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Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Oct 25, 2013

Mass breast-feeding record attempted in Philippines

Thousands of lactating mothers across the Philippines simultaneously breast-fed their babies Thursday in an attempt to break a world record and break down social taboos. Organized by the advocacy group Breastfeeding Philippines, the event was held in 1,000 cities across the conservative, largely Catholic ...

Aussie military blamed for fire

Oct 25, 2013

Aussie military blamed for fire

A water-bombing aircraft crashed on Thursday as the furious mayor of the area worst hit by Australia’s bush fire emergency demanded answers after the military was blamed for starting a massive blaze. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than ...

Typhoon Francisco heads for Kyushu

Oct 25, 2013

Typhoon Francisco heads for Kyushu

The season's 27th typhoon, named Francisco, is approaching southern Kyushu and the Okinawa islands. The Daito islet chain, east of Okinawa's main island, has been struck by a storm with wind speeds of 90 kph, the agency said.

Rice production policy up for review

Oct 25, 2013

Rice production policy up for review

The government said Thursday it will rethink the policy of curbing domestic rice production, with a view to abolishing the state-set numerical yield targets and revising the subsidy system that serves to encourage farmers to reduce paddies. The rethink is aimed at making rice ...

Panasonic to shed 7,000 workers in chip business

Oct 25, 2013

Panasonic to shed 7,000 workers in chip business

Panasonic Corp. plans to cut up to 50 percent of the workforce in its semiconductor business — 7,000 employees — by March 2015 and sell off some of its factories, sources said Thursday. Most of the job losses will be overseas, while employees in ...

Oct 25, 2013

Foreign tourists break record for September

The number of foreign tourists in September surged 31.7 percent over the previous year to 867,000, breaking the record for the month, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. But the number of South Korean visitors fell below 200,000 for the first time this ...

Oct 25, 2013

Mr. Abe's undemocratic secrecy bill

An Abe administration-sponsored bill to protect national security "secrets" will undermine freedom of the press and people's right to know. Diet members should oppose it.

Tokyo Designers Week uses music, art as draws

Oct 25, 2013

Tokyo Designers Week uses music, art as draws

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The definition of design in Japan is changing. Depending on who you speak to, what falls under its umbrella is either shrinking or expanding to include nearly all aspects of modern life. This year’s edition of Tokyo Designers Week (TDW) would be in the ...

Trading identity for compassion in the Middle East

Oct 25, 2013

Trading identity for compassion in the Middle East

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Filmmaker Lorraine Lévy likes to tread lightly wherever she goes. Her aversion to intrusiveness affects the way she looks at the world, and defines her approach to filmmaking. It’s certainly a significant part of “Le Fils de l’Autre (The Other Son),” Lévy’s latest film ...

'Le Fils de l'Autre'

Oct 25, 2013

'Le Fils de l'Autre'

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You’d think it would be impossible to make a movie about Israeli-Palestinian issues that was not mired in political arguments. But filmmaker Lorraine Levy (“London Mon Amour”) has done just that. In a simple, lovingly shot film about two families, Levy gently takes the ...

'Bashauma-san to Bigmouth (The Workhorse and the Bigmouth)'

Oct 25, 2013

'Bashauma-san to Bigmouth (The Workhorse and the Bigmouth)'

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It’s hardly surprising that gaman (“perseverance”) is the watchword of many a local movie. Just as their heroes gut through to glory in film after film, real-life Japanese endure everything from deadly natural disasters to boring meetings, telling each other to ganbaro (“keep trying”). ...

A frightful day out in Kawasaki

Oct 25, 2013

A frightful day out in Kawasaki

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Though not a traditionally Japanese event, you can still celebrate the West’s spookiest time of the year at the 17th annual Kawasaki Halloween Parade. More than 3,000 revelers are expected to show up, dressed in their finest ghoulish attire, to march around the east ...

'Now You See Me'

Oct 25, 2013

'Now You See Me'

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So many directors these days seem to want to be Christopher Nolan: There’s Zack Snyder aiming for “Dark Knight” portentousness with “Man of Steel” and Danny Boyle aping the false-reality trickiness of “Inception” with “Trance” to name but two. The latest wannabe is French ...

'Safe Haven'

Oct 25, 2013

'Safe Haven'

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You know that when you get sweeping-romance novelist Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook”) teaming up with sweeping-romance filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom (“Cider House Rules”) you’re in for some major sweeping, on par with the Sunday morning cleanup volunteers in Roppongi. The poster for “Safe Haven” promises ...

In the market for fresh local produce?

Oct 25, 2013

In the market for fresh local produce?

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On Oct. 26 and 27, organizers of morning markets across the nation will be getting together in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, for the 18th National Morning Market Summit 2013 to discuss the future of their sector and exchange opinions on the latest trends. For the ...

Moyes praises Kagawa after win over Sociedad

Oct 25, 2013

Moyes praises Kagawa after win over Sociedad

Manchester United manager David Moyes declared that his eyes had been opened by Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa during Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League. Kagawa has made only four competitive starts since Moyes joined United, but he played the entirety ...