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Hosokawa to ease off anti-nuclear schedule

May 16, 2014

Hosokawa to ease off anti-nuclear schedule

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A week after announcing the launch of a group to abolish nuclear power, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa has decided to slow the pace of his efforts due to poor health, the group said Thursday. Hosokawa, 76, launched the Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free ...

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

May 16, 2014

Panasonic, Sharp pull up as Sony lags

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Vigorous streamlining efforts paid off for Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp., two of Japan’s three major electronics firms, in fiscal 2013, but Sony Corp. struggled to rebuild as its mainstay businesses continued to lose money. Thanks to drastic cost-cutting efforts and a restructuring of ...

Storms are expanding global reach

May 16, 2014

Storms are expanding global reach

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes worldwide are shifting out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don’t follow this trend. While other studies have looked at the storms’ ...

Mizuho most pessimistic of the big banks

May 16, 2014

Mizuho most pessimistic of the big banks

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. led the nation’s three biggest banks in forecasting a drop in earnings for this year as loan growth loses momentum and returns from stock investments wane. Japan’s third-largest lender by market value said net income may fall 20 percent from ...

Michelin-starred chef fears loss of tradition

May 16, 2014

Michelin-starred chef fears loss of tradition

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At his three-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo, Yoshihiro Murata serves elaborate 12-course meals of delicate Japanese food. But his real passion is to make sure simple, traditional food is passed on to the next generation. Japanese food is now widely available around the world, ...

May 16, 2014

Short-circuiting Thai democracy

Thailand's opposition may be successful in its rear-guard battles against a democratically elected government, but these "victories" are Pyrrhic, resulting in economic instability.

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

May 16, 2014

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

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Short-film fever is hitting Tokyo this month, with festivals planned in arty-nooks and cinema-crannies across the capital. But not all short-film festivals are created equal — the good ones are both cleverly curated and take daring approaches in how they screen films. The Future ...

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

May 16, 2014

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

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“Americans can be strange about aging,” said French actress Jeanne Moreau, in a brief interview she gave me back in 2005. She was then at the tail end of her 70s and had just co-starred with French heartthrob Melvil Poupaud in “Le Temps Qui ...

'Wood Job!'

May 16, 2014

'Wood Job!'

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Shinobu Yaguchi has become a consistent hit maker by following a simple formula: generate laughs from the stumbles and mistakes of heroes learning a new job, art or sport. This formula usually results in audience cheers and tears when triumph finally arrives after many ...

'Winter's Tale'

May 16, 2014

'Winter's Tale'

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There’s something Shakespearean about “Winter’s Tale.” Perhaps it’s the way everyone talks in British or Irish accents, faked or genuine; or how the emotions seem to fester in the depths of a hot caldron; or the grandiose gestures and sweeping statements that are often ...

'After the Dark'

May 16, 2014

'After the Dark'

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Rather than a gem, John Huddles’ “After the Dark” (original titled “The Philosophers”) is a diamond in the rough — but there’s more rough here than diamond. Still, the premise is intriguing, and so is the setting: an international school in Jakarta on the ...

Phelps says he's still motivated to be the best

May 16, 2014

Phelps says he's still motivated to be the best

Michael Phelps is trying some new things: A more relaxed approach. A lighter workload. A willingness to accept that things aren’t going to be perfect every day. He insists that one thing hasn’t changed at all. His desire to win. Phelps is preparing for ...

Tanaka baffles Mets in win

May 16, 2014

Tanaka baffles Mets in win

Masahiro Tanaka has been every bit the ace the New York Yankees went shopping for last winter. Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a ...

Montreal puts away Boston

May 16, 2014

Montreal puts away Boston

Even as the Montreal Canadiens swept through the opening round of the playoffs — their first postseason series victory in four years — they knew that a more difficult challenge was next. The Boston Bruins. Their Original Six rival. The defending Eastern Conference champions ...

Federer beaten by Chardy in second round at Rome Masters

May 16, 2014

Federer beaten by Chardy in second round at Rome Masters

Roger Federer’s focus appeared to drift away from the Foro Italico. And that was understandable. After all, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was playing for the first time since the birth of his second set of twins last week. Federer let a lead slip ...

Kakuryu returns to winning form

May 16, 2014

Kakuryu returns to winning form

Yokozuna debutant Kakuryu rebounded from a first defeat with a demolition of Takekaze on Thursday to remain one off the pace at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who is seeking his 29th career title and first in two meets, is in sole possession ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 16, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

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During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

May 16, 2014

Ono steers Wanderers into quarters

Departing star Shinji Ono inspired a dramatic comeback by Western Sydney Wanderers as they scrambled into the AFC Champions League quarterfinals on away goals against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday. Ono, in his final game before returning to Japan, created two second-half goals -one five ...