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46 articles published


Squid profits squeezed as Japan's catch hits record lows

Business Jan 15, 2019

Squid profits squeezed as Japan's catch hits record lows

With the country's catch of Pacific flying squid continuing to reach record lows, wholesale prices for the seafood have more than doubled for companies that process it into delicacies such as shiokara and what are normally inexpensive dried squid snacks. Not only has the scarcity ...

Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to review findings on Carlos Ghosn

Business Jan 15, 2019

Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to review findings on Carlos Ghosn

Nissan expects alliance partner Renault's board to back its ousting of Carlos Ghosn once it sees evidence from the Japanese carmaker's investigation, Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa said in a newspaper interview published Monday. Nissan understands that findings it provided to Renault lawyers more than ...

Beijing's perilous Taiwan policy

Commentary / World Jan 15, 2019

Beijing's perilous Taiwan policy

by Minxin Pei

The unfolding geopolitical contest between China and the United States has been described by many as a new cold war. If it ever becomes a hot one, the flash point could be Taiwan, owing in large part to Chinese policy toward the island. China's government ...

'Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 15, 2019

'Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 18-April 1 Contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura's multimedia works blend painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, print, photography and video into installations that address gender issues and other societal observations. After studying at the University of Seville's Faculty of Fine Arts in Spain, Ikemura moved to Switzerland ...

'Toki no Hana'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 15, 2019

'Toki no Hana'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 19-Feb. 17 Ever since Naho Iino's elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively with glass. A Musashino Art University graduate, she continued her studies at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, before she ...

'The Age of New Painting'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 15, 2019

'The Age of New Painting'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 19-March 24 The "new painting" of this exhibition refers to neo-expressionism, a movement that emerged during the early 1980s in reaction to the minimalist nature of the conceptual art that dominated during the '70s. Neo-expressionists focused on more figurative depictions of violence, death, sexuality, dreams, ...

Sumo 101: Banzuke

Sumo Jan 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Banzuke

by John Gunning

All professional sumo wrestlers are listed on a 58x44 cm sheet of paper that is released about two weeks before the start of each tournament. For the ongoing basho that amounts to 636 men ranked in order from yokozuna Kisenosato at the top all the ...

Kisenosato still without a win

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 15, 2019

Kisenosato still without a win

A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday. In the penultimate bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kisenosato was quickly dispatched by Tochiozan (1-2) despite going into the match ...