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As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Aug 15, 2014

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul’s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour ...

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Aug 15, 2014

April-June machinery orders plunge at fastest pace in five years

Core private-sector machinery orders fell at the fastest pace in more than five years in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, underscoring corporate reluctance to boost investment after the April 1 consumption tax hike. The orders, which exclude those for ships and from ...

Chinese authorities fine Fuji-Q copyright violator

Aug 15, 2014

Chinese authorities fine Fuji-Q copyright violator

A local Chinese authority in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, has punished the operator of a spooky house for copyright violations involving Japanese amusement park Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture, NHK reported Thursday. A fine of 275,100 yuan (¥4.5 million) has been slapped against the Chinese ...

Noted AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

Aug 15, 2014

Noted AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

Simone Camilli was a consummate storyteller — a passionate, talented newsman with an eye for detail and the ability to convey events with powerful video images that touched people around the world. As an Associated Press video journalist, he covered popes in the serene ...

Aug 15, 2014

Don't hide the harsh reality of war

As the number of survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings falls below 200,000, it is becoming increasingly difficult for younger generations to understand the horror of war experienced by Japan's victims, whose average age is 79.

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

Aug 15, 2014

Pixies to bring 'Indie Cindy' to Summer Sonic

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Sat on the upper deck of his band’s tour bus, Pixies frontman Black Francis shrugs his shoulders and screws up his face. This is, I’ve come to realize, how the man born Charles Thompson IV tends to field questions before, if and when the ...

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

Aug 15, 2014

Seiho to take Summer Sonic into the night

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Three years ago, Seiho Hayakawa could often be found playing shows at basement venues around Osaka. Today, he’s all over the map. In the past year, Hayakawa has toured the United States, opened for Disclosure in Tokyo and now divides his time between Kanto ...

How Japan's art inspired the West

Aug 15, 2014

How Japan's art inspired the West

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In the decades after Japan was forcibly opened to large-scale international trade in the early 1850s, a fever spread across Europe for items from the exotic country: its textiles, ceramics, paper fans, woodblock prints and more. Meanwhile, the term “Japonism” was coined to describe ...

The bright sparks of photography

Aug 15, 2014

The bright sparks of photography

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Photography, because it is both familiar and accessible, is an excellent medium for young people to use for self-expression. With this as a guiding principle, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K*MoPA) in Yamanashi Prefecture has sought since its founding in 1995 to contribute ...

The long, bone-chilling gaze of new director Ayumi Sakamoto

Aug 15, 2014

The long, bone-chilling gaze of new director Ayumi Sakamoto

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Directors have various ways of communicating in interviews — beyond the usual talking points, that is. Koji Fukada drew me geometrical diagrams to explain the intertwining relationships in his coming-of-age drama “Hotori no Sakuko (Au Revoir l’Ete).” Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki sketched me ...

Female anxiety shot from every angle

Aug 15, 2014

Female anxiety shot from every angle

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The Japanese film industry used to be like much of the rest of Japanese society: male-centered and male-run. It made plenty of movies about women and for women, but their directors were all men. That began to change when Naomi Kawase won a Cannes ...

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

Aug 15, 2014

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

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Perhaps you are aware of the tiny house movement, where people move into a teensy-tiny house with the barest of amenities, or Project 333, where people choose to dress with only 33 items for three months or longer. Both have gained significant interest over ...

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

Aug 15, 2014

Magic Beach is bubbling over with music

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Awa Odori — Japan’s largest dance festival held in Tokushima Prefecture as part of Obon festivities in August — attracts more than a million tourists, who go to enjoy traditional Japanese folk dances. However, now there’s now a new kind of Awa festival gaining ...

Art from the margins of society

Aug 15, 2014

Art from the margins of society

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A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, “Art as a Haven of Happiness” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...

Lighting the way for Obon

Aug 15, 2014

Lighting the way for Obon

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Toro nagashi is a long-held Japanese tradition where candle-lit lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world during the Obon season. On Aug. 16, the Asakusa Toro Nagashi will see 2,500 lanterns set afloat on the ...

Darvish put on 15-day DL

Aug 15, 2014

Darvish put on 15-day DL

Yu Darvish will miss at least a couple of starts for the Rangers because of right elbow inflammation. Texas placed its ace on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday night, a day before his scheduled start against Tampa Bay. He will have an MRI on ...

Romo set to take field for first time since back surgery

Aug 15, 2014

Romo set to take field for first time since back surgery

Tony Romo will play his first game for the Dallas Cowboys since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk last December. Romo will start for the Cowboys in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens. Romo missed Dallas’ exhibition opener against San Diego as ...

Wada notches second victory

Aug 15, 2014

Wada notches second victory

Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs as the Chicago Cubs roughed up Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Wednesday. Starlin Castro, Rizzo and Baez, the nucleus of Theo Epstein’s rebuilding effort, drove in all four runs against the NL-leading ...

Tiger pulls out of consideration for Ryder Cup

Aug 15, 2014

Tiger pulls out of consideration for Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team on Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play. One day after U.S. captain Tom Watson said he trusted Woods to give him the “straight skinny” on ...

Federer reaches another milestone

Aug 15, 2014

Federer reaches another milestone

Roger Federer had another big moment. Those seem to happen for him a lot in Cincinnati. Federer won his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, a three-set victory over Vasek Pospisil that was his 300th career victory during a Masters ...