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Mazda, back in black, will replace chief

May 10, 2013

Mazda, back in black, will replace chief

Mazda Motor Corp., which relies on exports more than any other Japanese carmaker, said Thursday that Takashi Yamanouchi will step down as president next month to make way for younger managers now that it has returned to profitability. Yamanouchi, 68, will be replaced by ...

Asia-Pacific nations hold trade talks

May 10, 2013

Asia-Pacific nations hold trade talks

Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations including Japan and China held their first round of talks Thursday toward forming one of the world’s largest free-trade blocs. At the five-day meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership through Monday in Brunei, the 10 members of the Association of ...

Architect of Putin's political system steps down

May 10, 2013

Architect of Putin's political system steps down

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced the resignation of his influential deputy prime minister, Vladislav Surkov, credited with designing the country’s notorious political system. The Kremlin said in a statement that Surkov had left his post voluntarily, but analysts and observers said he ...

May 10, 2013

Japanese-Brazilian woman sues over denial of re-entry

A Brazilian woman of Japanese descent has filed a lawsuit against the government demanding that she be allowed to re-enter Japan, where her husband lives. Giullyane Futenma, 21, was denied re-entry when her husband Lucas Futenma, 22, also a Japanese-Brazilian, applied for her resident ...

May 10, 2013

A shaky win for Mr. Najib

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his ruling coalition have prevailed again in a Malaysian election, but will his shrinking majority enable him to keep up reform efforts?

'Sinister'

May 10, 2013

'Sinister'

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Horror — like porn and Adam Sandler movies — is one of those divisive film genres that people tend to either obsess over or avoid completely. My own opinion lies somewhere in the middle: I rather like being scared witless, but don’t find too ...

'Chugakusei Maruyama (Maruyama, the Middle Schooler)'

May 10, 2013

'Chugakusei Maruyama (Maruyama, the Middle Schooler)'

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Acclaimed as a comic genius in Japan, actor/scriptwriter/director Kankuro Kudo has been slower to find recognition abroad. His brand of hyperactive comedy, with its machine-gun dialogue and many references to local pop culture, is not the easiest for foreign audiences to understand, though his ...

'God Save My Shoes'

May 10, 2013

'God Save My Shoes'

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The Why is missing from the How in “God Save My Shoes,” a documentary focusing on the female obsession for footwear. But the package is still a treat — if we can’t afford to buy 300 pairs of sculpted beauties, the next best thing ...

'Curry town' to host a festival

May 10, 2013

'Curry town' to host a festival

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The city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, is known by many as “curry town.” The port city claims that the curry rice dish that is commonly consumed in Japan spread from its kitchens, as it had a close connection to the Imperial Japanese Navy, which ...

'Eames: The Architect and the Painter'

May 10, 2013

'Eames: The Architect and the Painter'

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Produced by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey (there is no director credit), documentary “Eames: The Architect and the Painter” examines Charles and Ray Eames, one of the 20th century’s most enduring and influential couples in industrial design. They were eccentric, too: In the film, ...

'Heartless'

May 10, 2013

'Heartless'

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Gangbangers quoting poetry, a man biting the face off a living severed head and hoodlum hoodies who are lizard-people straight out of 1970s “Dr. Who” … If “Heartless” isn’t the most ridiculous film I’ve seen this decade, I’ll bite my own face off. I ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 10, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

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“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...

Nadal advances at Madrid Open; Azarenka knocked out

May 10, 2013

Nadal advances at Madrid Open; Azarenka knocked out

Rafael Nadal made a comfortable start to his quest for a third Madrid Open title on Wednesday, but Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka slumped to a shock exit. Nadal eased past Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-4 and will next face either compatriot Nicolas Almagro ...