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2014

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SPORTS
Dec 25, 2014
Top Japan sports news of 2014
The Japan Times editors selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2014.
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JAPAN / Politics
Dec 24, 2014
Abe vows to stay the course in third term as prime minister
Shinzo Abe vowed Wednesday to continue pursuing his economic, diplomatic and security policies after Diet members re-elected him to a third term as prime minister.
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CULTURE / Film
Dec 24, 2014
Top 10 films of 2014: the year of the brilliant bad girls
This was the year of the bad girl, in a manner of speaking. The best movies featured women who went outside the cinematic box of how women should behave and did all sorts of interesting and/or inexplicable things. As for men, their stories were locked into classic modes of masculinity, and in this sense, the girls outran the guys. But then again, don't we always?
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CULTURE / Film
Dec 24, 2014
Top 10 films of 2014: made in Japan, for Japan
Are Japanese films in decline? Not at the box office, where they still beat the Hollywood competition (with the huge exception this year of "Frozen"), but what about international festival invitations, awards and critical buzz? The answer depends on your perspective. For overseas festivals specializing in Asian, genre or animated films, Japan still looms large. But on those elevated planes where competition selections are made for the Cannes Film Festival and nominees are chosen for foreign language Oscars, Japanese filmmakers figure less in the conversation, and those who emerged in the current millennium figure hardly at all. That said, they and their elders still make films that challenge and engage, including the ones on my top 10 list for 2014.
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CULTURE / Music / STRANGE BOUTIQUE
Dec 23, 2014
Who was music being made for in 2014?
When looking back on the year in music, the big question music fans should be asking themselves is, "Who was music being made for in 2014?" Looking at the broader picture, we can find the answers writ large across the Japanese music scene.
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JAPAN / Politics / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Dec 21, 2014
Ishin-DPJ tieup, Kepco's greed to play key roles in April polls
In terms of domestic politics, the recent Lower House election was merely a prelude to next April's nationwide local elections.
JAPAN / KANSAI PERSPECTIVE
Dec 21, 2014
In no-surprise poll, parties' main players re-elected in Kinki
In an election that produced no surprises, it's little wonder the biggest political names in the six prefectures that make up the Kinki region (Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama) were all returned to the Diet, though one or two had a close call.
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JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Dec 17, 2014
Low voter turnout mars Abe's claim of election triumph
The Liberal Democratic Party won 43.12 million votes in Sunday's snap poll, nearly 3 million fewer than in the 2009 election, which it lost.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 17, 2014
55% do not support Abe's security policies, poll shows
More than half of the respondents to a Kyodo News opinion poll do not support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's handling of security policies, which include allowing the nation to begin aiding allies under armed attack, despite the ruling bloc's victory in Sunday's election.
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CULTURE / Music
Dec 16, 2014
Rock, J-pop and dance: Albums we liked in 2014
The year-end album charts in Japan have a tendency to prop up the same acts year after year: Exile, anything that ends in a "48," and almost every group from the Johnny & Associates stable of boy bands. Writers at The Japan Times, however, spent the year looking past the charts to find a few gems lurking in the underground of the country's music scene. Here are some of their favorite albums from 2014.
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JAPAN / DECISION 2014
Dec 16, 2014
Novelty party in Hokkaido shows that 105,000 voters want 'none of the above'
While many voters struggled to find a party that matched their hopes for the nation's future, voters in Hokkaido had an easy way out: a box marked "No party to support" on the proportional representation section of the ballot.
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JAPAN / Politics
Dec 16, 2014
Controversial to the end, Shintaro Ishihara bows out of politics
Hawkish former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara officially puts an end to his nearly 50-year political career after losing his Diet seat in Sunday's Lower House election.
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JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Ozawa keeps hope for regime change alive
Diet heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, leader of Seikatsu no To (People's Life Party), admitted Monday that the opposition camp failed to give voters an alternative to the ruling bloc in the Lower House election but stressed that change is still possible if they join hands.
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JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Abe claims mandate for economic, security policies despite lowest turnout ever
Emerging as the big winner in the Lower House election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares he has a renewed mandate to keep pushing his policy agenda.
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JAPAN / Politics
Dec 15, 2014
Kaieda quits as DPJ chief after humiliating ejection from Diet
Humiliated by the loss of his seat in the Lower House election, Banri Kaieda resigns as president of the Democratic Party of Japan.
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JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Election results a mix of good and bad for Hashimoto's Ishin no To
For Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), the Lower House election was a mixture of good and bad as the party held onto virtually all of its seats , courtesy of the proportional representation system, amid predictions it would lose big.
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Lawsuits filed to nullify election results over vote-weight disparities
Two groups of lawyers filed suits Monday with high courts seeking to nullify the results of Sunday's election because of the Diet's perceived failure to correct disparities in the weight of votes among districts.
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BUSINESS
Dec 15, 2014
Business leaders call for 'third arrow' reforms after LDP-Komeito election win
Business leaders have urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to accelerate economic reforms in the light of the ruling coalition's Lower House election win on Sunday.
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JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Resurgent JCP has night to remember
While the leaders of most of the opposition parties were grim-faced Sunday night, the Japanese Communist Party was celebrating after it more than doubled its seats in the Lower House.
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JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
'Womenomics' takes a hit with only 45 females elected to Lower House
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call for the empowerment of women was looking hollow Monday after only 45 of the 475 Lower House seats up for grabs went to female candidates.

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