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48 articles published


Escalator breakdown injures 10 in Kawasaki

National Jan 8, 2014

Escalator breakdown injures 10 in Kawasaki

Ten people were injured Wednesday morning at a train station in Kawasaki when an up escalator suddenly came to a stop, police and firefighters said. A man described as being 39 years old sustained a broken leg when the accident took place at Musashikosugi Station ...

National / Politics Jan 8, 2014

Turkish leader meets ship rescuer kin, Iran airlift passenger

Visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Japanese people connected with two crucial events in Japan-Turkey relations in Tokyo on Tuesday. Erdogan listened to the stories of descendants of Japanese who rescued Turkish sailors in a maritime disaster in 1890, along with a Japanese ...

National / Politics Jan 8, 2014

Seoul calls for action to resolve disputes

The South Korean foreign minister called Tuesday for "sincere" actions to defuse the tension over wartime history in Northeast Asia, pressing Japanese leaders to take a more conciliatory tone. Yun Byung-se said after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington that they ...

Sony to distribute games for PS4 via cloud

Business / Corporate Jan 8, 2014

Sony to distribute games for PS4 via cloud

Sony Corp. will start distributing games for the PlayStation 4 via cloud computing technology this year, President Kazuo Hirai said Tuesday, revealing the electronics company's focus on the entertainment business. In his speech on the opening day of the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ...

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

Business Jan 8, 2014

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

by Aya Takada

Farmers on Japan's west coast will sow Nihonbare rice this year for the first time in a decade as growers around the country return to older varieties to meet demand for record sake exports. Overseas shipments of sake reached an all-time high of ¥8.5 billion ...

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Business / Economy Jan 8, 2014

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

by Shigeru Sato and Emi Urabe

Lixil Group Corp., which agreed to buy bathroom-fixture makers American Standard Brands and Grohe Group last year, is studying another overseas acquisition to boost revenue from emerging markets. The planned deal will help Tokyo-based Lixil achieve its target of increasing sales from emerging markets to ...

Foreign delinquency presents special challenges

National Jan 8, 2014

Foreign delinquency presents special challenges

by Tomohiro Osaki

Sitting in a dimly lit room at a training school for juvenile delinquents in Tokyo, an 18-year-old Brazilian-Japanese boy reflects on his misdeeds. Though he ended up at the reformatory about a year ago for groping a woman, the deeper story of his detention can ...

Editorials Jan 8, 2014

Shaky foundation for recovery

The Japanese economy appears to be on the recovery path for now, thanks to the policy of the Abe administration, but the effects from the consumption tax rise, beginning in April, and the extra financial burden that households can expect under the fiscal 2014 ...

Editorials Jan 8, 2014

Fee hike should boost medical care

Revenue from the average 0.1 percent increase in medical fees for the 2014 draft budget is expected to be used mainly to improve emergency medicine and pediatric and obstetrical treatment — fields where quality care has declined in some localities because of shortages of ...

Jo Kanamori talks dance in Japan

Stage Jan 8, 2014

Jo Kanamori talks dance in Japan

by Nobuko Tanaka

A15-minute drive from Niigata Station, just across the mighty Shinano River pouring into the sea from the Northern Alps, a massive oval-shaped hall sits amid rich green parkland. This is Niigata City Performing Arts Center, aka Ryutopia — the nation's only public theater with ...

Hop, step and thump

Stage Jan 8, 2014

Hop, step and thump

by Stuart Varnam-Atkin

The audience bursts into applause and a green-, black- and terracotta-striped curtain called the joshiki-maku comes down on a sparkling kabuki performance; rather, it's rapidly pulled across from stage left to right. But as everyone knows, it's not time to leave the auditorium, as ...

New York's Apples make a big impression

Stage Jan 8, 2014

New York's Apples make a big impression

by Atsuro Hirota

In the last three months since I arrived in New York to study American drama with a grant from the Asian Cultural Council, a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to international cultural exchange, I have been to the theater more than 70 times — including at ...

Darren Almond: All things pass

Art Jan 8, 2014

Darren Almond: All things pass

by James Jack

A wall of 450 flip-clocks all display 15:26 in the entryway to "Second Thoughts" at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito. Seconds pass ... CLICK, all synchronized to the minute. The sound of 15:27 is so overwhelming it's surprising to see only ...

Shimomura Kanzan kept <em>nihonga</em> clean and cool

Art Jan 8, 2014

Shimomura Kanzan kept nihonga clean and cool

by C.B. Liddell

Art can sometimes play a balancing or compensatory role in society, giving voice to neglected or superseded aspects of a culture. For example, the neo-feudalist ethos of Pre-Raphaelitism and the pastoralism of Impressionism developed against a backdrop of increasing urbanization and materialism. This can ...