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Seeking impressions in the two-dimensional

May 30, 2013

Seeking impressions in the two-dimensional

by Matthew Larking

The title of Yu Kiwanami’s “Confirmation of Happiness” (2013) is, in a sense, a kind of betrayal; for happiness cannot, in fact, be confirmed. A woman stands before a landscape, her head cropped off by the top edge of the picture in an artistic ...

K-ballet brings back 'Giselle' and introduces new leads

May 30, 2013

K-ballet brings back 'Giselle' and introduces new leads

by Kris Kosaka

As summer approaches with the misty other-worldliness of Japan’s rainy season, Tokyo’s K-Ballet graces the stage in June with a revival of the hauntingly romantic masterpiece “Giselle.” Six different ballerinas will perform the lead role as the production synthesizes K-Ballet’s changing image from a ...

May 30, 2013

Study casts doubt on theory of caring dino dads

Male dinosaurs may not have had a caring side after all. Five years ago, a study of theropod dinosaurs concluded that it was male dinosaurs that incubated the eggs of their offspring. Now a new analysis of the same data is challenging that finding. ...

May 30, 2013

Nikkei ekes out minor rise on buying on dips

Stocks gained again Wednesday, helped by buying on dips for a wide range of issues after recent heavy losses. The Nikkei 225 average closed up 14.48 points at 14,326.46. On Tuesday, the key gauge rose 169.33 points. The Topix grew 10.60 points to end ...

May 30, 2013

Synthetic drug use rising in Europe: report

New synthetic psychoactive substances are making their way into Europe, where the Internet is becoming a big challenge in the fight against illicit drugs, the continent’s drug agency warned Tuesday. Drug use in Europe remains high even though the consumption of cannabis and cocaine ...

May 30, 2013

First drone strike since Obama speech kills six militants

A drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, the first such attack since U.S. President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for the controversial tactic. The strike on the village of Chashma near Miran Shah, in the ...

May 30, 2013

Late slide sends dollar below ¥102

The dollar slid below ¥102 in Tokyo trading late Wednesday, weighed down in part by weakness of European stocks, after drifting mostly in a range between ¥102.00 and ¥102.50 earlier in the day. At 5 p.m., the dollar was quoted at ¥101.69-73, down from ...

May 30, 2013

Is the stream less green than CDs, albums?

by Brian Palmer

Technology changes everything, but it seems to change music the most. Four or five generations of recorded music technology have passed in my lifetime. As a child, I listened to Marlo Thomas’s “Free to Be You and Me” on vinyl. During middle school, I ...

May 30, 2013

Think twice about surgery on weekend

People who undergo weekend non-emergency surgery in English public hospitals have an 82 percent higher chance of dying within a month than those treated on a Monday, research shows. The odds stacked up for every successive day of the week, with the death risk ...

'The Exhibition of Otani Collection'

May 30, 2013

'The Exhibition of Otani Collection'

by Marie Omata

The New Otani Art Museum has chosen 30 seasonal works from its own collection for this year’s summer show. Known for acquiring impressive Edo Period and modern works, the museum is showcasing nihonga (Japanese-style) painting, such as Jippo Araki’s “Swallows in Summer” and Gyokudo ...

May 30, 2013

Toshiba to sell low-priced 4K TVs

Toshiba Corp. will launch a new line of ultrahigh-resolution 4K liquid crystal display televisions in June that are more affordable than the existing models, the firm said Tuesday. Toshiba will launch the Regza Z8X series in Japan in three screen sizes, with the smallest, ...

May 30, 2013

11 more found safe after ferry capsizes

Eleven of those who went missing after an overloaded ferry capsized in churning rapids on a remote Borneo river have been found safe, a Malaysian police official was quoted as saying Wednesday. Authorities had estimated the number of missing at 23 before the latest ...

May 30, 2013

Property prices starting to perk up

Land prices rose in 53 percent of surveyed commercial and residential locations around the country between Jan. 1 and April 1, the government said Wednesday in its quarterly survey. It is the first time in about five years that more than half of the ...

May 30, 2013

Man held over Paris soldier stabbing

Police investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris arrested on Wednesday a suspect sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam.” “The suspected perpetrator of the attack on a soldier Saturday evening in La Defense (business district) was arrested this morning,” Interior ...

'Vangi e la Figura Femminile'

May 30, 2013

'Vangi e la Figura Femminile'

by Marie Omata

Italian sculptor Giuliano Vangi studied in Florence before he moved to Brazil in 1959 to develop abstract works. He returned to Italy three years later, however, after deciding that representational sculpture and figurative works were better ways for him to express himself. Since then, ...

May 30, 2013

Major LPG storage facility opens

One of the world’s largest government-owned storage stations for liquefied petroleum gas has been completed in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, the government said Wednesday. The capacity of the station is 450,000 tons, enough to cover domestic demand for around 13 days. The facility faces the ...