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Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 20, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

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Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...

JBIC ready to fund MHI-Siemens bid for Alstom

Jun 20, 2014

JBIC ready to fund MHI-Siemens bid for Alstom

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation is ready to support Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s joint bid with Siemens for France’s Alstom SA. “The global restructuring of the heavy electric machinery industry is taking place, and we have a mission to increase a number of ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 20, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...

Support grows for Nobel for Article 9

Jun 20, 2014

Support grows for Nobel for Article 9

Support is growing nationwide to have the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Article 9 of the Constitution, which bars Japan from waging war. The Norwegian Nobel Committee accepted the nomination in April, although its secretive decision-making process is not known to be swayed by ...

China rising in school rankings

Jun 20, 2014

China rising in school rankings

While Japan once again tops this year’s Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, it is finding its traditional dominance in higher education increasingly challenged by China and South Korea, education experts say. Japan held on to the No. 1 spot in this year’s rankings, ...

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Jun 20, 2014

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara on Thursday retracted remarks suggesting that paying off local authorities in cash would ultimately solve the problem of where to store radiation-tainted soil from Fukushima Prefecture, after opposition parties demanded his resignation. Ishihara also said he would visit the region ...

Jun 20, 2014

Imagine a U.S.-Iran alliance

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A U.S. interest now coincides with Iran's. Both wish to save the Shiite government of Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from the ISIS advance. But the prospect of an Iran-U.S. alliance will cause a political clash.

Jun 20, 2014

Political earthquake in Virginia

The primary election defeat of the second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives by an unheralded economics professor upends the conventional wisdom that the tea party had slid into oblivion.

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

Jun 20, 2014

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

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“I don’t think of this as a reunion. We didn’t break up; we just paused our activities and came back to life,” says Sugizo, guitarist and violinist of rock group Luna Sea. Sitting next to bandmate Inoran, he speaks calmly and softly, his eyes ...

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Jun 20, 2014

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

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Luna Sea celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a special concert, “Luna Sea 25th Anniversary Live -The Unfinished Moon-,” on May 29 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The date marks exactly 25 years since the rock band first performed in public at a small venue ...

Paul Haggis: Spinning reality into a web of fiction

Jun 20, 2014

Paul Haggis: Spinning reality into a web of fiction

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“Today, too often, we’ve gotten used to telling the audience things in bold, in all-caps or underlined, and solving everything for everybody.” So says Paul Haggis, the screenwriter and director who won Oscars back-to-back with “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004 and “Crash” in 2005. ...

'Watashi no Otoko (My Man)'

Jun 20, 2014

'Watashi no Otoko (My Man)'

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Based on a novel by Kazuki Sakuraba, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “Watashi no Otoko (My Man)” is described as a film about forbidden love, which immediately raises the question of what, if anything, is “forbidden” in this day and age. In Kumakiri’s other films — such ...

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

Jun 20, 2014

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

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Among the photo opportunities featuring Mount Fuji, there’s one that shouldn’t be missed: The majestic icon towering behind Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture, with a bed of vibrant purple lavender in the foreground. From spring to fall, Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five ...

Hawks stay in hunt for fifth interleague title

Jun 20, 2014

Hawks stay in hunt for fifth interleague title

Tadashi Settsu pitched out of early trouble to go seven innings on Thursday as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-2 to remain alive in their bid for their fifth interleague title. Settsu (5-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and ...

Spain's reign ended by Chile

Jun 20, 2014

Spain's reign ended by Chile

One of the greatest dynasties in modern soccer came to a shattering end when champion Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday and crashed out of the World Cup with its glory days consigned to the history books. On the day when Spain’s King ...

Kershaw fans 15, no-hits Rockies

Jun 20, 2014

Kershaw fans 15, no-hits Rockies

Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only ...

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

Jun 20, 2014

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

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I was reading the official document submitted last fall by the Tokyo Governor’s office which represented Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics, the other day, and wondered what the penalty, if any, was for false advertising. The Tokyo submission, under former governor Naoki ...

Mandzukic scores pair as Croatia thrashes Cameroon

Jun 20, 2014

Mandzukic scores pair as Croatia thrashes Cameroon

Like any good goal scorer, Mario Mandzukic was in the right place at the right time. Twice. The Croatia striker returned from suspension Wednesday and scored the final two goals in a 4-0 World Cup rout of an undermanned and somewhat out of control ...