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Apr 19, 2013

Record trade deficit in 2012

Japan logs a record-high ¥8.17 trillion trade deficit for fiscal 2012 as the Senkakus clash with China and Europe’s debt crisis stifled exports.

Suu Kyi pays visit to Abe

Apr 19, 2013

Suu Kyi pays visit to Abe

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Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Thursday, and the two agreed education of the young is key to the country’s future development, Japanese officials said. It is the first time that ...

Apr 19, 2013

Renault to hire ex-defense chief Koike as director

Renault SA plans to appoint former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike as an outside director, sources said Thursday. The appointment of Koike, a Lower House member from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is expected to be approved at a general meeting of the French auto ...

High schoolers dream of Ivy League

Apr 19, 2013

High schoolers dream of Ivy League

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One March afternoon in Shibuya Ward, a group of high schoolers earnestly listened as students from Harvard University described life on their campus. “Who is interested in going to school in the U.S.?” one Harvard student asked. A host of hands shot up in ...

Apr 19, 2013

Dollar moves little before G-20 meet

The dollar hovered around ¥98 in Tokyo trading late Thursday as traders awaited a meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs. At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥97.99-99, against ¥98.11-12 at the same time Wednesday. The euro was ...

U.S. immigration proposal 'onerous'

| Apr 19, 2013

U.S. immigration proposal 'onerous'

Amid the initial elation from immigration advocates over a new proposal to overhaul U.S. border control laws was a sense of unease over the 844-page bill's core provision: a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.

New Murakami novel tops 1 million

Apr 19, 2013

New Murakami novel tops 1 million

Publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said Thursday the latest novel by acclaimed author Haruki Murakami has passed the 1 million mark since its release April 12. “Shikisai o Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi” (“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”) was ...

Remote Turkmen desert yields ancient riches

Apr 19, 2013

Remote Turkmen desert yields ancient riches

Over four millenniums ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilization before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum Desert in remote western Turkmenistan. After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, ...

Japan, U.S. differ on North strategies

Apr 19, 2013

Japan, U.S. differ on North strategies

The meetings Japanese leaders held this week with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Tokyo revealed subtle differences in their approaches to North Korea’s provocations, with Washington leaning toward dialogue to defuse tensions and Tokyo toward staying firm. The differences are even more ...

Apr 19, 2013

A better response to bird flu

A deadly new strain of bird flu — one that was not previously known to be easily transmissible to humans — has surfaced in China and has health officials alarmed.

'Quartet'

Apr 19, 2013

'Quartet'

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Maggie Smith, who projects elderly matron authority like none other, plays Jean, who remains a haughty diva even though she hasn’t sung a note in years. She’s the latest addition to stately retirement home Beecham House, which Hoffman draws as a sort of upscale, ...

'Now is Good'

Apr 19, 2013

'Now is Good'

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Dakota Fanning (“The Runaways”) plays Tessa, a teenage girl with leukemia who has decided to forego the debilitating chemotherapy and live her last days to their fullest. Losing her virginity ranks high on her list — right up there with shoplifting, doing drugs and ...

'Lincoln'

Apr 19, 2013

'Lincoln'

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Lincoln” naysayers on the film’s release in the United States mainly commented on two things: the historical error committed by Steven Spielberg when in a climactic scene the director showed a Connecticut congressman voting against the abolition of slavery; and that everyone’s teeth, including ...

U.K. stage group to rework 'Mononoke' magic

Apr 19, 2013

U.K. stage group to rework 'Mononoke' magic

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If anyone understands the truth in the phrase, “It doesn’t hurt to ask” — it’s Alexandra Rutter. The 23-year-old cofounder and artistic director of Whole Hog Theatre (WHT) is also the director of the first-ever adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 anime masterpiece, “Princess Mononoke.” ...

Ishikawa knows when to throw away the script

Apr 19, 2013

Ishikawa knows when to throw away the script

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Japanese directors of TV dramas often make films that are basically big-screen versions of small-screen shows. No surprise, since their TV-network backers want product that will work equally well with multiplex audiences and home viewers. Directors of TV commercials here, however, typically regard films ...

'Petaru Dansu (Petal Dance)'

Apr 19, 2013

'Petaru Dansu (Petal Dance)'

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Friends come and go, don’t they? Years pass, lives change and people we regularly hung out with or were actually close to become no more than memories or, today, updates on Facebook. But as Hiroshi Ishikawa’s “Petaru Dansu (Petal Dance)” shows simply, but rightly ...

Cycling superstar Hoy set standard for British success

Apr 19, 2013

Cycling superstar Hoy set standard for British success

In his back-breaking pursuit of perfection, Olympic cycling great Chris Hoy forged the template that enabled Britain to become the dominant global force in the sport. The 37-year-old Scot, who announced his retirement on Thursday, bows out as his country’s greatest ever Olympian and ...