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73 articles published/printed


Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Feb 06, 2014

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

by Ayako Mie

Last Sunday, a week before Tokyo residents go to the polls and choose a new governor, prominent candidates were campaigning hard in Ginza, showcasing their ability to manage a ¥13 trillion annual budget that almost equals Indonesia’s national budget. Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe ...

North, South Korea agree to first reunions since 2010

Feb 06, 2014

North, South Korea agree to first reunions since 2010

North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to hold a reunion later this month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War — the first such event in more than three years. The agreement marked a rare moment of cooperation between the two rivals, especially ...

NHK governors reveal rightist views

Feb 06, 2014

NHK governors reveal rightist views

by Reiji Yoshida

A member of NHK’s board of governors has written an essay praising a right-wing activist who committed suicide in the Asa­hi Shim­bun building in 1993, raising questions about the public broadcaster’s political neutrality.

Sony eyes sale of PC business

Feb 06, 2014

Sony eyes sale of PC business

Sony Corp. is in talks to sell its Japanese personal computer business to buyout firm Japan Industrial Partners Inc., according to a source with knowledge of the situation. A memorandum of understanding for a sale, which will include the Vaio brand, could be released ...

Protests tear at very fabric of Ukraine

Feb 06, 2014

Protests tear at very fabric of Ukraine

The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn’t contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine’s ...

Panel OKs higher fees for visits to doctor

Feb 06, 2014

Panel OKs higher fees for visits to doctor

An advisory panel to the health minister on Wednesday approved increases for medical consultation fees that doctors charge patients for initial and follow-up visits. The increases will take effect April 1. The Central Social Insurance Medical Council endorsed a hike of ¥120 for the ...

MMC's net profit surges to record ¥88 billion

Feb 06, 2014

MMC's net profit surges to record ¥88 billion

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit for the April-December period soared fivefold from a year earlier to a record ¥88.41 billion, driven by the yen’s depreciation despite a decline in sales in Thailand. Its operating profit grew 135.4 percent to ¥96.30 ...

Nissan releases all-new Teana

Feb 06, 2014

Nissan releases all-new Teana

Nissan Motor Co. launched the third generation of the Teana sedan in the domestic market Wednesday, featuring enhanced comfort for long road trips and crash avoidance support technologies. The new Teana, equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, has been developed as a global strategic model ...

Wood the material of choice at schools

Feb 06, 2014

Wood the material of choice at schools

by Shinichiro Maeta

The government is promoting a shift from reinforced concrete to wood for school buildings because of the favorable educational and health effects. “Surrounded by wood, I feel comfortable and can improve my concentration,” said Riku Kubota, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Itako Elementary School, a ...

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

Feb 06, 2014

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized. The ...

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Feb 06, 2014

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Americans who will be at the Winter Olympics should look beyond the facilities created for the games and take a hard look at the host country, two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot said Tuesday. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova made ...

Feb 06, 2014

Stalemate in Syria

The first round of Syrian peace talks began in controversy, proceeded in the most formal of terms, then concluded after a week with a whimper. A second round is uncertain.

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

Feb 06, 2014

Tokyo Ballet turns 50 in romantic style

by Kris Kosaka

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Tokyo Ballet, and the company plans to celebrate every step of the way. To launch a full year’s commemoration of its ethos — creative exchanges in dance on a national and global stage — the company’s ...

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

Feb 06, 2014

Behold 'surprised bodies' in Kyoto

by Mika Eglinton

Kyoto is going global in the world of dance this month, as the city’s Monochrome Circus teams up with the Norwegian company Wee on “The Surprised Body Project.” Begun in 2005 as a workshop in Oslo led by Italian dancer, choreographer and cofounder of ...

Uemura vying for medal at fifth Olympics

Feb 06, 2014

Uemura vying for medal at fifth Olympics

Aiko Uemura took part in official practice on Wednesday a day ahead of moguls qualifying in what is her fifth Olympic Games. “I was able to get some good preparation done,” said the 2007-2008 World Cup moguls champion, after getting a feel for the ...

Watanabe opts to go to George Washington U.

Feb 06, 2014

Watanabe opts to go to George Washington U.

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japanese basketball phenom Yuta Watanabe will commit to George Washington University next season, he revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday. “I’ve decided to go to George Washington University,” Watanabe tweeted. “The school has a good basketball team, too. I’m sure I’ll have hard ...

Lakers drop into last place

Feb 06, 2014

Lakers drop into last place

Kevin Love landed hard on his hip after a foul late in the game. His head snapped back from the impact and hit the floor. The All-Star power forward was alright afterward, a relief for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win over the languishing Los ...

Bruins punish slumping Canucks

Feb 06, 2014

Bruins punish slumping Canucks

After putting only five shots on goal in the first period, the Boston Bruins took aim against Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo in the second and third. Three of their shots got past Luongo and although only two of them counted for goals, that was ...

Braves reach agreement with Freeman, Heyward

Feb 06, 2014

Braves reach agreement with Freeman, Heyward

The Atlanta Braves agreed to an eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million on Tuesday. The deal was confirmed by the team on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a ...