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Nippon Ishin, LDP ally on separate paths

Apr 04, 2013

Nippon Ishin, LDP ally on separate paths

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As Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) gears up for this summer’s Upper House election, its relationship with New Komeito, especially over constitutional revision, has come under increased pressure. Last week, Nippon Ishin unveiled its basic policy outline for the campaign. At the ...

Kuroda-led BOJ meeting starts amid rumors of more easing

Apr 04, 2013

Kuroda-led BOJ meeting starts amid rumors of more easing

The Bank of Japan started a two-day policy meeting Wednesday amid speculation it will introduce a new monetary easing scheme and further ease monetary policy to achieve its 2 percent inflation target. At the first meeting chaired by new Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, the nine-member ...

Ex-Olympian Tsukahara aims to run for Upper House

Apr 04, 2013

Ex-Olympian Tsukahara aims to run for Upper House

Mitsuo Tsukahara, a gymnast who won multiple Olympic gold medals, said Wednesday he intends to run in the Upper House election this summer as a proportional representation candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party. Tsukahara, 65, conveyed his intention to Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of ...

Altima tops Camry in hot U.S. midsize market

Apr 04, 2013

Altima tops Camry in hot U.S. midsize market

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry in March ceded its rank as America’s best-selling midsize car for the first time in 17 months, slipping behind Nissan Motor Co.’s Altima and losing share to Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. models. Camry sales in the U.S. ...

Apr 04, 2013

Japan Restoration Party platform

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) flies dangerous colors at its first party convention, calling for constitutional revision of the no-war principle.

Project tests viability of offshore floating wind turbines

Apr 04, 2013

Project tests viability of offshore floating wind turbines

A rare type of floating offshore wind turbine is being tested about 1 km off Kabashima, a 9-sq.-km island with some 110 households in Nagasaki Prefecture. The wind turbine, with a 22-meter propeller arc diameter, generates 100 kwh and has been in operation since ...

Rubens' best work is collaborative

Apr 04, 2013

Rubens' best work is collaborative

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The 17th-century Flemish baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens is a great historical painter, not because of the scenes from ancient Roman history that he sometimes painted, but because, when we encounter his works, we find ourselves trying to understand what kind of society could ...

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

Apr 04, 2013

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

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French artist JR, whose show of photographic artwork is on display at the Watari-um (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art), inspires while questioning the role of art in war-torn and disaster-ridden places, asking whether art could really change things for the better. JR not only ...

Exploring India's rapid urbanization, alienation

Apr 04, 2013

Exploring India's rapid urbanization, alienation

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The art space now known as Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo was originally part of the luxury brand’s store, designed by Jun Aoki and opened in 2002 in the fashionable Tokyo shopping district of Omotesando. It was reimagined in 2011 as a space for the ...

Jeonbuk rallies past Urawa in Asian Champions League

Apr 04, 2013

Jeonbuk rallies past Urawa in Asian Champions League

Wasteful Urawa Reds paid the price of inaccuracy as the former champions allowed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to come from behind for a 3-1 win at Saitama Stadium in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday. South Korean international Lee Dong Gook came off the bench ...