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Chinese university mocked over 'toilet building'

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Sep 27, 2017

Chinese university mocked over 'toilet building'

China has another entry when it comes to buildings that look suspiciously like something else: a 12-story university block strongly resembling a giant toilet. Architects have had a field day in China in recent years with a number of outlandish designs springing up across the ...

Twitter to let some break 140-character limit in test

Business / Corporate Sep 27, 2017

Twitter to let some break 140-character limit in test

Twitter Inc., struggling to attract new users, will lift its 140-character limit on tweets in an experiment with a small group that may expand to the entire social media platform. The test announced Tuesday will let users send tweets with as many as 280 characters. ...

Saudi Arabia to become the last nation to let women drive

World / Social Issues Sep 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia to become the last nation to let women drive

Women will be allowed to drive for the first time next summer in Saudi Arabia, the ultraconservative kingdom announced Tuesday, marking a significant expansion of women's rights in the only country that has barred them from getting behind the wheel. Women in other Muslim countries ...

Saury a day keeps the depression at bay: research

National / Science & Health Sep 27, 2017

Saury a day keeps the depression at bay: research

People who often eat fish, including so-called blue-backed fish such as saury, face a lower risk of suffering depression than those consuming less, a team of researchers from institutes including Japan's National Cancer Center has said. In its research findings that were announced in a ...

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

Film Sep 27, 2017

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

by Kaori Shoji

When Tran Anh Hung enters the room for an interview with The Japan Times, a hush falls among the people gathered there. The staff speak in low, gentle tones and their gestures seem restrained. "It's probably because I'm very sensitive to the sound of spoken ...

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

Film / Reviews Sep 27, 2017

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

by Mark Schilling

In his three films to date, Hirobumi Watanabe has created a unique cinematic world. "And the Mud Ship Sails Away" (2013), "7 Days" (2015) and now "Poolsideman" (2016) were all shot in black-and-white in Watanabe's native Tochigi Prefecture, with music by younger brother Yuji ...

BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 27, 2017

BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

The Yokohama BayStars wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap in the race for the Central League's second postseason seed in Wednesday's 4-4 tie with the Hanshin Tigers. BayStars closer Yasuaki Yamasaki blew a one-run, ninth inning lead when Yoshio Itoi singled in a ...

Sharks' Ward could bring anthem protests to NHL

More Sports / Ice Hockey Sep 27, 2017

Sharks' Ward could bring anthem protests to NHL

Sharks forward Joel Ward told The Mercury News he might take a knee during the national anthem at an upcoming game, becoming the first NHL player to join the protests that started in the NFL and drew criticism from President Donald Trump. The 36-year-old Ward, ...

Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Sep 27, 2017

Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

by John Gunning

The 2017 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament ended with a yokozuna beating an ozeki in the title-deciding final bout. That was pretty much the only normal thing we witnessed over the last 15 days at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. In one of the wildest basho in recent ...