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Minamata Convention is adopted

Oct 11, 2013

Minamata Convention is adopted

A thousand delegates from around 140 nations adopt a treaty in Kumamoto regulating the use and trade of mercury at a global conference organized by the U.N. Environment Program.

Firm seeks to market e-trikes in Philippines

Oct 11, 2013

Firm seeks to market e-trikes in Philippines

Japanese electric vehicles maker and distributor Uzushio Electric Co. is making a bid to distribute electric tricycles in the Philippines as the country implements a plan to replace 100,000 gasoline-burning, air-polluting tricycles by 2016. Tokushi Nakashima, head of BEET Philippine Inc., a local subsidiary ...

Machinery orders see best surge since 2008

Oct 11, 2013

Machinery orders see best surge since 2008

In a sign of strengthening economic revival, machinery orders jumped to ¥819.3 billion in August, the highest since 2008, when the world was beset by a financial crisis. Orders excluding those for ships and power generation equipment rose 5.4 percent from the previous month, ...

Patriots set up in Osaka park for drill

Oct 11, 2013

Patriots set up in Osaka park for drill

The Defense Ministry carried out a ballistic missile interceptor drill Wednesday night at Expo Park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, the third such exercise in a public space and the first in western Japan. The drill, which was open to the press, involved the Air ...

Docomo unveils 10 new Android smartphones

Oct 11, 2013

Docomo unveils 10 new Android smartphones

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NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled 10 new smartphones Thursday to beef up its non-iPhone lineup for the winter-spring season and improve its competitiveness in a tight market. Given that rivals KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp. only launched six and four new smartphones, respectively, powered by ...

Diplomats bag 'cool' photo prizes

Oct 11, 2013

Diplomats bag 'cool' photo prizes

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Ciaran Chestnutt, first secretary of the Australian Embassy, on Thursday won the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize while Mayssa Hamada from the Egyptian Embassy received the Grand Prize in this year’s photo contest featuring the works of diplomats posted in Japan. Celebrating its 16th anniversary ...

Republican options tapering to 'surrender'

Oct 11, 2013

Republican options tapering to 'surrender'

As the government shutdown and the threat of a federal debt default begin to merge into a singular Washington crisis, the only way out for House Speaker John Boehner may be something he disparaged earlier this week as “unconditional surrender.” More than a week ...

Aussie tycoon tips balance of power

Oct 11, 2013

Aussie tycoon tips balance of power

Flamboyant mining tycoon Clive Palmer brokered a crucial alliance Thursday giving him the balance of power in Australia’s new parliament, warning of a “very cold winter” if the government tries to cross him. Palmer, famous for building a full-scale replica of the Titanic and ...

China, South, ASEAN asked to ease food ban

Oct 11, 2013

China, South, ASEAN asked to ease food ban

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asks the leaders of China, South Korea and ASEAN to relax or eliminate import restrictions on Japanese produce, touting its safety more than two years after the start of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Oct 11, 2013

Pakistani Taliban chief still open to peace talks

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud said Wednesday he is still open to peace talks, but that the country’s new government has not taken any serious steps to start a dialogue. Mehsud, who has a $5 million U.S. government bounty on his head, said he ...

Oct 11, 2013

Japan team develops compound to prevent Alzheimer's

A team of Japanese researchers has developed a compound to suppress the formation of a protein believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published Wednesday in a British science journal. The researchers, mostly from Doshisha University, including Satoru Funamoto, associate professor of ...

Oct 11, 2013

Political intervention in education

The education ministry should drop its threat to have Taketomi Town of Okinawa Prefecture declared a scofflaw for refusing to adopt a school civics textbook selected by an area council.

Oct 11, 2013

Don't sell out Japan in TPP talks

The Abe administration's apparent rush to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks before yearend is disturbing given the lack of clarity so far on what Japan may be agreeing to.

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

Oct 11, 2013

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

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The Tokyo International Film Festival, now in its 26th edition, has had its share of detractors, dissing it for everything from competition lineups of major festival castoffs (no longer true since TIFF stopped insisting on world premieres) to a Special Screening section that is ...

'Cairo Time'

Oct 11, 2013

'Cairo Time'

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When you’re young, flirting is an activity that dangles real promise, the possibility that with the right chemistry, a hook-up may happen shortly thereafter. But when you’re older — married with kids, say, or just burned often enough to be sensible — the flirt ...

Giant duck to make its return

Oct 11, 2013

Giant duck to make its return

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A giant rubber duck will make a triumphant return to Osaka after having survived serious hardships including drowning and being stabbed during its global tour. The 10-meter-high inflatable bird, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will be one of the main attractions at the ...

'Violet & Daisy'

Oct 11, 2013

'Violet & Daisy'

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Roses are red, but violets are crimson. As for daisies, well they’re caked with dark blood. That pretty much describes “Violet & Daisy,” a tale of two teenage girls in the contract-killing business. Elegant, imaginative and effortlessly stylish, the film comes off like a ...

'Passion'

Oct 11, 2013

'Passion'

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How does one describe the melange that is Brian De Palma’s “Passion”? “The Devil Wears Prada” reimagined as a film noir and shot in the style of 1980s French cinema du look? “Basic Instinct” with iPhones and Rachel McAdams (“Mean Girls”) as femme fatale? ...

'Day is Done'

Oct 11, 2013

'Day is Done'

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“I hope you’re alive when I see you again. Ciao.” That’s one of the messages left on the home answering machine of filmmaker Thomas Imbach (“Mary Queen of Scots”) who made a little autobiographical detour in an auspicious film career with “Day is Done.” ...