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58 articles published


Ministry rebuts accusations of 'hostage justice' in Japan

National / Crime & Legal Jan 22, 2020

Ministry rebuts accusations of 'hostage justice' in Japan

The Justice Ministry published explanatory information about the nation's justice system on its website on Tuesday, rebutting international criticism of Japan's prosecutorial approach. The system has been described as "hostage justice," most particularly in the wake of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn's flight ...

France and U.S. agree to extend talks over tech tax

Business Jan 22, 2020

France and U.S. agree to extend talks over tech tax

by Jérôme Rivet

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on tech titans to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions, French officials said Tuesday. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking before a ...

'Asano Takeji: Daily Life With Prints'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 22, 2020

'Asano Takeji: Daily Life With Prints'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 18-March 1 Kyoto-born Takeji Asano (1900-1999)was a woodblock artist committed to not only designing, but also carving the blocks for and printing his own works. Having trained in nihonga (Japanese-style painting) before he moved on to shin hanga (new prints) and sōsaku hanga (creative ...

'Kisoushi'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 22, 2020

'Kisoushi'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 24-Feb. 29 After studying aesthetics and psychology, the conceptual artist James Lee Byars (1932-1997) developed his own artistic beliefs while going back and forth between New York and Kyoto in the 1960s and during his later nomadic life. His works ranged from sculpture and ...

'Four Seasons' Colors'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 22, 2020

'Four Seasons' Colors'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 24-March 22 Textile dyeing artist Yoko Shimura follows in the footsteps of her mother, Fukumi Shimura, a Living National Treasure celebrated for her senshoku (plant and vegetable derived dyeing). An educator as well as artist, when Yoko opened her first studio in 1989, she ...

Kitazakura known best for talent, attitude outside ring

Sumo Jan 22, 2020

Kitazakura known best for talent, attitude outside ring

by John Gunning

Rikishi who are famous for something other than results in the ring usually achieve that status through some notable aspect of their personality. But whether it's a comedian-like demeanor or exaggerated gestures before fights, wrestlers normally have just one trait for which they are known. Not ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 22, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu earn 10th wins

Rank-and-filers Shodai and Tokushoryu maintained their joint lead with one-loss records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday, while ozeki Goeido staved off demotion by avoiding an eighth defeat. Shodai (10-1), the No. 4 maegashira on the east, was put to the test ...