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Alpinist Miura, 80, off to retake Everest age record

May 17, 2013

Alpinist Miura, 80, off to retake Everest age record

Yuichi Miura, 80, has launched his bid to retake the crown as the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, his management office said Thursday. If all goes as planned, Miura will conquer the world’s highest peak around May 24 to break ...

Honda looking forward to green return to F1

May 17, 2013

Honda looking forward to green return to F1

Honda Motor Co. formally announced Thursday that it will return to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to British team McLaren to revive their championship-winning partnership. “We shall act as Maclaren-Honda” and are resolved to be “the No. 1, ” Honda President ...

Kepler space scope stuck as steering device fails

May 17, 2013

Kepler space scope stuck as steering device fails

The Kepler space telescope, the celebrated discoverer of worlds around distant stars, may have found its last planet. NASA scientists announced on Wednesday that the telescope, which to date has cost $600 million to build and operate, has lost the ability to point accurately. ...

May 17, 2013

Enhanced English education sought in Japanese elementary schools

A governmental panel on education reform will propose enhancing English-language education in elementary schools by making it an official subject for fifth- and sixth-graders. As a way of nurturing people who can play an active role amid intensifying international competition, the panel headed by ...

May 17, 2013

High-level Japanese and North Korean officials meet in Pyongyang

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks Wednesday in Pyongyang with a senior official of North Korea’s ruling party, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported. Details of the meeting between Isao Iijima and Kim Yong Il, a secretary of the ...

May 17, 2013

'The Lion' roars again

The election of Nawaz Sharif to his third term as prime minister marks the first peaceful transition among civilian governments in Pakistan's history.

Kat-tun star's knack for reinvention aids film role

May 17, 2013

Kat-tun star's knack for reinvention aids film role

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Director Satoshi Miki’s new comedy “Ore Ore (It’s Me, it’s Me)” is more on the cultish than the commercial end of the scale, with its head-scratcher of a story about a first-time scammer who starts encountering various versions of himself in a bizarre new ...

'Ore Ore (It's Me, it's Me)'

May 17, 2013

'Ore Ore (It's Me, it's Me)'

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Satoshi Miki is best known as a director of comedy, including episodes of the 2006-07 cult hit “Jiko Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator)” series for TV Asahi and seven feature films. But when I programmed a special Miki section for the Udine Far East Film ...

'Gambit'

May 17, 2013

'Gambit'

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When is a Coen Bros. film not a Coen Bros. film? I can imagine The Dude poring over this koan for hours, but the answer’s quite simple: when it’s “Gambit,” the neo-screwball comedy directed by Michael Hoffman, working off a script by Joel and ...

'Love is All You Need'

May 17, 2013

'Love is All You Need'

Susanne Bier, long known for her ability to probe into the darkest corners of the human heart and come out with some awful findings, has created a sunny, funny love story with minimal emphasis on the guilt/stress factor. “Love is All You Need” is ...

Join the crowd at Sanja festival

May 17, 2013

Join the crowd at Sanja festival

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The story goes that precisely 1,385 years ago, two brothers, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari, were fishing in Sumida River when they discovered in their nets an unlikely object: a statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon. Buddhism itself was still little known in Japan back ...

'Bill Cunningham New York'

May 17, 2013

'Bill Cunningham New York'

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Bill Cunningham is one of the long-revered icons of The New York Times: If you are incredibly lucky, you may catch a glimpse of his blue-jacketed figure walking through the doors of the Times building on Eighth Avenue, camera bag slung around his shoulder, ...

'The Possession'

May 17, 2013

'The Possession'

If you wanted a textbook example of a three-star film, “Possession” would probably be it. There’s nothing particularly original about this “Exorcist”-styled tale of a young girl possessed by a demon, and yet it delivers its share of frights with a certain flair. The ...

Harumafuji loses again

May 17, 2013

Harumafuji loses again

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his perfect head-to-head record against struggling No. 2 maegashira Tochinoshin to 16 wins with another commanding performance at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. But on a day of upsets in the upper ranks at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Harumafuji’s tournament took ...