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Thai protesters cut off power to PM's offices

Dec 13, 2013

Thai protesters cut off power to PM's offices

Protesters cut off electricity to the prime minister’s office compound Thursday and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling fresh pressure on Thailand’s government in a political crisis that has dragged on for weeks. The protesters, seeking to force the replacement of caretaker Prime ...

Ukraine protesters stand bold as U.S. mulls sanctions

Dec 13, 2013

Ukraine protesters stand bold as U.S. mulls sanctions

Ukrainian demonstrators on Thursday celebrated holding three weeks of protests over the government’s decision to reject a historic EU deal, while the United States meanwhile threatened sanctions after a failed police raid on the protest barricades. Tensions in the capital eased after a showdown ...

South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

Dec 13, 2013

South Korea key rival wooing ASEAN tourists

In an effort to compete better with South Korea in drawing tourists from Southeast Asia, Japan has been stepping up exports of pop culture content to the region and easing visa requirements for people there. A weakening of the yen is also boosting Japan’s ...

Toyota to race biodiesel SUV in 2014 Dakar Rally

Dec 13, 2013

Toyota to race biodiesel SUV in 2014 Dakar Rally

Toyota Auto Body Co. has entered a team in the 2014 Dakar Rally, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. said. The team plans to run a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 sport utility vehicle in the roughly 5,500-km off-road race that runs through Argentina, Bolivia ...

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Dec 13, 2013

Shibuya revelers face New Year's curbs

Tokyo police say they will restrict public access around the main intersection outside Shibuya Station between 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1 to prevent a crush of New Year’s revelers forming for the countdown, a recurrent problem in recent years. The ...

Move to label online games as addiction roils South Korea

Dec 13, 2013

Move to label online games as addiction roils South Korea

A law under consideration in South Korea’s parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as “StarCraft” with gambling, drugs and alcohol as an addiction the government should do more to stamp out. The bill is winning support from parents, religious ...

Behind eulogies, U.S. conflicted on Mandela

| Dec 13, 2013

Behind eulogies, U.S. conflicted on Mandela

The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as “a giant of history” and the “last great liberator of the 20th century” seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm’s length, to put it diplomatically, for ...

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

Dec 13, 2013

Malaysia's Najib, Abe discuss China air zone

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, during talks Thursday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, showed his “understanding” of Japan’s deep concern over China’s newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, a Japanese official who attended the meeting said. Najib and Abe ...

NSA uses online tracking 'cookies' to find spy targets

| Dec 13, 2013

NSA uses online tracking 'cookies' to find spy targets

The National Security Agency is secretly using the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance. The agency’s internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show ...

Black and white, thousands bid farewell to Mandela

Dec 13, 2013

Black and white, thousands bid farewell to Mandela

Black and white, old and young, South Africans by the thousands paid final tribute Wednesday to their beloved Nelson Mandela. In silence or murmuring, they filed past the coffin. Some glanced back, as if clinging to the sight, a moment in history. One man ...

Dec 13, 2013

Repeal the state secrets law

Repeal of the recently enacted state secrets law appears indispensable for ensuring that Japan remains an open society with democratic principles fully upheld.

Umami: an ideal sake pairing

| Dec 13, 2013

Umami: an ideal sake pairing

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On a recent September morning in Napa Valley, a sake-pairing session at the Culinary Institute of America’s annual Worlds of Flavor conference began with a lesson in organic chemistry. The theme of the seminar was “sake and umami,” a topic tantalizing enough to fill ...

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

Dec 13, 2013

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

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Sandra Bullock is the first to admit she’s no psychic. “I’m not the best at foreseeing things,” the actress tells The Japan Times. “But even in this business, few are.” The 49-year-old actress won a best actress Oscar in 2009 for her portrayal of ...

Director Cuaron examines all angles when shooting 'space'

Dec 13, 2013

Director Cuaron examines all angles when shooting 'space'

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Last month, we heard Paul Greengrass, director of “Captain Phillips,” talk in detail about his choppy, handheld, visceral filming style. This month, we get to hear from Alfonso Cuarón, director of the massive hit “Gravity,” whose style is about 180 degrees different. Smooth, fluid, ...

