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35 articles published


National Jan 11, 2014

Abe Yasukuni trip aim not lost on U.S. leaders

A group of ruling party members is alleging that U.S. government officials and lawmakers they met with in Washington understood the aim of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine, a move roundly lambasted throughout Asia. The lawmakers from Abe's Liberal Democratic ...

Business Jan 11, 2014

Toyota union to demand pay hike

The federation of labor unions for Toyota Motor group firms decides to demand a pay-scale hike at upcoming spring wage talks for the first time since 2009.

Tepco urged to halt rising radiation levels at No. 1 plant border

National Jan 11, 2014

Tepco urged to halt rising radiation levels at No. 1 plant border

Nuclear regulators on Friday called on Tokyo Electric Power Co. to take action to address rising radiation levels at the border of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant's premises, which have jumped to levels eight times higher than the regulatory limit. According to plant operator ...

Editorials Jan 11, 2014

Perilous times for journalists

Given its recent enactment of the state secrets protection law, how soon will Japan start to appear on the annual lists of imprisoned journalists put out by the Committee to Protect Journalists?

Editorials Jan 11, 2014

More computers in education?

Two recent conflicting reports from government ministries expose the conundrum at the heart of the question of whether computers are helpful to education.

Seasons come and go — but when?

Environment | WILD WATCH Jan 11, 2014

Seasons come and go — but when?

by Mark Brazil

Another new year has arrived and a Hokkaido blizzard is tearing past my window, drifting snow onto every surface as if it means to drown out the world in whiteness. Thankfully it also brings a muffling silence into which thoughts pop and crackle. As ever ...

An inside look at the anime industry

Books / Reviews Jan 11, 2014

An inside look at the anime industry

by Mark Schilling

Many books about anime and its makers have been published abroad in English and other languages, but few are by Japanese critics and scholars. In Japan, it’s the reverse, with non-Japanese anime writers excluded from publishers’ lists.

Film Jan 11, 2014

King of the monsters has universal appeal

by Jun Hongo

Kouhei Nomura published a glossary titled "The Godzilla Encyclopedia" in 2004 after six months of dedicated research. He delivers his verdict on why the king of the monsters is so popular worldwide.

Kitchen

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Jan 11, 2014

Kitchen

by Andrew Lee

When "Kitchen," the debut novel by Banana Yoshimoto, was first released in Japan in 1988, it caused such a stir that the media frenzy around her was dubbed "Bananamania." Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto, Faber and Faber, fiction Her tale of love and loss clearly struck a ...

Takanashi claims record 14th victory

More Sports / Winter Sports Jan 11, 2014

Takanashi claims record 14th victory

Teenager Sara Takanashi claimed victory to win a record 14th career individual World Cup title at the Sapporo meet on Saturday. The 17-year-old Takanashi soared with leaps of 99 and 94.5 meters on the HS 100-meter, K-90 hill for a total of 254.5 points to ...

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Baseball / MLB Jan 11, 2014

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka returned to Japan Saturday from a short visit with major league clubs in the Los Angeles area. The 25-year-old Tanaka presumably has met, along with his agent Casey Close, a number of big league teams who have shown interest in pursuing ...