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Apr 05, 2013

Funds gripe snags SDF isle defense deployment

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The Defense Ministry may have to abandon a plan to station a Ground Self-Defense Force coastal monitoring unit on Okinawa's Yonaguni Island because negotiations with the town over the price of land have deadlocked. "If the current situation continues, we have no choice but to ...

Nissan sees rebound in China this quarter

/ Apr 05, 2013

Nissan sees rebound in China this quarter

Nissan Motor Co., the most successful Japanese automaker in China, expects sales in the world's largest automobile market to rebound within three months as demand for Japanese-branded vehicles recovers. "We've seen growth in retail year on year in March and year to date," Andy Palmer, ...

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

Apr 05, 2013

To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel

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English-language education at public schools should shift in emphasis to verbal communications skills, and for that purpose, universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language for entrance exams, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party's education reform panel said. If the TOEFL ...

Four tsunami-hit Otsuchi schools merge into one

Apr 05, 2013

Four tsunami-hit Otsuchi schools merge into one

Otsuchi Elementary School in disaster-stricken Iwate Prefecture held an opening ceremony Thursday to mark its merger with three nearby schools as the number of local children keeps declining following the killer 2011 tsunami. The ceremony took place in a gymnasium in a makeshift school building ...

Apr 05, 2013

Diet opens debate on Hague Convention bills

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Amid mounting international pressure on Japan to rectify cross-border parental abductions of offspring, the House of Representatives on Thursday started deliberating bills related to joining the Hague Convention. Signing the accord was one of the pledges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made to U.S. President Barack ...

KLM now flying from Fukuoka to Amsterdam

/ Apr 05, 2013

KLM now flying from Fukuoka to Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a direct fight service between Fukuoka and Amsterdam on Thursday, becoming the first carrier to regularly connect the city with Europe. A KLM Boeing 777 jet carrying about 300 passengers landed at Fukuoka airport at around 8 a.m., with fire ...

/ Apr 05, 2013

Utility, trader to launch first overseas geothermal project

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will launch a geothermal power generation project in Indonesia with trading house Itochu Corp. This marks the first overseas geothermal power generation project by a Japanese electric power company. Kyushu Electric said a power plant will begin operating ...

/ Apr 05, 2013

Australia wants tariffs on Japanese cars to linger

Australia has demanded it be allowed to keep its 5 percent tariff on Japanese car imports in place in bilateral free-trade negotiations with Japan. The demand is apparently a response to Tokyo's recent decision to tolerate U.S. auto tariffs in separate trade negotiations, a Japanese ...

Maryland House passes firearm bill

/ Apr 05, 2013

Maryland House passes firearm bill

The Maryland House of Delegates passed what would be among the most restrictive U.S. gun-control measures Wednesday, voting to ratchet up the state's already tough rules by requiring fingerprinting of gun buyers, new limits on firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and bans on ...

China touts sea burials as space for graves shrinks

/ Apr 05, 2013

China touts sea burials as space for graves shrinks

In a country of almost 1.4 billion people, life for Chinese is an unending struggle for resources. And it doesn't get easier in death. Prices for graves are skyrocketing, driven by decades of unbridled development and scarce city land. The government's answer to this ...

Apr 05, 2013

Abe government honors sluggers

The Abe government helps get Japan's pro baseball season started by conferring the People's Honor Award on two Giant sluggers a generation apart.

Apr 05, 2013

North Korea's provocations

International community members must deepen cooperation and watch their behavior as long as North Korea keeps baiting them with war drums.

Audiard's method: as slow and steady as the waves

Apr 05, 2013

Audiard's method: as slow and steady as the waves

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My first impression of director Jacques Audiard is that he's almost as wired as the street-punk hero of his film "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," fidgeting in his chair, desperate for a smoke, jumping in mid-translation to clarify a point. Entering his sixth ...

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

Apr 05, 2013

Leno to leave 'Tonight Show' in spring 2014

For the second time in about four years, Jay Leno is stepping down from NBC's iconic late-night franchise "The Tonight Show." This time, he'll exit in spring 2014 to make way for "Late Night" star Jimmy Fallon. Fallon will take over sometime after that, the ...

'Rust and Bone'

/ Apr 05, 2013

'Rust and Bone'

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A boxer knows how to get back up when knocked down. So when life spins out for French bare-knuckle fighter Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), he spends his last euros on a train out of town, his 5-year-old son in tow. It's a responsibility this sullen ...

'Hitchcock'

/ Apr 05, 2013

'Hitchcock'

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A more suitable title to this would be: "Hitch and Alma: The love story." But as Alma — the wife of cinema giant Alfred Hitchcock — complains in this fictional and wildly entertaining account of Hitchcock's private life, no one pays her any attention ...

'Terraferma'

/ Apr 05, 2013

'Terraferma'

Set on the tiny isle of Linosa, halfway between Sicily and Tunisia, "Terraferma" follows a crusty old sailor, Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), and his naive grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo), who still run an old fishing boat. Filippo's widowed mother, Giulietta (Sicilian beauty Donatella Finocchiaro), decides ...

Bullington leads Carp to first victory of season

/ Apr 05, 2013

Bullington leads Carp to first victory of season

Right-hander Bryan Bullington allowed three leadoff singles but no runs over seven innings on Thursday to earn the Hiroshima Carp's first win of the season, a 1-0 decision over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium. Bullington, the losing pitcher in the Carp's season-opener, gave ...