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38 articles published/printed


May 12, 2013

LDP locks sights on reactors, Constitution

A draft of the Liberal Democratic Party's platform for the upcoming election states that any reactors which clear the newly compiled safety criteria will be restarted — a move likely to upset antinuclear voters awakened by the Fukushima meltdowns in 2011.

Restored Ozu films to debut for 110th anniversary events

May 12, 2013

Restored Ozu films to debut for 110th anniversary events

Film studio Shochiku Co. will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu this year by making digitally restored versions of four of his color films and staging special events. The restored “An Autumn Afternoon” will be screened for the ...

'Share houses' growing on purpose

May 12, 2013

'Share houses' growing on purpose

by Koichi Tsujimura

While the use of “share houses,” where people with no connections with each other live together, are on the rise in Japan, dwellings occupied by people with a common purpose are also drawing attention. In a quiet neighborhood in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, nine computer ...

May 12, 2013

Who's to blame in Bangladesh?

Not just a Bangladeshi building owner, but a lineup of government officials and business people appear complicit in the worst garment factory disaster in history.

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

May 12, 2013

On the trail of ninja in Iga's shadowy past

by Mandy Bartok

The bright-pink ninja-emblazoned train isn’t exactly the epitome of stealth as it cuts through the forested hills and rice paddies of Mie Prefecture. Neither are visitors’ pint-size offspring who race excitedly up the paths of Ueno Park in the city of Iga shrieking their ...

Hanshin's Murton living in the moment

May 12, 2013

Hanshin's Murton living in the moment

by Jason Coskrey

The natural inclination is to ask Matt Murton what’s changed. To find out how, exactly, he went from the lows of an often tumultuous 2012 campaign, to hitting just about everything in sight early this year. There were few hitters more consistent than Murton ...

Settsu sets tone for Hawks in win

May 12, 2013

Settsu sets tone for Hawks in win

Tadashi Settsu pitched two-run ball over seven innings, Yuya Hasegawa hit a two-run homer to key a six-run sixth, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks snapped a five-game losing skid with a 10-3 come-from-behind rout of the Seibu Lions on Saturday. Toru Hosokawa’s RBI single ...