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Jul 19, 2013

Line urged to take sex crime preventive measures

The provider of the Line communications application for smartphones is urged to take preventive measures against sex crimes after a boy in Kyoto Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of sharing child porn video footage using the app.

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

Jul 19, 2013

Experts say SNS let girl hide sinister side

Communicating via the Internet allowed the 16-year-old girl arrested Sunday after confessing to the slaying of a former classmate in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, to present herself in a positive light and mask her violent side, experts speculated. The suspect is currently being held on ...

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

Jul 19, 2013

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

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Award-winning animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first movie in five years Saturday — a work based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan’s legendary Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th-century writer Tatsuo Hori. Horikoshi was one of the “most brilliant” ...

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Jul 19, 2013

Iwate hopefuls locked in close race

Tatsuo Hirano, former minister for disaster reconstruction, faces an uphill battle for re-election as a House of Councilors lawmaker in the fiefdom of former power broker Ichiro Ozawa. Hirano, 59, parted with Ozawa last year when the influential politician bolted from the then-ruling Democratic ...

Next Coast Guard chief to come up from ranks

Jul 19, 2013

Next Coast Guard chief to come up from ranks

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Yuji Sato, the Japan Coast Guard’s vice commandant of operations, will soon be promoted to commandant, becoming the first officer from within the Coast Guard to hold the top post, a government source said Thursday. Until now, the commandant has always been a civilian ...

Taliban letter rips Malala's 'smears'

Jul 19, 2013

Taliban letter rips Malala's 'smears'

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has written to Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist shot by militants, accusing her of “smearing” them and of promoting “satanic” values, while urging her to return home. Taliban gunmen shot Malala, now 16, in the head in her ...

Sekisui may meet profit targets on demand spike

Jul 19, 2013

Sekisui may meet profit targets on demand spike

Sekisui House Ltd. said it has seen “strong demand” ahead of tax and mortgage rate increases that could help Japan’s second-biggest home builder meet earnings goals. “We are getting a good feel about delivering decent results based on our earnings targets,” President Toshinori Abe, ...

Jul 19, 2013

Man, more teens nabbed in girl's killing

A 21-year-old man is arrested along with two male and three female teenagers in connection with the slaying of a 16-year-old girl, whose corpse was found on a mountain in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Jul 19, 2013

Steam seen in Fukushima reactor 3 building

Steam is spotted in the reactor 3 building at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, but there was no sign yet of increased radiation, Tepco says, speculating that the vapor was from evaporated rainwater.

Jul 19, 2013

Parties must clearly explain TPP

All parties in the Upper House campaign have done a deplorable job of promoting, or criticizing, Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

Jul 19, 2013

Meeting the needs of young voters

Before casting their ballots Sunday, young voters should not forget to consider the various parties' promises with regard to childcare and support for young workers.

A delicious Caribbean vacation for your taste buds

| Jul 19, 2013

A delicious Caribbean vacation for your taste buds

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“There are no palm trees. It looks like a typical Caribbean restaurant. Like home, not the beach,” says Petra Laptiste, a Canadian of Caribbean descent, describing her favorite Caribbean restaurant in Tokyo, JamRock (1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3478-2364; www.jamrockcafeonline.com). JamRock doesn’t peddle hackneyed images ...

Ruffino wine dinner at Shangri-La

| Jul 19, 2013

Ruffino wine dinner at Shangri-La

On July 26, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo will hold a special gala dinner featuring Ruffino’s exclusive wines at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Piacere. Ruffino is a wine producer based in the Tuscany region of Italy, founded in 1877 by Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino to ...

Vampire Weekend to go 'Modern' at Fuji Rock

Jul 19, 2013

Vampire Weekend to go 'Modern' at Fuji Rock

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Over the course of three albums, Vampire Weekend has cultivated a unique sound from a wide spectrum of influences, including experimental rock musician Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius). Vampire Weekend lead singer and songwriter Ezra Koenig has a fond memory of the musician, often described ...

