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29 articles published


'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

World Jan 25, 2014

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in New Delhi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Republic. His presence speaks volumes about closer diplomatic, security and economic ties and, at least from Tokyo's perspective, a common agenda on responding to ...

The Tale of Genji

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Jan 25, 2014

The Tale of Genji

by Kris Kosaka

Recognized as the world's first novel, Murasaki Shikibu's "The Tale of Genji" is a spiraling epic that encompasses a beautifully complex portrayal of 11th-century Japanese Imperial Court life. The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Royall Tyler, PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE Penned by a noblewoman, the ...

In Pursuit of Lavender

Books / Reviews Jan 25, 2014

In Pursuit of Lavender

by Hanna Lange

Akutagawa-prize-winning author, Akiko Itoyama, is known to focus on human relations in her work and with "In Pursuit of Lavender" she explores the relationship between two mentally unstable people as they hit the road together on a journey across Japan. In Pursuit of Lavender, Akiko ...

Anime: A History

Books / Reviews Jan 25, 2014

Anime: A History

Anime: A History, Jonathan Clements, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Japanese animation has certainly come a long way in since it was founded by hobbyists through trial and error in the 1910s. Historian Jonathan Clements traces the evolution of anime by exploring the history of its production and ...

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Figure Skating Jan 25, 2014

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Kanako Murakami completed a winning double for Japan at the Four Continents Championships on Saturday. Murakami scored 132.18 in the free skate for a total of 196.91 points, over 10 points clear of 15-year-old Satoko Miyahara. The bronze went to Zijun Li of China. "I did ...

Tanaka will wear No. 19 with Yankees

Baseball / MLB Jan 25, 2014

Tanaka will wear No. 19 with Yankees

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees after using the new posting system, will wear the No. 19 uniform, the club announced on Friday. Tanaka, 25, joins notable former Yankees to don that number such as lefties ...

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2014

Kakuryu faces test against Hakuho

Kakuryu set up a final-day showdown against yokozuna Hakuho for the biggest prize of his career after a walloping of fallen ozeki Kisenosato on the 14th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. But Kakuryu, who controlled the bout from start to ...