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Jun 28, 2013

Park starts China summit on North

South Korean President Park Gyen-hye arrived in China on Thursday for summit talks to be dominated by North Korea’s nuclear program, seeking to push Beijing to do more to bring its wayward ally to heel. “(Park) arrived in Beijing to start a four-day visit,” ...

Jun 28, 2013

Chinese vessels intrude at Senkakus

Three Chinese government ships were plying waters around the Senkaku Islands on Thursday, the Japan Coast Guard reported. The maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone regarded as the territorial waters of Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku islets that Japan controls but China claims ...

Jun 28, 2013

Snowden had contempt for leakers

When he was working in the intelligence community in 2009, Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency contractor who passed top-secret documents to journalists, appears to have had nothing but disdain for those who leaked classified information, the newspapers that printed their revelations and ...

'Senkyo 2 (Campaign 2)'

Jun 28, 2013

'Senkyo 2 (Campaign 2)'

by Mark Schilling

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

by Natasha Vik

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'

by Giovanni Fazio

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 ...

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

| Jun 28, 2013

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

by Steve Trautlein

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 ...

'Kon-Tiki'

Jun 28, 2013

'Kon-Tiki'

by Kaori Shoji

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 ...

Jun 28, 2013

Britain forges ahead with 'three parent' fertility technique

The British government on Thursday said it would pursue a radical fertility technique that uses DNA from three parents to create an embryo. The IVF-based technique is designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases inherited on the maternal side, such as muscular dystrophy. Mitochondria are ...

'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 ...

Jun 28, 2013

Toshiba wins Rio train system order

Toshiba Corp. said Thursday it has an order to deliver electrical equipment systems for trains operated in suburban Rio de Janeiro for about ¥6 billion. The manufacturer said it will supply propulsion, train monitoring and other systems for 60 trains between this September and ...

Jun 28, 2013

Toyota's May output breaks record

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that its group overseas production in May rose 0.6 percent from the year before to 510,508 units, a record high for the month. Toyota boosted its production in North America, Central and South America and Australia, while its group ...

Jun 28, 2013

New Mazda3 hatchback unveiled

Mazda Motor Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a hatchback of its top selling Mazda3, with the global release of the model and other versions to start this fall in North America. The new Mazda3 will have several options for fuel economy, including newly developed 1,500cc ...

Jun 28, 2013

Oprah tops Forbes celebrity list 2013

Television talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity in the world Wednesday as Forbes.com released its annual list of the top movers and shakers in the entertainment industry. Winfrey, 59, who was ranked in the top spot despite her signature ...

'Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season'

Jun 28, 2013

'Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season'

by Kaori Shoji

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 ...

Jun 28, 2013

Nuptials elude nonregular workers

Nonregular workers are struggling to envision future matrimony due mainly to financial uncertainties, a labor group survey showed. While 23 percent of regular workers employed permanently said they are willing to marry within a year, the proportion came to only 11.5 percent for nonregular ...