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62 articles published/printed


Honda upbeat on prospects for 'flying sports car'

Jun 28, 2013

Honda upbeat on prospects for 'flying sports car'

Honda Motor Co., preparing to enter the market for business jets, said it’s won two to three years of orders for what it calls “flying sports cars” and signaled the business will turn profitable before the end of the decade. The aviation business is ...

Bands urge fans to ditch phones

Jun 28, 2013

Bands urge fans to ditch phones

There are few experiences that compare to the life-affirming thrill of a live music event, knowing that you are one of a privileged few being treated to a display of raw artistic skill and power. But just as the atmosphere reaches fever pitch, a ...

Mizuho Bank inaccessible this weekend

Jun 28, 2013

Mizuho Bank inaccessible this weekend

Bank account holders of Mizuho Bank Ltd. may wish to withdraw some cash for the weekend before the firm’s online services, including ATMs, are halted right after midnight Friday. According to Mizuho Bank’s website, the suspension is part of the merger process with Mizuho ...

Indian reporter who rode atop flood victim is fired

Jun 28, 2013

Indian reporter who rode atop flood victim is fired

An Indian television journalist who reported on deadly floods while perched on a survivor’s shoulders has been fired, the head of the channel said Wednesday. “What he did was very inhuman. You cannot ride on someone’s back for a story. We terminated him on ...

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

Jun 28, 2013

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

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The Japan Atomic Energy Agency discloses a radiation map showing how iodine-131 likely spread in the early stages of the Fukushima meltdowns, a development that could help doctors locate unsuspecting cancer victims.

Jun 28, 2013

Dish drops Clearwire bid, paving way for Softbank-Sprint deal

U.S. satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. said Wednesday it has backed out of its bidding race with Sprint Nextel Corp. for control of wireless Internet firm Clearwire Corp. Dish’s decision to withdraw its tender offer for Clearwire, a Sprint unit that controls valuable wireless ...

Jun 28, 2013

How will Japan's farms survive?

One hindrance to the Abe government's agricultural growth policy could be the terms of trade for Japan if it participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jun 28, 2013

New nuclear safety standards

Four power companies are expected to apply to restart up to 12 nuclear reactors under newly approved nuclear safety and emergency-response standards.

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

| Jun 28, 2013

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

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Dining doesn’t get more democratic than in Yokohama’s Chinatown, where visitors can spend big bucks on a single meal or fill up on steamed buns for a single coin. Here’s a personal guide to some notable dishes; in the spirit of the neighborhood, there’s ...

Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki adventure still inspires

Jun 28, 2013

Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki adventure still inspires

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In 1947, Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl was a 33-year-old anthropologist and marine biologist who had recently finished a stint fighting in World War II (he served in the Free Norwegian Forces). Coming out of such a major life experience, he was then able to devote ...

'Senkyo 2 (Campaign 2)'

Jun 28, 2013

'Senkyo 2 (Campaign 2)'

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In the more than three decades I’ve lived here, I have progressed (if that is the right word) from irritation at the oddness of Japanese election campaigns to something like curiosity. How, I once wondered, could anyone choose intelligently among candidates whose “dialogue” with ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

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The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word “mottainai,” used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It’s an expression that’s getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...

'Compliance'

Jun 28, 2013

'Compliance'

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Of all the films you’ll see this year, “Compliance” has, for sure, the most unbelievable plot of them all. The little tagline at the beginning saying “inspired by true events” hasn’t stopped people from taking outrage at director Craig Zobel’s supposed exaggerations, with “Nobody ...

'Kon-Tiki'

Jun 28, 2013

'Kon-Tiki'

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It’s hard to resist the retro charms of this old-fashioned adventure/thriller. Step aside, Indiana Jones — you got some fierce competition going on in “Kon-Tiki,” the true-to-life tale of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic, 8,000-km sea voyage from the Peruvian Coast to ...

'The Hangover Part III'

Jun 28, 2013

'The Hangover Part III'

Within the first five minutes of “The Hangover Part III” a giraffe comes to a very bad end, and some roosters and dogs also get treated roughly in the film. Yet the most disturbing animal abuse you’ll find here is the continuous beating of ...

'Stanley Ka Dabba (Japanese Title: Stanley no Obentobako)'

Jun 28, 2013

'Stanley Ka Dabba (Japanese Title: Stanley no Obentobako)'

The politics of the bento (lunch box) are embedded in the Japanese DNA and most of us have an ingrained sense of the power play brewing inside one’s lunch. Which is why “Stanley Ka Dabba” (international title: “Stanley’s Tiffin Box”) will strike a chord.”Stanley ...

'Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season'

Jun 28, 2013

'Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season'

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Director: Various Language: English The final episodes of the popular TV series are available at a rental store near you. As they say, if you loved “The X-Files” you’re sure to love this ? a smart and nuanced sci-fi/thriller that involves baffling crime cases ...

'Borgia (Season One)'

Jun 28, 2013

'Borgia (Season One)'

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Director: Various Language: English For those needing a fix of medieval intrigue after “Game of Thrones,” English-language Euro-TV series “Borgia” might be the answer. (Not to be confused with Neil Jordan’s “The Borgias.” which covers much the same territory.) “Borgia” is set in the ...

'Chronicle of My Mother'

Jun 28, 2013

'Chronicle of My Mother'

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Director: Masato Harada Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Media Asia has released an English-subbed version (with simplified and traditional Chinese subs to boot) of “Chronicle of My Mother,” Masato Harada’s busily detailed, lushly staged drama about a famous novelist’s vexed relationship with his aged ...