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57 articles published


BOJ notes 'recovery' in all regional economies

Business / Economy Jan 16, 2014

BOJ notes 'recovery' in all regional economies

The Bank of Japan on Thursday upgraded its assessment for five of the country's nine regional economies compared with three months earlier and used the word recovery for every region on the back of solid consumer spending before the consumption tax increase in April ...

Planned demolition bonds mark end of era

Business Jan 16, 2014

Planned demolition bonds mark end of era

by Chikako Mogi

After educating children since 1956, Kiyokawa Elementary School stands abandoned, its walls and roof crumbling because there are no longer enough pupils to fill it and the town can't afford to demolish the building. The school, in Shonai, Yamagata Prefecture, is one of thousands of ...

Kin, colleagues mark Algeria hostage killings

National Jan 16, 2014

Kin, colleagues mark Algeria hostage killings

Colleagues and family members of those killed in the hostage crisis in Algeria marked the first anniversary Thursday, while the government vowed to improve its crisis management. The national and company flags were hoisted at half-staff at the headquarters of engineering firm JGC Corp. in ...

Editorials Jan 16, 2014

Election spotlight on nuclear power

Expect the question of whether Japan should rely on nuclear power generation in the future to be a main theme of the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election after former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa announced his candidacy.

Editorials Jan 16, 2014

Assist Myanmar's reform efforts

Nearly three years after its transition from military to civilian rule, Myanmar faces difficult challenges in its path to democratization and economic reform, including the infrastructure necessary to attract business investment and a military-centered constitution.

Commentary Jan 16, 2014

Putin PR hides woes in 2014

by Tina Burrett

The Kremlin's dismay at the scale and longevity of protests in Moscow and other cities, following the fraudulent election in December 2011, is forcing Putin to find new ways to shore up his presidency.

Hit Hokkaido's slopes for tasty seasonal fare

Food & Drink Jan 16, 2014

Hit Hokkaido's slopes for tasty seasonal fare

by Kris Kosaka

Kutchan, near Niseko, is probably the only town in Japan where convenience stores stock pinto beans and Vegemite. In fact, Hokkaido's ski paradise, internationally known for its powder snow, is steadily forging a new reputation, one bite at a time. Ten years ago, food fare ...

Luxury dining at the Imperial Hotel

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jan 16, 2014

Luxury dining at the Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo has invited Laurent André, executive chef at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, one of the most renowned luxury hotels in Paris, to prepare a special fair from Jan. 20-26 at the hotel's traditional French restaurant, La Brasserie. Le Royal Monceau Raffles ...

Why Winding Refn doesn't care if you hate his movie

Film Jan 16, 2014

Why Winding Refn doesn't care if you hate his movie

by Giovanni Fazio

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn was a film-school dropout who gained sudden acclaim at the tender age of 24 with his ultraviolent 1996 film "Pusher," which was eventually developed into a trilogy. He reached wider audiences with "Fear X" (starring John Turturro) and British ...

Pro-wrestling builds character

Events / Events In Tokyo Jan 16, 2014

Pro-wrestling builds character

by Hanna Lange

Have you ever wondered how it would look if a panda or maybe a swan pro-wrestled a clown or a GI soldier? Well, here's an opportunity for you to find out. Hanayashiki Pro-wrestling is one of those events that even if you aren't interested ...

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2014

Kisenosato handed crushing defeat

Kisenosato's fresh bid for promotion to yokozuna suffered a major blow on Thursday with a second loss, while Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho moved into sole possession of the lead with a perfect 5-0 record at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Aiming for promotion to sumo's ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jan 16, 2014

Swallows' Balentien released on bail

Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who last year broke the Japanese home runs record, was released on bail on Wednesday following his arrest on charges of domestic violence. Balentien paid $50,000 bail and must stay away from his wife, Karla. The 29-year-old is scheduled ...

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Sumo Jan 16, 2014

Sumo wrestler Kotooshu becomes naturalized Japanese

Bulgarian sekiwake Kotooshu has obtained Japanese nationality, it was learned on Thursday. The 30-year-old Kotooshu, whose real name is Kaloyan Mahlyanov, is the first European wrestler to become a naturalized Japanese. As a result, he has cleared the first hurdle toward becoming a sumo elder ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jan 16, 2014

Nara completes first series sweep in franchise history

by Ed Odeven

The Bambitious Nara, a first-year bj-league franchise, have won back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. For Nara coach Koto Toyama's squad, Thursday's 87-74 triumph over the visiting Saitama Broncos featured several key contributors. Rookie guard Tatsuya Suzuki had 20 points, drained 4 of ...

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 16, 2014

Noguchi withraws from Osaka Marathon

Athens Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi has pulled out of the Osaka International Women's Marathon for the third straight year due to injury, organizers announced Thursday. Just 10 days before the start of the race, the 35-year old Noguchi has withdrawn due to a stress ...

Honda opens Milan account

Soccer Jan 16, 2014

Honda opens Milan account

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda opened his AC Milan account in front of incoming boss Clarence Seedorf in a comfortable 3-1 Italian Cup fifth-round victory over second-division Spezia on Wednesday. Making his first start since joining the club last week, Honda scored the third on 47 ...

Lee joins Urawa after leaving Southampton

Soccer / J. League Jan 16, 2014

Lee joins Urawa after leaving Southampton

Former Japan striker Tadanari Lee has joined Urawa Reds just days after having his contract terminated by English Premier League club Southampton, Reds said Thursday. The 28-year-old striker will sign with Reds after undergoing a medical on his return to Japan. Southampton announced Tuesday it ...