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Asia, Europe on alert as world Ebola fears grow

Aug 01, 2014

Asia, Europe on alert as world Ebola fears grow

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew Wednesday, with European and Asian countries on alert. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will only get worse and warned there is no overarching ...

Hokkaido Electric applies for additional 17% rate hike

Aug 01, 2014

Hokkaido Electric applies for additional 17% rate hike

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. on Thursday became the first utility to seek its second rate hike since March 2011, applying for permission to charge households around 17 percent more starting this fall. In its application to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the ...

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

Aug 01, 2014

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

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More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds. The iodine-131 released into the air by ...

Mitsubishi UFJ profit falls less than estimated on lending, fees

Aug 01, 2014

Mitsubishi UFJ profit falls less than estimated on lending, fees

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., the nation’s biggest bank, reported Thursday a smaller-than-estimated decline in first-quarter profit as lending income and fees rose, shrugging off an equity-market slowdown. Net income fell 5.8 percent from a year earlier to ¥240.5 billion in the three months ...

Global Ebola epidemic 'unlikely'

Aug 01, 2014

Global Ebola epidemic 'unlikely'

The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train. But professor Peter Piot said in an ...

Aug 01, 2014

Privacy rights and 'big data'

The government is moving to expedite the use of massive amounts of personal data — collected online or otherwise from a variety of sources — for commercial purposes on condition that the data is processed to ensure anonymity of the information.

Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

Aug 01, 2014

Yokohama Triennale 2014: Remembering the forgotten

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Noise. Speed. Words. Images. We live in a digital era, constantly exposed to a massive stream of information, which we believe is vital to our daily lives. Turn on the television and commentators warn us of the threats in the world. Turn on the ...

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

Aug 01, 2014

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

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"As a visual artist it's very important to reach a point where I'm going beyond words. In interviews I find myself struggling, because we're always talking around (the work), circumscribing it. A question that I hate is 'what does this work mean?'" Fiona Tan

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

Aug 01, 2014

Lacquerware's overseas journey into the arts

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Rejuvenating the traditional lacquer industry was done by emulating international exposition models, and they sold well. At the 1873 Vienna International Exhibition, lacquer by Zeshin Shibata and Taishin Ikeda received progress medals.

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

Aug 01, 2014

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

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The Bridgestone Museum of Art has in its collection close to 160 paintings related to the concept of “time.” Like chapters of a book, there are 24 different themes in this exhibition, with works representing the eras during which the featured artists lived. It ...

Lost in a dingy maze of booze, sex and crime

Aug 01, 2014

Lost in a dingy maze of booze, sex and crime

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Golden-gai, a warren of tiny bars near Shinjuku’s Kabukicho entertainment district, has long been a refuge for writers, musicians, filmmakers and other artistic types, who congregate at drinking establishments with like-minded patrons. The area also has a seedier, less reputable side, which is graphically ...

R-18 to G: Are pink films losing their potency?

Aug 01, 2014

R-18 to G: Are pink films losing their potency?

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Yuji Tajiri and Shinji Imaoka were two of the “Seven Lucky Gods of Pink” — a group of young pinku eiga (erotic film) directors who were hailed as the genre’s hope after they rose to prominence in the 1990s and early 2000s. That hope ...

Feel the love in Ebisu

Aug 01, 2014

Feel the love in Ebisu

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Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it’s still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ...

Muranaka tames Tigers in rout

Aug 01, 2014

Muranaka tames Tigers in rout

Kyohei Muranaka allowed one unearned run over eight sharp innings, Wladimir Balentien homered, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows turned a close game into an 8-1 rout of the Hanshin Tigers to clinch the three-game series on Thursday night. Muranaka (1-2), who returned to the ...

New challenges for Takeuchi, Okada

| Aug 01, 2014

New challenges for Takeuchi, Okada

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Because of the disparity in the talent pool, the National Basketball League ended up with enormous gaps between the elite teams and weaker teams during its inaugural 2013-14 season. But Year Two may be a little different. Since the offseason officially began at the ...

Nishikori beats Querrey to make 3rd round at Citi Open

Aug 01, 2014

Nishikori beats Querrey to make 3rd round at Citi Open

Kei Nishikori won his opening match on the pre-U.S. Open hard-court circuit, beating Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Citi Open. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, who received a first-round bye, was playing for the first time ...

James smokes field to claim gold in Commonwealth 400m

Aug 01, 2014

James smokes field to claim gold in Commonwealth 400m

London Olympic champion Kirani James handed out a comprehensive lesson in one-lap running when he cruised to victory in the 400 meters in a star-studded athletics session at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Alabama-based Grenadan, who won world gold in 2011 at ...