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43 articles published


National / Politics Jun 22, 2016

Japan, Russia resume talks on postwar peace treaty

Senior Japanese and Russian officials agreed Wednesday to continue talks on a post-World War II peace treaty, with the two countries yet to formally end hostilities due to a territorial dispute over Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido. The next round of talks will be held ...

LDP grandee Kunio Hatoyama dead at 67

National / Politics Jun 22, 2016

LDP grandee Kunio Hatoyama dead at 67

by Reiji Yoshida

The death was announced Wednesday of veteran lawmaker and former internal affairs minister Kunio Hatoyama. He was 67. The younger brother of former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama hailed from a family studded with politicians. Hatoyama died of duodenal ulceration, according to media reports. In the last ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Film Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

by Mark Schilling

Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan's ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Film | Wide Angle Jun 22, 2016

'Nina' is still worth watching

by Giovanni Fazio

The "politically correct"(PC) left is often no better than the Christian right when it comes to looking for ways to be offended by movies. The latest victim of PC backlash is "Nina," the film based on legendary jazz and blues singer and civil-rights icon ...

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Soccer / J. League Jun 22, 2016

Makino leads Urawa to comeback win over Tokyo

Japan defender Tomoaki Makino scored twice as Urawa Reds stopped the rot by coming from two goals down to beat FC Tokyo 3-2 at home in a rescheduled J. League first-division game on Wednesday night. Reds saw their fading first-stage title hopes end with a ...

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

More Sports / Athletics Jun 22, 2016

Sprinter Sani Brown set to miss Rio Games

Up-and-coming sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown's hopes of appearing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August are all but over, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Wednesday. A left thigh injury has forced the 17-year-old to withdraw from the national championships — a ...

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 22, 2016

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

The season of career minor leaguer Ryuma Kidokoro took another surprising turn on Wednesday, when the 30-year-old was named Nippon Professional Baseball's interleague MVP. The Hawks' journeyman, who since 2005 has spent the bulk of his time on the first team as a pinch runner ...