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Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

National Jan 2, 2014

Taiwan welcomes Japanese woman as 8 millionth visitor

Taiwan on Thursday welcomed a Japanese woman as the island's 8 millionth visitor for 2013, showering her with gifts. Aya Omote, a 32-year-old newlywed from Niigata Prefecture, said she was surprised to learn of the news upon her arrival at Taoyuan International Airport on Tuesday. "After ...

National Jan 2, 2014

Emperor offers greetings to public

Emperor Akihito extended New Year's greetings Thursday to well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. "I am truly delighted to celebrate the new year together with the people," he said as he appeared on a balcony of the Chowa-Den wing of the palace. "I hope ...

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

National Jan 2, 2014

Japan Inc. takes tentative steps toward empowering women

by Maya Kaneko

Japan, notorious for its failure to overcome wide gender disparities, seems to have finally gotten serious about utilizing the "untapped resources" of women to enhance national competitiveness and boost economic growth amid the population decline. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revived a government target set ...

Editorials Jan 2, 2014

Gusty head winds in 2014

2014 promises to be a year of gusty head winds for world leaders. In Japan, the pre-eminent question is whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will continue to rein in his most conservative instincts and focus on economic issues.

Get kids in shape for New Year's

Events / Events In Tokyo Jan 2, 2014

Get kids in shape for New Year's

by Magdalena Osumi

It's never too early to get potential Olympic stars into shape, so why not take your children to Kodomo-no-shiro (National Children's Castle) in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, which will be hosting various events for a kids' mini Olympic Games. From Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, different ...

'Insidious: Chapter 2'

Film / Reviews Jan 2, 2014

'Insidious: Chapter 2'

by Giovanni Fazio

"Insidious" is what happens when you take the director of one horror-movie franchise — "Saw" helmsman James Wan — and team him up with the producers of another — Jason Blum and Oren Peli of "Paranormal Activity." If that sounds about as promising as ...

'Lore'

Film / Reviews Jan 2, 2014

'Lore'

by Kaori Shoji

"Lore" is both gripping and suffocating; at times it feels like filmmaker Cate Shortland is forcibly prying open your eyelids like that scene in "A Clockwork Orange," impelling the viewer to confront the horror of what's happening on screen. And that's because feeling the ...

'Seventh Code'

Film / Reviews Jan 2, 2014

'Seventh Code'

by Mark Schilling

One of the more baffling and maddening aspects of the pop music scene here for a lot of foreign observers, especially those who write about it for the English-language media, is the long-continuing and now overwhelming popularity of girl idol groups, whether or not ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 2, 2014

Big Bulls open 2014 by dominating Magic

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls ushered in the new year with a thorough throttling of the host Shimane Susanoo Magic, winning 86-71 on Thursday afternoon. Iwate took a 27-10 advantage into the second quarter and held a comfortable lead during the remainder of the game, the ...

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Soccer / J. League Jan 2, 2014

Marinos capture Emperor's Cup

Yokohama F. Marinos got payback for their heartbreaking defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J. League title race with a 2-0 victory in the last Emperor's Cup final at the existing National Stadium on Wednesday. First-half goals from Manabu Saito and Yuji Nakazawa in the ...