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Disaster did little to shake up status quo, expert says

/ Apr 12, 2013

Disaster did little to shake up status quo, expert says

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Disappointing expectations that the megaquake and tsunami two years ago — and subsequent nuclear calamity — would trigger a rebirth of politics and government, Japan’s key policies remain largely unchanged, says Richard Samuels, director of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of ...

Apr 12, 2013

China culls poultry as bird flu cases grow

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Residents of the Chinese city of Nanjing were ordered to cull all their poultry as local authorities stepped up attempts to halt the spread of the deadly H7N9 strain of avian influenza, state media reported Thursday. Thousands of birds and livestock were slaughtered by ...

Diversity confab in LA stresses role of women

Apr 12, 2013

Diversity confab in LA stresses role of women

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Diversity is not just a nice thing to have but “will be imperative in the future” for companies to stay relevant in the changing global business environment, the leader of an international nonprofit organization told a recent symposium in Los Angeles. “Looking at the ...

Store's 222-meter pearl necklace a record, unpriced

Apr 12, 2013

Store's 222-meter pearl necklace a record, unpriced

A 222-meter-long pearl necklace, certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest, is on display at a Hanshin department store in the city of Osaka. The necklace, which weighs about 20 kg and is comprised of 28,000 pieces of 8 mm pearls, was ...

Ford, Toyota both claim to have top-selling car

/ Apr 12, 2013

Ford, Toyota both claim to have top-selling car

For the second time in seven months, Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. both claim to produce the world’s top-selling car. The clash shows how counting in the global automotive industry is complicated. Ford said Tuesday that its Focus compact was the leading ...

Hollande seeks to eradicate tax havens

/ Apr 12, 2013

Hollande seeks to eradicate tax havens

With the French government reeling over a minister’s tax-dodging scandal, President Francois Hollande proposed a law Wednesday that would force ministers, legislators and other senior officials to declare their assets publicly and submit to auditing by a “totally independent” authority before and after taking ...

Apr 12, 2013

Abe's Russia visit eyed as way to jump-start territorial talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that he and his Russian counterpart have agreed on steps that will give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the chance to jump-start stalled talks on a territorial dispute during his planned visit to Moscow. In their first face-to-face meeting in ...

By-election seen as test for July poll

/ Apr 12, 2013

By-election seen as test for July poll

Official campaigning for the April 28 Upper House by-election in Yamaguchi Prefecture begins, with Democratic Party of Japan-backed ex-Justice Minister Hideo Hiraoka challenging a Liberal Democratic Party newcomer.

Apr 12, 2013

Radioactive cesium not detectable in 99% of Fukushima residents: study

Radioactive cesium was too low to detect in 99 percent of 22,000 residents examined in Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring Ibaraki, according to a University of Tokyo survey. The team, which included professor Ryugo Hayano, examined internal radiation exposure levels in the two prefectures between ...

Apr 12, 2013

A decisive but divisive leader

Margaret Thatcher will be remembered for her decisive neoliberalism even though it atomized people and widened economic disparity among Britons.

'Cosmopolis'

/ Apr 12, 2013

'Cosmopolis'

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We want to like this movie, “Cosmopolis.” David Cronenberg fills his movies with concepts and ideas, then turns them into something stupendous and horrible. Sigmund Freud is finished, Don DeLillo is next. But his cinema is losing its narrative quality the same way that ...

Psy promises eventful launch

Apr 12, 2013

Psy promises eventful launch

Even Kim Jong Un’s threats of nuclear war can’t divert world attention from the main event on the Korean Peninsula this week — the launch of Psy’s hugely anticipated followup to his global hit “Gangnam Style.” The new single, “Gentleman,” will hit online music ...

'Holy Motors'

/ Apr 12, 2013

'Holy Motors'

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French auteur Leos Carax’s first feature in over a decade isn’t as logorrheic and alienating as David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” but it’s twice as masturbatory and aimless. (And I’m a huge fan of Carax’s “Boy Meets Girl” and “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf.”) Like so many ...