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Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

May 29, 2014

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86. Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in ...

Atsugi night flight ban too weak, activists say

May 29, 2014

Atsugi night flight ban too weak, activists say

Activists demanding the suspension of nighttime flights by U.S. military and Self-Defense Forces aircraft at the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture will appeal a partial ban ordered last week, on the grounds that it is too short and fails to include U.S. aircraft. In ...

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

May 29, 2014

Venerable Twilight Express to retire next year

It harks back to the golden age of travel as it carries premium passengers four times a week from western Japan to Hokkaido and back. But after 25 years, the aging Twilight Express sleeper train is set to retire next spring, West Japan Railway ...

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

May 29, 2014

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

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At a construction site in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, worker Fan Xiuyu says he’s too busy to miss the wife and 6-year-old child he left behind in China. “I came to Japan to make money and learn advanced construction techniques,” said Fan, 29, a native ...

Mitsui Fudosan plans big share issue on Olympics

May 29, 2014

Mitsui Fudosan plans big share issue on Olympics

Mitsui Fudosan Co. plans to raise as much as ¥324.6 billion in the biggest share sale by a property company in Japan in at least four decades. The proceeds will be used for real estate development, as the company sees opportunities ahead of the ...

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

May 29, 2014

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, said in a U.S. TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies. In an advance excerpt of his interview in ...

May 29, 2014

The danger of provocation

Japanese and Chinese leaders need to resolve problems through diplomatic dialogue instead of talking about military responses to each other's moves.

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

May 29, 2014

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

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Hideo Nakata could be called the godfather of contemporary Japanese horror, but he would probably hate the label. Regardless, this 52-year-old director of such genre classics as “Ring,” “Ring 2″ and “Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara (Dark Water)” has made J-horror — a combination ...

'The Bee' in Paris: Take #2

May 29, 2014

'The Bee' in Paris: Take #2

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Last week, the Stage page featured a Paris resident’s take on an English-language version of “The Bee,” a disturbing drama cowritten by Hideki Noda and Irish playwright Colin Teevan that was performed there this month in a 300-seat section of the Theatre de Chaillot. ...

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

May 29, 2014

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

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Ukiyo-e prints could be found in Europe from at least 1795 at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It was not until the 1850s, however, when trade between Japan and Europe began to flourish, that the craze for things ...

Serena, Venus both knocked out of French Open in second round

May 29, 2014

Serena, Venus both knocked out of French Open in second round

Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros. ...

Norimoto tosses shutout against Giants

May 29, 2014

Norimoto tosses shutout against Giants

Second-year right-hander Takahiro Norimoto sparkled in an interleague rematch of last year’s Japan Series combatants, throwing a three-hitter as the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles defeated the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 on Wednesday. Norimoto (6-3) held the hosts hitless at Tokyo Dome for 5⅔ innings before Daisuke ...

Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

May 29, 2014

Umesaki sends Reds into Nabisco Cup quarters

Urawa Reds secured their place in the last eight of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after a 2-1 win away to Ventforet Kofu. Daisuke Nasu put Reds in front after eight minutes at Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium before Cristiano leveled in the 53rd for ...

Thunder level series

May 29, 2014

Thunder level series

Russell Westbrook delivered a championship-caliber effort Tuesday to get the Oklahoma City Thunder back on level terms in the Western Conference finals. Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in a 105-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 that leveled the ...

Darvish scratched from start as stiff neck returns

May 29, 2014

Darvish scratched from start as stiff neck returns

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start at Minnesota because of neck stiffness he woke up with, and right-hander Scott Baker was summoned back from the bullpen to face his former team Tuesday night. This was yet another injury to ...

Li self-destructs as poor form plagues French Open seeds

May 29, 2014

Li self-destructs as poor form plagues French Open seeds

Li Na, the Australian Open champion, followed her male counterpart Stanislas Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round when she lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to local favorite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday. The No. 2 seed from China, who won the Roland ...

Borthwick excited by Japan chance

May 29, 2014

Borthwick excited by Japan chance

Ex-England captain Steve Borthwick has said he’s looking forward to working with former Wallaby boss Eddie Jones on a full-time basis when he becomes the forwards coach of Japan following his retirement. The 34-year-old lock will finally hang up his boots and call time ...

Hudson gem powers win

May 29, 2014

Hudson gem powers win

After a broken right ankle with Atlanta last year threatened to end his career, Tim Hudson has emerged as one of baseball’s best and most surprising offseason additions. Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven innings to lead the ...

Canadiens stay alive, force Game 6

May 29, 2014

Canadiens stay alive, force Game 6

Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist to beat the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday, staving off elimination in the Eastern Conference final. The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn ...