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Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 23, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

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Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...

Hirai refuses to pull plug on Sony TV business

May 23, 2014

Hirai refuses to pull plug on Sony TV business

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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company still expects to turn around its loss-making home electronics business, which includes TV sets, this fiscal year after completing restructuring. “When I became president, (Sony) decided rebuilding the electronics business was the most important issue, and ...

Japan, Vietnam blame China for maritime tensions

May 23, 2014

Japan, Vietnam blame China for maritime tensions

Japan and Vietnam agreed Thursday to enhance bilateral cooperation on maritime security, criticizing China for increasingly assertive actions that have led to clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea. “I am concerned about tensions in the region resulting from China’s ...

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

May 23, 2014

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

A Florida scientist studying simple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. “There is more than one way to make a brain,” ...

China hands Russia get of jail free card: $400 billion gas deal

May 23, 2014

China hands Russia get of jail free card: $400 billion gas deal

China signed a landmark $400 billion deal Wednesday to buy natural gas from Russia, binding Moscow more closely to Beijing at a time when President Vladimir Putin’s relations with the West have deteriorated to the lowest point ever. Chinese President Xi Jinping also called ...

Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

May 23, 2014

Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American chief said California’s plan for more than 50 hydrogen fuel stations within two years is making executives feel “bullish” about the outlook for its Camry-sized fuel cell car due in 2015. Plans by the state to provide about $47 ...

Abductees harbor hopes for Tokyo-Pyongyang settlement

May 23, 2014

Abductees harbor hopes for Tokyo-Pyongyang settlement

Several Japanese abducted as children and taken to North Korea in the 1970s and ’80s are hoping that the upcoming talks between the two nations may bring some closure to their ordeal — although the issue is far from resolved for families whose relatives ...

May 23, 2014

Risks for the economy

Japan's gross domestic product for January-March increases by a higher-than-expected 1.5 percent from the previous quarter, driven partly by last-minute purchases by consumers ahead of the three-percentage-point hike in the consumption tax April 1.

Godzilla: the monster with multiple personalities

May 23, 2014

Godzilla: the monster with multiple personalities

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“Godzilla” was the first Japanese movie I saw. It was also the first for many other American baby boomers, though we did not view Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original, but a version that had been heavily edited and dubbed for the U.S. market, with additional ...

'Oh! Father'

May 23, 2014

'Oh! Father'

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Japanese mystery writers have long supplied fodder for TV shows and films, but mysteries of the puzzle-plot sort have reached a saturation point. Or maybe it’s just me, fed up with stories that turn on such vital questions as — in the immortal words ...

'Sake Bomb'

May 23, 2014

'Sake Bomb'

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On the one hand, I’m prepared to love this movie. Junya Sakino, director of “Sake Bomb,” gets it, as they say. He is one of a growing breed of Japanese filmmakers who studied in the U.S. and are now working there. “Sake Bomb” — ...

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

May 23, 2014

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

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The Great Man theory of history has long been a controversial one: is history shaped by exceptional men who enact change through sheer force of will, or is it the result of larger forces, like class, economics and technological progress? Cinema is an art ...

'The Bay'

May 23, 2014

'The Bay'

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Found footage becomes a different animal under the direction of a major-league director like Barry Levinson (“Rain Man” and “Diner”). “The Bay” is plenty scary but this isn’t your usual found footage horror fare; it’s a faux documentary carrying a very real eco-message. Released ...

May 23, 2014

Plushenko resumes training after back surgery

Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko has returned to training after announcing his retirement earlier this year due to injury. The 31-year-old Russian withdrew from the men’s figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics in February due to a long-running back ...

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

May 23, 2014

Japan secures spot in Women's Asian Cup final

Defender Azusa Iwashimizu delivered a header from a corner kick from captain Aya Miyama in the dying seconds of extra time as Japan beat China 2-1 to book a spot in the final at the Women’s Asian Cup on Thursday. The reigning World Cup ...

Eagles' Norimoto throws two-hit shutout

May 23, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws two-hit shutout

Takahiro Norimoto threw a two-hitter for his second shutout of the season, Kazuya Fujita delivered a two-run single and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles blanked the Yokohama BayStars 4-0 in a rain makeup game on Thursday night in Sendai. Norimoto (5-3), the 2013 Pacific ...

Hakuho takes lead

May 23, 2014

Hakuho takes lead

Yokozuna Hakuho once again foiled longtime nemesis Kisenosato at the crucial moment, regaining the sole lead on the 12th day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. With his victory over the ozeki, Hakuho (11-1) bounced back from the previous day’s defeat to ...

Pence, Sandoval, Crawford blast Giants past Rockies

May 23, 2014

Pence, Sandoval, Crawford blast Giants past Rockies

Even when the San Francisco Giants pick up a rare win at Coors Field, they still lose. In this case, two pitchers — starter Matt Cain and reliever Santiago Casilla, who both strained their right hamstrings and will undergo MRIs to determine the severity. ...

Spurs roll to 2-0 lead

May 23, 2014

Spurs roll to 2-0 lead

The San Antonio Spurs are cruising toward a return to the NBA Finals, and Oklahoma City looks powerless to slow them down without Serge Ibaka. Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the Spurs used a dominant ...

49ers linebacker Smith pleads no contest to gun charges, DUI

May 23, 2014

49ers linebacker Smith pleads no contest to gun charges, DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. The 24-year-old Smith entered his pleas in a Santa Clara County Superior Courtroom in San Jose. He faces a sentence ...

Nadal no lock for ninth French Open crown

May 23, 2014

Nadal no lock for ninth French Open crown

Rafael Nadal targets a ninth French Open title with his lethal clay-court game and enduring confidence facing their biggest crisis in a decade. The Spaniard, whose stirring comeback from a seventh-month injury layoff was one of 2013’s headline acts, boasts a formidable record of ...