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China state media play down deadly blasts at party HQ

Nov 08, 2013

China state media play down deadly blasts at party HQ

Chinese official media Thursday downplayed a series of deadly blasts that struck near a provincial headquarters of the ruling Communist Party, warning against overstating their impact. Authorities have not indicated a possible motive for Wednesday’s incident, which follows a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square ...

Robots walk the walk, fix 'bento' at Tokyo show

Nov 08, 2013

Robots walk the walk, fix 'bento' at Tokyo show

by Atsushi Kodera

Robots that can build cars side by side with humans on an assembly line or precisely place pieces of chicken into “bento” boxed lunches, even those capable of dancing or creating nail art are just some of the highlights of the International Robot Exhibition ...

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

Nov 08, 2013

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States bound for the International Space Station successfully lifted off on a rocket Thursday from a launch site in Kazakhstan. The 50-meter-high, three-stage rocket with the spacecraft carrying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, ...

For Tepco, 'real work' starts now

Nov 08, 2013

For Tepco, 'real work' starts now

Signaling “the start of decommissioning in a real sense,” Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it is ready to begin removing nuclear fuel assemblies from the spent fuel pool of the reactor 4 building at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in mid-November. By ...

Nov 08, 2013

The limits of surveillance

Whether the issue is NSA's mission or constitutional principles, the constraints placed on how intelligence services operate in a democratic society should reflect a consensus reached by its citizens.

Unique sake from father-son team

| Nov 08, 2013

Unique sake from father-son team

by Melinda Joe

Kumpai Shuzo stands along a quiet stretch of the Kyu-Tokaido Road, across the Abe River in an old part of Shizuoka City. Run by father-and-son team Seiji and Hidetoshi Ichikawa, the brewery has remained in the same location since the family’s ancestors began making ...

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

Nov 08, 2013

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

by Shaun Curran

When I speak to Paul Thomson, drummer with Scottish art-poppers Franz Ferdinand, it is just over 36 hours since James Blake’s second album, “Overgrown,” was announced as the surprise winner of this year’s Mercury Prize, the award for the best record to come out ...

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

Nov 08, 2013

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

by Giovanni Fazio

Flitting around Roppongi Hills during the week of the Tokyo International Film Festival, you get to meet and chat with any number of interesting people, but one of the better conversations I had was sitting down for coffee with Jacob Wong, curator of the ...

'Shijukunichi no Recipe (Mourning Recipe)'

Nov 08, 2013

'Shijukunichi no Recipe (Mourning Recipe)'

by Mark Schilling

In these days of ubiquitous movie prerelease news and hype, it’s harder to remain a blank sheet going into the theater — unless you totally block out everything but the title. Still, walking into a screening of Yuki Tanada’s family drama “Shijukunichi no Recipe ...

'Seven Psychopaths'

Nov 08, 2013

'Seven Psychopaths'

by Giovanni Fazio

If you think the post-Tarantino hardboiled gangster movie has been done to death, well, wait till you see “Seven Psychopaths.” This does to the gangster flick what Dali did to clocks. Anglo-Irish playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh’s sophomore film — after the inventive hit-man comedy “In ...

Tokyo firefighters let you blaze into action

Nov 08, 2013

Tokyo firefighters let you blaze into action

by Jun Hongo

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter and extinguish a blaze? On Nov. 9, Fukagawa Fire Department is allowing the public to take photos of, as well as ride, some of its fire engines. The “Shoubousha ni Nottemiyo!” (“Let’s Ride ...

'Everyday'

Nov 08, 2013

'Everyday'

by Kaori Shoji

Michael Winterbottom doesn’t have a signature style, nor even a favorite topic. His films can range from a close observation of a lesbian relationship in “Butterfly Kiss” to a slice off the Bosnian War in “Welcome to Sarajevo” to the sublime sci-fi antics of ...

'Carrie'

Nov 08, 2013

'Carrie'

by Giovanni Fazio

When Brian De Palma dropped the original “Carrie” back in 1976, it was a groundbreaking movie for many reasons: De Palma cannily wed the high school bully flick with the horror genre, pretty much invented the heart-stopping shock ending (which “Paranormal Activity” has taken ...

'The Iceman'

Nov 08, 2013

'The Iceman'

by Kaori Shoji

Michael Shannon plays real-life contract killer Richard Kuklinski in this crime drama/thriller. Known as “Iceman” or “Ice,” Kuklinski allegedly committed hundreds of murders from the late 1940s until he was caught in 1986, many of them for the Mafia. Kuklinski gave numerous interviews out ...

Lady Gaga hints at show aboard spaceship

Nov 08, 2013

Lady Gaga hints at show aboard spaceship

Lady Gaga is streaming her new album a week early after leaks, but she hinted Wednesday at an out of this world publicity splash with its official launch — a concert in space. The multiplatinum-selling pop diva’s third album, “Artpop,” went up without warning ...

Mao looking for spot in Grand Prix Final

Nov 08, 2013

Mao looking for spot in Grand Prix Final

Mao Asada will look to nail down a spot in next month’s Grand Prix Final at what will be her last appearance at the NHK Trophy starting Friday. Asada, who is set to call it a career after the Sochi Olympics, won the Skate ...

Nov 08, 2013

Rakuten ace Tanaka wins third straight Golden Glove

Highly touted Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka captured his third consecutive Golden Glove award along with teammates Motohiro Shima and Kazuya Fujita on Thursday. The 25-year-old Tanaka, who went 24-0 with one save and helped guide the Eagles to their first Pacific ...

Popular Goya nearing return

Nov 08, 2013

Popular Goya nearing return

by Ed Odeven

Guard Takanori Goya is one of the bj-league’s most well-known players, even though his career has been saddled by injuries. The 30-year-old native of Okinawa was selected No.1 by the Toyama Grouses in the 2006 bj-league draft, and has suited up for the Grouses ...