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NRA issues safety vow on its first anniversary

Sep 20, 2013

NRA issues safety vow on its first anniversary

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka vowed Thursday to ensure that the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is made safe as the regulatory body marked the first anniversary of its launch. “The situation at the Fukushima No. 1 plant remains unstable. Every time a ...

Smoke seen in JAL jet landing gear

Sep 20, 2013

Smoke seen in JAL jet landing gear

What appeared to be smoke was seen coming from the landing gear of a Japan Airlines Co. plane after it landed Thursday morning at New Chitose Airport near Sapporo, JAL and firefighters said. None of the 503 passengers and 13 crew members aboard the ...

Abe to pledge $10 million in aid for Syria refugees

Sep 20, 2013

Abe to pledge $10 million in aid for Syria refugees

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to unveil in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly next week Japan’s plan to provide more than $10 million in additional humanitarian aid to help Syrian refugees, government sources said. Japan wants to do its part in achieving ...

Japanese conquers 'America's Got Talent'

Sep 20, 2013

Japanese conquers 'America's Got Talent'

Japanese dancer Kenichi Ebina won the season finale of the U.S. TV show “America’s Got Talent,” taking home the top prize of $1 million. He is the first Japanese to win the long-running and popular show, which features a competition among singers and other ...

New tech shows doctors where to cut

Sep 20, 2013

New tech shows doctors where to cut

New technology to assist lung surgeons by projecting the optimal incision site onto the patient’s body has been developed by medical researchers at the Kochi Medical School in Nankoku, the school said Thursday. Information gathered from CT scans determining the precise location of a ...

Africans make it big in China

| Sep 20, 2013

Africans make it big in China

From a windowless room in a dilapidated Hong Kong high-rise, Ali Diallo sells Chinese electronics to retailers across Africa. The modest surroundings belie the multimillion-dollar business the West African trader has built in the five years since he moved to the city. The 39-year-old ...

Syrian crisis exposes Obama's frayed ties with U.S. military

Sep 20, 2013

Syrian crisis exposes Obama's frayed ties with U.S. military

The Syrian crisis over the past few weeks has thrust President Barack Obama into a role in which at times he has seemed uneasy: that of commander in chief. The prospect of an attack to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons exposed the ...

Sep 20, 2013

No place for a 'Plan B' attack

by William Pfaff

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week. Russia delivered Syria, its ally, to international negotiations concerning those weapons ...

Sony, Microsoft to square off at Tokyo Game Show

Sep 20, 2013

Sony, Microsoft to square off at Tokyo Game Show

by Brian Ashcraft

In Japan, the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is gaming’s main event. This year, heavyweights Sony and Microsoft are set to square off at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center with brand new consoles in tow. Who will come out on top? Sony’s PlayStation 4 and ...

Korean treats that predate the Wave

| Sep 20, 2013

Korean treats that predate the Wave

by Rebecca Milner

Forget Shin-Okubo’s Koreatown. When I asked Korean friends and acquaintances where to go to find authentic Korean food in Tokyo, several pointed me in the opposite direction, to Akasaka. Specifically, I was told to try the soup at Akasaka Ichiryu Bekkan (2-13-17 Akasaka, Minato-ku, ...

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

Sep 20, 2013

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

by Mark Schilling

The English and Japanese titles of Hirokazu Koreeda’s dual-family drama “Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)” are quite different in meaning, but both express something important about this extraordinary film, winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The ...

'Elysium'

Sep 20, 2013

'Elysium'

by Giovanni Fazio

On the one hand “Elysium” is the last of this year’s summer blockbusters, the new Matt Damon star vehicle and the Hollywood debut by South African director Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed for his debut aliens-among-us feature “District 9.” On the other, this is a political ...

Candles to remember Tohoku

Sep 20, 2013

Candles to remember Tohoku

by Magdalena Osumi

News media continue to report on the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it’s important to remember that people across the Tohoku region are still recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake that happened there two years ago. One way of ...

'Chronicle'

Sep 20, 2013

'Chronicle'

by Kaori Shoji

The found-footage thing: It can be addictive. Though as a movie ploy, it always stumps me how the characters would actually go into a dark woods in the middle of the night (“The Blair Witch Project”) or move their family into a house where ...

'Byzantium'

Sep 20, 2013

'Byzantium'

by Giovanni Fazio

The post-”Twilight” boom in all things vampire continues, but this latest undead flick comes from Irish director Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game”), whose 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire” well preceded the current trend. Clara and Eleanor are “sucreants” — vampires ...

'Despicable Me 2'

Sep 20, 2013

'Despicable Me 2'

by Kaori Shoji

Two things stand out about 2010 animated comedy “Despicable Me”: The hero, Gru (Steve Carell), is a villain (a philosophical oxymoron in itself), and he’s not that despicable. Sure, he freeze-dries people in front of him in line at Starbucks and tries to grab ...

Giants edge closer to pennant

Sep 20, 2013

Giants edge closer to pennant

D.J. Houlton held the Chunichi Dragons to two earned runs over six-plus innings as the Yomiuri Giants won 3-2 Thursday, meaning they could potentially capture their second straight Central League pennant this weekend. After the second-place Hanshin Tigers lost to the Hiroshima Carp, Yomiuri ...

Harumafuji bounces back; Hakuho stays perfect

Sep 20, 2013

Harumafuji bounces back; Hakuho stays perfect

Harumafuji posted a morale-boosting third victory on Thursday to move back into the winning column at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Fellow Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also won on the fifth day of action at Ryogoku Kokugikan and shares the lead at 5-0 with rank-and-filer ...

Baseball chief Kato to step down in October

Sep 20, 2013

Baseball chief Kato to step down in October

Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato announced Thursday his resignation to take the fall for the uproar over the secretly altered baseball. The 72-year-old Kato, who was elected to a third two-year term in July last year, said he will quit after the regular ...