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Metro police stage counterterrorism drill for Olympics

Sep 13, 2013

Metro police stage counterterrorism drill for Olympics

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department held a counterterrorism drill Thursday as part of measures to protect the Olympic village to be built for the 2020 Summer Olympics. About 50 people, including private security guards, took part in the drill in the Harumi district of Chuo ...

Japan to protest Fukushima-Olympics cartoons in French weekly

Sep 13, 2013

Japan to protest Fukushima-Olympics cartoons in French weekly

Japan plans to complain to the French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine after it published cartoons poking fun at Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. One cartoon published in the Sept. 11 edition of the paper shows ...

MMC on verge of ¥200 billion public share offering

Sep 13, 2013

MMC on verge of ¥200 billion public share offering

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is nearing a decision to raise as much as ¥200 billion via a public offering of new shares as it seeks to reduce preferred stock held by other group companies, two sources with direct knowledge of the plan said. MMC will ...

Kin of 9/11 victim calls for rethink on violence

Sep 13, 2013

Kin of 9/11 victim calls for rethink on violence

Family members of Japanese killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks marked the 12th anniversary Wednesday at a ceremony in New York, with one expressing concern about the implications of a possible U.S. attack on Syria and calling for ending the cycle of hatred ...

U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the White House, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, ...

Sep 13, 2013

The buck stops nowhere

The prosecution's decision to not indict any Tepco officials in connection with the Fukushima nuclear disaster is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of victims.

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

Sep 13, 2013

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

by George Hadley-Garcia

Biographical movies can be a daunting task. Their subjects often have larger-than-life stories that are focal points for controversy. Actor Bill Murray says that what attracted him to the role of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in “Hyde Park on Hudson,” was less ...

'Hyde Park on Hudson'

Sep 13, 2013

'Hyde Park on Hudson'

by Kaori Shoji

For all intents and purposes, “Hyde Park on Hudson” should have you on hello. Instead, it may leave you feeling the tiniest bit revolted. Focusing on the events of a weekend in the life of 32nd U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, arguably the best-loved ...

Aoyama looks to the 1980s without nostalgia

Sep 13, 2013

Aoyama looks to the 1980s without nostalgia

by Mark Schilling

Shinji Aoyama is the director as cinephile. That is, while winning awards for his own films, including two prizes at Cannes for his 2000 drama “Eureka,” he has long been a serious student of films by others, beginning with his days at Rikkyo University ...

'Tomogui (Backwater)'

Sep 13, 2013

'Tomogui (Backwater)'

by Mark Schilling

In 1971 the Nikkatsu studio, desperate to stave off bankruptcy, switched production to the then-burgeoning genre of softcore pornography. Made mostly by young directors promoted after their elders fled, the films were hardly intended as high art. Instead their main selling point was simulated ...

'The Wolverine'

Sep 13, 2013

'The Wolverine'

by Giovanni Fazio

While it never seems to be as high-profile as the “Iron Man” or “Spider-Man” franchises, the “X-Men” series is actually the longest-running Marvel Comics series on the big screen, and it’s the one that opened the gates to Marvel’s current dominance. For my money, ...

'Strutter'

Sep 13, 2013

'Strutter'

by Giovanni Fazio

Allison Anders started off as a scrappy indie filmmaker — cutting her no-budget first feature, “Border Radio,” after hours at the UCLA film school — and after a flirtation with mainstream success in the 1990s (the iconic “Gas Food Lodging” and “Grace of My ...

Film fest puts comedy on bill

Sep 13, 2013

Film fest puts comedy on bill

by Magdalena Osumi

Asakusa was the capital’s main entertainment district during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and the charm of old Tokyo still remains there. This weekend, Asakusa and close-by Ueno will host the sixth annual Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival, which is abbreviated in Japanese ...

'Les Saveurs du Palais'

Sep 13, 2013

'Les Saveurs du Palais'

by Kaori Shoji

In France, female chefs rarely get to the top — and when they do, gender issues are rife. One way to deal with it is simply to ignore it, and in this story of chef Hortense Laborie (based on the real-life Daniele Delpeuch) it ...

Sakai cards 6-under 66 in Japan LPGA Championship's opening round

Sep 13, 2013

Sakai cards 6-under 66 in Japan LPGA Championship's opening round

Unheralded Miki Sakai shot a 6-under-par 66 to take the lead after the first round of the Japan LPGA Championship on Thursday. The 22-year-old Sakai, who finished a career-best third at the Vantelin Ladies Open in April, reeled off seven birdies, including three in ...