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/ Feb 22, 2013

Jimi wants to be under LDP's wing for Upper House election

Shozaburo Jimi, leader of the three-Diet-member Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party), asked the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday to absorb his small opposition force apparently so he can run in this summer's Upper House election on the LDP's ticket. LDP sources said their party's ...

Senkaku showdown taxing forces

/ Feb 22, 2013

Senkaku showdown taxing forces

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The past few months have put the Japan Coast Guard and Air Self-Defense Force to the test, as they defend the nation's territorial waters and airspace around the Senkaku islets in the East China Sea, a flash point for potential military clashes with China. China ...

Dinosaur tooth unearthed on Kagoshima isle

Feb 22, 2013

Dinosaur tooth unearthed on Kagoshima isle

City officials of Satsumasendai in Kagoshima Prefecture announced this week that a piece of fossilized tooth believed to be that of a herbivorous dinosaur under the Ceratopsidae species has been unearthed from 80-million-year-old strata on Shimokoshiki Island in the city. This is the first-ever discovery ...

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

/ Feb 22, 2013

Suicide prompts wife to sue Tepco

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The last words that a Fukushima dairy farmer said to his wife in the Philippines over the phone on the morning of June 10, 2011, was to make sure that she and their children ate well, stayed healthy and didn't return to Japan. Later that ...

Feb 22, 2013

Tyson sues firm for embezzlement

Mike Tyson is suing a financial services firm affiliated with Live Nation, claiming it cost him more than $5 million due to a former employee's embezzlement and mismanagement. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles claims an adviser from SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises embezzled ...

'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

/ Feb 22, 2013

'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

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Plenty of Japanese directors make films about socially awkward or marginal guys: Given all the on-screen examples (as well as their many real-life inspirations), it seems that the onetime country of the samurai has become the land of the otaku and freeter (unemployed or ...

Pope considers new election rules and date

Feb 22, 2013

Pope considers new election rules and date

Pope Benedict XVI may enact a new law governing the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope amid continued uncertainty over when the voting can begin. The Vatican's spokesman said Wednesday he didn't know for sure if the law would address the timing of the ...

Silver Linings Playbook

/ Feb 22, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook

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Sometimes life falls off its dreary grid and takes on the texture and flavor of strawberry chiffon cake. That's kind of what happens when watching "Silver Linings Playbook": The more this romantic comedy-drama about an ex-teacher with mental-health problems and the people around him ...

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

/ Feb 22, 2013

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

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You're fed up with your family, your upbringing, your school, your social class. You don't fit in and are reminded of it. The rules and social norms that other people seem to follow so blindly seem to you phony, trite, suffocating. You develop an ...

Mexican police, soldiers tied to disappearances

Feb 22, 2013

Mexican police, soldiers tied to disappearances

Describing what it called "the most severe crisis of enforced disappearances in Latin America in decades," the U.S. organization Human Rights Watch issued a new report Wednesday with grim implications for the thousands of Mexican civilians who have gone missing in the country's shadowy ...