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65 articles published/printed


Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Jan 19, 2014

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide. “By making 2020 his target year, ...

Rightist: I got Inose loan

Jan 19, 2014

Rightist: I got Inose loan

The leader of a rightist group said Saturday that Naoki Inose gave him ¥5 million shortly after being elected Tokyo governor in December 2012 for arranging a meeting he had with the founder of the nation’s top hospital group, whose dubious ¥50 million loan ...

LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

Jan 19, 2014

LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

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In a last-ditch attempt to win votes for the pro-base candidate in Sunday’s Nago mayoral election, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba has promised voters Tokyo will set up a ¥50 billion fund to be used to revitalize the local economy. Ishiba made the ...

Hirata and Saito: love on the run

Jan 19, 2014

Hirata and Saito: love on the run

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The trial of Makoto Hirata, which commenced Thursday, is expected to reveal a number of new facts about the former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive, but of most interest to investigators will be how he managed to stay hidden for so long. Unlike the two Aum ...

India stampede kills 18 mourners of spiritual leader in Mumbai

Jan 19, 2014

India stampede kills 18 mourners of spiritual leader in Mumbai

A stampede killed at least 18 people in India’s financial hub Mumbai on Saturday when a large crowd gathered to pay their last respects to a Muslim spiritual leader, police said. More than 40 people were injured in the chaos that erupted shortly after ...

Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

| Jan 19, 2014

Akie Abe opines but knows her place in his story

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It’s no secret that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s most valuable public relations resource at the moment is his wife, Akie, whose candor contrasts vividly with the demure demeanor of most Japanese leaders’ wives. The weekly magazine Aera has suggested that Akie’s press ubiquity has ...

Unilever slips into buttery embrace

Jan 19, 2014

Unilever slips into buttery embrace

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Paul Polman, CEO of margarine maker Unilever, has criticized butter in the past, saying the dairy fat “kills.” With sales of the company’s spreads sagging, he is now embracing it. In what Unilever Foods President Antoine de Saint-Affrique calls a “fundamental turnaround” of a ...

Taliban gun-and-bomb attack on restaurant kills at least 21

Jan 19, 2014

Taliban gun-and-bomb attack on restaurant kills at least 21

A total of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, died in a Taliban suicide assault on a popular restaurant in Kabul, police said Saturday, with two British citizens and two Canadians among those confirmed dead. Desperate customers tried to hide under tables as one attacker ...

Abe aide takes aim at U.S. over response to Yasukuni visit

Jan 19, 2014

Abe aide takes aim at U.S. over response to Yasukuni visit

A top aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lashed out Friday at U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration for expressing disappointment over the Japanese leader’s contentious visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, saying past Republican-led U.S. administrations would not have responded in such a fashion. ...

Jan 19, 2014

More workers taking vacation

A group of companies in Japan are starting to buck the trend of making workers feel guilty for taking the full amount of vacation days to which they are entitled — and for good reason.

Jan 19, 2014

School costs gap wider than ever

A fiscal 2012 education ministry survey of parents throughout Japan reports that total spending for a child going to private schools from kindergarten through senior high school came to ¥16.77 million on average, significantly more than the ¥5 million for a child going to ...

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

Jan 19, 2014

Exploring the realm of Lewchew

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When I told the Japanese woman with whom I’d struck up a conversation in central Tokyo’s very handy Haneda airport that I was flying to Lewchew, she looked puzzled. The invading Japanese, struggling with the Chinese reading of the characters, pronounced the name of ...

Jan 19, 2014

Will Japan prepared mean nature ruined?

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“Resilience” is a hot topic these days — not in self-help books, but among policymakers worldwide. As governments become convinced that climate change is a real threat, they are taking steps to ensure communities can bounce back from the increasing impact of floods, storms, ...

A True Novel

Jan 19, 2014

A True Novel

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Like all artists, novelists find the impetus to begin in various places. Some inspire themselves with a formal challenge. Georges Perec, for example, asked himself what would happen if he tried to write a novel entirely bereft of the letter “e.” Others, in their ...

The Setting Sun

| Jan 19, 2014

The Setting Sun

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Career nihilist Osamu Dazai had already attempted suicide four times when he published his most famous novel in 1947. “The Setting Sun” quickly became a byword for the decline of Japan’s aristocracy in the wake of World War II, but its portrait of a ...

'Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan'

Jan 19, 2014

"Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan"

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Former journalist Ian McArthur’s study of Henry Black, a Briton who became a professional rakugo-ka (storyteller) in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan, is a reminder that many colorful characters from that turbulent time — especially foreigners — remain little known to contemporary readers. “Henry Black: ...

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

Jan 19, 2014

Toyama routs Shimane, spoils Hanson's coaching debut

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Takeshi Mito scored a game-high 24 points and Ira Brown’s double-double helped propel the Toyama Grouses to a 68-52 home win on Saturday over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, who dropped their first game under new coach Reggie Hanson. Brown finished with 16 points, 12 ...

Sharapova, Federer advance

Jan 19, 2014

Sharapova, Federer advance

Maria Sharapova recovered from the longest, hottest match of her career to beat Alize Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, progressed to the second week at a major for the first time ...

Kimura eyes World Cup place

Jan 19, 2014

Kimura eyes World Cup place

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Kosuke Kimura may be Japanese soccer’s best-kept secret, but the New York Red Bulls right back is hoping to announce himself on the biggest stage at this summer’s World Cup. Kimura remains a relative unknown in his home country despite carving out a successful ...

Watabe brothers ready for Sochi tilt

Jan 19, 2014

Watabe brothers ready for Sochi tilt

Akito Watabe will take his third crack at an Olympic medal when the Nordic combined competition begins at the Sochi Games on Feb. 12. Watabe, who competed for Japan at the 2006 Turin Games and again at Vancouver in 2010, is going in search ...

Takanashi wins shortened meet

Jan 19, 2014

Takanashi wins shortened meet

Sochi Olympic gold medal hopeful Sara Takanashi posted her seventh World Cup win of the season on Saturday in a competition that was cut to one round of jumps. The 17-year-old from Hokkaido fell after landing on her first jump, but her distance of ...

Durant scores career-high 54 points as Thunder hold off Warriors

Jan 19, 2014

Durant scores career-high 54 points as Thunder hold off Warriors

Kevin Durant drained three 3-pointers in 75 seconds. And when the crowd wanted even more, the NBA’s leading scorer responded. Durant poured in a career-high 54 points in an incredibly efficient performance, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 127-121 on ...

Reliever Tazawa avoids arbitration

Jan 19, 2014

Reliever Tazawa avoids arbitration

Reliever Junichi Tazawa avoided salary arbitration and reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Tazawa, who emerged as a reliable setup man in the Red Sox’ bullpen and helped them win the World Series last season, will see his salary rise ...

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

Jan 19, 2014

Ozeki Kisenosato beats Aminishiki

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Ozeki Kisenosato kept his slim hopes for promotion alive, overpowering Aminishiki while undefeated yokozuna Hakuho continued to wreak havoc with a demolition of Toyohibiki on the seventh day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Hakuho, who is gunning for his 28th ...

Teenager Lipnitskaia takes Euro title

Jan 19, 2014

Teenager Lipnitskaia takes Euro title

Julia Lipnitskaia’s spectacular but respectful routine to John Williams’ score from “Schindler’s List” earned her the gold medal in the women’s event at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday. The 15-year-old Lipnitskaia, who was second behind compatriot Adelina Sotnikova after Wednesday’s short program, ...