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'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

Jan 23, 2013

'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

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It's a fair bet that many people at the Globe Theatre in London last May expected the Kyoto-based Chiten (Point) Company to present a stereotypically Japanese, samurai-style "Coriolanus," complete with taiko drums and period armor. Instead, however, Japan's contribution to the theater's Globe to Globe ...

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

Jan 23, 2013

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

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Here's a question: what do Russell Crowe, Robert Plant, Jack White and David Byrne all have in common? Incredible talent, fame and money is the obvious response, but the answer is that all four count themselves as part of the growing legion of Alabama Shakes ...

Managing the Japan-China Row

| Jan 23, 2013

Managing the Japan-China Row

At a time when official Japan-China dialogue has come to a standstill over conflicting territorial claims, the Tokyo Foundation hosted an important Track 2 meeting of foreign policy experts from Japan, China, and the U.S. Held at the Tokyo Foundation on Jan. 14 and 15, ...

U.S. president lays out liberal vision

Jan 23, 2013

U.S. president lays out liberal vision

A self-assured President Barack Obama on Monday used his second inaugural address to lay out a bold liberal vision of the American future, drawing direct links between the origins of the republic and some of the most vexing political issues of the day. The usual ...

Soldier's death mask 'unacceptable'

Jan 23, 2013

Soldier's death mask 'unacceptable'

Paris AFP-JIJI The French Army regards the actions of one of its soldiers photographed while posing in a skeleton mask in Mali as "unacceptable" behavior, a military spokesman said Monday. "This is unacceptable behavior," Col. Thierry Burkhard told a news conference. The image, which has spread widely ...

Jan 23, 2013

Suga hits China charge of Clinton meddling over Senkakus dispute

The government has criticized China's reaction to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent warning against any unilateral moves by Beijing to weaken Japan's control of the disputed Senkaku Islands. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang on Sunday accused Clinton of meddling in the ...

U.S. expert urges Japan role in Afghan stability

Jan 23, 2013

U.S. expert urges Japan role in Afghan stability

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Japan should get involved in rebuilding Afghanistan by encouraging the international community to broker a peace settlement once the U.S.-led NATO forces withdraw from the country, according to a top American scholar on the Middle East. Vali Nasr, who served as a senior adviser to ...

/ Jan 23, 2013

BOJ agrees to uphold Abe's 2% inflation target

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The Bank of Japan on Tuesday adopted a 2 percent inflation target, caving in to pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while calling for closer coordination and implementation of bold measures to fight deflation in a joint statement released with the government. In showing its ...

Film director Oshima's funeral held

Jan 23, 2013

Film director Oshima's funeral held

Family and friends of filmmaker Nagisa Oshima bid farewell to the director Tuesday at his funeral in Tokyo, following his death last week at the age of 80. Oshima's coffin, laid out at Tsukiji Honganji, was filled with origami cranes and other items with a ...

DoCoMo pins hopes on a glitzy spring lineup

/ Jan 23, 2013

DoCoMo pins hopes on a glitzy spring lineup

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NTT DoCoMo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled its new products for the spring, vowing to catch up with rival carriers by releasing high-spec gadgets and promoting its shopping and content-related services. The new products include a tablet device called the dtab, which can be bought for ...

Jan 23, 2013

Wayward cyclists face clampdown

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office will start pressing criminal charges against cyclists who repeatedly ignore red lights amid a growing number of traffic accidents involving bicycles. The decision, announced Monday, takes effect this month. Until now, Tokyo cyclists have rarely been charged for riding ...