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55 articles published/printed


Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

Mar 29, 2013

Teacher vows to protect students from disasters

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Having lost his daughter in the quake-tsunami disaster two years ago, Toshiro Sato, a teacher in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, believes the best disaster prevention is not to forget what happened that fateful day and confront it. “I don’t want to let any more students ...

Venture manufacturers on the rise

Mar 29, 2013

Venture manufacturers on the rise

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Surrounded by fields and houses on the outskirts of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, few people would recognize this office as the headquarters of an electronics company. But this is where Keita Yagi runs Bsize Inc., making, designing and selling products all on his own.

New SUVs, luxury cars shown off in New York

Mar 29, 2013

New SUVs, luxury cars shown off in New York

Japanese carmakers are showcasing their sport utility vehicles and luxury cars at the annual New York International Auto Show, which opened Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. debuted the 2014 Highlander SUV with a redesigned exterior, bigger interior and three engine choices, including a hybrid option. ...

Chameleons born in Africa, rafted to Madagascar

Mar 29, 2013

Chameleons born in Africa, rafted to Madagascar

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, says a study that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate. Chameleons are famous for the extraordinary ability of some species to change color, and for a lightning-fast ...

Pesticides linked to bee colony collapse

Mar 29, 2013

Pesticides linked to bee colony collapse

Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or beehives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday. This in turn threatened entire colonies of bees whose pollinating functions are vital for human food ...

Mar 29, 2013

Quake expert pulls Tokyo fault claim

The leader of an earthquake research team admits they made an erroneous announcement confirming the presence of an active fault near Tokyo after mistaking an apparent buried concrete column for natural stone.

Appeal sparks outrage over voting rights curb

Mar 29, 2013

Appeal sparks outrage over voting rights curb

The father of a woman with Down syndrome who sued to regain her right to vote slams the state for appealing a court ruling that declared unconstitutional a legal provision that denies voting rights to adults under guardianship.

Mar 29, 2013

Safer vaccine created without virus

British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday. At the moment, animals are given a small dose of live infectious ...

Mar 29, 2013

Obama reveals support for 'strong Jewish state'

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Operation Desert Schmooze, President Barack Obama’s two-day charm offensive in Jerusalem last week, achieved its central goal of convincing Israelis that the U.S. president doesn’t have horns. Obama’s achievements were partly symbolic. Merely by smiling and saying comforting words about Israel’s inherent legitimacy, he ...

Mar 29, 2013

Looking back at Iraq

Ten years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, there are still no answers to why Washington thought it could march the country to war without paying for it.

Documenting the Vogels as they give the gift of art

Mar 29, 2013

Documenting the Vogels as they give the gift of art

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As far as art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel were concerned, Megumi Sasaki was more than a filmmaker who turned their lives into an award-winning documentary (“Herb & Dorothy,” 2009): She’s a close friend and a daughter. Having never had (or apparently even desired) ...

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

Mar 29, 2013

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

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Teaching kids is usually not thought of as a physically taxing job, but take it from one who has done it: It is, especially in Japanese schools, where one teacher may have to deal with 40 bundles of not-always-well-behaved energy. I spent much of ...

'Herb & Dorothy 50×50'

Mar 29, 2013

'Herb & Dorothy 50×50'

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This is the followup to “Herb & Dorothy” from 2008, in which New York-based documentary filmmaker Megumi Sasaki wowed the world when she introduced Manhattan art-collector couple Herb and Dorothy Vogel. For some reason, it took a full two years for that film to ...

Anna Karenina

Mar 29, 2013

Anna Karenina

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‘Anna Karenina” won the Oscar for best costume design this year, and like many a period literary adaptation, you might assume the frocks and greatcoats are the main attraction, the “value added” to what is necessarily a leaner version of an epic novel. Certainly ...

'ParaNorman'

Mar 29, 2013

'ParaNorman'

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Oregon’s Laika studio, maker of fine “handcrafted animation,” was responsible for “Coraline,” simply the best stop-motion animated film of the past decade. It follows up with “ParaNorman,” another scary, silly and sweet Goth-lite fable that attempts to wrest the territory back from Tim Burton. ...

Kagawa's time at United will come, ex-England striker Cole says

Mar 29, 2013

Kagawa's time at United will come, ex-England striker Cole says

Shinji Kagawa’s time will come at Old Trafford, former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole says. Maybe not now or this season, but eventually, it will. “He’s done really well,” Cole said in an interview with Kyodo News. “People, when anyone moves to Manchester United ...

2013 Pacific League Preview

Mar 29, 2013

2013 Pacific League Preview

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The sky is the limit for the Hawks, who will be looking to claim their third pennant in four seasons. Softbank lost captain Hiroki Kokubo to retirement, but replaced him with Bryan LaHair, a 30-year-old infielder who was an All-Star last season for the ...