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Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

Business / Corporate Jan 9, 2014

Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

by Alan Ohnsman

Nissan Motor Co., which reported record U.S. sales of Leaf hatchbacks in 2013, is optimistic that it can soon double deliveries, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said. Sales of the battery-powered Leaf jumped 130 percent last year to 22,610 vehicles, aided by 2,529 deliveries in ...

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

Business Jan 9, 2014

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

by Chikako Mogi and Takashi Hirokawa

Stocks could surpass a level not seen since 2007 if the Abe administration pushes through in its drive to loosen business regulations, said Heizo Takenaka, a member of a government council on special economic zones. "Stocks have surged considerably, but they can still improve if ...

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

National Jan 9, 2014

Gamers get romance, Japanese-style

by Kazuaki Nagata

In an era of smartphones, some mobile video game makers are using love to expand overseas. Having created a niche market for romance-themed games for women in Japan over the past several years, now they are looking to woo foreign women, particularly attracted to anime ...

Sea turtles returning to Ogasawaras

National Jan 9, 2014

Sea turtles returning to Ogasawaras

One of the Ogasawara Islands is seeing a spawning migration peak for green sea turtles born after World War II. According to findings released Thursday by the Ogasawara Marine Center, there were 1,982 nests on Chichijima in 2013, the highest since the center started the ...

Editorials Jan 9, 2014

Tepco's flawed turnaround plan

Tepco should further streamline its operations and explore new avenues of business growth, such as the retail sale of electricity in parts of Japan, rather than return to its old model that depended on nuclear power for profitability.

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

Culture Jan 9, 2014

Will Cool Japan finally heat up in 2014?

by Matt Alt

After years of talk, 2013 marked a watershed moment in the government's Cool Japan campaign. Which begs the question: Is Japan cool? As a robot-obsessed kid growing up in the 1970s and '80s, I always thought so. But for years, the anime and manga that ...

Tao makes the cut in new drama

Culture Jan 9, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

by Jun Hongo

At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston's Rachel character from "Friends" to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba Prefecture ...

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

Film Jan 9, 2014

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

by Mark Schilling

Born in Tokyo in 1980, Koji Fukada released his first film in 2004, but his breakthrough was 2010's "Kantai (Hospitalité)," a witty black comedy about a mysterious stranger who talks his way into a job at a small Tokyo printing shop and is soon ...

'Hotori no Sakuko (Au Revoir l'Eté)'

Film / Reviews Jan 9, 2014

'Hotori no Sakuko (Au Revoir l'Eté)'

by Mark Schilling

Compared to his avant-garde French new-wave peers, Eric Rohmer seemed to direct in a lighter, more conventional key: All those casually chic young heroines photographed in the more attractive parts of France, all those stories about their various love troubles. Also, from a Hollywood ...

'Escape Plan'

Film / Reviews Jan 9, 2014

'Escape Plan'

by Giovanni Fazio

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Well, anyone who's seen a Sylvester Stallone movie lately. Stallone, even as he enters retirement age, is determined to hang onto his action-movie star status, and to his credit, he still comes equipped with ...

Taste some local fun at Tokyo Dome

Events / Events In Tokyo Jan 9, 2014

Taste some local fun at Tokyo Dome

by Magdalena Osumi

Whenever you crave a home-made meal, chances are you'll head straight to your hometown or mom's house for a taste of your childhood. Failing that, though, you could visit the Furusato Matsuri at Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo's Suidobashi district, where all kinds of ...

'Dangerous Liaisons'

Film / Reviews Jan 9, 2014

'Dangerous Liaisons'

by Kaori Shoji

Dangerous Liaisons" is compelling, not necessarily because of its content but because this is a Chinese movie adapted from an 18th-century French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It has exactly zero working-class characters, not counting the occasional maid. That's an event in itself. ...

Sumo Jan 9, 2014

Yokozuna Harumafuji status in doubt ahead of New Year basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji could likely miss the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to a niggling injury to his left ankle, his stablemaster Isegahama hinted Thursday. "This is serious," said Isegahama. "If he risks fighting and tears the ligament there'll be no recourse. Most importantly, I ...

Baseball / MLB Jan 9, 2014

Tanaka heads to U.S. to meet with MLB clubs

Japanese ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who will aim to move to the major leagues through the new posting system, has already left for the United States to hold talks with big league clubs, informed sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. Tanaka, 25, is scheduled to ...