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Secrets bill clears panel by force

Dec 06, 2013

Secrets bill clears panel by force

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The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition was set to forcibly pass the contentious state secrecy bill into law as early as Thursday night, after it rammed the legislation through the Upper House Special Committee on National Security earlier on the day. The chairman ...

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

Dec 06, 2013

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

“Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, raising the government’s hopes of enhancing its global recognition, attracting more foreign tourists and boosting exports of the country’s agricultural products. The government’s proposal was formally approved Wednesday at a meeting ...

Center starts iPS cell stockpiling project

Dec 06, 2013

Center starts iPS cell stockpiling project

The Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application has started creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) for stockpiling for future use in regenerative medicine and clinical research, officials said. The cell stockpiling project is being led by the center’s director, Shinya ...

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

| Dec 06, 2013

NICCO driven to continue Afghan aid

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Members of the Kyoto-based nonprofit organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) defied danger and entered Afghanistan as soon as the brutal Taliban government had fallen. They have since continued their difficult humanitarian support activities for more than 10 years. This September, their ...

Ford 'tried to buy' drug video

Dec 06, 2013

Ford 'tried to buy' drug video

New court documents released Wednesday suggest Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack. The information is contained in police wiretaps of alleged gang members ...

French vote squeezes prostitution

Dec 06, 2013

French vote squeezes prostitution

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that will make the clients of prostitutes liable for fines starting at €1,500 ($2,000). The draft law was approved by the lower house National Assembly, with 268 deputies voting in favor, 138 voting against and 79 ...

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

Dec 06, 2013

NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships ...

Ancient DNA from human relative sets age record

Dec 06, 2013

Ancient DNA from human relative sets age record

Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain that’s estimated to be 400,000 years old. So far, the achievement has provided more questions than answers about our ancient forerunners. ...

Dec 06, 2013

Voter inequality under the law

The disparity in vote value between more and less populous Upper House constituencies has grown so wide that it is undermining the principle of equality under the law with regard to the representation of voters's will.

'Blancanieves'

Dec 06, 2013

'Blancanieves'

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Pablo Berger brings a film buff’s love for detail to this ode to 1920s silent cinema, an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow White” set in ’20s Andalusia. When a famous toreador (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) is gored in the ring, his pregnant ...

'Hajimari mo Owari mo Nai (No Beginning, No End)'

Dec 06, 2013

'Hajimari mo Owari mo Nai (No Beginning, No End)'

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When I first saw a trailer for Shunya Ito’s “Hajimari mo Owari mo Nai (No Beginning, No End),” an all-but dialogue-free film starring dancer/actor Min Tanaka, I thought it might be a 95-minute performance piece — and thus better reviewed by a dance critic ...

'Good Ol' Freda'

Dec 06, 2013

'Good Ol' Freda'

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In 1961 Freda Kelly was 16, working in an office in downtown Liverpool. One day, her boss invited her to lunch at The Cavern Club, a venue famed for showcasing local talent, and among them was an enormously popular young band called The Beatles. ...

'Xue Di Zi'

Dec 06, 2013

'Xue Di Zi'

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During the Qing Dynasty, the Yongzheng Emperor was so suspicious of his courtiers and paranoid about dissenters that he established a secret squad that went about with portable guillotines — bladed wheels that could decapitate an opponent instantly. “Xue Di Zi” (released in the ...

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

Dec 06, 2013

Takanashi preparing for Olympic tilt

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She’s only 17 and just 151 cm tall, but schoolgirl ski jumper Sara Takanashi is already eyeing her second world title and could be set to make history at the Sochi Olympics. Takanashi, who comes from a family of ski jumpers in Hokkaido, begins ...

Suarez stars as Premier League top four all win

Dec 06, 2013

Suarez stars as Premier League top four all win

Luis Suarez’s stunning quadruple for Liverpool capped a goal-laden night in the Premier League that saw the top four all win, but Manchester United lose 1-0 to Everton to be cut adrift in the title race. Arsenal preserved its four-point lead as Nicklas Bendtner ...

Aldridge stars in Blazers win

Dec 06, 2013

Aldridge stars in Blazers win

As time wound down in the Trail Blazers’ victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of “MVP! MVP!” from the Portland fans. Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the Blazers’ 111-104 win Wednesday night that ...

Flyers beat Red Wings after third-period rally

Dec 06, 2013

Flyers beat Red Wings after third-period rally

With his team down by a goal after two periods, Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube had a message for his team. ” ‘Stay out of the penalty box,’ ” Berube said he told his players between the second and third periods. Apparently, they listened. ...

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Dec 06, 2013

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball have reached a basic agreement on a new posting system, sources said Thursday. It is thought that an agreement has been reached after MLB requested a posting fee cap of $20 million. The move will be formalized ...