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Jan 23, 2013

Chinese scholar warns on Japan's 'fast turn right'

A scholar at a Chinese Foreign Ministry think tank warned Tuesday that Japan's political turn to the right must be checked before its negative effects spread through the region. Ruan Zongze, vice president and a senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, said ...

/ Jan 23, 2013

Abe casts wide net for growth strategies

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on his Cabinet members, corporate leaders and economic experts to cooperate in mapping out growth strategies to "regain a strong economy" through the combined efforts of the government and private sector. During the first meeting of the Industrial ...

/ Jan 23, 2013

Top German banker slams Abe pressure on BOJ

Jens Weidmann, president of Germany's central bank, has expressed concern about additional monetary easing steps taken by the Bank of Japan, citing it as an example of the government meddling in the central bank's business. In a Monday speech posted on the Deutsche Bundesbank's website, ...

Jan 23, 2013

Republicans offer novel debt plan

Forget about raising the federal debt limit: House Republicans are proposing to ignore it altogether — at least until May 18. The House planned to vote Wednesday on a measure that would leave the $16.4 trillion borrowing limit intact but suspend it from the time ...

Jan 23, 2013

Teachers retire to dodge benefit cut

Twenty-five teachers in Saga Prefecture retired by the end of December, three months earlier than scheduled, before the prefectural government cut their retirement allowance on Jan. 1, board of education officials said Wednesday. The teachers, as well as 11 school officials, quit before the Saga ...

Low-cost carriers boost foreigners at Kansai airport

/ Jan 23, 2013

Low-cost carriers boost foreigners at Kansai airport

The number of foreign visitors passing through Kansai International Airport in 2012 soared 31 percent from a year earlier to a record 3.601 million, due partly to the inauguration of flights by new low-cost carriers, according to the airport operator. The number was the highest ...

New Washington lineup will await Abe visit

Jan 23, 2013

New Washington lineup will await Abe visit

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When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travels to the U.S. next month for a meeting with President Barack Obama, he will find new secretaries of state and defense. Democratic Sen. John Kerry, nominated by Obama to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as the top U.S. diplomat, is ...

Eadonmm

| Jan 23, 2013

Eadonmm

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Known to most as Eadonmm, Shinya Wada is a Kansai-based producer and DJ. In addition to organizing an event called Idle Moments in Kyoto, he is now busy finishing a new album, "Aqonis," due out this spring on Osaka label Day Tripper Records. Here's ...

Miho Hazama starts a journey

Jan 23, 2013

Miho Hazama starts a journey

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It's believed that time spent living abroad can be a journey of self-discovery, and for Miho Hazama that has certainly been the case. Moving to New York to study for a master's degree in jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) was ...

'Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>'

Jan 23, 2013

“Mr. Children 2005-2010 <macro>”

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My Japan Times colleague Ian Martin nailed the state of Japanese pop music when he wrote that it was "clinging on to the hoary old remains of the past." The Oricon Chart's top albums of 2012 list was dominated by "Best Of" compilations, with ...

Humble origins of great architectural photography

Jan 23, 2013

Humble origins of great architectural photography

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The last couple of shows at the Shiodome Museum have been colorful and varied affairs, but the latest exhibition, showcasing Yukio Futagawa's photos of traditional Japanese houses taken in 1955, strikes a very different note. There is an absence of color and accompanying objects, ...

'What We See'

/ Jan 23, 2013

"What We See"

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Today, advances in technology and globalization have left few artistic boundaries uncrossed, including that between reality and the imagination. Digital-imaging software and computer-generated graphics, for example, now allow artists to realize their visions for others to see. This exhibition features film works of 10 artists ...

'Edward Steichen in High Fashion'

/ Jan 23, 2013

"Edward Steichen in High Fashion"

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After years of prosperity following World War I, the U.S. economy began to rapidly decline before the stock-market crash in 1929 triggered the Great Depression. Edward Steichen (1879-1973), who was working as a fashion photographer at the time, was nevertheless determined to focus on the ...

'Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher'

/ Jan 23, 2013

"Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher"

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Wang Xizhi (303-361) is remembered for his major influence on Chinese calligraphic style. After his death, his works continued to be revered by emperors in China, including Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty, who publicly proclaimed a fascination with the calligrapher. Taizong acquired many of ...