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Mount Fuji gets its first snowcap of the year

National Oct 26, 2017

Mount Fuji gets its first snowcap of the year

Mount Fuji donned a snowcap overnight Wednesday for the first time this season — 31 days later than last year — according to the city of Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture. The declaration follows a separate announcement by the local branch of the Meteorological Agency that the ...

National / Politics Oct 26, 2017

Diet to convene session Wednesday to re-elect Abe as PM

A special eight-day Diet session will be convened Wednesday, with members of the Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito expected to re-elect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the top post following last weekend's general election. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday notified executives ...

EU too? Lawmakers denounce harassment in Brussels

World / Social Issues Oct 26, 2017

EU too? Lawmakers denounce harassment in Brussels

EU lawmakers accused their own parliament on Wednesday of failing to protect staff from sexual harassment, as allegations of abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein case have raised questions over standards also in Brussels' institutions. Debating an emergency motion calling on authorities to ...

Japan plans to ban before-and-after photos in ads for cosmetic surgery

National Oct 26, 2017

Japan plans to ban before-and-after photos in ads for cosmetic surgery

The health ministry will prohibit medical institutions from using before-and-after photos of patients in cosmetic-surgery advertisements, sources said Wednesday. The plan follows a series of consumer problems stemming from advertising for aesthetic medical services, including minor cosmetic surgery and liposuction. Before-and-after images will be allowed for ...

The 'Blade Runner' universe before '2049'

Film Oct 26, 2017

The 'Blade Runner' universe before '2049'

by Eamon Dreisbach

Before Denis Villeneuve's blockbuster sequel "Blade Runner 2049" was turning heads, a few lesser-known short films were already building on its predecessor's grim sci-fi universe. In early 2017, Villeneuve selected directors Shinichiro Watanabe and Luke Scott (son of original "Blade Runner" director Ridley Scott) to ...

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

Film | Wide Angle Oct 26, 2017

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

by Kaori Shoji

Stephen Nomura Schible refrains from saying whether he and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto are friends, or even close, despite having filmed a documentary about him. "When I'm in the U.S., everyone refers to him by his first name, but in my mind and when I'm in ...

Experimental Japan squad to take on Ellis-led World XV

More Sports / Rugby Oct 26, 2017

Experimental Japan squad to take on Ellis-led World XV

Jamie Joseph's Japan side faces its first test of the autumn Saturday when it takes on Robbie Deans' World XV in an uncapped game at Fukuoka's Level 5 Stadium. The Brave Blossoms meet a side that includes representatives from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, ...