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51 articles published


16 kick off Tokyo gubernatorial race

National Jan 23, 2014

16 kick off Tokyo gubernatorial race

by Masaaki Kameda

Campaigning for the Tokyo gubernatorial election officially kicked off Thursday with 16 candidates set to battle over national-level issues ranging from energy policy to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. According to the metropolitan election board, 16 people filed to run in the race and will vie ...

National Jan 23, 2014

Cosmic rays peer into reactor cores

Researchers say they have developed a system that uses cosmic rays to get images of melted nuclear fuel inside reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant.

JAL to launch seven new London-Haneda flights

Business / Corporate Jan 23, 2014

JAL to launch seven new London-Haneda flights

Japan Airlines Co. says it will launch new direct flights between Tokyo and London after it was allotted five new international slots at Haneda airport. The seven new London round-trip flights per week will start March 30. JAL also said it will double its weekly flights ...

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

National Jan 23, 2014

Shut-in's Net persona turns promotional hard sell

by Tomohiro Osaki

Job hunting can be challenging for university students. After attending a couple of employment seminars last year, Toyo University student Ryo Kikuchi knew he didn't stand a chance of outdoing his competitors if he went the usual route. "Let's face it, I was 25 years ...

Toyota outsold GM, VW in '13, sees 3% growth this year

Business / Corporate Jan 23, 2014

Toyota outsold GM, VW in '13, sees 3% growth this year

Toyota Motor Corp. outsold General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG in 2013 to lead the global auto industry for the second straight year and forecast 3.4 percent growth for 2014 on rising demand in the U.S. and China. Worldwide vehicle sales at Toyota, including deliveries ...

Editorials Jan 23, 2014

Can't bury the nuclear issue

The Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election will not only decide the leader of the nation's capital but also indicate whether Japan will rely on nuclear power.

Editorials Jan 23, 2014

Damages from a terror probe

Despite the award of ¥90.2 million in damages to 17 Muslims in Japan found to have suffered defamation of character after details of a police investigation of international terrorism were leaked onto the Internet, the plaintiffs have appealed the Tokyo District Court ruling for ...

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

Film Jan 23, 2014

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

by Mark Schilling

Many young Japanese film actors start as models or pop stars and then, as they accumulate magazine covers or CD sales, move into TV and films. Many also play versions of themselves again and again on screen, which may suit their fans just fine, ...

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

Film Jan 23, 2014

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

by George Hadley-Garcia

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is cleaning up in the early part of an awards season that was meant to belong to Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." And that ain't no con. The movie snagged a Golden Globe for best comedy as well as ...

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

Film Jan 23, 2014

Searching for hidden meaning in a Kubrick classic

by Giovanni Fazio

I'm old enough — barely — to have seen Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece "The Shining" when it opened in the theaters back in 1980. My strongest memory of this tale of writer's block meets cabin-fever insanity is that my girlfriend's drink wound up in ...

'Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)'

Film / Reviews Jan 23, 2014

'Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)'

by Mark Schilling

Several veterans of Japan's old studio system are still working, but Yoji Yamada is the only one still directing for the studio he started out with, back in 1954. He has directed 81 films for Shochiku; his extraordinary box-office success with the "Tora-san" series, ...

'American Hustle'

Film / Reviews Jan 23, 2014

'American Hustle'

by Kaori Shoji

Being an American is an art form and the path is long and arduous, as we see all too plainly in "American Hustle," a huge, sloppy American Dream saga set in 1978. Based loosely on the famed "Abscam" scandal that put several congressmen behind ...

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Figure Skating Jan 23, 2014

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Kanako Murakami shrugged off ankle pain on Thursday to finish first in the women's short program at the Four Continents Championships. Murakami, who had been dealing with pain in her ankle from ill-fitting skates she's been trying since December, will go into Saturday's free skate ...

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2014

Kakuryu stays in contention for title

Yokozuna Hakuho rallied to keep his slate clean with a 12th win and remained on a collision course with compatriot and ozeki Kakuryu at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. Hakuho got more than he bargained for against Goeido in the last bout ...

Golden Ball winner Forlan joins Cerezo

Soccer / J. League Jan 23, 2014

Golden Ball winner Forlan joins Cerezo

Cerezo Osaka on Thursday confirmed that the J. League club has reached a one-year deal with Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, winner of the Golden Ball Award as the most valuable player at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Cerezo had been in negotiations ...