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58 articles published/printed


Morsi's exit poses headache for U.S.

Jul 05, 2013

Morsi's exit poses headache for U.S.

The military toppling of Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi could have huge implications for the nation’s ties with the United States, which had an uneasy relationship with his Islamist-led government during its year-long rule. Analysts and lawmakers have for months sharply criticized the tepid U.S. response ...

Fukushima voters tell politicians to get real

Jul 05, 2013

Fukushima voters tell politicians to get real

Voters in Fukushima Prefecture, where about 150,000 people still can’t return to their homes because of the nuclear crisis, urged politicians Thursday to face the reality of the catastrophe as official campaigning for the July 21 Upper House election got under way. Prime Minister ...

FCC nod clears way for Softbank bid to buy Sprint

Jul 05, 2013

FCC nod clears way for Softbank bid to buy Sprint

Softbank Corp.’s $21.6 billion bid for mobile carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. won approval from the last U.S. regulatory body reviewing the transaction, according to sources. All three members of the Federal Communications Commission have voted for the deal, said the sources, who asked not ...

Jul 05, 2013

U.S. manhunt for Snowden suspected after Bolivian chief's plane diverted

The apparent diversion of the Bolivian president’s airplane in Europe has fed suspicion that the United States is quietly orchestrating an international manhunt for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden despite efforts by President Barack Obama to downplay the pursuit’s magnitude. The circumstances ...

Jul 05, 2013

Alternatives to Mr. Abe's way

The July 21 Upper House election will have a great impact on Japan's future. Voters would do well to consider alternative paths to the prime minister's way.

Jul 05, 2013

Shuffling the books on nursing care

The health ministry's idea of having municipalities provide nursing care services to some elderly people could raise the costs of care while reducing its quality.

Jul 05, 2013

The cyber highway potholes

There is no going back to the pre-Internet era. So we must work to ensure that freedom of information is not significantly undermined by cyber censorship.

'New' Royal Ballet spans the frontiers of dance

Jul 05, 2013

'New' Royal Ballet spans the frontiers of dance

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For the first time in three years, one of the world’s most esteemed ballet companies is bringing its talent to one of the world’s most appreciative audiences, as part of a tour that explores the parameters of dance. Britain’s Royal Ballet will present its ...

Tsuchiya questions what it means to be human

Jul 05, 2013

Tsuchiya questions what it means to be human

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I first met Yutaka Tsuchiya in 1999 when I interviewed him on the release of “Atarashii Kamisama (The New God),” his documentary centering on a rightist punk band and its charismatic lead singer, Karin Amamiya. Despite his left-leaning politics, Tsuchiya was anything but the ...

'Thallium Shojo no Dokusatsu Nikki (GFP Bunny)'

Jul 05, 2013

'Thallium Shojo no Dokusatsu Nikki (GFP Bunny)'

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Every once in awhile a movie sees around the corner to where the culture is heading. Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” (1971) was released when baby boomers were still baking granola and dreaming of communal peace and love, but its dystopian vision of ultra ...

'A Late Quartet (25-nenme no Gengakushijuso)'

Jul 05, 2013

'A Late Quartet (25-nenme no Gengakushijuso)'

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The astonishing thing about “A Late Quartet” is that Woody Allen didn’t make it. It has the Allen look — set in a resplendent and privileged Manhattan, with lingering shots of apartment interiors; the Allen-like cast — consisting of some of the most talented ...

Good, clean fun at Ito tub race

Jul 05, 2013

Good, clean fun at Ito tub race

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The seaside town of Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, is well known for its dark, sandy beaches, hot springs, giant koi carp and spectacular summer fireworks displays. But it also holds one of the strangest and silliest traditions in the region — the Tarai-nori Kyoso, otherwise ...

'Shadow Dancer'

Jul 05, 2013

'Shadow Dancer'

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Director: James Marsh Language: English Documentary director James Marsh (“Man On Wire”) turns to reality-based fiction with “Shadow Dancer,” a taut tale of double-agents and betrayal set in Belfast in 1993. Single-mom and IRA-supporter Colette (Andrea Riseborough) gets nabbed by MI5 and forced to ...

'Monsters University'

Jul 05, 2013

'Monsters University'

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Pixar’s 2001 hit “Monsters Inc.” revolved around one great premise: What if the monsters that lurk underneath children’s beds, were actually terrified of the kids? It was a great gag, and the rest of the film fell into place around it. Also adding immensely ...

'Dark Skies'

Jul 05, 2013

'Dark Skies'

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The always charming Keri Russell (“Waitress”) pairs up with mild-mannered Josh Hamilton (“The Bourne Identity”) as a couple thrown head first into a swamp made up of various story components from the “The X-Files” — and left floundering in the muck. Every so often, ...

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

Jul 05, 2013

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

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The relationship between singer Nick Cave and filmmaker John Hillcoat has been a fruitful one over the years; while Hillcoat has done a lot of music-video work for Cave’s gothic-blues group The Bad Seeds, Cave has also worked on Hillcoat’s feature films, providing music ...

'Momo no Tegami (A Letter to Momo)'

Jul 05, 2013

'Momo no Tegami (A Letter to Momo)'

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Director: Hiroyuki Okiura Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Hiroyuki Okiura’s 2012 anime “A Letter to Momo” — about an 11-year-old girl coming to terms with her father’s death, with the help of three goblins she encounters on an Inland Sea island — is a ...

'A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard: Last Day)'

Jul 05, 2013

'A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard: Last Day)'

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Director: John Moore Language: English Tank-topped slob cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is back in the series’ fifth installment. This “Die Hard” is a change of pace for McClane — he boards a plane for Moscow in search of his missing son Jack (Jai ...

Eagles soar past Marines, grab share of first place

Jul 05, 2013

Eagles soar past Marines, grab share of first place

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles moved into a tie for the Pacific League lead on Thursday following an 8-4 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines, who started the day with a one-game advantage. Cleanup hitter Andruw Jones hit two-run home runs in consecutive at-bats ...

Jul 05, 2013

Honda, AC Milan finalize deal: reports

Serie A powerhouse AC Milan has agreed terms with Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda, but it is unclear when he will arrive in Italy, according to local reports. Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has been in negotiations with Honda’s representatives and according to reports ...