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New volcanic islet joins with nearby Nishinoshima

Dec 27, 2013

New volcanic islet joins with nearby Nishinoshima

A new island about 1,000 km south of Tokyo has joined the neighboring island of Nishinoshima, the Japan Coast Guard said Thursday. The distance between the two islets narrowed to some 10 meters as of Tuesday. The new islet, which first emerged as a ...

Washington vexed by Abe Yasukuni visit

Dec 27, 2013

Washington vexed by Abe Yasukuni visit

The United States expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday. “The United States is disappointed that Japan’s leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan’s neighbors,” the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said in a statement. ...

McDonald's pins bid to halt slide on new burgers

Dec 27, 2013

McDonald's pins bid to halt slide on new burgers

McDonald’s Co. (Japan) President Sarah Casanova underlined the hamburger chain’s drive to achieve growth in same-store sales in 2014 after what is shaping up to be a second consecutive year of declines in 2013. “We will be investing more resources in menu innovation efforts,” ...

Shibuya-Roppongi night bus starts

Dec 27, 2013

Shibuya-Roppongi night bus starts

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Back in April, then-Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose proudly announced a grand scheme to launch a 24-hour bus service in the capital. Little did he imagine that his pet project would be getting off the ground just as he was resigning over a scandal. Around ...

U.S. Capitol dome renovation starts

Dec 27, 2013

U.S. Capitol dome renovation starts

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol Dome. Curved rows of scaffolds will encircle it next spring, enabling contractors to strip multiple layers of paint and repair more than 1,000 ...

Offerings a mixed blessing for shrine

Dec 27, 2013

Offerings a mixed blessing for shrine

Offerings are a problem for Itsukushima Shrine, a popular tourist spot in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Instead of throwing coins into an offertory box, visitors push them into cracks in its torii, causing damage. Located off the coast ...

Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Dec 27, 2013

Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt’s military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting its members and tightening the noose on the group’s network of charities and businesses. The unprecedented executive decision likely ends any chance of reconciliation ...

Dec 27, 2013

All eyes on the new NHK chief

The governing board of NHK has appointed a supporter of the new state secrets protection law as the next president of Japan's public broadcaster. Katsuto Momii's three-year term starts Jan. 25.

Dec 27, 2013

Proceed with caution on TPP talks

The adjournment this month of minister-level talks in Singapore on the Trans-Pacific Partnership means that the talks will not conclude by the yearend deadline set by leaders of the 12 participating countries at their October meeting in Bali. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for one, ...

'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

Dec 27, 2013

'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

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Jennifer Lawrence says that first and foremost, she watches her latest film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” as a fan. She was “stunned” when she saw the end result. “To me it’s like a big historical epic mixed with action, special effects, sci-fi, fantasy ...

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Dec 27, 2013

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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The second installment to “The Hunger Games” is hot and fast but also pensive — not what you’d expect from an adaptation of a Young Adult novel series. I reckon author Suzanne Collins’ work and the first “Hunger Games” should be on the syllabus ...

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

Dec 27, 2013

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

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Regular JT film critics Mark Schilling, Kaori Shoji and Giovanni Fazio got together at the Uplink theater/restaurant in Shibuya to talk about each other’s No. 1 films for 2013: “Cloud Atlas” (Fazio), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Shoji) and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The ...

'Mugiko-san to (With Mugiko)'

Dec 27, 2013

'Mugiko-san to (With Mugiko)'

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One reason for the lasting popularity of “Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story),” the 1953 Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece about a momentous visit by an elderly couple to their adult children in Tokyo, is that all too many of its viewers can see themselves in the film’s ...

Dec 27, 2013

Kumazaki named NPB commissioner

Former prosecutor Katsuhiko Kumazaki was confirmed as Nippon Professional Baseball’s next commissioner on Thursday at an extraordinary owners meeting. “I get the feeling this is going to be a sobering experience, what with all the heaps of issues we have at the moment,” the ...

Dec 27, 2013

Veteran midfielder Fujimoto to transfer to Marinos

Jungo Fujimoto, a midfielder with national team experience, will move from Nagoya Grampus to Yokohama F. Marinos, it was learned Thursday. The 29-year-old native of Kanagawa Prefecture, moved from J.League club Shimizu S-Pulse to Grampus in 2011. Fujimoto scored three goals in 28 games ...

Foles hasn't forgotten earlier setback against Cowboys

Dec 27, 2013

Foles hasn't forgotten earlier setback against Cowboys

Nick Foles has a new nickname that’s appropriate this time of year: Saint Nick. Foles hardly resembles jolly old Santa Claus, but he’s given fans of the Philadelphia Eagles plenty of gifts this year, and they’re looking for one more. A victory over the ...

Serena wins third AP Athlete of Year award

Dec 27, 2013

Serena wins third AP Athlete of Year award

Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open to ...

Heat hold off Lakers

Dec 27, 2013

Heat hold off Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James. Playing without its biggest star, Los Angeles stayed right with the Miami Heat for most of the day before slipping to a 101-95 loss against ...