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Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

Jun 27, 2013

Everyday goods: the Japanese art of convenience

by C.B. Liddell

“Mingei” translates as “folk art” and is connected to objects that are made or used by ordinary people on an everyday basis. Usually this evokes hand-crafted objects, such as ceramics, baskets, items of woodwork, etc. As such, the term is evocative of the era ...

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

Jun 27, 2013

Snowden's stay in H.K. filled with intrigue

by Sari Horwitz

The message was blunt and was delivered Friday night by a shadowy emissary who didn’t identify himself but knew enough to locate Edward Snowden’s secret caretaker: The 30-year-old American accused of leaking some of his country’s most sensitive secrets should leave Hong Kong, the ...

Temples seek tighter community ties

Jun 27, 2013

Temples seek tighter community ties

by Takeshi Nishide

A new generation of Buddhist priests is working closely with ordinary people to regenerate communities as population shrinkage threatens the future of their temples. On a Saturday night in May, a group of five men, mostly in their 30s, sat down at Saikoji Temple ...

Trayvon's dad leaves as images of body shown

Jun 27, 2013

Trayvon's dad leaves as images of body shown

The father of a black teenager shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer walked out of a Florida court Tuesday as photos of his son’s lifeless body were shown. During a dramatic second day in the racially charged trial, Tracy Martin left the courtroom ...

National Archives could reach full capacity in four years

Jun 27, 2013

National Archives could reach full capacity in four years

The National Archives of Japan, which houses government documents of historical value — including the Constitution — are in danger of filling up by March 2017. Officials said Tuesday that the main building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, is already at maximum capacity and a ...

July Live

Jun 27, 2013

July Live

by Natasha Vik

Though you might be dreading July, with its sweltering heat and seasonal rain, the month makes up for it with a slew of exciting concerts. It’s time to let loose — and pray the venues have air conditioning. Here’s a selection of what July ...

Man to hang over Osaka murders

Jun 27, 2013

Man to hang over Osaka murders

The Osaka District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 46-year-old man to death after a lay judge trial convicted him in the 2004 slaying of an elderly couple in the victims’ home. Ex-construction worker Katsuaki Suzuki had pleaded not guilty, but the panel of three ...

Moors murderer says insanity was 'method acting'

Jun 27, 2013

Moors murderer says insanity was 'method acting'

One of Britain’s most notorious killers, Moors murderer Ian Brady, on Tuesday spoke publicly at length for the first time since 1966, claiming he faked mental illness in order to be moved to a hospital. The 75-year-old, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and ...

Reactor operators face shareholders

Jun 27, 2013

Reactor operators face shareholders

Utilities, struggling amid the prolonged halt of nearly all of the nation's nuclear reactors, express eagerness to restart their facilities during shareholders' meetings, shrugging off proposals from some stockholders to halt the country's reliance on atomic power.

Jun 27, 2013

Sharp in deal with Chinese LCD maker

Struggling Sharp Corp. will set up a joint venture in China with Nanjing China Electronics Panda Group Corp., a major maker of liquid crystal display panels, to produce LCDs starting in 2015 at the earliest, sources said Wednesday. The Osaka-based company, which has been ...

Nishikori beats Ebden, targets Wimbledon quarterfinals

Jun 27, 2013

Nishikori beats Ebden, targets Wimbledon quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori set his sights on emulating Shuzo Matsuoka’s famous run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals as the 12th seed cruised into the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Australian wild-card Matthew Ebden on Tuesday. Nishikori last year became the first Japanese ...

Jun 27, 2013

'Andreas Gursky'

by Natasha Vik

Hailing from Germany, Andreas Gursky has long been one of the most revered names in contemporary photography. In his images, Gursky captures the repeated patterns of cityscapes on such a massive scale that they almost appear abstract. This exhibition, which is Gursky’s first solo ...

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

Jun 27, 2013

Toshiba boss foresees TV rebound

New Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka is confident the company can rebuild its loss-making TV business by slashing fixed costs and taking other restructuring measures that will make it profitable in the second half. Tanaka, 62, who assumed his post Tuesday, succeeding Norio Sasaki, ...

NPO helps granddads learn child-rearing skills

Jun 27, 2013

NPO helps granddads learn child-rearing skills

by Satoshi Toi

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is promoting a program to help grandfathers learn the basics of nurturing babies. The NPO, called Egalite Otemae, began the program in 2010 to address the growing need for grandparents to get involved in child-rearing as the number of working ...