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66 articles published/printed


Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

Aug 15, 2013

Shimanto strikes while the iron is hot

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The city of Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which on Monday became Japan’s hottest city with a record-setting temperature of 41.0 degrees, is now rushing to capitalize on its new title with a string of unique projects. The mercury hit the all-time high of 41.0 in ...

Honeybee sting acupuncture creates a buzz

Aug 15, 2013

Honeybee sting acupuncture creates a buzz

Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness, practitioners say. More than 27,000 people have undergone the painful technique — each session can involve dozens of punctures — at Wang Menglin’s clinic ...

Memories of war's victims, victimizers

Aug 15, 2013

Memories of war's victims, victimizers

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A freelance photojournalist has recorded the individual histories of 70 survivors of the war at home and abroad to show how they acted during wartime and how their experiences affected the rest of their lives. “I wanted to record the testimonies of war survivors ...

Obama pushes Net access for schools

Aug 15, 2013

Obama pushes Net access for schools

President Barack Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president ...

Iran's Rouhani faces hurdle over Cabinet

Aug 15, 2013

Iran's Rouhani faces hurdle over Cabinet

Hassan Rouhani’s new presidency in Iran is facing its first hurdle, with members of the conservative-dominated parliament questioning whether some top Cabinet nominees have supported the country’s foes. Public hearings that began Monday have turned bitterly contentious, with hard-line lawmakers singling out for particular ...

U.S. painter works to preserve beauty of Lake Biwa

Aug 15, 2013

U.S. painter works to preserve beauty of Lake Biwa

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Brian Williams, a Peruvian-born American painter, has lived in Shiga Prefecture for 29 years, producing over 2,000 pictures of nearby Lake Biwa and its surrounding nature. Williams, 63, left the United States at age 22 while he was studying art at the University of ...

Aug 15, 2013

Future of military self-restraint

This year's anniversary marking the end of World War II comes as the Abe administration appears girding to discard the postwar principle of military self-restraint.

Aug 15, 2013

Conduct in territorial disputes

Although waves are forecast for talks between China and ASEAN on a code of conduct covering the South China Sea, both sides must persevere to reduce tension.

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

Aug 15, 2013

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

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Veteran Japanese rockers Mr. Children attracted so many fans to this year’s edition of the Summer Sonic music festival that they made Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan upset. “Thank-you for the warm reception,” he said sarcastically in Osaka on Saturday, in response to the ...

Jeté-ing from ballet to kitchen-sink drama

Aug 15, 2013

Jeté-ing from ballet to kitchen-sink drama

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Though she’s moved from elegant arabesques to doing the washing up, former prima ballerina Tamiyo Kusakari is stealing the show in “Ani Kaeru (The Older Brother Returns),” a kitchen-sink drama playing every night through Sept. 1 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro. For renowned ...

The nature of Japanese lacquer art

Aug 15, 2013

The nature of Japanese lacquer art

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Katsuyuki Shirako (b. 1984) is a lacquer artist, though not one who accords specific primacy to that medium. His fourth show at Kyoto’s eN arts in Kyoto, is predominantly photographs. Drawn from the artist’s “Connect” series, these images show a combination of his carefully ...

Uruguay too much for Japan in friendly

Aug 15, 2013

Uruguay too much for Japan in friendly

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Diego Forlan gave Yoichiro Kakitani a lesson in the art of finishing as the veteran Internacional striker scored a quick-fire double to help Uruguay outclass Japan 4-2 in a friendly in Miyagi on Wednesday night. All Japanese eyes were on Kakitani aiming to become ...

Giants bounce back in win over BayStars

Aug 15, 2013

Giants bounce back in win over BayStars

Ryosuke Miyaguni allowed a run in six steady innings on Wednesday, helping the Yomiuri Giants beat the Yokohama BayStars 4-1 after the Central League leaders dropped their series opener the night before. John Bowker homered for the second straight night, giving the Giants the ...