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44 articles published


JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Business / Corporate Jan 15, 2014

JAL probes another 787 battery incident

Japan Airlines is investigating what caused a battery on a Boeing 787 to emit smoke during preflight maintenance, a year after a fire on one of the carrier’s Dream­lin­ers helped spur the grounding of the global fleet.

National Jan 15, 2014

Hashimoto sued over scrubbed trip

by Eric Johnston

Six members of a local citizens’ watchdog group file a civil suit against the city of Osaka, demanding that Mayor Toru Hashimoto repay the nearly ¥700,000 bill the city footed after he canceled a trip to the U.S. last June.

Kanagawa girl, 11, missing since Saturday found safe 25 km away

National Jan 15, 2014

Kanagawa girl, 11, missing since Saturday found safe 25 km away

An 11-year-old elementary school girl from Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, missing since Saturday was found safe early Wednesday, police said. Michi Shinozaki was found in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The fifth-grader vanished while taking her dog for a walk. According to the police, Shinozaki called the Chigasaki Police Station ...

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

National Jan 15, 2014

Russia ties deepening over energy, security

by Hiroki Sugita

Just 160 km from the northern tip of Hokkaido, Sakhalin is a desolate island that has long been ignored by world powers. Remnants of Japanese shrines are reminders that the island was governed by Imperial Japan until the end of World War II. Now this ...

Buyma site hooks up fans of luxury brands

National Jan 15, 2014

Buyma site hooks up fans of luxury brands

by Asako Takaguchi

A website called Buyma, billing itself as a "social fashion site," is connecting individuals looking for luxury brand products unavailable in Japan with people abroad willing to buy them on their behalf. The main overseas buyers for the site, which is managed by a company ...

Editorials Jan 15, 2014

The 'Internet of everything'

The advent of the "Internet of things," the ever-expanding array of connectedness between computer sensors and consumer devices, promises convenience as well as privacy and security concerns.

'Kaz' Kumagai brings tip-top tap to town

Stage Jan 15, 2014

'Kaz' Kumagai brings tip-top tap to town

by Nobuko Tanaka

"Anyone can enjoy being be a tap dancer in their daily life; all you have to do is casually make a rhythm with your feet when you're walking down the street," Japan's leading exponent of the art, Kazunori Kumagai, insists — seemingly oblivious to ...

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

Stage Jan 15, 2014

This special Horse Year kabuki's a real winner

by Rei Sasaguchi

Most kabuki plays have at their core a dramatic historical episode. Around this, there's generally a colorful, oft-times melodramatic and action-packed confection of intrigues, loyalties, romances, self-sacrifice and villainy founded on varying degrees of fact — or simply fashioned as pure fiction. In "Sanzenryō Haru ...

Two photographers in a state of play

Art Jan 15, 2014

Two photographers in a state of play

by John L. Tran

In an intriguing double-header, two of photography's more colorful characters are exhibited together at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, providing an interesting glimpse of art form as play.

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 15, 2014

Ex-Gator Moss powers Nara past Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Big man Adrian Moss delivered a gutsy 20-point, 21-rebound performance to lead the Bambitious Nara to a 70-60 series-opening victory over the Saitama Broncos on Wednesday night. The 204-cm Moss, who starred on the 2006 NCAA Division I champion University of Florida Gators, led all ...

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2014

Unbeaten Hakuho, sekiwake Goeido tied for lead

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato huffed and puffed his way past Okinoumi to stay one win off the pace at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday. Hakuho, the tournament favorite in the injury-enforced absence of fellow yokozuna Harumafuji, remained perfect and tied for the lead ...