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60 articles published/printed


Girl group bases style on Nikkei ups and downs

May 03, 2013

Girl group bases style on Nikkei ups and downs

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Kanon Mori, Yuki Sakura, Hinako Kuroki and Jun Amaki have been following the Nikkei 225 stock average obsessively since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December. The oldest of the foursome is Mori, but she is still only 23. The youngest is Kuroki, ...

New camera offers bug's view of world

May 03, 2013

New camera offers bug's view of world

Taking their cue from nature, engineers have built a camera using stretchable electronics that scans the world like a fly's compound eye — with a wide field of view and no distortion.

Ghost of Iraq looms as U.N. evaluates Syria

May 03, 2013

Ghost of Iraq looms as U.N. evaluates Syria

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A few days ago, a little-known Swedish scientist with a career devoted to studying lethal warfare agents paid a quiet visit to London. He was there to examine evidence that British officials believe shows that Syrian forces used chemical weapons against their own people. ...

JAL completes successful 787 test

May 03, 2013

JAL completes successful 787 test

Japan Airlines conducts its first test flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner since the aircraft was grounded worldwide, with an eye to resuming commercial flights in June.

Three 'hid evidence for Boston suspect'

May 03, 2013

Three 'hid evidence for Boston suspect'

Three 19-year-old friends of one of the alleged Boston bombers were charged Wednesday with trying to cover his tracks by throwing out fireworks and a laptop and then lying to U.S. police. The three teenagers — two Kazakhs and an American — were fellow ...

U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years for 'crimes'

May 03, 2013

U.S. citizen sentenced to 15 years for 'crimes'

North Korea has sentenced a U.S. citizen to 15 years of prison labor for “hostile acts” against the communist regime, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday. Pae Jun Ho, known in the United States as Kenneth Bae, was arrested in November ...

May 03, 2013

Minister eyes scholarship for short-term overseas study

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura unveiled Wednesday a plan for the government to provide scholarships to help high school graduates take part in short-term overseas study programs that would fill the period after graduation if universities shift their admissions to fall. In a speech delivered ...

May 03, 2013

Abe says no need to explain constitutional revision to China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he sees no need to explain to China and South Korea his cherished goal of rewriting the pacifist Constitution. “It is our country’s Constitution, so it is not an issue that needs to be explained” to China and South ...

May 03, 2013

Japan's approach to Myanmar

If Shinzo Abe visits Myanmar later this month as planned to deepen economic ties, it will be the first trip to that country by Japan's prime minister since 1977.

May 03, 2013

Dreamliner to the air again

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines receive the go-ahead to resume flights of their 787 Dreamliners after Boeing modifies the jetliner’s battery system.

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

May 03, 2013

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

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Roppongi Hills was unlike anything Tokyo had ever seen before. Until it opened 10 years ago, Roppongi was more often seen as a "High Touch Town," where businessmen partied with foreign hostesses and off-duty soldiers packed the nightclubs.

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

May 03, 2013

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

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Many directors hit everything from the books to the streets in preparation for their next film, but for his second feature, “Tabidachi no Shima Uta — Jugo no Haru (Leaving on the 15th Spring),” Yasuhiro Yoshida went far further than most.

'Evil Dead'

May 03, 2013

'Evil Dead'

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When Sam Raimi’s low-budget splatter flick “The Evil Dead” emerged in 1983, it had the same sort of queasy impact you get when you hear a thud and feel something dragging under your tires. “The Evil Dead” was a terrifying and ghoulish film like ...

Hawks relievers shine against Lions

May 03, 2013

Hawks relievers shine against Lions

Former National League All-Star Bryan LaHair drove in three runs, including two on a tie-breaking, sixth-inning single as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Pacific League-leading Seibu Lions 7-5 on Thursday at Yafuoku Dome. The Lions overcame a two-run deficit in the fourth to ...