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'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

Oct 04, 2013

'Rakugo' solo act heads to Europe, with subtitles

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A master of the traditional Japanese art of storytelling known as “rakugo” is embarking on his first tour of Europe, where he will perform his “sit-down” comedy with subtitles to show audiences how Japan laughs. Shunputei Ichinosuke, 35, is taking on Europe with female ...

Hospital finds a way to retain nurses

Oct 04, 2013

Hospital finds a way to retain nurses

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A hospital in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, is pioneering a new way of working that it hopes will reverse the high turnover rate of nursing staff in Japan. The Onishi Neurological Center organizes nurses into groups of four, allowing them to take three months of ...

JR Kyushu raising rate for Seven Stars train

Oct 04, 2013

JR Kyushu raising rate for Seven Stars train

Kyushu Railway Co. will raise the price of the most expensive package for its Seven Stars luxury train service to ¥770,000 per person for double-occupancy, an increase of about ¥200,000, starting with July 2014 departures, a JR Kyushu official said. JR Kyushu decided on ...

High-def 4K taking center stage this year

Oct 04, 2013

High-def 4K taking center stage this year

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Electronics makers are promoting their 4K, or ultra-high-definition, display technology in a big way at Japan’s biggest electronics fair with the aim of stimulating some demand. For the last few years, Panasonic Corp. strongly pushed home energy management systems and related home appliances at ...

As Xi tightens grip, hopes for China reforms vanish

| Oct 04, 2013

As Xi tightens grip, hopes for China reforms vanish

After Xi Jinping took over as head of China’s Communist Party in December, some liberals dared to hope that change was in store for the world’s most populous nation. Xi’s father, a veteran party leader, had a reputation for open-mindedness and moderation; Xi quickly ...

Oct 04, 2013

New radioactive water leak found at Fukushima No. 1: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it has found that an unspecified amount of water contaminated with a highly concentrated radioactive substance escaped from another storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and some may have reached the Pacific Ocean. Tepco said Wednesday ...

Japan, U.S. agree to beef up cybersecurity

Oct 04, 2013

Japan, U.S. agree to beef up cybersecurity

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Thursday in Tokyo their cooperation in fighting cyberattacks and handling tensions over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. During their talks at the Defense Ministry, Onodera and Hagel also welcomed an ...

Oct 04, 2013

Outlook dims for a greater Osaka

The defeat of an Osaka Ishin no Kai candidate in a mayoral election Sunday has dimmed the outlook for Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's idea of creating a greater Osaka administrative area.

Oct 04, 2013

Law school and bar exam reform

A government panel reviewing Japan's legal system seeks reform of the bar exam and the law schools established in the 2000s in order to improve the quality and availability of legal services.

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

Oct 04, 2013

Ebizo rethinks kabuki's strategy

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In the glitzy and gossipy world of Japanese celebrity, hardly a week goes by without revelations being made about — or made by — Ichikawa Ebizo XI. For years, the charismatic young star of the kabuki world has never long been out of the ...

'Hafu'

Oct 04, 2013

'Hafu'

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Around one in 49 babies born in Japan today are of mixed heritage. That’s a surprising figure considering that the country was closed off to foreigners for close to three centuries, way back when. Until about two decades ago ha ̄fu (meaning “half-Japanese”) were viewed ...

'R100'

Oct 04, 2013

'R100'

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The world premiere of Hitoshi Matsumoto’s “R100″ in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section must be frustrating for all those Japanese auteurs out there who got rejection letters from North America’s most important festival. True, the section is devoted to quirk and ...

Talent show emphasizes culture

Oct 04, 2013

Talent show emphasizes culture

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They say that fortune favors the brave and this Saturday, in Fukuoka, brave non-Japanese residents will get the chance to feel like a star. The sign-up period to take part in Gaikokujin Star Tanjo has passed, but you can still get in on the ...

'Red Dawn'

Oct 04, 2013

'Red Dawn'

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One day we’ll wake up and the sky will be green, the grass will be blue and dogs will walk humans on leashes as gleeful gnomes burble in frothy rivers of chocolate. If all that seems like a reasonable proposition, then maybe you’re ready ...

'L'Ecume des Jours'

Oct 04, 2013

'L'Ecume des Jours'

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Lovingly crafted by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), modern cinema’s DIY auteur, “L’Ecume des Jours” is a celebration of the nicely weird. Gondry has always loved and nurtured society’s attractive misfits, wonderful people who happen to be allergic to office cubicles ...

'The Company You Keep'

Oct 04, 2013

'The Company You Keep'

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Robert Redford’s career as a director continues its “good liberal” phase, and he’s three for three now in films that feature a great cast, political relevance and a distinct inability to take off and soar. After Afghan War intrigue in “Lions for Lambs” and ...

Carp lock up third-place spot for playoffs

Oct 04, 2013

Carp lock up third-place spot for playoffs

The Hiroshima Carp will have the Central League’s toughest road to the Japan Series after Thursday’s 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Chunichi Dragons ensured the Carp will play all of their Climax Series games on the road. Hiroshima right-hander Yuya Fukui (0-2) ...