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From the <em>favelas</em> of Brazil come street-style dancers supreme

Jul 21, 2011

From the favelas of Brazil come street-style dancers supreme

In a weeklong festival of street-dance performances and competitions being held at Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, starting from July 30, one dance group perhaps stands out in particular for its emotionally charged performances. As part of Compagnie Käfig, a dance company ...

Films focus on Japan's nuclear flashpoints

Jul 17, 2011

Films focus on Japan's nuclear flashpoints

The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 has revealed the danger posed by the storing of spent nuclear fuel in pools at the plant, because after the pools drained ...

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

| Jun 19, 2011

Temblor brings hope and tears to zoo

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11 affected the animals in Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in both negative and positive ways. The most negative impact was the death, on April 16, of a female hippo named Satsuki, who succumbed to inflammation that spread through ...

The Met tours Nagoya, Tokyo

/ Jun 3, 2011

The Met tours Nagoya, Tokyo

After cancellations by two of its singers, the Metropolitan Opera has found replacements, so that it can carry out performances in Nagoya and Tokyo from June 4 to 19. Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met, said at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday ...

May 15, 2011

Utility and opponents lock horns over planned N-plant

With the May 10 announcement by Prime Minister Naoto Kan of a fundamental review of nuclear power generation in Japan, the fate of 14 planned new reactors was necessarily thrown into doubt. However, neither ongoing events in Fukushima, nor news of the review, have ...

Renewable's time is now, expert says

May 14, 2011

Renewable's time is now, expert says

Prime Minister Naoto Kan's request that Chubu Electric Power Co. shut down the Hamaoka nuclear power plant was valuable, though he should have reached this decision much sooner after the Fukushima crisis, according to an expert on nuclear and renewable energy. "Kan's decision was late, ...