednesday, a U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said. “He was released early this morning,” Chris Burke ...

Decline in average land prices slows

Mar 22, 2013

Decline in average land prices slows

Average land prices declined in the 12 months to Jan. 1 for the fifth straight year, but the decrease was less on average, and price hikes were seen at far more locations than in the previous year, the government said Thursday. Residential land prices ...

Suit in '68 Kanemi oil poisoning axed

Mar 22, 2013

Suit in '68 Kanemi oil poisoning axed

A branch of the Fukuoka District Court on Thursday threw out a ¥605 million damages suit filed by victims of a massive food poisoning case in 1968 that was blamed on toxic cooking oil made by Kanemi Soko K.K. The Kokura branch said the ...

Mar 22, 2013

College students get global outlook in dorm life

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With calls growing for universities in Japan to generate graduates well-prepared for the era of globalization, an increasing number of them are establishing “international dormitories” where Japanese students live together with foreign students. Kenichi Tasai, a 20-year-old sophomore at International Christian University in Mitaka, ...

Mar 22, 2013

Japan may up Taiwan fishing rights off islets

Japan has agreed in principle to allow expanded fishing by Taiwanese boats in disputed waters of the East China Sea, Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin said Wednesday. “They are willing to extend the fishing area, which we hope will be clearly drawn in longitude ...

Mar 22, 2013

Senior diplomat to head TPP negotiating team

The government plans to appoint Koji Tsuruoka, deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs, as Japan’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, sources said. The first ministerial meeting on the free-trade talks, likely to convene Friday, will bring together Akira Amari, minister ...

North Korea threatens to hit U.S. bases in Japan

Mar 22, 2013

North Korea threatens to hit U.S. bases in Japan

The North Korean Army threatens a possible strike against U.S. bases in Japan, in response to the use of U.S. B-52 bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles, in joint military drills with South Korea.

Mar 22, 2013

Takahama MOX fuel shipment in works

Kansai Electric Power Co. says its controversial plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, will soon be shipped from France to the Takahama power plant in Fukui Prefecture because the reprocessor is tired of storing it.

Mar 22, 2013

Big repercussions from Cyprus

Compared with the Greek, Irish, Italian and Spanish crises, the financial problems of tiny Cyprus should have been a quick fix for European leaders.

Running with the ramen hunters

| Mar 22, 2013

Running with the ramen hunters

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Ramen is to Japanese food as school-girl uniforms are to porn — the animating fetish that sustains an entire industry. Helping to scratch the noodle itch is an army of bloggers whose dispatches are consumed with voyeuristic glee. The numbers are against them — ...

Why not just add a dollop of mayonnaise?

| Mar 22, 2013

Why not just add a dollop of mayonnaise?

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Newcomers to Japan are often a little taken aback by the many decidedly non-Japanese condiments, such as ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, that are used in everyday cooking. And in particular mayonnaise: Usually reserved for sandwiches, salad dressing and dipping sauces for chilled seafood in ...

Tokyo art blossoms in spring

Mar 22, 2013

Tokyo art blossoms in spring

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It seems that this year everything is coming together for the Tokyo art world, literally. Ever since Art Fair Tokyo moved from its regular autumn timing to spring, various other art events have bloomed around the same cherry-blossom-touched season — with rival art fair ...

Kids with guns on film, blasting at the culture gap

Mar 22, 2013

Kids with guns on film, blasting at the culture gap

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Contemporary Japanese films are often extremely violent; the lives of ordinary Japanese, much less so. According to a multinational study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Japan’s homicide rate in 2009 was 0.4 per 100,000 population, for a total of ...

Tokyo Teyandei: The Story Teller's Apprentice

Mar 22, 2013

Tokyo Teyandei: The Story Teller's Apprentice

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Rakugo, the ancient Japanese art of sit-down comedy, has inspired movies including Shinpei Hayashiya’s “Rakugo Monogatari (Rakugo Story)” (2010) and Hideyuki Hirayama’s “Shaberedomo Shaberedomo (Talk, Talk, Talk)” (2007), but Yuji Kanda’s “Tokyo Teyandei: The Story Teller’s Apprentice” (simply called “The Story Teller’s Apprentice” in ...

'Deep Throat' legend Harry Reems dies at 65

Mar 22, 2013

'Deep Throat' legend Harry Reems dies at 65

Former U.S. porn star Harry Reems, who was thrust into greatness by starring opposite Linda Lovelace in the pioneering 1972 adult film “Deep Throat,” has died at age 65, a friend said Wednesday. The actor, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, fell out with ...

Miffy the Movie

Mar 22, 2013

Miffy the Movie

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Since her auspicious Japan debut in 1963, Miffy (or Usako-chan to her Japanese fans) has enjoyed a constant and stable popularity, if less sensational than her homegrown counterpart Hello Kitty. Miffy — the adorable white girl-rabbit with ears pointing straight up — was the ...

The Master

Mar 22, 2013

The Master

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I can recall how when “Apocalypse Now” first came out, viewers almost universally loathed the ending. After the forward motion of the first two hours, the film seemed to just run out of steam; Brando’s shadowy rambling seemed an anticlimax, and reports that Francis ...

Yokozuna Hakuho closes in on title

Mar 22, 2013

Yokozuna Hakuho closes in on title

Perfect yokozuna Hakuho put one hand on his 24th Emperor’s Cup after outclassing ozeki Kisenosato for his 12th straight win at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho can wrap up the championship Friday with two days to spare if he beats Goeido ...

Mar 22, 2013

Marquinhos handed two-game ban

Yokohama F. Marinos striker Marquinhos won’t be scoring for at least the next two games. The former J. League MVP, who has been on fire this spring with six goals in four games, received a two-match ban on Thursday for arguing with the referee ...