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Gold Ship cruises to Arima Kinen victory

Dec 24, 2012

Gold Ship cruises to Arima Kinen victory

First-pick Gold Ship capped the Olympic year with a remarkable run in the season-ending Arima Kinen to win his third Grade 1 title on Sunday. Gold Ship, who became the third consecutive 3-year-old to win the race, traveled second from the rear during the 2,500-meter ...

Gamba oust local rivals to reach Emperor's Cup semis

Dec 24, 2012

Gamba oust local rivals to reach Emperor's Cup semis

Akihiro Ienaga fired an extra-time winner against his old team as relegated Gamba Osaka's quest to salvage their season continued as they reached the Emperor's Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win over Cerezo Osaka on Sunday. Ienaga struck in the 112th minute at Nagai Stadium ...

Actor Depardieu takes center stage in French tax debate

/ Dec 24, 2012

Actor Depardieu takes center stage in French tax debate

Gerard Depardieu, one of France's most beloved movie actors, has played memorable roles enshrining him as a monument of French culture: Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," Cyrano de Bergerac in Rostand's kitsch classic and Obelix in a cartoonish spoof of wily Gauls resisting the ...

/ Dec 24, 2012

Students fuel life with energy drinks

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Acting on a late-night tip, Drew McMillan bounded up to the third floor of James Madison University's Rose Library and found a black filing cabinet with a homemade sign on top: "Test answers." He pulled open a drawer, revealing not answers but dozens of cans ...

Dec 24, 2012

Toyota mulls new retirement plan

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking at drawing up a retirement package for retirees aged 60 to 64 to help them with living expenses until they can tap their public pension benefits, company sources said. The move is aimed at filling the void that will be ...

Abe puts heat on BOJ ahead of key meeting

Dec 24, 2012

Abe puts heat on BOJ ahead of key meeting

Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday his government, expected to be formed by midweek, will consider revising the Bank of Japan law if the central bank refuses to adopt the 2 percent inflation target he's demanding at the next BOJ Policy Board meeting. Abe, ...

Dec 24, 2012

Prosecutors get Shiga bullying case

The Shiga Prefectural Police will turn two teenage boys over to prosecutors and hand one the same age to a child consultation center in connection with a fatal bullying case last October that attracted nationwide attention, investigative sources said. The decision, leaked Saturday, raised eyebrows ...

/ Dec 24, 2012

Kerry provides new brand of diplomacy

Within four months of becoming a U.S. senator in 1985, John Kerry had traveled to both of that year's foreign policy hot spots. In Nicaragua, he sought a deal he hoped would end the Reagan administration's "contra" war. In the Philippines, he concluded that ...

Seasonality, internal awareness

/ | Dec 23, 2012

Seasonality, internal awareness

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"Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature and the Arts" (Columbia University Press) by Haruo Shirane. The whole seasonal consciousness of Japan, so meticulously considered and observed, is an intangible cultural tradition, though it has a certain physical embodiment in saijiki, ...

Celebrating the female dragons

/ | Dec 23, 2012

Celebrating the female dragons

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"All That I Am" (Harper) by Anna Funder blazes across pre-World War II Europe, illuminating the period when Hitler eliminated all national opposition in his prelude to the rest of the world. Funder imaginatively melds historical figures, painstaking research and creative fire to chronicle the ...

/ Dec 23, 2012

Kintetsu fails to qualify for Top League playoffs

Kyodo Kintetsu Liners missed out on a spot in the Top League rugby playoffs after losing 13-10 to NTT Communication Shining Arcs at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground on Saturday. Kintetsu, in seventh place and needing victory to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish, was ...

/ Dec 23, 2012

Tanaka signs new deal with Eagles

Tohoku Rakuten ace Masahiro Tanaka told the Eagles he wants to play in the major leagues in the near future as the All-Star right-hander signed off on a three-year, ¥1.2 billion extension Saturday. And the team, it appears, is willing to oblige. "I did tell them ...

Yokohama's Burns thrives as leader

/ | Dec 23, 2012

Yokohama's Burns thrives as leader

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The Japan Times features periodic interviews with players in the bj-league. Draelon Burns of the Yokohama B-Corsairs is the subject of this week's profile. Position: Guard Age: 27 Ht: 194 cm; Wt: 95 kg Hometown: Milwaukee College: DePaul Noteworthy: Burns, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as ...

/ Dec 23, 2012

2012: The year in books

The Japan Times invited seven of its book reviewers to pick their favorite books published or made available in Japan in 2012, regardless of whether the book was reviewed in these pages. The selections range from books on history to art, to fiction and essays. ...