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The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Feb 13, 2015

The gourmet date: Was it love at first bite?

Want to impress on a first date? Try the following: dress to the nines, bring a gift — and get a table at the world’s best restaurant halfway around the world. That’s just what San Francisco’s Stephanie Robesky did last month when she pulled ...

Malice

Nov 1, 2014

Malice

“The incident took place on April 16, 1996, a Tuesday.” This meditative, clever novel from the author of 2011’s “The Devotion of Suspect X” begins with a journal entry by Osamu Nonoguchi, a children’s author who happens upon the body of his friend and ...

A world of fear for Japan's  shut-ins

Sep 13, 2014

A world of fear for Japan's shut-ins

Several years ago, a vogue of interest in shut-ins, or hikikomori, saw researchers from France touring Japan and meeting reclusive youths. Such was the prevalence of the disorder, said psychologist Nicolas Tajan, that “if you ask people in Japan about hikikomori, almost everyone will ...

Meet the Japanese author behind Tom Cruise's new sci-fi smash

Jul 12, 2014

Meet the Japanese author behind Tom Cruise's new sci-fi smash

You might be surprised to hear that the latest Tom Cruise science-fiction epic, “Edge of Tomorrow,” which hit theaters here recently, has a Japanese pedigree. It is based on the short novel “All You Need is Kill” by award-winning author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. First published ...

A homage to the 'Queen of Anatahan'

May 3, 2014

A homage to the 'Queen of Anatahan'

In November 1952, 1,000 Japanese thronged the pier at Yokohama to greet the arrival of the liner Chitose Maru. When one alighting passenger gazed down at them from the gangway, the crowd broke into a cheer. There was something about the kimono-clad woman from ...

Giant robots officially fly the flag for cool Japan

Mar 20, 2014

Giant robots officially fly the flag for cool Japan

With its mountains of public debt, a nuclear meltdown to mop up and the 2020 Olympics bill, you’d think the last thing the Japanese government would be spending taxpayer money on is a study on robots in science fiction. But as the Terminator once ...

Programmed for combat or for pleasure

| Mar 25, 2009

Programmed for combat or for pleasure

While Japan is a technological powerhouse, it is usually a follower and not a pioneer. Some of the best PCs in the world are manufactured by Japanese firms, but the PC itself was invented by Apple and IBM, both U.S. companies. The same holds ...