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Japanese movie wins major award at Montreal festival

Sep 05, 2013

Japanese movie wins major award at Montreal festival

Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka’s film “Ask This of Rikyu,” about a medieval-era tea master, won this year’s Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Montreal International Film Festival. “I was really surprised. I believe that the beauty of the story was appreciated by the overseas audience ...

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Sep 05, 2013

More twisters touch down in Kanto

Unstable atmospheric conditions extending across the country, including from the first typhoon to directly hit Kyushu in six years, spawned destructive tornados in the Kanto region Wednesday, two days after a twister wreaked havoc in Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. Typhoon Toraji made landfall ...

Rudd battles Murdoch press

| Sep 05, 2013

Rudd battles Murdoch press

Rupert Murdoch’s clout in Britain and the United States might have diminished, but in Australia he dominates the media landscape, playing a prominent role in undermining Kevin Rudd’s dream of retaining power, analysts say. While the ruling Labor Party has long trailed the Tony ...

New invention a sight for sore eyes

Sep 05, 2013

New invention a sight for sore eyes

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Simon Kamau, 26, has been in almost constant pain since he was a playful 3-year-old and accidentally pierced his eye with a sharp object. Now, though, smartphone technology now offers hope. His family lives in an impoverished part of rural Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift ...

London 'fryscraper' glare melts cars

Sep 05, 2013

London 'fryscraper' glare melts cars

A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after sun rays reflected from its half-finished London skyscraper melted parts of several cars, including a luxury Jaguar. Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare bouncing off 20 Fenchurch St. — nicknamed ...

'Skilled foreigner' invite too rigid a bar

Sep 05, 2013

'Skilled foreigner' invite too rigid a bar

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More than a year after its much-hyped introduction, a government-led initiative to lure “highly skilled” foreign professionals to Japan is making lackluster progress, with the number of those applying for visas under the new system much smaller than initially envisioned. Dismayed by the poor ...

Tokyo sets up English website on radiation

Sep 05, 2013

Tokyo sets up English website on radiation

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The metro government opens an English website offering radiation-related information — a last-ditch effort before the 2020 Olympics host is picked — to brush off the negative impact from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant mess.

Sep 05, 2013

Conflicts of interest in drug research

Oversight of pharmaceutical companies' corporate donations to universities, and the roles played by their employees in university drug research, must be strengthened to prevent conflicts of interests from tainting the results of clinical research.

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

Sep 05, 2013

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

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Thirty years on from the death of Shuji Terayama, Japanese theater’s most avant-garde provocateur continues his renaissance with a show of his films, photography and, most importantly, theater works at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, which follows on from the recent showing of ...

The poster nation of unusual graphic design

Sep 05, 2013

The poster nation of unusual graphic design

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Art often thrives as it wriggles out from under a big heavy rock. This can be said about creativity in Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to ’80s. As the nation broke free of Stalinism, careered toward the Prague Spring and then finally celebrated the end ...

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

Sep 05, 2013

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

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Echoing the choice of Koki Tanaka — a conceptual artist — for the Japanese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale this year, “Why Not Live For Art? II: 9 collectors reveal their treasures” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery suggests that art collecting in ...

Acclaimed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl dies at 93

Sep 05, 2013

Acclaimed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl dies at 93

Frederik Pohl, who helped shape and popularize science fiction as an influential agent, editor and award-winning author, died Sept. 2 at a hospital near his home in Palatine, Illinois. He was 93. His death was confirmed by a granddaughter, author Emily Pohl-Weary. An entry ...

Sep 05, 2013

Ardija midfielder Kanazawa to miss four weeks

J. League first-division side Omiya Ardija announced Wednesday that midfielder Shin Kanazawa will be out for four weeks with a knee injury. The 29-year-old, who has two goals in 21 J1 games this season, hurt the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in ...

Maeda dominant in win over Dragons

Sep 05, 2013

Maeda dominant in win over Dragons

Hiroshima ace Kenta Maeda continued to have the Chunichi Dragons’ number on Wednesday, going eight innings in the Carp’s 2-0 victory over their closest Central League rivals. Maeda (12-5) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out six. He improved to 3-0 against ...