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| Oct 18, 2013

Despite deluge, no evacuation alert on island

Despite the Meteorological Agency’s alerts for an “extraordinary situation” anticipated from powerful Typhoon Wipha, no evacuation advisory was issued on Izu-Oshima, a small island south of Tokyo in the Pacific, where at least 22 people were killed and dozens remain missing. The failure to ...

Oct 18, 2013

Mizuho lays mob loan mess to 3/11

Mizuho Bank turned a blind eye to improper loans to yakuza for more than two years as it grappled with a massive system glitch shortly after the March 2011 disaster, according to an investigative panel. The Mizuho-appointed third-party panel, chaired by lawyer Hideki Nakagome, ...

Oct 18, 2013

Japan P.M. sends offering to war-linked shrine

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dedicated a “masakaki” decorated wooden stick offering used in Shinto rituals to Yasukuni Shrine, but did not visit the war-related shrine for the major autumn ceremony that began Thursday. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura similarly dedicated a ...

Australia wildfires destroy homes, darken Sydney skies

Oct 18, 2013

Australia wildfires destroy homes, darken Sydney skies

Hundreds of homes are feared to have been destroyed by intense wildfires that tore across southeastern Australia in ferocious wind conditions Thursday, darkening Sydney’s skies with smoke and ash, firefighters said. Five major blazes were burning across the state of New South Wales, fanned ...

Exchange student who gave life hailed

Oct 18, 2013

Exchange student who gave life hailed

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye praised exchange student Lee Su-hyon, who died 12 years ago Thursday attempting to save a Japanese man who had fallen off a Tokyo train platform onto the tracks. It’s the first time the leaders ...

Kennedy confirmed as U.S. envoy

Oct 18, 2013

Kennedy confirmed as U.S. envoy

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday approved Caroline Kennedy, the sole surviving child of assassinated President John F. Kennedy and an early supporter of President Barack Obama, as the next ambassador to Japan. On a hectic day in which Congress voted to end a government ...

Rescuers comb Izu-Oshima mudslide for typhoon survivors

Oct 18, 2013

Rescuers comb Izu-Oshima mudslide for typhoon survivors

Rescuers on Izu-Oshima Island picked through mud and shattered buildings Thursday, the day after Typhoon Wipha killed at least 22 residents, while dozens more whose homes were engulfed by a landslide remain missing. Hundreds of police officers, firefighters and troops searched through the night ...

Oct 18, 2013

Pre-emption of mercurial hazards

Some might call it the epitaph for Japan's worst environmental tragedy. Delegates from about 140 countries meet in Kumamoto to adopt the Minamata Convention on regulating the use of mercury.

Oct 18, 2013

Making do without Obama

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More attention has been given to U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel his trip to Asia because of Beltway politics than to what the regional ministers did without him.

Terajima brings legacy to TIFF

Oct 18, 2013

Terajima brings legacy to TIFF

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The 40-year-old is a dramatic force, with undiluted acting DNA coursing through her veins. Her father is kabuki actor Onoe Kikugoro VII, whose family lineage can be traced back seven centuries. Her mother is treasured actress Sumiko Fuji, whose own father was a famed ...

'Jinrui Shikin (Human Trust)'

Oct 18, 2013

'Jinrui Shikin (Human Trust)'

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Sometimes as a reviewer of Japanese films I feel I am on the wrong side of the cultural divide, with no way to bridge the gap. Such a disconnect struck as I watched Junji Sakamoto’s “Jinrui Shikin (Human Trust),” a thriller based on a ...

'Does Your Soul Have a Cold?'

Oct 18, 2013

'Does Your Soul Have a Cold?'

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Getting the Japanese to talk about their emotions is said to be like pulling teeth, but getting depressed Japanese to bare their souls is like unlocking the mysteries of quantum physics. And yet in the documentary “Does Your Soul Have a Cold?,” “Thumbsucker” director ...

'Trance'

Oct 18, 2013

'Trance'

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The central premise of Danny Boyle’s latest, “Trance,” is a guy involved in an art heist who gets struck on the head and then can’t remember what he did with the purloined painting. This is clearly some sort of advanced conceptual prank, a cheeky ...

'Diana'

Oct 18, 2013

'Diana'

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Among the crimes committed against Britain’s Princess Diana by her husband Charles was his letting slip in the royal circle that she was boring. Unfortunately, the movie “Diana” confirms his accusation. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (best known for his Hitler movie “Downfall”), “Diana” is ...

JFA says Zaccheroni's job safe ahead of World Cup

Oct 18, 2013

JFA says Zaccheroni's job safe ahead of World Cup

Japan Football Association technical director Hiromi Hara gave national team coach Alberto Zaccheroni a vote of confidence Thursday, suggesting his job was not in danger ahead of next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil after a pair of disappointing defeats in Eastern Europe. Zaccheroni ...

Report: Honda seals Milan deal

Oct 18, 2013

Report: Honda seals Milan deal

Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed a formal deal to join AC Milan when his contract with Russian champions CSKA Moscow expires on Dec. 31, a report said Thursday. Documents related to his free transfer to the European giants have been submitted to Italian ...

Unbeaten Tanaka leads Eagles past Marines

Oct 18, 2013

Unbeaten Tanaka leads Eagles past Marines

Masahiro Tanaka’s unbeaten year continued on Thursday, when the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-0 to win Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage. Before a Kleenex Stadium-record crowd of 24,332, Tanaka’s shutout lifted the league ...