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'Oblivion'

May 31, 2013

'Oblivion'

by Giovanni Fazio

I have seen the future and it looks like about half a dozen other sci-fi films poured into a cauldron and left to smelt. Influences are one thing, but “Oblivion” is a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, its plot composed almost entirely of bits ...

May 31, 2013

Boston suspect's slain friend unarmed

A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent a week ago during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, ...

May 31, 2013

New vaccine can cut malaria risk by 70%

A team of researchers led by a Japanese professor has developed a vaccine that cuts the risk of malaria in humans by some 70 percent, according to a recent article published in the U.S. journal PLOS One. If the vaccine is put to practical ...

Photographer still focused on Africa, 30 years on

May 31, 2013

Photographer still focused on Africa, 30 years on

by Naoki Yoshida

Tomoaki Nakano, a Japanese freelance photographer based in Nairobi, has been taking photos of Africa for more than three decades and says he won’t stop anytime soon. Over the past 30 years, the 54-year-old has visited 46 of the continent’s 54 countries and hopes ...

May 31, 2013

Suntory Beverage seeks ¥476 billion in top 2013 IPO

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is poised to raise as much as ¥476 billion by listing shares of its nonalcoholic beverage business in what would be Japan’s largest initial public offering this year. The company has set a tentative IPO price of ¥3,800 per share for ...

May 31, 2013

Mozambique farmers seek halt to aid project

Farmers in Mozambique are calling on the governments of Japan, Brazil and Mozambique to halt a project aimed at supporting agricultural development there, saying it will result in land grabs. Members of the National Peasants Union, known as UNAC, which represents peasants across Mozambique, ...

May 31, 2013

Sony taps Apple alumni for board

Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai is trying to win back customers from Apple Inc. with new Xperia smartphones. Adding two former executives of the iPhone maker to Sony’s board next month may help. Eiko Harada, who spent seven years as head of Apple in ...

India's Africans keeping ancient customs alive

| May 31, 2013

India's Africans keeping ancient customs alive

The tiny Sidi community, descendants of ninth-century African migrants, have lived quietly along India’s west coast for hundreds of years without ever losing touch of their ancient traditions. “A Certain Grace,” a new book by Indian photographer Ketaki Sheth, reveals how the community, many ...

Top Khmer Rouge suspect admits some responsibility

May 31, 2013

Top Khmer Rouge suspect admits some responsibility

The Khmer Rouge’s former No. 2 admitted for the first time Thursday that he shared responsibility for the actions of a regime blamed for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the late 1970s. “I am not trying to evade my responsibility,” ...

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed

May 31, 2013

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed

by Takeshi Ozawa

Comedian Shizuyo Yamasaki continues to fight despite her failed attempt to compete in the women’s boxing competition at the 2012 London Olympics. The 34-year-old Yamasaki, better known as “Shizu-chan,” was among 16 fighters at the first Challenge Match competition held in Japan for nonprofessional ...

Why it matters where our food comes from

| May 31, 2013

Why it matters where our food comes from

by Melinda Joe

The latest trend in fine dining has nothing to do with molecular gastronomy or pan-Latin fusion: Sustainability is the new order of the day. At the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in London last month, the organizers presented their first Sustainable Restaurant ...

May 31, 2013

Japan, U.S. mull successor to Internet

Japanese and U.S. science and technology bodies agreed Wednesday to help both countries develop a next-generation information transmission network that could replace the Internet. The government-affiliated organizations said they will try to establish future standards for a global information network in place of the ...

May 31, 2013

Moss grows again after centuries in glacial ice

Plants entombed under ice in Canada’s far north for centuries have come back to life after exposure to air and sunlight, Canadian researchers have found. University of Alberta researcher Catherine La Farge collected what she believed to be dead mosses (or bryophytes) from the ...

May 31, 2013

Distance spared Earth from Venus-like fate

Similar in size and often referred to as twin planets, Earth and Venus evolved from common origins into two contrasting worlds — one dry and inhospitable, the other wet and teeming with life. The reason has had science stumped, until now. Writing in the ...

'The Grandmaster'

May 31, 2013

'The Grandmaster'

by Giovanni Fazio

Ever since Ang Lee scored big with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” back in 2000, nearly every other Chinese-language director of note has tried a similar attempt at crossover success with a martial-arts movie. The latest to do so is Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-wai, yet ...

MRI faces criminal complaint over losses

May 31, 2013

MRI faces criminal complaint over losses

Japanese clients of MRI International Inc., a U.S. investment company suspected of mismanaging assets, filed a complaint Thursday with Tokyo prosecutors and police alleging fraud. The complaint against Edwin Fujinaga, president of Las Vegas-based MRI, was filed with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office ...

Blood found in mammoth raises cloning hopes

May 31, 2013

Blood found in mammoth raises cloning hopes

Russian scientists claimed Wednesday they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal. An expedition led by Russian scientists earlier this month uncovered the well-preserved carcass of a ...

May 31, 2013

Japan at 'negligible risk' for mad cow

The World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, has recognized Japan as a “negligible risk” country for mad cow disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the farm ministry said Wednesday. The designation came after Japan met the requirements for a country with the lowest ...