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Historians tour Takeshima, hit Japan

May 24, 2013

Historians tour Takeshima, hit Japan

Three Japanese historians on Thursday visited the South Korean-controlled Takeshima islets claimed by Japan to carry out on-site research, a member of the group said. While dozens of people, including Japanese, are believed to visit Takeshima, called Dokdo in South Korea, for sightseeing every ...

Most buildings in 'Tornado Alley' lack shelters

| May 24, 2013

Most buildings in 'Tornado Alley' lack shelters

Seventy-five percent of the world’s tornados occur in the U.S., yet few people who live in “Tornado Alley” bother with the trouble and expense of a proper shelter from the storms. Mel Evridge, 69, a retired builder who experienced both Monday’s twister in his ...

Bangladesh disaster probe blames owner

May 24, 2013

Bangladesh disaster probe blames owner

The head of an official inquiry into the deadly collapse of a Bangladesh factory complex said the building’s owner was the “main culprit” for the disaster because he violated construction codes. The cave-in of the eight-story Rana Plaza outside the capital last month killed ...

Miura becomes oldest atop Everest

May 24, 2013

Miura becomes oldest atop Everest

Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura has become the oldest person to scale Mount Everest, his management office said Thursday. In his third successful attempt to climb the 8,848-meter peak, Miura and his Sherpas left the last base camp at 8,500 meters shortly after 2 a.m. local ...

May 24, 2013

An overture to Pyongyang

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an aide, Mr. Isao Iijima — a former secretary to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi — to North Korea last week in an effort to make progress on unresolved bilateral issues, including the past abduction of Japanese nationals by North ...

May 24, 2013

No heroes in AP news leak

by Walter Pincus

Whoever provided the initial leak to the Associated Press in April 2012 not only broke the law but caused the abrupt end to a secret, joint U.S./Saudi/British operation in Yemen that offered valuable intelligence against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. One goal was to ...

May 24, 2013

Global call to women standing on the sidelines

by Lakshmi Puri

Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls — from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland — have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific ...

May 24, 2013

Mr. Murakami's tale of redemption

Mr. Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” his first since the publication of “1Q84″ about three years ago, sold a million copies in seven days after it hit the stands. The publisher, Bungei Shunju, printed 500,000 copies in ...

Chomp your way through spring

| May 24, 2013

Chomp your way through spring

by Steve Trautlein

It’s no surprise that the Japanese get serious about eating and drinking come late spring, as yatai food carts roll out, a bevy of fresh vegetables appear on restaurant menus and the annual festival season begins to heat up. This year is no different, ...

'Kuroyuri Danchi (The Complex)'

May 24, 2013

'Kuroyuri Danchi (The Complex)'

by Mark Schilling

Springing up like the proverbial bamboo shoots after a rain storm in the postwar boom years, when they were hailed as ideal communities for the rising middle class, Japan’s danchi (public-housing projects) have since acquired a rather dark image as the older ones molder ...

'Antiviral'

May 24, 2013

'Antiviral'

by Giovanni Fazio

Hypochondriacs should avoid “Antiviral” like, well, the plague. This creepy near-future-dystopia flick features enough coughing, sneezing, night sweats, bloody vomiting and gnarly sores to make even the jaded viewer feel like gargling and showering with antibacterial soap. But as a squirm-inducing body horror film, ...

Electric fireflies to light up river

May 24, 2013

Electric fireflies to light up river

by Tomoko Otake

The Tokyo Hotaru Festival is back for a second round. This participatory art installation involves 100,000 blue LED light bulbs that will be floated down Tokyo’s Sumida River. It’s sponsored by a consortium of parties including the Sumida and Taito ward offices, local tourism ...

Son of Cronenberg debuts with sickly body horror

May 24, 2013

Son of Cronenberg debuts with sickly body horror

by Giovanni Fazio

Imagine you are David Cronenberg, a filmmaker but also a parent. You tell your kids that your job is making movies; naturally, they want to see one. So which do you show them? “Scanners,” with its exploding heads? “Rabid,” where porn-star Marilyn Chambers drinks ...

'The Place Beyond the Pines'

May 24, 2013

'The Place Beyond the Pines'

by Kaori Shoji

Though religion is never an issue, the sins of the fathers is a theme that reverberates with biblical overtones in “The Place Beyond the Pines.” After his intense examination of a marriage gone sour in “Blue Valentine,” director/writer Derek Cianfrance teams up once again ...

Shizuoka theater festival courts the avant-garde

May 24, 2013

Shizuoka theater festival courts the avant-garde

by Nobuko Tanaka

Claude Regy says the team at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) threw him the “best birthday party ever” when he arrived in Japan just days after the actual May 1 occasion. The 90-year-old French director is hoping for an even better birthday gift, ...

'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

May 24, 2013

'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

by Kaori Shoji

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This banal platitude is the essence of “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” a romcom that recalls those heartwarmin,’ chick-pleasin’ love stories of the 1990s and early 2000s. Cowritten by Rashida Jones (Quincy Jones’ daughter, who also ...

'The Tree'

May 24, 2013

'The Tree'

by Giovanni Fazio

Ten-year-old Simone (Morgana Davies) has just lost her dad, felled by a sudden heart attack, and she finds solace high in the branches of a massive fig tree that grows outside her home under the big skies of rural Queensland. Sometimes, late at night, ...

Murton maintains torrid pace in Chiba

May 24, 2013

Murton maintains torrid pace in Chiba

by Jason Coskrey

There’s something about the Chiba Lotte Marines’ home field that brings out the best in Matt Murton. Murton doesn’t know what it is, but he’s not about to argue with success. Murton had another big day in the Pacific League park, coming up with ...

Kudo, Higashi named to squad for Australia match

May 24, 2013

Kudo, Higashi named to squad for Australia match

Kashiwa Reysol’s in-form striker Masato Kudo and FC Tokyo midfielder Keigo Higashi received their first callups as Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni named a 26-strong squad on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Australia. Kudo has scored 13 goals in the J.League and ...

Kisenosato wins again

May 24, 2013

Kisenosato wins again

Ozeki Kisenosato pulled out the heavy artillery to beat yokozuna Harumafuji to remain spotless with his 12th consecutive win at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho was poetry in motion as he grilled ozeki Kakuryu and the pair continued on a collision ...