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79 articles published/printed


Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

Jul 26, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

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Anime master Hayao Miyazaki blasted the government’s push to revise the Constitution, saying that politicians without any understanding of history “shouldn’t be messing” with the foundation of the country. In a magazine published last week by his production company, Studio Ghibli, the award-winning director ...

Honda's Fujino readying 'flying Acura'

Jul 26, 2013

Honda's Fujino readying 'flying Acura'

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Michimasa Fujino began working on Honda Motor Co.’s aviation project 27 years ago at a hangar in Mississippi. Next year, Fujino, now president of the aircraft unit, says the project may finally get off the ground. If so, Honda would become the first newcomer ...

Abbott: use military on boat people

Jul 26, 2013

Abbott: use military on boat people

Australia’s conservative opposition unveiled plans Thursday for a military-led response to repel boat people, branding the problem a “national emergency” after the government declared a radical new policy aimed at crippling people smuggling. With tens of thousands of asylum seekers risking their lives on ...

Bo charged with bribery, abuse of power

Jul 26, 2013

Bo charged with bribery, abuse of power

Once high-flying politician Bo Xilai was indicted Thursday for bribery and abuse of power, Chinese state media said, following a scandal that exposed deep divisions at the highest levels of the country’s ruling Communist Party. Bo, the former party chief of Chongqing, will be ...

Japan team develops microthin electric circuit

Jul 26, 2013

Japan team develops microthin electric circuit

A flexible electrical circuit one-fifth the thickness of food wrap and weighing less than a feather could improve the movement of artificial limbs by tapping into signals from the brain, its Japanese developers say. The team at the University of Tokyo said the device, ...

Jul 26, 2013

Japan Post to expand Aflac alliance

Japan Post Group plans to expand its business collaboration with American Family Life Assurance Co. (Aflac) by sharply increasing sales outlets handling the U.S. insurer’s cancer policies.

Jul 26, 2013

Economic turnaround to what?

Although a government white paper lauds the prime minister's "Abenomics" policy, it's not clear whether stronger business earnings will lead to higher wages.

Jul 26, 2013

Fair treatment of the disabled

The Diet enacts a law prohibiting discriminatory treatment of the disabled as well as obliging local governments to remove obstacles that disabled people face.

Fox tackles history in 'Emperor'

Jul 26, 2013

Fox tackles history in 'Emperor'

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Actor Matthew Fox saw his career take off in the 1990s with the role of Charlie Salinger in the American TV series “Party of Five,” and he gained even more popularity as Jack Shephard, the central character in the innovative series “Lost.” Now, though, ...

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

Jul 26, 2013

Spirits linger in the trinkets of Hiroshima's dead

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They say most people have one or more defining childhood incidents — something that sets the course of their adult life and molds their personality. Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund had one, and it was so striking that to this day she can still remember the ...

'Akaboshi'

Jul 26, 2013

'Akaboshi'

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I used to attract proselytizers, usually some variety of Christian, when I was thumbing around the United States in the early 1970s. Unlike most drivers who offered me rides, they didn’t want a captive ear for their personal confessions or rants. Instead they relentlessly ...

'Things Left Behind'

Jul 26, 2013

'Things Left Behind'

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When the Japanese refer to “the war,” they mean World War II. When they talk about “the bomb,” they mean the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945. The event is so familiar, the contours of its tragedy ...

<em>Hentai</em> animation night at YCAM

Jul 26, 2013

Hentai animation night at YCAM

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The word “hentai” has two meanings in Japanese, referring both to “metamorphosis” and “abnormality/perversion.” On Saturday, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media will screen a series of 13 hentai films — covering the wackiest, weirdest animated shorts in which the characters also undergo various ...

'Emperor'

Jul 26, 2013

'Emperor'

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Emperor,” a rare Japan-U.S. joint production, aims squarely for that old-school “Casablanca” vibe, a tragic romance set against a backdrop of wartime intrigue, with mixed results. Based on the book “His Majesty’s Salvation” by Shiro Okamoto, the topic is one guaranteed to raise eyebrows: ...

'The Moth Diaries'

Jul 26, 2013

'The Moth Diaries'

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“The Moth Diaries” can be described as the female-fronted equivalent of “Another Country” minus the political angst and overt sexuality. Otherwise, the intense narcissism and overwrought peer pressure that characterized what is now a classic elitist adolescent movie is duplicated here in “American Psycho” ...

'The Man With the Iron Fists'

Jul 26, 2013

'The Man With the Iron Fists'

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It’s no secret that producer/rapper RZA — nee Robert Fitzgerald Diggs — is a big fan of vintage chop-socky films; his group Wu-Tang Clan lifted its name from one such flick. RZA has worked steadily at crossing over into cinema, starting with a soundtrack ...

'Game of Thrones: Season One'

Jul 26, 2013

'Game of Thrones: Season One'

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Language: English Someone coined the term “crack-TV” when “24” was hot to describe those pulse-racing series that always kept you chasing your next hit. I’d say “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” are two of the best current examples, but right behind them is ...

'Shokuzai (Penance)'

Jul 26, 2013

'Shokuzai (Penance)'

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Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) YesAsia has started selling an English-subbed Hong Kong version of “Shokuzai (Penance),” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s five-part chiller about a mother (Kyoko Koizumi) who yearns for karmic retribution against the classmates of her dead daughter, who saw her ...

Noodles to flow in Kobe

Jul 26, 2013

Noodles to flow in Kobe

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On a summer day in 1959, some men gathered at a river in Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture. After a long day of work, they devoured white-wheat noodles that swooshed down an open bamboo pipe. It’s said that hungry workers would eat the bamboo pipes and ...

Jul 26, 2013

Car event revs up U.S. spirit

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Whether you took your first date out in a Ford or a Toyota, car enthusiasts of any nationality should head over to this Sunday’s Super American Festival in Shizuoka. The festival, now in its 21st year, is a day of drag racing, car shows ...

'Wreck-it Ralph (Sugar Rush)'

Jul 26, 2013

'Wreck-it Ralph (Sugar Rush)'

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Director: Rich Moore Language: English Widespread obesity has given sugar a bad name in the U.S. But in Wreck-it Ralph, “Sugar Rush” is a video game, and you can’t get fat from those … right? Anyway, this Rich Moore-directed Disney production swoons with nostalgia ...

Wenger's time with Nagoya still resonates

Jul 26, 2013

Wenger's time with Nagoya still resonates

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Nearly 20 years after his brief stay in Japan, Arsene Wenger’s influence still echoes, following its rise from a backwater of world soccer to one of its emerging powers. The serious Frenchman left a lasting impression not only on his colleagues at Nagoya Grampus, ...

Osako bags pair as Japan edges Australia

Jul 26, 2013

Osako bags pair as Japan edges Australia

Yuya Osako scored twice and Manabu Saito also opened his national team account as Japan beat Australia 3-2 in its second match at the East Asian Cup on Thursday night. Saito opened the scoring with a stunning first-half strike and Osako added the second ...