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49 articles published


Zushi looks to tame its unruly summer beach

National Jan 29, 2014

Zushi looks to tame its unruly summer beach

by Tomohiro Osaki

Fed up with what it considers deteriorating moral standards among young beachgoers, the city of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, is scrambling to purge its popular beach of disorderly and intimidating visitors, typically out-of-control drunks and people with tattoos associated with yakuza. The city will submit a ...

National | Q&A Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

by Mami Maruko

While this year's influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 flu ...

English added to Hiroshima street signs

National Jan 29, 2014

English added to Hiroshima street signs

Beginning in Hiroshima on Wednesday, the infrastructure ministry started adding English equivalents to street signs to make it easier for foreign visitors to find their way. A sign in the center of the city that read "Rijo-dori" in Roman letters now reads "Rijo dori Ave." The ...

Business / Corporate Jan 29, 2014

Nintendo to buy back shares after Wii U flop

Nintendo Co. will spend as much as ¥125 billion buying back shares after Christmas shoppers shunned its Wii U console and games. The world's largest maker of video game machines will buy back as many as 10 million shares, or as much as 7.82 percent ...

Farmer's Tepco grudge runs deep

National Jan 29, 2014

Farmer's Tepco grudge runs deep

by Tetsuji Ida

A 70-year-old man who after retiring took up farming in a village in Fukushima Prefecture is in no mood to forgive Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the damage caused by the disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. "My grudge against Tepco ...

Editorials Jan 29, 2014

Momii unfit to lead NHK

Recent remarks by new NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii on "comfort women" and NHK's duty to toe the government line show that his appointment was a mistake. He should resign or the NHK Board of Governors should remove him.

Editorials Jan 29, 2014

Wage hikes can help end deflation

This year's wage negotiations have started, and for the first time in five years, Japan's largest labor organization will demand across-the-board raises in wage bases. The Japan Business Federation concurs but in more evasive language.

What's the worth of words?

Stage Jan 29, 2014

What's the worth of words?

by Mika Eglinton

By popular demand, Shizuoka Performing Arts Center is set to stage a revival of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," its sell-out 2011 production adapted by contemporary theater paragon Hideki Noda and directed by its own artistic diector, Satoshi Miyagi. Back in April 2011, counter to the ...

Olé! A 'Carmen' supreme

Stage Jan 29, 2014

Olé! A 'Carmen' supreme

by Ayako Takahashi

The heroine of French composer Georges Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the most famous roles in opera, but it's also one of the most difficult of all to carry off well. An artist playing the ill-fated gypsy seductress in this 1875 masterpiece must be able ...

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

Stage Jan 29, 2014

Twice as nice: 'The Full Monty' and Peeping Tom

by Nobuko Tanaka

"I love the original 'Full Monty' movie, and I think Robert Carlyle is brilliant as the central character — a loser who overcomes the odds against him. In fact it's his portrayal that inspired me to tackle the role as my live-acting debut — ...

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

Art Jan 29, 2014

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

by John L. Tran

For better or worse, in contemporary art it is common to see male photographers tend toward featuring landscapes and objects, and female photographers working on problems of shifting identities, family and the body. In this respect there is a strong lineage for Ayaka Yamamoto's ...

Balentien apologizes for arrest

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jan 29, 2014

Balentien apologizes for arrest

Wladimir Balentien, Japan's single-season home run king, apologized Wednesday to fans and teammates over his arrest in Florida on domestic violence charges. The 28-year-old Balentien, who broke Nippon Professional Baseball's record last season with 60 home runs, said he wanted to put off-field issues behind ...

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Soccer Jan 29, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan's Kawasumi to play for U.S. team

Nadeshiko Japan midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi is set for a move from INAC Kobe Leonessa to a team in the National Women's Soccer League in the United States, INAC general manager Yasunori Yamashita said Wednesday. Yamashita said the 28-year-old Kawasumi is "getting ready to move to ...

Baseball Jan 29, 2014

Buffaloes acquire MLB veteran Betancourt

The Orix Buffaloes have acquired infielder Yuniesky Betancourt on a one-year deal worth ¥100 million, the Pacific League club announced Wednesday. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is a native of Cuba who began playing in the big leagues in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners and has ...

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

More Sports / Winter Sports Jan 29, 2014

Ski jumper Takanashi retains crown

Sochi Olympics gold medal hope Sara Takanashi became the first ever to win three consecutive titles at the World Junior Ski Championships on Tuesday. The 17-year-old ace nailed the day's longest jumps with efforts of 100.5 meters in both rounds earning her a total of ...