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Filipinos crowd capital for huge Catholic parade

Jan 10, 2014

Filipinos crowd capital for huge Catholic parade

Hundreds of thousands of Filipino Catholics jammed the streets of the capital Thursday to parade a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ in a raucous annual event that took on a special significance by remembering the victims of a monster typhoon. About 6,000 police ...

Rodman sorry for North Korea rant, blames drink

Jan 10, 2014

Rodman sorry for North Korea rant, blames drink

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his televised outburst about a U.S. missionary detained in North Korea, explaining that he had been stressed and drinking at the time. Rodman was roundly criticized for his angry tirade in an interview with CNN, in ...

Space station's life extended until 2024

Jan 10, 2014

Space station's life extended until 2024

The International Space Station will operate for an additional four years, or until 2024, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday. “This is a tremendous announcement for us here in the space station world,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations ...

Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

Jan 10, 2014

Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

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Nissan Motor Co., which reported record U.S. sales of Leaf hatchbacks in 2013, is optimistic that it can soon double deliveries, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said. Sales of the battery-powered Leaf jumped 130 percent last year to 22,610 vehicles, aided by 2,529 deliveries ...

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

Jan 10, 2014

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

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Stocks could surpass a level not seen since 2007 if the Abe administration pushes through in its drive to loosen business regulations, said Heizo Takenaka, a member of a government council on special economic zones. “Stocks have surged considerably, but they can still improve ...

China razes inn once hailed as symbol of change

Jan 10, 2014

China razes inn once hailed as symbol of change

When they introduced market reforms that would shake the world, China’s rulers celebrated a tiny privately owned Beijing hotel that had survived decades of state planning as an example to the nation. Now, in a twist of fate, the Tianyi Inn has been demolished, ...

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

Jan 10, 2014

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

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In an era of smartphones, some mobile video game makers are using love to expand overseas. Having created a niche market for romance-themed games for women in Japan over the past several years, now they are looking to woo foreign women, particularly attracted to ...

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Jan 10, 2014

Serious business: Abe visits Mideast, Africa

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Thursday for a weeklong tour of four Middle East and African countries, his first overseas trip this year. The visit to Oman and the three African countries of Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia is part of Abe’s strategic diplomacy ...

Jan 10, 2014

Tepco's flawed turnaround plan

Tepco should further streamline its operations and explore new avenues of business growth, such as the retail sale of electricity in parts of Japan, rather than return to its old model that depended on nuclear power for profitability.

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

Jan 10, 2014

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

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After years of talk, 2013 marked a watershed moment in the government’s Cool Japan campaign. Which begs the question: Is Japan cool? As a robot-obsessed kid growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, I always thought so. But for years, the anime and manga ...

Tao makes the cut in new drama

Jan 10, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

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At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel character from “Friends” to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba ...

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

Jan 10, 2014

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

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Born in Tokyo in 1980, Koji Fukada released his first film in 2004, but his breakthrough was 2010’s “Kantai (Hospitalité),” a witty black comedy about a mysterious stranger who talks his way into a job at a small Tokyo printing shop and is soon ...

'Hotori no Sakuko (Au Revoir l'Eté)'

Jan 10, 2014

'Hotori no Sakuko (Au Revoir l'Eté)'

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Compared to his avant-garde French new-wave peers, Eric Rohmer seemed to direct in a lighter, more conventional key: All those casually chic young heroines photographed in the more attractive parts of France, all those stories about their various love troubles. Also, from a Hollywood ...

'Escape Plan'

Jan 10, 2014

'Escape Plan'

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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, anyone who’s seen a Sylvester Stallone movie lately. Stallone, even as he enters retirement age, is determined to hang onto his action-movie star status, and to his credit, he still comes equipped with ...

Taste some local fun at Tokyo Dome

Jan 10, 2014

Taste some local fun at Tokyo Dome

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Whenever you crave a home-made meal, chances are you’ll head straight to your hometown or mom’s house for a taste of your childhood. Failing that, though, you could visit the Furusato Matsuri at Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo’s Suidobashi district, where all kinds of ...

'Dangerous Liaisons'

Jan 10, 2014

'Dangerous Liaisons'

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Dangerous Liaisons” is compelling, not necessarily because of its content but because this is a Chinese movie adapted from an 18th-century French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It has exactly zero working-class characters, not counting the occasional maid. That’s an event in itself. ...

Honda targets Milan success

Jan 10, 2014

Honda targets Milan success

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda pledged to bring his own brand of samurai fighting spirit to AC Milan during his official unveiling by the Serie A giants on Wednesday. Honda joined Milan on a three-year deal on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow following a ...

Flyers down Canadiens to earn 10th straight home win

Jan 10, 2014

Flyers down Canadiens to earn 10th straight home win

From killing penalties to unlikely scorers, the Philadelphia Flyers are finding all kinds of ways to win at home. Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo and Michael Raffl scored to lead the Flyers to their 10th straight home victory, 3-1 over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday ...

Jan 10, 2014

Yokozuna Harumafuji status in doubt ahead of New Year basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji could likely miss the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to a niggling injury to his left ankle, his stablemaster Isegahama hinted Thursday. “This is serious,” said Isegahama. “If he risks fighting and tears the ligament there’ll be no recourse. Most importantly, ...

Nets kill off Warriors' shot at history on road

Jan 10, 2014

Nets kill off Warriors' shot at history on road

The Road Warriors’ run is over. The Brooklyn Nets are suddenly the NBA’s hottest team. Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Nets’ season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped Golden State’s 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 ...

Jan 10, 2014

Tanaka heads to U.S. to meet with MLB clubs

Japanese ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who will aim to move to the major leagues through the new posting system, has already left for the United States to hold talks with big league clubs, informed sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. Tanaka, 25, is scheduled ...