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68 articles published/printed


Critics get frank when it comes to Godzilla

| Aug 10, 2014

Critics get frank when it comes to Godzilla

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Because Japanese media are incestuous in their inter-corporate dealings, those writers referred to as hyōronka (critics) tend to be less critical about popular culture than their counterparts in North America and Europe. They are more likely to engage in punditry or public relations, because ...

Ah, vaginas! In defense of taboos

| Aug 10, 2014

Ah, vaginas! In defense of taboos

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Two words have been let loose on society by an artist who, for better or worse, may find the rest of her life and career inextricably bound up with them, “vagina” being one and “taboo” the other. The artist herself needs no introduction. She ...

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

Aug 10, 2014

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a British corporate investigator to 2½ years in prison for illegally obtaining private records of Chinese citizens and selling the information on to clients including drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Peter Humphrey and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, who ...

Iraq looks to protect oil in south

Aug 10, 2014

Iraq looks to protect oil in south

Iraq’s Sunni Islamist insurgency has further crippled the nation’s dream to match the oil power of Saudi Arabia, making oil fields in the safer south even more vital — but even that region has not been completely free from attacks. Baghdad is struggling to ...

Aug 10, 2014

Feeling beat up before it's time

A new survey of Japanese people in the 20-to-39 age bracket finds they are more unhappy than ever and that most unwind from a stressed-out workweek by doing nothing at all.

Aug 10, 2014

The waterworks are wearing out

The cost of maintaining and repairing Japan's water infrastructure is expected to be at least ¥1 trillion annually after 2020 as the 40-year life span on most pipes andd equipment runs out about the same time.

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

Aug 10, 2014

Sun-dazed on a distant archipelago

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It didn’t take long for a seasoned group of truck drivers to stake their claim to the best seats in the house or, in this case, ferry. They positioned themselves on tiny plastic seats at the rear of the open deck as the ferry ...

Endo strike propels Antlers past Grampus

Aug 10, 2014

Endo strike propels Antlers past Grampus

Yasushi Endo scored a cracking last-minute winner as Kashima Antlers came from a goal down to beat struggling Nagoya Grampus 3-2 away and move within four points of idle J. League leader Sagan Tosu on Saturday. The result moved seven-time champion Antlers onto 33 ...

Mourning, Stern headline Hall class

Aug 10, 2014

Mourning, Stern headline Hall class

Alonzo Mourning first thanked all of the usual people when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: His coaches, his teachers, and the foster mother who raised him. Then he turned to those who made it possible for his unique ...

Serena, Venus set up semifinal matchup

Aug 10, 2014

Serena, Venus set up semifinal matchup

Serena and Venus set up an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup with hard-fought victories on Friday, both coming from a set down. Serena overcame Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus rallied to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. It will be ...

McIlroy surges to lead at PGA

Aug 10, 2014

McIlroy surges to lead at PGA

Rory McIlroy is making this PGA Championship feel like 2000 all over again at Valhalla. Back then, it was Tiger Woods who was making the game look easy as he started to pile up majors. Now it’s McIlroy, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland who ...

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

Aug 10, 2014

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

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On a somewhat muggy Friday night in Yokohama, Masanori Ishikawa strode to the center of the diamond at Yokohama Stadium, bent down and bounced the rosin bag around in his hand a few times — seemingly every pitch later that night was accompanied by ...