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66 articles published


Pentagon report fuels worries of Chinese attack on Taiwan

Asia Pacific Jan 16, 2019

Pentagon report fuels worries of Chinese attack on Taiwan

Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon on Tuesday released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said the key concern is that ...

Editorials Jan 16, 2019

Another historic vote on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to find a consensus that would allow Brexit to proceed. The failure is not hers, but that of the entire British political class.

A second helping of horror for 'Suspiria'

Film Jan 16, 2019

A second helping of horror for 'Suspiria'

by Kaori Shoji

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino cites categorization as one of his enemies, and the sudden fierceness in his eyes shows he's not kidding. "I feel uncomfortable putting ideas and thoughts into boxes," Guadagnino, 47, tells The Japan Times. "As soon as you categorize something, it starts to ...

'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

Film / Reviews Jan 16, 2019

'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

by Mark Schilling

Edie Sedgwick was an Andy Warhol "superstar" and Bob Dylan muse who died at age 28 after bouts with mental illness and drug addiction — and has had a long afterlife as a legendary 1960s "it" girl. She is an inspiration for "Chiwawa," Ken Ninomiya's ...

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

by John Gunning

The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half are within two kilometers of the sport's main arena Shikihide Beya and Tatsunami Beya, both situated in Ibaraki Prefecture, are ...

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

by John Gunning

Kisenosato's retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament. The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo's most popular wrestlers over the past decade and a half. Initially a bright young talent whose rapid rise was catnip to a Japanese public ...

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 16, 2019

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday. With headlines on the fourth day of the 15-day tournament dominated by the retirement of Japanese yokozuna Kisenosato, the other remaining ...

Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters

Rugby Jan 16, 2019

Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organizers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP. On the pitch, Gilpin predicted the 2019 edition of ...

NTT to become title sponsor for IndyCar racing series

More Sports / Auto Racing Jan 16, 2019

NTT to become title sponsor for IndyCar racing series

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title sponsor. The telecom giant made the announcement at the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It did not disclose the value of the contract. NTT ...