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'Evangelion and Japanese Swords'

Jun 27, 2013

'Evangelion and Japanese Swords'

by Alisa Yamasaki

There have been many collaborations with the popular Japanese science-fiction manga and animated series “Evangelion,” which have resulted in a range of licensed products — from eye drops to pachinko machines. For this touring exhibition, the series collaborates with the traditional craft of Japanese ...

Jun 27, 2013

Rice futures trade urged continued

The Osaka Dojima Commodity Exchange plans to apply for farm ministry approval to extend test trading in rice futures for two more years, sources said Wednesday. The exchange’s rice futures trading is currently scheduled to end its two-year trial in August. The exchange will ...

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. fines bank for Hezbollah ties

A Lebanese bank accused of laundering money from drugs and other operations for clients tied to Hezbollah militants agreed Tuesday to pay U.S. authorities $102 million to settle the charges. Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank was singled out in February 2011 for allegedly moving hundreds ...

Jun 27, 2013

Crowd-funded console selling fast

The crowd-funded Ouya video game console hit the market on Tuesday and sold out quickly at online retailer Amazon as well as on the website of major U.S. chain store Target. “Unreal,” Ouya said in a message fired off on Twitter. “Ouya has officially ...

Jun 27, 2013

Hawaiian starts flights to Sendai

Hawaiian Airlines launched regular flight service Wednesday between Honolulu and Sendai, the Honolulu-based carrier said. Sendai is the U.S. carrier’s fifth Japanese destination, following Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo. Hawaiian Airlines will use the 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER jet for three weekly roundtrip Honolulu-Sendai flights.

Jun 27, 2013

Okazaki leaves Stuttgart for Mainz

Mainz on Tuesday announced it has signed Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee. Okazaki, who scored twice for Japan at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, joins Thomas Tuchel’s side on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old joined Stuttgart ...

Jun 27, 2013

Yokohama taps S. Korea pop group

The city of Yokohama has teamed up with South Korean pop group The Tourist to boost its promotion campaign targeting the South Korean market through multimedia channels featuring the group’s new song “in Yokohama” released June 3. Its music video highlighting the port city’s ...

Jun 27, 2013

Malaysia reveals first smog death

Smog from slash-and-burn agricultural fires in Indonesia has been blamed for killing an asthmatic woman in southern Malaysia, the first reported death attributed to the crisis, a media report said Wednesday. The Sun newspaper said Li Cai Ling, a resident of the southern town ...

Jun 27, 2013

Google to publish data on malware

Google on Tuesday said it will begin to regularly publish Internet security data on malware and phishing scams that infect computers and steal consumer information. Malware, or malicious software, can retrieve sensitive, private information. Viruses and email phishing scams can hobble businesses and are ...

Jun 27, 2013

Boat Race protester must leave U.K.

An Australian man jailed for disrupting Britain’s annual university Boat Race has been told to leave the country despite the fact his British wife is pregnant, officials said Tuesday. Trenton Oldfield, 37, jumped into the River Thames and swam between the Oxford and Cambridge ...

Jun 27, 2013

Colombia signs info deal with NATO

Colombia on Tuesday signed an information exchange agreement with NATO, an unprecedented move for a Latin American country and a first sign of closer cooperation that already has several of the region’s leftist leaders up in arms. The deal was signed during Colombian Defense ...

Jun 27, 2013

Miyazato aiming for first major title

Former world No. 1 Ai Miyazato goes into the U.S. Women’s Open confident of capturing an elusive first major title on the LPGA Tour. The LPGA hits the midpoint of its season this week with the third major of the campaign. Miyazato has yet ...

Jun 27, 2013

Indonesia avoids copy paper duty

The government said Wednesday it will not impose antidumping duties on photocopy paper products from Indonesia. The government dismissed complaints filed by eight Japanese paper manufacturers in May last year that Indonesian photocopy paper products were imported into Japan at prices up to some ...

Jun 26, 2013

Korea Gas eyes LNG deal for ferries

Korea Gas Corp., the world’s largest buyer of liquefied natural gas, is in talks with the Japan Gas Association to supply LNG as a bunker fuel to ferries plying the South Korea-Japan route. Korea Gas has discussed a pilot project to supply natural gas ...

Jun 26, 2013

Exposure data wrong for 16,000 in Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences have said they erroneously estimated the radiation exposure of 16,118 people in a survey covering the first four months after the outbreak of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Among ...

Supreme Court cripples Voting Rights Act

Jun 26, 2013

Supreme Court cripples Voting Rights Act

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a crucial component of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation’s racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight. The vote was 5 to 4, ...

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

Jun 26, 2013

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

by Masaaki Kameda

Shin Shin, the female giant panda at Ueno Zoo, is highly unlikely to be pregnant, officials at the Tokyo facility said Tuesday, saying she isn’t showing the conditions usually observed before pandas give birth. Shin Shin has been removed from public viewing since June ...

Tokyo Olympic bid gets high marks

Jun 26, 2013

Tokyo Olympic bid gets high marks

The International Olympic Committee has released its Evaluation Commission report for cities vying to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, giving Tokyo high marks for its proposal for a compact games in which 85 percent of the competition venues would be within an 8-km radius

Hands on with the 'maker movement'

Jun 26, 2013

Hands on with the 'maker movement'

by Kazuaki Nagata

The so-called maker movement of do-it-yourselfers is set to continue its momentum at a global level, and as such the world will see an explosion of innovative creation from individuals, according to Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of the U.S.-based Make magazine. Recent technological developments such ...