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81 articles published/printed


Internet retailers set sights on prescription drugs for deregulation

Oct 31, 2013

Internet retailers set sights on prescription drugs for deregulation

With removing restrictions on Internet sales of nonprescription drugs a centerpiece of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deregulation drive, officials are now working on the final details in a bill to revise the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is opposed to ...

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Oct 31, 2013

Aging overseas hibakusha still seek equal treatment

Lee Hong-hyon, one of three South Koreans who filed a lawsuit in June 2011 to get the Japanese government to cover medical costs for atomic bomb victims who now live overseas, was the only one still alive to hear the Osaka District Court rule ...

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Oct 31, 2013

Okinawa deadline sought in 1957

Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi pressed U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a summit in 1957 to consider setting a deadline for returning Okinawa, saying the Japanese public might otherwise become nervous about U.S. intentions, according to diplomatic records declassified Wednesday. The talks, 15 years ...

Strike at heart of Beijing highlights vulnerabilities

| Oct 31, 2013

Strike at heart of Beijing highlights vulnerabilities

A deadly vehicle crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of the Chinese state, represents an embarrassing failure for the nation’s vast police and intelligence apparatus and shows it cannot plug all security vulnerabilities, analysts say. Communist China spends vast sums on ensuring ...

Blackface controversy returns for Halloween

| Oct 31, 2013

Blackface controversy returns for Halloween

Is donning blackface to dress up as a favorite TV character ever OK for Halloween? How about a bloody hoodie and blackface for a costume riff on the slain teen Trayvon Martin, or full-on minstrel at a splashy Africa-themed party for the fashion elite ...

Oct 31, 2013

Mizuho's grave governance problem

A third-party panel of lawyers has effectively labeled Mizuho Bank's inaction on its loans to underworld customers as a failure of governance and the result of major system problems since 2011.

Oct 31, 2013

Death row inmate deserves retrial

Japan's top court rejects a request for retrial from an 87-year-old man on death row — after taking its time doing so — despite chemical evidence that might clear the defendant.

'The Suit' squares a love triangle

Oct 31, 2013

'The Suit' squares a love triangle

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In his seminal 1968 work “The Empty Space,” Peter Brook wrote: “Certainly, we still wish to capture in our arts the invisible currents that rule our lives, but our vision is now locked to the dark end of the spectrum. Today the theatre of ...

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

Oct 31, 2013

'Total abandon' for two landmark duos

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Ballet audiences in Japan are widely acknowledged to be among the best in the world, but there’s still a lot to be learned here about contemporary dance. However, those seeing a show in a short tour of works by French choreographers Mathilde Monnier and ...

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

Oct 31, 2013

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

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One of the most impressive paintings at the “Turner from the Tate” exhibition now on at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is “Spithead: Two Captured Danish Ships Entering Portsmouth Harbour” (1808). In some ways it is a run-of-the-mill, realist sea painting of the type ...

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

Oct 31, 2013

Voices of Syria's war set to haunt Tokyo stage

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The war in Syria has been making headlines for more than two years now, but it’s made very little impact on the theater world in Japan. Next month, though, that’s set to change with the Tokyo staging of “The Fear of Breathing,” a hard-hitting ...

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

Oct 31, 2013

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

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He Xiangyu is a conceptualist with a clear vision of the world as a philosophical playground. The critical language employed in his artworks quotes from global consumerism, Americanism and militarism, emphasizing the power of infinitesimal change. He uses the shape of a leaf to ...

Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

Oct 31, 2013

Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

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You’ve got to play aggressively — that’s one of the cliches that has been used millions of times in sports. And also, that’s one of the things that you can hardly execute, especially at the professional level, because audaciousness sometimes turns to recklessness that ...

Legendary Giants skipper Kawakami dead at 93

Oct 31, 2013

Legendary Giants skipper Kawakami dead at 93

Former Yomiuri Giants manager Tetsuharu Kawakami, who led the famed club to nine consecutive championships from 1965 to 1973, has died of natural causes. He was 93. Kawakami’s relatives said that the man who brandished a red-painted bat and was known as the “God ...

Nishikori bestsTsonga in Paris

Oct 31, 2013

Nishikori bestsTsonga in Paris

Kei Nishikori put an end to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid for a World Tour Finals spot by defeating the Frenchman 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) on Tuesday in the second round of the Paris Masters. In other second-round matches, Richard Gasquet of France outlasted Fernando ...

Heat hold off Bulls in opener

Oct 31, 2013

Heat hold off Bulls in opener

They got their rings before the game, then a challenge as it was winding down. The Miami Heat responded to both. Shane Battier went 4-for-4 from 3-point range, including a critical one from the right corner with 1:33 remaining, and the Heat wasted most ...

Seahawks lose Rice for season with torn ACL

Oct 31, 2013

Seahawks lose Rice for season with torn ACL

Russell Wilson spent nearly as much time on his back getting sacked as he did standing and completing passes. Seattle’s defense bent to the final yard on the final play before making a goal-line stand. The Seahawks are lucky style points don’t count in ...

Jagr scores milestone winning goal

Oct 31, 2013

Jagr scores milestone winning goal

Jaromir Jagr became the NHL’s leader in game-winning goals with a flashback to his heyday. Stealing the puck at the blue line, Jagr skated the length of the ice, froze Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop with a sleek move and deposited a second-period wrist ...

Oct 31, 2013

Takayama to defend IBF minimumweight title on Dec. 3

Katsunari Takayama, who won a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Mario Rodriguez for the IBF minimumweight crown in March, will make his first title defense on Dec. 3, Nakazato Boxing Gym announced Wednesday. The bout against sixth-ranked Virgilio Silvano of the Philippines will take place ...