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Kintetsu's Abeno Harukas flagship fails to meet sales target

Oct 10, 2013

Kintetsu's Abeno Harukas flagship fails to meet sales target

Kintetsu Department Store Co. has lowered its earnings estimate for the year through February after its flagship outlet, which opened in June, missed its sales target. It is now projecting ¥4 billion in consolidated operating profit, down ¥600 million from its previous projection, on ...

Bangladesh factory fire leaves at least seven dead

Oct 10, 2013

Bangladesh factory fire leaves at least seven dead

A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory where workers were making clothes for labels such as Gap and H&M has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry. Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the ...

Famed sake brewer carries on

Oct 10, 2013

Famed sake brewer carries on

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Norimichi Kusumi, 66, can finally heave a sigh of relief having turned over the management of a 180-year-old sake brewery in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, to his son, Yoshitaka, 42, after struggling to protect the business from a series of natural disasters. The fourth son ...

Nakaima defies Nago base plan advocates

Oct 10, 2013

Nakaima defies Nago base plan advocates

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Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima resisted pressure Tuesday by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to allow the Futenma base relocation to move forward. But Nakaima, who must decide whether to approve a central government application to begin the necessary landfill work ...

Abe seals agreement with Brunei to strengthen energy cooperation

Oct 10, 2013

Abe seals agreement with Brunei to strengthen energy cooperation

Visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei agreed Wednesday to strengthen energy cooperation between their two countries, including exports of liquefied natural gas to Japan and the development of renewable energy, Japanese officials said. With Brunei seeking to wean itself ...

Murakami in running for Nobel

Oct 10, 2013

Murakami in running for Nobel

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In a year with no clear favorites, novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize in literature this week. Murakami, known across the globe for works such as “Norwegian Wood” and “1Q84,” heads the list at British bookmaker Ladbrokes ...

U.S. may end spending caps in campaigns

Oct 10, 2013

U.S. may end spending caps in campaigns

The U.S. Supreme Court looked set Tuesday to let individuals give as much money as they want in elections, which President Barack Obama has said could push politics even further into the hands of the rich. Three years after its historic Citizens United decision ...

U.S. plans to scale back military aid to Egypt

Oct 10, 2013

U.S. plans to scale back military aid to Egypt

The Obama administration will announce curbs on a significant part of nonessential military aid to Egypt within a few days, U.S. officials said Tuesday, marking a shift in American relations with one of its key Arab allies. Officials would not provide figures about how ...

Threat of U.S. default starts to spook bourses

Oct 10, 2013

Threat of U.S. default starts to spook bourses

Concern deepened in financial markets Tuesday about the potential for a U.S. default as President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner clashed publicly without breaking the impasse over how to reopen the government and pay the nation’s bills. Short-term borrowing by the ...

Many Higgs boson heroes left unsung

Oct 10, 2013

Many Higgs boson heroes left unsung

Carl Richard Hagen put his cellphone by the bed before he retired Monday night, just in case. The call from Stockholm, if it came, would come before dawn Tuesday. But he wasn’t optimistic. Two other people seemed much more likely to win the Nobel ...

Nissan-only N.Y. taxi fleet plan struck down

Oct 10, 2013

Nissan-only N.Y. taxi fleet plan struck down

New York’s plan for a new fleet of cabs from Nissan Motor Co. has been blocked by a judge who ruled that the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission overstepped its authority by requiring medallion owners to buy a specific vehicle. Nissan won a contract ...

A Michelangelo appetizer

Oct 10, 2013

A Michelangelo appetizer

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This has been quite a year for fans of Renaissance art in Japan, with all three of its giants — Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and now Michelangelo — featuring in exhibitions. While the da Vinci show was weak in content and the Raphael quite ...

Explore the many ways to read cinema

Oct 10, 2013

Explore the many ways to read cinema

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Marcel Broodthaers’ films mostly deal with relations between images and words, which is unsurprising given that he was a poet first who turned to film because he came to understand the medium as an extension of language. In their combination, he sought harmony between ...

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

Oct 10, 2013

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

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It’s difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction. Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and ...

Nishikori beats Melzer at Shanghai Rolex Masters

Oct 10, 2013

Nishikori beats Melzer at Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Kei Nishikori moved into the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer on Wednesday night. Nishikori, the twelfth seed, won a baseline slugfest with the unseeded left-hander for the second week in a row. ...