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Toyota looks to log record group operating profit

Business / Corporate Jan 30, 2014

Toyota looks to log record group operating profit

Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to log a record operating profit for the current business year through March aided by the yen's fall, which boosts export competitiveness, sources said. The auto giant's full-year operating profit is likely to reach ¥2.40 trillion or ¥2.50 trillion, eclipsing ...

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

National / Science & Health Jan 30, 2014

Trials, errors, but expert kept chin up

On her path to success, 30-year-old Haruko Obokata, who began experimenting on stem cells in 2008 while conducting research at Harvard University toward a scientific breakthrough, had to face rejection and criticism. The criticism of the results of the study that were published in the ...

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Business / Corporate Jan 30, 2014

Nintendo eyes new areas after Wii U flop

Nintendo Co. says it will explore new businesses, including health care-related entertainment, while keeping its existing gaming platform as the main focus, after the video game maker's Wii U console flopped with consumers.

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

National Jan 30, 2014

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. President Toshio Kushiro apologizes for a food poisoning case involving one of its subsidiaries in which a factory worker has been arrested on suspicion of lacing frozen food products with pesticide.

National Jan 30, 2014

Osaka city worker docked for tattoos

The Osaka Municipal Board of Education said Thursday it has given a 23-year-old school clerk a one-month pay cut for having tattoos, making her the first city employee to be punished under the June 2012 ethics code revision against body art. The woman had her ...

Toshiba net profit down 29% on tax payments

Business / Corporate Jan 30, 2014

Toshiba net profit down 29% on tax payments

Toshiba Corp. said Thursday its group net profit dropped 29.1 percent in the April to December period from a year earlier to ¥38.68 billion on increased tax payments, though sales expanded on robust demand for electric components. The major electrical machinery maker said its group ...

National Jan 30, 2014

Lush unit pushes for sexual minorities

The Japan unit of cosmetics company Lush Retail Ltd. has joined the firm's global campaign to support sexual minorities in the wake of Russia's controversial law against "homosexual propaganda," a company official said. Lush, headquartered in Britain, is staging a campaign in around 40 nations ...

Editorials Jan 30, 2014

Repair unraveling Tokyo-Seoul ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye should realize that the past year showed nothing positive for bilateral relations, which appear to have entered a blind alley.

Editorials Jan 30, 2014

Calling Abe to account

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito should refrain from ramrodding their proposals through the Diet as they did with the state state secrets bill during the recent extradordinary Diet session.

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

Art Jan 30, 2014

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

by Kevin Holden Platt

Across the ages, individuals standing at the peak of each society's pyramid of power and fame have depended on artists to ensure their immortality: Khafre, pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, conscripted an army of artisans to carve his likeness into the Great Sphinx ...

Music to the ears of audiophiles

Events / Events In Tokyo Jan 30, 2014

Music to the ears of audiophiles

by Magdalena Osumi

Music technology has advanced rapidly, leaving vinyl singles and LPs behind, and the bump of a needle landing on a record a nostalgic sound. Now we have high-quality audio, boosted bass and virtually no distortion in digital music. Yet there are still two camps of ...

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

Film Jan 30, 2014

Crushing drama through the eyes of little Maisie

by Kaori Shoji

Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel aren't known for blockbusters, but their films, including the duo's 1994 debut feature "Suture," have a reputation for artful framing and pensive little spaces of silence in the dialogue. McGehee and Siegel attribute this trick to their deep ...

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Film / Reviews Jan 30, 2014

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

by Giovanni Fazio

I'm working on a screenplay which, as they say in the industry, is "inspired by true events". It's about an actor — let's call him Leo — who at a very early stage in his career co-stars with his idol — let's call him ...

Baseball / MLB Jan 30, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club's departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at Kobo ...

More Sports / Tennis Jan 30, 2014

Nishikori to open Davis Cup action against Polansky

Japan ace Kei Nishikori will play Canada's Peter Polansky in singles on Friday to kick off their nation's Davis Cup World Group first-round fixture. Polansky, ranked 135th in the world, was drawn to play 18th-ranked Nishikori in Thursday's draw, when Canada's injury woes became evident. ...