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Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

Feb 21, 2013

Tepid water helps Abe maintain?

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The economy may be heating up, the weather outside may be chilly, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sticks to the middle of the road: lukewarm water. In a Tuesday Facebook entry from the prime minister's office, Abe wrote that the contents of the thermos bottle ...

Paul Delvaux's stuff of dreams

Feb 21, 2013

Paul Delvaux's stuff of dreams

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Once you see the paintings of Paul Delvaux you are unlikely to forget them. The dreamlike mood and quaint atmosphere is unique and hypnotic. But where does the mysterious power of his art come from? The exhibition "Paul Delvaux: Dream Odyssey" at the Museum ...

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

| Feb 21, 2013

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

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The health ministry confirmed Tuesday that the tick-borne disease thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, was responsible for the death of an adult male in Hiroshima last summer, bringing the number of known domestic fatalities to four. Nine other similar deaths are being investigated. Here are some ...

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

Feb 21, 2013

New robots reduce human risk in disaster cleanup

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The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization on Wednesday unveiled a series of robots and systems to help deal with disasters such as the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and reduce the danger for workers. The robots, developed under a one-year project, include ...

The future of fabrics woven with the past

Feb 21, 2013

The future of fabrics woven with the past

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The textile work of Junichi Arai is renowned for its complexity and innovation. Often three-dimensional in nature, his fabrics appear as undulating landscapes of puckering, crumpling, puffs, pleats and protruding felted yarns. Many of them glimmer with metallic or translucent sheens, some seem understated ...

Israel eyed as fresh market for seafood

Feb 21, 2013

Israel eyed as fresh market for seafood

Seafood company Rumi Japan has started exporting frozen yellowtail to Israel, seeking new foreign markets for the fatty white-fleshed fish. The company, based in Imabari in Ehime Prefecture, on Tuesday held a tasting event for food industry officials at the official residence of the Japanese ...

Off pedestal, Hina dolls take up 'ordinary' life

Feb 21, 2013

Off pedestal, Hina dolls take up 'ordinary' life

Traditionally, the dolls at the annual March 3 doll festival are displayed in tiers. But those currently on exhibit in Gujo, Gifu Prefecture, are acting out ordinary human activities, from drinking to washing. Some are even playing soccer. The unique "performances" of some 2,000 Hina ...

Creative-content agency helps Korean music abroad

Feb 21, 2013

Creative-content agency helps Korean music abroad

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Regardless of whether you are a bigger-name draw or a smaller, emerging band, planning — and more importantly financing — international gigs is no easy task. But since last year, things have gotten a bit easier for Korean acts touring abroad. In March 2012, the ...

Japan cellphone pioneer awarded Draper Prize

Feb 21, 2013

Japan cellphone pioneer awarded Draper Prize

Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Okumura and four others received the prestigious Charles Stark Draper Prize at a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday for pioneering contributions to the world's first cellular telephone networks, systems and standards. Okumura, an 86-year-old honorary professor of Kanazawa Institute of Technology, is ...

Redefining conventions of the play

Feb 21, 2013

Redefining conventions of the play

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Without doubt, Takahiro Fujita is the most prominent newcomer in the world of Japanese contemporary theater. To a considerable extent that's because the 27-year-old playwright/director has an unusual trademark style — to create works that often have the same lyrical phrases and series of ...

Son wants killer dad to atone, not hang

/ Feb 21, 2013

Son wants killer dad to atone, not hang

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Hiroto Oyama frequently dreams about his mother floating on the surface of water and his father standing on the gallows. "I wake up by my own shouting voice," the 24-year-old Oyama said. His father, Kiyotaka Oyama, 51, was convicted of killing his wife (Hiroto Oyama's mother) ...

Kabuki actor given top French arts award

Feb 21, 2013

Kabuki actor given top French arts award

The French government on Tuesday bestowed the Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature on kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo for his achievements in arts and culture. "I believe my collaborations with a variety of people from around the world have led to the honor," ...