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Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

Jun 13, 2014

Activists trace fate of Korean wartime laborers

A group of Osaka-based activists hunting for public records on Koreans who were forced to work in Japan during the war has helped uncover information on missing workers and bring closure to their families in South Korea. The group says its efforts have been ...

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Jun 13, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore’s government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state’s Health Promotion ...

Jun 13, 2014

Challenges of 1944 remain

by Hugh Cortazzi

Many of the challenges facing the world in June 1944 have still to be fully met. Occasions such as the recent memorial ceremonies at Normandy evoke sad memories as well as valuable self-reflection.

Jun 13, 2014

Dangerous turn in ODA policy

The Abe administration should give up on a plan to change the government's basic policy on official development assistance in ways that could see aid used for the armed forces of foreign countries.

Jun 13, 2014

Ramping up debate in the Diet

Lawmakers need to make sure that steps taken by the ruling coalition and two major opposition parties to reform Diet proceedings do not let government leaders off the hook in facing legislative scrutiny and regular debate.

The most important sci-fi film never made

Jun 13, 2014

The most important sci-fi film never made

by Giovanni Fazio

Cinema is strewn with the ghosts of films unmade — projects that spent years in development, teetering on the brink of being greenlit before disappearing without a trace. And one such project became the stuff of legend: cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s planned adaptation of ...

'Sweet Poolside'

Jun 13, 2014

'Sweet Poolside'

by Mark Schilling

Puberty is a time of physical changes that range from the wondrous to the excruciating, but once accomplished are soon forgotten. The beard that greets you in the mirror, which once seemed miraculous and strange, is now just one more morning chore. As Daigo ...

'Child's Pose'

Jun 13, 2014

'Child's Pose'

by Kaori Shoji

In “King Lear,” Shakespeare wrote that a thankless child is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. In that vein, Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) feels the pain of the serpent’s bite throughout”Child’s Pose,” a film by Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer. As a wealthy architect with connections ...

'Noah'

Jun 13, 2014

'Noah'

by Giovanni Fazio

Darren Aronofsky has been such a challenging, inventive filmmaker for so long that when I saw the trailers for “Noah,” I cringed. It looked like every other formulaic summer blockbuster rather than a film from the guy who brought us sentient refrigerators in “Requiem ...

Rangers hold off Kings at home to avoid sweep

Jun 13, 2014

Rangers hold off Kings at home to avoid sweep

The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals. Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting his name in the ...

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

Jun 13, 2014

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

by Ed Odeven and Kaz Nagatsuka

After an ultra-successful start in the National Basketball League, the cash-strapped Wakayama Trians are implementing big budget cuts for the upcoming season. Major changes within the organization, which is coming off a 41-13 regular season in which it won the NBL’s Western Conference crown ...

Heat reflect after big rout

Jun 13, 2014

Heat reflect after big rout

LeBron James has learned an important lesson during his journey from a 19-year-old rookie to two-time NBA champion: Never talk back to the coach during a film session. “Let him make his point, whether he’s right or wrong, and you live with it and ...

Tanaka puts on show again

Jun 13, 2014

Tanaka puts on show again

Superlatives will be scarce come September if Masahiro Tanaka continues this pace. For now, Joe Girardi and the rest of the New York Yankees are just thankful they have the Japanese right-hander pitching like one of the best in baseball. “He’s been really, really ...