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Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Oct 26, 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo: No longer an outsider
The last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo coincided with the Shibuya Fashion Festival, a platform for designers feeling constrained by the limitations of the official venue at Hikarie. As it was, the only condition placed on the participating designers' means of presentation was that they be open...
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ENVIRONMENT / OUR PLANET EARTH
Oct 26, 2013
'Scary as hell' ocean-research storm breaks
'The long-held barriers between nature and culture are breaking down. It's no longer us against 'nature.' Instead, it's we who decide what nature is and what it will be.'
SOCCER
Oct 25, 2013
Ogimi, Kumagai in contention for FIFA Women's Player of the Year
Japan internationals Yuki Ogimi of Chelsea and Lyon's Saki Kumagai on Friday were among 10 women on FIFA's shortlist for the 2013 Women's Player of the Year.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Oct 23, 2013
Passions and pathos
Back in 1751, the haunting power and harrowing sadness of a new five-act bunraku (puppet) play by Namiki Sosuke titled "Ichi-no-tani Futaba Gunki" (Chronicle of the Battle of Ichi-no-tani)" made it such a hit among the masses that, within a year, a kabuki version was being staged in Osaka and Edo (present-day...
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CULTURE / Art
Oct 16, 2013
'Masterpieces from Yamadera Goto Museum of Art'
Every era of European history has produced significant and innovative works of art. And as genres and styles evolved over time, unique trends added a richness to art in general.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 13, 2013
Abe faces tall order in extra Diet session
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will get 53 days to pass a host of critical economic and defense bills when the extraordinary Diet session opens this week.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Oct 10, 2013
Fashion Week's side shows give the public a rare seat next to their runways
Next week is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo but, chances are, you’re not invited. Before that teen trauma of being excluded sets in, don’t panic — there’s a ton of alternative events to get dolled up for.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 9, 2013
Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art
It's difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 7, 2013
Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love
The British Museum's press officer, Claire Coveney, comes hurrying up to take me to the galleries of the museum's latest hot-ticket show, "Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese Art," and I'm not surprised she looks run off her feet. Pre-opening interest in this new exhibition — the most comprehensive...
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CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 4, 2013
Beatlemania: 'The screamers' and other tales of fandom
The first time Scottish concert promoter Andi Lothian booked the Beatles, in the frozen January of 1963, only 15 people showed up. The next time he brought them north of the border, to Glasgow Odeon on Oct. 5, they had scored a No. 1 album and three No. 1 singles, and it was as if a hurricane had blown...
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JAPAN
Oct 4, 2013
Defense, diplomacy chiefs sidestep SOFA
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CULTURE / Music
Sep 25, 2013
October Live
October seems to be a good time for indie music. A lot of the smaller artists that need to do the festival circuit in Britain and the United States take a break in September and October, which gives them the chance to pop over to Asia for one last shout out before the New Year's holidays.
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CULTURE / Books
Sep 21, 2013
Six great thinkers' 'lessons'
Life is a career that none of us chose. The rich and credulous hire life coaches to flatter them. Others who crave enlightenment can sign on to the School of Life set up by entrepreneurial egghead Alain de Botton.
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CULTURE / Music
Sep 18, 2013
Imany makes peace with her voice on debut album
As a model, Nadia Mladjao would have seen all there is in the world of luxury and excess. But the 27-year-old singer, better known as Imany, keeps it simple with her guitar on her debut album, "The Shape of a Broken Heart."
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CULTURE / Music
Sep 18, 2013
Maximum The Hormone "Yoshu Fukushu"
Maximum The Hormone's sixth album, "Yoshu Fukushu," proves its members know how to laugh at themselves. The four-piece have long been slapped with the "hardcore" and "nu-metal" tags, putting the band in the company of other such acts like Limp Bizkit and Korn, who aren't known for self-awareness. Yet...
JAPAN
Sep 16, 2013
Number of elderly in Japan hits record high
A record-high 31.86 million people, or about a quarter of Japan, were over 65 years old as of Sunday, up 1.12 million from a year earlier, according to a demographic estimate released by the government.
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2013
Miyazaki anime breaks ¥10 billion threshold at box office
Director Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), has surpassed ¥10 billion in box-office receipts, the first anime in three years to achieve that threshold, distributor Toho Co. said.
EDITORIALS
Sep 9, 2013
Anti-democratic secrecy bill
A bill to protect government secrets could undermine the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of information and freedom of the press.
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JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Sep 7, 2013
The message in recent food-garbage films doesn't go to waste
For those who still take in movies at theaters it's a great season for garbage, and I'm not talking about the usual summer blockbuster fare. Last month, Fatih Akin's documentary "Garbage in the Garden of Eden" (aka "Polluting Paradise"), about a landfill project in the beautiful Cambrunu region of Turkey,...
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JAPAN
Sep 6, 2013
'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record
The TV cartoon "Sazae-san," which began airing in 1969, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running animated series in the world, beating the U.S. show "The Simpsons."

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