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73 articles published/printed


Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

Dec 12, 2013

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

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In 2013, Japan’s smartphone industry faced the shocking news that NEC Corp. and Panasonic Corp. were withdrawing from making those handsets for consumers. It wasn’t that long ago when these two makers held stable positions in the cellphone market, but the situation changed completely ...

Aquarium uses prawns to address menu scandal

Dec 12, 2013

Aquarium uses prawns to address menu scandal

Amid the scandals over menu misrepresentations in the food service industry, the Susami Crustacean Aquarium in Wakayama Prefecture is stirring the pot with an exhibition to help consumers recognize fraudulent practices of this kind. The aquarium, located in the town of Susami, has been ...

Firms slam NSA snooping but profit from personal data

Dec 12, 2013

Firms slam NSA snooping but profit from personal data

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government’s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people’s online habits. The industry’s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency digs ...

Democracy in Thailand at perilous crossroads

| Dec 12, 2013

Democracy in Thailand at perilous crossroads

Protesters waging a surreal political fight to oust Thailand’s elected prime minister are trying to establish what amounts to a parallel government — one complete with “security volunteers” to replace the police, a foreign policy of their own and a central committee that has ...

City dwellers to double by '50: U.N.

Dec 12, 2013

City dwellers to double by '50: U.N.

The number of city dwellers is at an all-time high of about 3.5 billion and will nearly double in the next 30 to 40 years, with almost all the growth in developing countries, the head of the U.N. agency focusing on cities said Monday. ...

Putin hand-picks loyalist to head new press agency

Dec 12, 2013

Putin hand-picks loyalist to head new press agency

President Vladimir Putin tightened his grip on Russia’s news media by abolishing the RIA Novosti wire service and handing control of its successor to a controversial television anchor. Putin decreed that Dmitry Kiselyov, known for his outspoken views about homosexuals and Ukraine’s ongoing street ...

Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants

Dec 12, 2013

Court: Exec guilty over faulty French implants

A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will ...

Dec 12, 2013

A political purge in North Korea

North Korea has announced that the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un has fallen from grace and been deprived of all titles for "anti-revolutionary factional activities." Expect North Korean officials to jockey with each other for Kim's favor.

Dec 12, 2013

Japan's future path with India

The Abe administration appears inclined to use Japan's relationship with India for expediency — as a means of checking China — when it should be cultivating longer-range cooperative ties.

Tokyo's 'fayrest that ever was'

Dec 12, 2013

Tokyo's 'fayrest that ever was'

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Scene 1: Late evening, Sept. 23, 1990, at the tiny Greek amphitheater, Shin-Okubo, Tokyo ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more … ” Dozens of actors, actresses, staff, and hangers-on are sitting on the steps, drinks in hand, watching a distinguished British ...

'Don Quixote' as never before

Dec 12, 2013

'Don Quixote' as never before

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Paris comes to Tokyo this week with a production from the Théâtre National de Chaillot of a “choreographic essay” by José Montalvo, one of its artistic directors. Featuring 13 dancers and Patrice Thibaud, an actor routinely dubbed a genius, the premiere of “Don Quichotte ...

The noisy posters of the silent 1920s

Dec 12, 2013

The noisy posters of the silent 1920s

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When the Communists seized control of Russia in late 1917, they found themselves in a difficult position. According to Marxist theory, the revolution should have happened hundreds of miles further west in one of the more industrialized countries, such as Britain or Germany, with ...

Dec 12, 2013

Kotooshu not optimistic about 'quick recovery'

Kotooshu, who has been demoted to sumo’s third-highest rank of sekiwake for next month’s New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, said Wednesday that his return to fitness from a dislocated shoulder is not progressing as quickly as he would like. The Bulgarian said he is ...

Koshien Bowl enjoys long, rich history

Dec 12, 2013

Koshien Bowl enjoys long, rich history

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Located on the outskirts of Osaka with a unique ambience, Koshien Stadium is the symbolic sports icon in Japan. But it doesn’t represent just baseball. It has a significant meaning here for American football and is considered the mecca of the sport, just like ...

Chang named advisory coach for Nishikori

Dec 12, 2013

Chang named advisory coach for Nishikori

Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he has signed up former French Open champion Michael Chang of the United States as a coach from next year. “Excited to announce an addition to the team. Michael Chang will join us in 2014,” Nishikori, who will be 24 ...

Dec 12, 2013

Kikutani to play for English rugby club Saracens

Japan Top League club Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday that Japan No. 8 Takashi Kikutani will leave for England on Dec. 18 to join up with English Premiership club Saracens. It is now being determined how long the 33-year-old Kikutani will be away from the ...

Pacers power pastHeat in showdown

Dec 12, 2013

Pacers power pastHeat in showdown

Roy Hibbert threw all the inside body jabs Tuesday night. Paul George finished it off with the knockout blow. Together, the Pacers’ devastating one-two scoring punch did it again to the champs. Hibbert finished with 24 points, George made two big 3-pointers during a ...

Ovechkin lifts rallying Caps

Dec 12, 2013

Ovechkin lifts rallying Caps

Alex Ovechkin took aim with little resistance, and the Washington Capitals staged an improbable comeback. Ovechkin scored four goals, including the equalizer with 32.4 seconds left in regulation, and the Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday night. Washington trailed ...

Trades begin as meetings heat up

Dec 12, 2013

Trades begin as meetings heat up

The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado. Halfway through the four-day swap session, the 5-meter-wide dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been ...