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Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve

Sep 14, 2013

Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve

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Zaha Hadid was once flying to Frankfurt to give a talk. Her plane taxied out, developed a minor fault, and stopped. She refused to believe the reassurances that the delay would be brief, and demanded that she be put on another flight. Her wish ...

How television seduced the world — and me

Sep 14, 2013

How television seduced the world — and me

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Like most people my age — 51 — my childhood was in black and white. That’s because my memory of childhood is in black and white, and that’s because television in the 1960s (and most photography) was black and white. All the TV programs ...

Compactness key to Olympics plan

Sep 14, 2013

Compactness key to Olympics plan

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The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will be a compact games, with roughly 75 percent of the sports venues within 8 km of the Olympic Village, according to the official plan. “The biggest selling point in Tokyo’s plan is ‘Athletes First’ — compactness in the ...

JR Kyushu shows off new luxury train

Sep 14, 2013

JR Kyushu shows off new luxury train

Kyushu Railway Co. on Friday unveiled the ¥3 billion Seven Star luxury sleeper train ahead of its inaugural run on Oct. 15. The event, held at a rolling stock factory in Kitakyushu, followed the signing a day earlier of a charter service contract with ...

Sep 14, 2013

Big business may get tax cut with stimulus

The administration is considering a reduction in corporate income taxes as part of a stimulus package to cushion the economy from the first of two planned increases in the consumption tax, according to three sources briefed on the matter. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ...

Sep 14, 2013

Japan pledges ¥54 billion for Vietnam

Japan is offering roughly ¥54 billion in loans to Vietnam for infrastructure projects. The loan offer, unveiled Thursday at a meeting in Tokyo between Foreign Ministers Fumio Kishida and Pham Binh Minh, is aimed at a highway project and an airport terminal project, both ...

Tokyo bests New York, Paris for property rents

Sep 14, 2013

Tokyo bests New York, Paris for property rents

Tokyo is the best city for residential-property returns, broker Savills PLC said, because Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies are stimulating the economy and increasing investor confidence. Tokyo, chosen to host the 2020 Olympics, has “extremely attractive” gross rental yields of 4.7 percent compared with ...

ANA nears decision on maker for 25-plane order

Sep 14, 2013

ANA nears decision on maker for 25-plane order

ANA Holdings Inc., whose fleet is dominated by Boeing Co. aircraft, will soon decide on placing an order for 25 jets, pitting the newest wide-body models of Airbus SAS and Boeing against each other. “It’s getting close to the time we need to make ...

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

| Sep 14, 2013

Home of Zero fighter drawing Miyazaki fans

“Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”) was director Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature-length anime before he retired this month. Because of the film’s success, more people are visiting a plant in Aichi Prefecture where a restored fighter plane featured in the movie is being exhibited. Mitsubishi ...

Sep 14, 2013

Tourism trade show opens in Tokyo

An annual tourism event sponsored by the Japan Association of Travel Agents opened Friday at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, bringing together public tourism officials and private travel agents from 154 economies to make it one of the largest trade shows of its ...

Sep 14, 2013

Toshiba chief urges Eco-point relaunch

The government should start another Eco-point subsidy program for energy-efficient products to help prevent any consumption tax hike from triggering an economic slowdown, Toshiba Corp. Vice Chairman Norio Sasaki said. Considering the anticipated surge in social security costs and the Japan’s steadily worsening fiscal ...

Sep 14, 2013

LCC eyes Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur runs

Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia X is considering launching direct flights from Nagoya to Kuala Lumpur in the first half of next year, according to the Aichi Prefectural Government. Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura spoke about the airline’s plan at a meeting in Nagoya Thursday after ...

Taiwan president, party hit by scandal and rifts

Sep 14, 2013

Taiwan president, party hit by scandal and rifts

A widening political scandal is threatening to split Taiwan’s ruling party and potentially set back efforts to build closer economic ties with China. Recent allegations of influence-peddling by Taiwanese politicians, driven in part by investigators’ wiretaps of one lawmaker’s cellphone conversations, have stirred fear ...

Giant camera hunts for dark energy

Sep 14, 2013

Giant camera hunts for dark energy

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With the whir of a giant digital camera, the biggest mystery in the universe is about to become a bit less mysterious. Fifteen years ago, the world of science was rocked by the discovery that, contrary to our previous notions of gravity gradually slowing ...

Population of North Korea gulags has shrunk: experts

Sep 14, 2013

Population of North Korea gulags has shrunk: experts

The population of North Korea’s city-size political prison camps could be tens of thousands lower than the estimate used for more than a decade by aid groups and the U.S. government, according to recent reports and accounts from researchers, who put the new number ...

Sep 14, 2013

Mammoths failed to adapt to warmth: study

A wide-ranging probe into woolly mammoths has added to evidence that they were wiped out by climate change. British and Swedish researchers sequenced DNA from 88 samples of mammoth bone, tooth and tusk, looking for a signature in the genetic code that is handed ...

Sep 14, 2013

Housing help for evacuees

The central and local governments must be ready to help both evacuees who want to return home and those who want to settle in new places.

Tiny German island gives power to the people

Sep 14, 2013

Tiny German island gives power to the people

The clock may tick a little slower on the remote German island of Pellworm, but residents are ahead of their time when it comes to renewable energy. Home to about 1,000 people and three times as many sheep, the windswept North Sea outpost of ...

| Sep 14, 2013

My day at the races

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The surface of the coffee in my Starbucks cup begins its gentle dance, the signal to lift my head. No, this is not “Jurassic Park” and the vibration is not due to an approaching T-Rex. It’s Takadanobaba and the train station quivers with the ...

Maeda at the double as Jubilo stun Reysol

Sep 14, 2013

Maeda at the double as Jubilo stun Reysol

Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda scored twice as struggling Jubilo Iwata boosted their top-flight survival hopes with a stunning 3-1 win at Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League on Friday night. Iwata came into the match second-from-bottom of the table and nine points adrift of ...

| Sep 14, 2013

England sweating on World Cup slot

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England is top of its group with two home matches to play as qualification for Brazil 2014 approaches what Sir Alex Ferguson would call “squeaky bum time.” They are the third-highest scorers in the European qualifying section and only two countries have conceded fewer. ...