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JR Tokai resumes maglev tests on new section

Aug 30, 2013

JR Tokai resumes maglev tests on new section

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) resumed experimental runs Thursday of its magnetically levitated trains after completing a two-year project to extend its test line. JR Tokai plans to launch a maglev train service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, enabling passengers to travel ...

Fishermen lash out at Tepco over toxic water

Aug 30, 2013

Fishermen lash out at Tepco over toxic water

A national fishermen’s organization on Thursday criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s management of the radioactive water accumulating at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and said the utility should act under government guidance to remedy the situation. “Your company’s radioactive water management has failed,” ...

Prius to get boost from new battery upgrades

Aug 30, 2013

Prius to get boost from new battery upgrades

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Toyota Motor Corp., whose Prius dominates the market for hybrid vehicles, said its next generation of batteries will be more efficient and improve mileage. Toyota’s future hybrids will have batteries with higher energy density and power, Satoshi Ogiso, chief engineer for the Prius line, ...

Man who used Mugabe poster in toilet charged

Aug 30, 2013

Man who used Mugabe poster in toilet charged

A Zimbabwean man has been charged for allegedly using President Robert Mugabe’s election campaign poster as toilet paper, local media reported Wednesday. Takura Mufumisi, 26, from the city of Masvingo, is said to have taken the paper with him to a bar toilet. An ...

Japan misunderstood history comments, Ban says

Aug 30, 2013

Japan misunderstood history comments, Ban says

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that Japan misunderstood the comments he made earlier this week about its need to have a “correct view of history.” Ban told reporters at The Hague he regretted the misunderstanding in Japan about remarks he made Monday ...

Aug 30, 2013

Wrong reason to rescind censorship

Society must give children a chance to think deeply about war and other serious issues by allowing them unhindered access to relevant literature in school.

Aug 30, 2013

Welcoming Ms. Kennedy to Japan

we hope that incoming ambassador Ms. Caroline Kennedy will play an active role in helping to resolve some of the thorny bilateral issues that Japan and the U.S. are facing.

Tokyo chef who likes a good breakdown

| Aug 30, 2013

Tokyo chef who likes a good breakdown

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Kamose, a private cooking studio run by fermentation specialist Nobuaki Fushiki, is hidden among the backstreets of Tokyo’s Gakugei Daigaku district. Fushiki’s special dinner events, which feature an array of fermented ingredients, have a clandestine quality that brings to mind the speakeasies of the ...

Snyder ponders Superman's ultimate dilemma

Aug 30, 2013

Snyder ponders Superman's ultimate dilemma

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Opening on the heels of that other summer blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Man of Steel” is no smaller in scale but feels much more personal. That’s probably because director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Sucker Punch”) is a hands-on kind of filmmaker, who secretly feels ...

Japan's love affair with Chekhov

Aug 30, 2013

Japan's love affair with Chekhov

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“I have rarely seen a great production of any Chekhov play in Japan. Sometimes, I’ve even wanted to ask how they managed to make them so tedious.” Mansai Nomura, one of the country’s leading kyōgen (traditional comedy) actors, may say this with a wry ...

'Man of Steel'

Aug 30, 2013

'Man of Steel'

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Overwrought and overlong but thoroughly engrossing, “Man of Steel” is an experience akin to finding yourself standing next to an enormous turbo fan while trying to listen to a friend talk about his arduous Mount Everest expedition. On the one hand, you want to ...

'Soul Flower Train'

Aug 30, 2013

'Soul Flower Train'

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Dads, in Japan and elsewhere, never quite believe that their daughters are grown up and gone, do they? On a corner of their desk or in a corner of their mind is a picture of their princess at the school play or the piano ...

Dice-K gets roughed up again

Aug 30, 2013

Dice-K gets roughed up again

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled on Wednesday, taking the loss in the New York Mets’ 6-2 defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies. Matsuzaka (0-2), who spent the bulk of the season with the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A farm team, was making his second start since signing with the ...

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

Aug 30, 2013

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

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National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has pledged to stick by his embattled defenders, insisting on Thursday he would not swap them for anyone else in the world. Japan takes on friendly opponents Guatemala in Osaka on Sept. 6 and Ghana in Yokohama four days ...