Family issues abound in Delpy's comedy sequel

Jul 19, 2013

Family issues abound in Delpy's comedy sequel

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If you were into art-house cinema in the 1990s, you were into Julie Delpy, whether it was her boho-romantic Celine in Richard Linklater’s classic “Before Sunrise,” her ice-cold vixen in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s magisterial “Three Colors: White,” or even the clichéd hooker-with-a-heart in Roger “Pulp ...

'Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)'

Jul 19, 2013

'Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)'

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Whenever Hayao Miyazaki, now 72, makes a film, fans and critics weigh it against this anime master’s past triumphs — and often find it wanting. Japanese critics, especially, fondly recall the films that Miyazaki directed at the start of his long career as peaks. ...

Take to the sky this summer

Jul 19, 2013

Take to the sky this summer

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In my childhood, I used to dream about floating through the sky like Mary Poppins, but to do that would likely involve a big umbrella in a typhoon, which is not as appealing. It looks like Midtown Loves Summer (MLS), however, offers a good ...

'2 Days in New York'

Jul 19, 2013

'2 Days in New York'

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If she’s known for anything, Julie Delpy is known for her films “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset,” made with director Richard Linklater and costar Ethan Hawke. And while those films were about the giddy feeling of falling head over heels for someone even when ...

'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'

Jul 19, 2013

'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'

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“This film is about the craft,” declares Ice-T, the veteran rapper (once notorious for his track “Cop Killer”) who’s turned director with “Something From Nothing : The Art of Rap,” a documentary on the roots and development of busting rhymes. Ice-T is a good ...

'The Paperboy'

Jul 19, 2013

'The Paperboy'

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Swamp trash melodrama unfolds with stylish 1960s grittiness in “The Paperboy” and demonstrates Nicole Kidman’s ability to fashion herself into an angel fallen to Earth in the guise of a hooker. She plays Charlotte Bless, a peroxide blonde who makes no bones about having ...

'Serial Mom'

Jul 19, 2013

'Serial Mom'

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Director: John Waters Language: English John Waters’ fans can welcome this 1994 classic onto digitally remastered DVD and Blu-ray. Kathleen Turner stars as a prim and proper, holier-than-thou sort of Martha Stewart housewife who takes cleanliness and keeping up appearances so seriously that she ...

'Une Estonienne a Paris'

Jul 19, 2013

'Une Estonienne a Paris'

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Jeanne Moreau was a French superstar back in the day, but decades later, the now-octogenarian’s on-screen presence continues to be defined by a haze of ennui and ambivalence that she wraps around herself like a delicate shawl. Moreau’s appearance in “Une Estonienne a Paris” ...

'Godzilla'

Jul 19, 2013

'Godzilla'

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Director: Roland Emmerich Language: English A new 4K mastered Blu-ray of “Godzilla,” the 1998 Hollywood reworking of the seminal 1954 Japanese monster movie, was released on July 16. Reviled by Godzilla fans upon its original release, this CGI extravaganza directed by Roland Emmerich did ...

'Pleasantville (Color of Heart)'

Jul 19, 2013

'Pleasantville (Color of Heart)'

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Director: Gary Ross Language: English I picked up 1998 movie “Pleasantville” at my rental store the other day — what a blast from the past. It stars a young Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon as teenage twins in suburbia, USA, who get zapped into ...

Aihara, decorated Olympic gymnast, dead at 79

Jul 19, 2013

Aihara, decorated Olympic gymnast, dead at 79

Ex-gymnast Nobuyuki Aihara, a double champion at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, has died at the age of 79, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced on Thursday. Aihara, who hailed from Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, won gold on the floor exercises in which he excelled ...

Jul 19, 2013

Veteran Ramirez deactivated by BayStars

The Yokohama BayStars sent down Alex Ramirez on Thursday with the 38-year-old outfielder hitting a paltry .185 with two homers this season. It is the first time Ramirez has been demoted due to poor performance since arriving in Japan in 2001. Ramirez became the ...

Hakuho remains in control of title hunt

Jul 19, 2013

Hakuho remains in control of title hunt

Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho shot down ozeki Kotoshogiku to close in on his 26th Emperor’s Cup at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho improved to 12-0 and can clinch the title Friday with a win, coupled with a defeat for Bulgarian maegashira Aoiyama, ...