'Gravity'

Dec 13, 2013

'Gravity'

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Sometimes great results arise out of considering a simple “what-if.” For director Alfonso Cuaron and his film “Gravity,” the idea seems to have been: “What if you made a cliffhanger … with no cliffs?” Set in the freefall of space, “Gravity” is a heart-stoppingly ...

Young, dead and dealing with the consequences

Dec 13, 2013

Young, dead and dealing with the consequences

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A veteran director of feature episodes in the classic “Ultraman” tokusatsu (special effects) series, Kazuya Konaka may not be the most obvious choice for a drama about teen suicide, but a look at his filmography, including 1998’s “Nazo no Tenkosei (The Dimension Travelers)” and ...

'Seki Seki Ren Ren (Deep Red Love)'

Dec 13, 2013

'Seki Seki Ren Ren (Deep Red Love)'

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Japan’s suicide rate is nearly twice that of the U.S. and three times that of the U.K., with the number of people taking their own lives each year only recently dipping below 30,000. It is also the leading cause of death among Japanese in ...

'20 Feet From Stardom'

Dec 13, 2013

'20 Feet From Stardom'

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There’s something incredibly tonic about listening to music with backup singers: doo-wop groups, girl groups, gospel choirs — the list goes on. The other thing about backup singing: You want to do it too. Consider that when Paul McCartney sang “Hey Jude” at the ...

'The Bling Ring'

Dec 13, 2013

'The Bling Ring'

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Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” is a slight tale of spoiled Southern California high schoolers — four girls, one guy — who have the idea of searching the Net to find out when celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan or Megan Fox are out attending ...

Chargers surprise Broncos

Dec 13, 2013

Chargers surprise Broncos

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game and handed the Denver Broncos and unexpected and harmful 27-20 loss Thursday night. Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and kept the Chargers’ offense on the ...

Mariners unveil Cano after $240 million deal is completed

Dec 13, 2013

Mariners unveil Cano after $240 million deal is completed

Robinson Cano seemed to be next in line as the player to wear pinstripes for his entire career, all set to follow the path laid before him by mentors named Jeter, Posada and Rivera. And then the Seattle Mariners blew him away with an ...

Seminoles' Winston humbled by Heisman talk

Dec 13, 2013

Seminoles' Winston humbled by Heisman talk

The first time Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston ever thought about winning the Heisman Trophy, he was a 12-year-old kid playing video games. “Playing NCAA 2006 was the first time I was aware of the Heisman,” he said Wednesday. “When you could create a ...

Zaccheroni says Honda can succeed with Milan

Dec 13, 2013

Zaccheroni says Honda can succeed with Milan

Former AC Milan manager and Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni tipped Keisuke Honda to succeed with the seven-time European champions on Thursday, saying the midfielder has what it takes to cut it at the Serie A club. Milan announced the signing of 27-year-old Honda on ...

MLB floats plan to ban home-plate collisions

Dec 13, 2013

MLB floats plan to ban home-plate collisions

Pete Rose sounded bowled over. Charlie Hustle, who famously flattened Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star Game, couldn’t believe Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. “What are they going to do next, ...

Blackhawks pound Flyers with seven-goal demolition

Dec 13, 2013

Blackhawks pound Flyers with seven-goal demolition

There was a long slap shot, and then a nifty wraparound and a short-handed score off a 2-on-1 break. Once the Chicago Blackhawks started rolling, Ray Emery never stood a chance. Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start ...

Honda set to join Milan in January transfer deal

Dec 13, 2013

Honda set to join Milan in January transfer deal

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda will join Italian powerhouse AC Milan in January, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said on the official website of the Serie A club on Wednesday. “Now we can talk. From Jan. 3, 2014, Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player,” ...

Rivers claims win in return

Dec 13, 2013

Rivers claims win in return

Doc Rivers picked up another win in Boston. The coach who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title returned for the first time with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and beat Boston 96-88. Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, hitting a pair ...