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/ Jan 31, 2013

N.Y. Senate hails monument to 'comfort women'

The New York state Senate passed a resolution Tuesday honoring a "comfort women" monument erected in the state, saying it serves as a reminder that the coercion of Asian women into sexual servitude by the Imperial Japanese Army was a "crime against humanity," a ...

Kaieda lashes LDP on works spending

/ Jan 31, 2013

Kaieda lashes LDP on works spending

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Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda lashed out Wednesday at the massive ¥4.7 trillion public works spending package compiled by the Liberal Democratic Party. In the first question-and-answer session in the Diet since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy speech Monday, Kaieda said, "the birth ...

Obama pushes immigration reform

/ Jan 31, 2013

Obama pushes immigration reform

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday put the weight of his administration behind efforts to pass legislation allowing many of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to earn citizenship, seeking to build on a rapidly shifting political consensus around the issue. Obama dedicated the ...

Hidden truths laid bare in the details of realism

Jan 31, 2013

Hidden truths laid bare in the details of realism

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With a population of around 35 million, Greater Tokyo is the ultimate "modernist" conurbation; a vast megacity, where something as old-fashioned as realist art might seem out-of-date and out-of-place. Maybe so, but on the metropolis' western and eastern extremities stand two museums that, each ...

'Motoju Miyosawa: Katazome Stencil Dyeing'

/ Jan 31, 2013

'Motoju Miyosawa: Katazome Stencil Dyeing'

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After meeting Muneyoshi Yanagi, a pioneer of the famous Mingei (folk arts) movement, artist Motoju Miyosawa (1909-2002) became a major advocate of the beauty of frugality, a quality that Mingei followers believed everyday objects possessed. During the 1960s, however, he chose to travel internationally ...

'Beauties of the Late Edo and Meiji Periods'

/ Jan 31, 2013

'Beauties of the Late Edo and Meiji Periods'

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Ukiyo-e "pictures of the Floating World" have traditionally included paintings and woodblock prints of landscapes, folk tales, kabuki actors and beautiful women. This exhibition focuses on women during the period following the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868. Under the Meiji government, the ...

/ Jan 31, 2013

Local economies show signs of bottoming out

Regional economies have "shown partial signs of having bottomed out" on the back of the yen's recent depreciation and rising stock prices, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. Although eight of 11 regions, excluding Hokkaido, Okinawa and quake-hit Tohoku, downgraded their assessments of the economy for ...

Jan 31, 2013

Canon net profit fell 9.7% last year

Canon Inc. said Wednesday its group net profit for the business year that ended in December dropped 9.7 percent to ¥224.56 billion due to the global economic slowdown, the strong yen and weakening demand in China. It said its consolidated operating profit fell 14.3 percent ...