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'Borgia (Season One)'

Jun 28, 2013

'Borgia (Season One)'

by Giovanni Fazio

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 ...

Jun 28, 2013

SMTB, insurer buy into Indian bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Nippon Life Insurance Co. said they will invest in a planned Mumbai-based bank to be set up by Indian conglomerate Reliance Group. Under India’s foreign investment control rules, a foreign firm is allowed to own up to 4.9 percent ...

Jun 28, 2013

Top marine lauds Osprey-MSDF link

The top U.S. Marine Corps commander has lauded the first joint drill involving a Maritime Self-Defense Force ship and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft, such as those deployed to Japan. “It was pretty monumental,” Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told reporters Wednesday ...

Jun 28, 2013

Bloggers banned from entering U.K.

Two U.S. political bloggers who founded an anti-Muslim group have been banned from entering Britain following reports they were to attend a march by the far-right English Defense League, the government said Wednesday. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who set up Stop Islamization of ...

Jun 28, 2013

Mikimoto to craft tiara for princess

High-end jewelry retailer K. Mikimoto & Co. has won a bid to produce a tiara for Princess Kako, who will start wearing it for formal occasions after she turns 20 next year, the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. Mikimoto has been commissioned to make ...

Jun 28, 2013

Philippines, U.S. hold war games

A U.S. destroyer was to join the Philippine Navy’s flagship for war games starting Thursday close to a flash-point area of the South China Sea, adding to tensions with China over rival territorial claims. The exercises are a boost for the Philippines’ poorly equipped ...

'Chronicle of My Mother'

Jun 28, 2013

'Chronicle of My Mother'

by Mark Schilling

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 ...

Jun 28, 2013

Sumitomo plans Vietnam flour sales

Major trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Wednesday that it will manufacture and sell wheat flour and flour premix products in Vietnam in cooperation with CJ CheilJedang Corp., a major South Korean food company. Sumitomo and Seoul-based CJ are expecting Vietnamese demand for flour and ...

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

Jun 27, 2013

JAEA map shows early iodine fallout

by Kazuaki Nagata

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 27, 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 ...

Softbank gets OK in Sprint deal

Jun 27, 2013

Softbank gets OK in Sprint deal

Shareholders of Sprint Nextel Corp. approve Softbank Corp.'s offer to acquire the third-largest U.S. mobile carrier for $21.6 billion, paving the way for the Japanese carrier to enter the American wireless market.

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

Jun 27, 2013

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

by C.B. Liddell

As a simple matter of economic convenience, some of the best art collections in the world started out going against established taste. By avoiding what was already highly valued — and therefore expensive — collectors could build up impressive collections that could then help ...

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

Jun 27, 2013

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

by Mio Yamada

In 1968, as the world reeled from The Prague Spring, the turbulent union and student strikes in France, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Japan, like so many other nations, found itself in the midst of social unrest. Citizens questioned ...