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63 articles published/printed


'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

Jan 26, 2014

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in New Delhi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Republic. His presence speaks volumes about closer diplomatic, security and economic ties and, at least from Tokyo’s perspective, a common agenda on responding to ...

Jan 26, 2014

Literature prizes elevate women

Japan ranks 105th out of 136 countries on the world gender gap index even as the winners of the nation's literary prizes were all women, again.

Jan 26, 2014

Crime rate dips again in Japan

Although Japan's relatively low crime rate has just gotten lower, the police need to take the rising problems with frauds and scams seriously.

Silence Once Begun

Jan 26, 2014

Silence Once Begun

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If you’ve ever thought book reviewing was a questionable business — so opinionated! so subjective! — this may be the review to prove you right.

The Tale of Genji

| Jan 26, 2014

The Tale of Genji

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Recognized as the world’s first novel, Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji” is a spiraling epic that encompasses a beautifully complex portrayal of 11th-century Japanese Imperial Court life. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Royall Tyler, PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE Penned by a ...

In Pursuit of Lavender

Jan 26, 2014

In Pursuit of Lavender

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Akutagawa-prize-winning author, Akiko Itoyama, is known to focus on human relations in her work and with “In Pursuit of Lavender” she explores the relationship between two mentally unstable people as they hit the road together on a journey across Japan. In Pursuit of Lavender, ...

Anime: A History

Jan 26, 2014

Anime: A History

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Anime: A History, Jonathan Clements, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Japanese animation has certainly come a long way in since it was founded by hobbyists through trial and error in the 1910s. Historian Jonathan Clements traces the evolution of anime by exploring the history of its production ...

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Jan 26, 2014

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Kanako Murakami completed a winning double for Japan at the Four Continents Championships on Saturday. Murakami scored 132.18 in the free skate for a total of 196.91 points, over 10 points clear of 15-year-old Satoko Miyahara. The bronze went to Zijun Li of China. ...

Tanaka will wear No. 19 with Yankees

Jan 26, 2014

Tanaka will wear No. 19 with Yankees

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees after using the new posting system, will wear the No. 19 uniform, the club announced on Friday. Tanaka, 25, joins notable former Yankees to don that number such as ...

Jan 26, 2014

United signs Mata to club-record deal

Juan Mata is on the brink of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United’s history after the Premier League champions announced Friday they have reached an agreement with Chelsea over the transfer of the Spain midfielder. United released a statement saying Mata will ...

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Jan 26, 2014

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Kakuryu set up a final-day showdown against yokozuna Hakuho for the biggest prize of his career after a walloping of fallen ozeki Kisenosato on the 14th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. But Kakuryu, who controlled the bout from start ...

Melo's 62 fuels win

Jan 26, 2014

Melo's 62 fuels win

Carmelo Anthony let it fly from halfcourt, and when it went in, he had proof of what was already obvious. “When I made the shot at the half, I told myself the zone was there,” Anthony said. Soon, he had passed Kevin Durant. Next ...

Rafa rising to top Down Under

Jan 26, 2014

Rafa rising to top Down Under

The way Rafael Nadal managed to somehow retrieve a forehand midway through the second set shocked even Roger Federer, who has been on the receiving end of the Spaniard’s unbelievable shots more than anyone else in Grand Slams. It was a tipping point in ...

Li claims Australian Open title

Jan 26, 2014

Li claims Australian Open title

Seven months after giving retirement serious thought, Li Na made it third time lucky in an Australian Open final with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova to become the oldest women’s champion here in the Open era. Li, who turns 32 next ...