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71 articles published/printed


China envoy summoned over lengthy Senkaku incursion

Aug 09, 2013

China envoy summoned over lengthy Senkaku incursion

The government summoned Beijing’s envoy to Tokyo on Thursday after China Coast Guard ships entered and remained in Japan’s territorial waters for over 24 hours near the islet chain at the center of a bitter row between the Asian giants. The Chinese vessels entered ...

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

Aug 09, 2013

Tokyo beach reopens after five-decade effort

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The seawater by Tokyo’s Kasai Rinkai Park is only slightly cooler than body temperature, and its beach contains a mix of tiny gravel and seashell fragments instead of fine white sand. The beach is far from a perfect summer getaway. The skyline of the ...

Yemen threat snarls plan to close Gitmo

Aug 09, 2013

Yemen threat snarls plan to close Gitmo

The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent country. More than ...

Aug 09, 2013

Top firms' classified info leaked on Baidu

Large amounts of confidential internal documents and materials of major Japanese companies from the past two years are currently available for viewing at China's Baidu Library document-sharing website.

Abe vows to trim ¥17 trillion; details few

Aug 09, 2013

Abe vows to trim ¥17 trillion; details few

The Abe administration approves a medium-term fiscal reform plan, pledging to narrow the budget deficit by ¥17 trillion over the next two years but offering no specifics on how to improve public finances.

Aug 09, 2013

Helicopter crash stirs resentment

The U.S. Air Force helicopter crash Monday in Okinawa is likely to deepen residents' fear of aircraft operations, especially those of the tilt-roter MV-22 Osprey.

Aug 09, 2013

Social welfare reforms

A government panel's report on social welfare reform includes many issues that must be resolved, including how to cut costs without compromising the quality of health care.

Eat yourself broke at Grand Front Osaka

| Aug 09, 2013

Eat yourself broke at Grand Front Osaka

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You’ve gotta love a city whose primary motivation is to accumulate wealth then promptly squander it through the time-honored pursuit of kuidaore (eating oneself to bankruptcy). Now, with the opening of the massive Grand Front Osaka commercial, residential and entertainment complex on the north ...

Marr's new message

Aug 09, 2013

Marr's new message

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“What I’ve done is revert to type. I’ve gone back to my nature.” It has taken 26 years, but Johnny Marr is finally ready to embrace his past. It is a legacy of immense weight: The five years he spent as guitarist and co-songwriter ...

The dead get their day as zombies go mainstream

Aug 09, 2013

The dead get their day as zombies go mainstream

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My first zombie movie was “Night of the Living Dead,” viewed at a midnight screening at the old Harvard Square Cinema, attended by a small coterie of late-night freaks and stoners. With its relentless dread and entrail-chomping ghouls, it was a film beyond the ...

'World War Z'

Aug 09, 2013

'World War Z'

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I recall watching “Quantum of Solace,” the 007 movie directed by Marc Forster, and thinking, “This man should never have been put in charge of an action movie.” A fine director of art-house fare such as “Finding Neverland” or “The Kite Runner,” Forster handled ...

'Homesick'

Aug 09, 2013

'Homesick'

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I once had a promising career as a teacher at a city day-care center in Hollywood (yes, that Hollywood). For one thing, I enjoyed interacting (translation: playing) with my charges, mostly African-American kids aged 9 to 12. For another, I liked making stuff with ...

African group drums up a party

Aug 09, 2013

African group drums up a party

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The African drumming theater is back, providing people with a fun and entertaining way of letting off some steam and experiencing a new culture. “Drumstruck,” a Johannesburg-born musical, is an interactive experience where each member of the audience will be provided with a 61-cm-tall ...

Kawabata delivers game-winning hit for Swallows

Aug 09, 2013

Kawabata delivers game-winning hit for Swallows

A night after sealing a victory with his glove, Shingo Kawabata broke a 2-2, ninth-inning tie with a two-run single on Thursday as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Chunichi Dragons 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep at Nagoya Dome. With no outs and ...

Murray moves on in Montreal

Aug 09, 2013

Murray moves on in Montreal

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal competed on hard courts for the first time in five months Wednesday, with both reaching the third round of the Rogers Cup. Second seed Murray shook off his post-Wimbledon cobwebs with a fighting 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory ...