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50 articles published/printed


Tatsuya Ichihashi: Killer on the run

Nov 03, 2013

Tatsuya Ichihashi: Killer on the run

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Tatsuya Ichihashi went on the lam for more than 2½ years after strangling 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker in March 2007. On the eve of a new film based on the convicted killer’s account of his time on the road, Jun Hongo looks into the ...

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

Nov 03, 2013

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

A U.S. drone strike Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, delivering a major blow to the group after the government said it had started peace talks with the insurgents, according to intelligence officials and militant commanders. Mehsud, who was on ...

Nov 03, 2013

Women's plight getting worse

The Japanese government's goal of increasing the percentage of women in leadership positions in every sector of society to 30 percent by 2020 seems farther away than ever.

Nov 03, 2013

Washoku as a cultural heritage

Coming this December, traditional Japanese cuisine, "washoku," is likely to be designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage if the voting by UNESCO goes as expected.

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

Nov 03, 2013

Sweet times beside a scary Kyoto mound

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“You have big hands, so make it a little larger,” Kataoka-san said, referring to the piece of sweet mochi (glutinous rice cake) I’d been shaping as dexterously as I could manage. After stretching it out a little more, I again showed it to her. ...

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Trick or treat?; Unclear on the concept

Trick or treat? Middle-age man: I seem to have lost my lagoon. — Middle-aged man wandering around Shibuya Station, Tokyo, talking out loud to himself on the night of Halloween. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday Unclear on the concept Man #1: You ...

<em>Shunga</em> secrets bared between the covers

Nov 03, 2013

Shunga secrets bared between the covers

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It looks like a classic coffee-table book, a hefty hardback of more than 500 pages and almost as many color illustrations — but be careful who you ask round for coffee if you’re displaying the latest volume from the British Museum. That’s because it’s ...

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

Nov 03, 2013

Jet Black and the Ninja Wind

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“Jet Black and the Ninja Wind” is the newest entry to the young adult fiction boom. Likely to garner comparison against genre heavyweights such as “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” this series offers a refreshing twist to the formula by incorporating Japanese cultural and ...

My Awesome Japan Adventure

Nov 03, 2013

My Awesome Japan Adventure

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Targeting children, but interesting enough for adults, this fictitious illustrated journal is written by “Dan,” an American boy on a four-month homestay with a family in Japan. His entries consist of typical culture shock and observations — from Japanese shoe etiquette and family bath ...

Warren, Aoki spark Fukuoka in triumph over Nara

Nov 03, 2013

Warren, Aoki spark Fukuoka in triumph over Nara

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Reggie Warren scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Cohey Aoki provided a vintage shooting performance for the Rizing Fukuoka on Saturday afternoon, scoring a season-high 19 points, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, in an 85-64 victory over the Bambitious Nara. The Rizing ...

Reysol capture Nabisco Cup title

Nov 03, 2013

Reysol capture Nabisco Cup title

Kashiwa Reysol completed their domestic trophy collection under manager Nelsinho with a resilient 1-0 victory over Urawa Reds in the Nabisco Cup final on Saturday. Man of the match Masato Kudo headed home the lone goal in first-half injury time as Kashiwa lifted the ...

All Blacks crush Japan

Nov 03, 2013

All Blacks crush Japan

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw scored a try and flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 10 points as both players returned from injury to lead New Zealand to a comfortable 54-6 win over Japan on Saturday. Seven different All Blacks ran in eight tries as the ...