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'Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan': Reiko Tomii brings Japanese art in from the cold

Reiko Tomii's profound and accessible study of 1960s avant-garde art from Japan offers an answer to a perennial problem in the appreciation of Japanese culture. Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan, by Reiko Tomii.320 pages THE MIT PRESS, Nonfiction. ...

'A Dark Night's Passing': Naoya Shiga sounds the depths of rootlessness

It takes a brave writer to make their main character as unlikeable as Kensaku Tokito. It is even more startling because Naoya Shiga was consciously writing within the 'I' novel tradition, where the author deliberately draws on their life story for source material. A Dark Night's Passing, by Naoya ...

'The Gentleman from Japan': Impersonation and intrigue in China and Europe

“You don't know anything, you like noodles, and you aren't Japanese. Can we put that on your gravestone?” The Gentleman from Japan, by James Church.288 pages MINOTAUR BOOKS, Fiction. “If it fits.” Inspector O, James Church's acerbic North Korean cop, is back, in a new work ...

Sake brewer Philip Harper: 'You need to learn humility in the face of nature'

British native on the need for patience during the brewing process. The post Sake brewer Philip Harper: 'You need to learn humility in the face of nature' appeared first on The Japan Times.

Smile Japan routs China for first Asian Games women's hockey title

Japan made the most of a fast start to defeat China 6-1 and win its first Asian Winter Games women's ice hockey gold medal on Saturday, ending a run of five straight runner-up finishes at the games. The team, known as Smile Japan, had won four straight games leading leading into the gold- medal ...

Unclear on the concept

"The subject of today's lesson is 'Time.' To begin, I'd like to ask you some introductory questions. For example, 'What do you think about people who are always late?'" The post Unclear on the concept appeared first on The Japan Times.

Choi collects Asian Winter Games gold

Rika Hongo struggled in the free program Saturday and missed out on a medal in the women's figure skating competition at the Asian Winter Games, placing fourth. South Korea's Choi Da-bin held on to win the gold with a total score of 187.54 points at Makomanai Ice Arena, while China's Li Jizun took ...

Hoop teams using data tools in order to boost analytical capabilities, scouting

In this digital era, basketball is a data-driven sport and those analytics impact the performances of teams and players today. Synergy Sports Technology has drastically transformed the game's scouting and player development this century. The newly established B. League is one of the many hoop ...

Hasegawa leads 1-2 finish in slalom

Japan's Emi Hasegawa won the women's slalom Saturday for her second gold medal at the Asian Winter Games, with Asa Ando claiming silver. Hasegawa, who won the giant slalom on Thursday, was tied for the lead with Ando after her first run at Sapporo Teine but pulled away in the second run for victory ...

Avalanche kills New Zealand business exec during snowboard outing in Hokkaido

A 35-year-old man from New Zealand died Saturday after an avalanche swept him away at Niseko ski resort in the town of Kutchan, Hokkaido, police said. Rescuers extracted the body of Kutchan resident Samuel Kerr, a business executive, from under the snow. Injured was Jun Hamamura, 35, of Tokyo's ...

Legend Nagashima rekindles memories of an unforgettable life in baseball

It was good seeing former Yomiuri Giants third baseman and manager Shigeo Nagashima visiting the team's spring training camp in Miyazaki earlier this month. He just turned 81 this past week and is visibly handicapped by a stroke suffered in 2004 that limits movement on the right side of his body and ...

Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at airport

A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport earlier this month. Chris Mancini told the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, the late fighter's hometown, that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the ...

MLS club Seattle eyes Honda: report

Japan international Keisuke Honda is reportedly set for a move to Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, but Italian club AC Milan said Friday the 30-year-old attacker will be going nowhere until his contract expires in June. Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Friday that Honda, ...

McGee responds to Shaq's criticism

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee fired back at Shaquille O'Neal via Twitter after the former star-turned TNT analyst posted on his verified account a disparaging photo of McGee with the words, “America meet Javale “BUM” McGee.” O'Neal also responded angrily to McGee ...

Palmer, Bryan tied for Honda lead

Ryan Palmer shot a 5-under 65 on Friday and shared the lead with PGA Tour rookie Wesley Bryan going into the weekend at the Honda Classic. Palmer made seven birdies on another day of ideal scoring and reached 9-under 131. Bryan, who had his best PGA Tour performance last week at Riviera during the ...

Popularity of card loans add to financial woes

Supreme Court records show that there were 64,637 filings for personal bankruptcy in 2016, an increase of 781 cases over 2015, thus marking the first increase in 13 years. The number of personal bankruptcies peaked in 2003 at almost 250,000 nationwide. The reason for the subsequent decrease was ...

Hawks silence Japan's bats

Right-hander Nao Higashihama combined with five pitchers for a four-hit shutout as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks blanked the Japan national team 2-0 in a practice game on Saturday. Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi, a member of the 28-man Samurai Japan squad preparing for the March 6-22 World ...

Records of nationalist Osaka school's land purchase gone: ministry

Records of the negotiations on a heavily discounted land deal between the government and a nationalist school in Osaka have already been discarded, it is learned. The post Records of nationalist Osaka school's land purchase gone: ministry appeared first on The Japan Times.

Abe, Putin may hold Russia summit in April

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Russia in late April to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, informed sources said. Abe aims to use the meeting to accelerate talks between the two countries on proposed joint economic activities on four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido at the ...

Junior high students show mixed results in English-language push

Japan's junior high school students are achieving state goals for writing in English, but speaking, reading and listening are missing the mark, a ministry survey says. The post Junior high students show mixed results in English-language push appeared first on The Japan Times.

Toronto's DeRozan delivers 43-point performance against Celtics

New talent helped the Toronto Raptors, though a familiar face pushed them over the finish line. Fresh off starting in last weekend's All-Star Game, and with Kyle Lowry out with a right wrist injury, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points to lead Toronto back from a 17-point deficit to a 107-97 ...

Caps extend streak to 13

Without their usual offensive dominance at home and missing several key regulars, the Washington Capitals kept the puck almost all night and kept their home winning streak alive. Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on ...

Ambitious curriculum guidelines

The education ministry's proposed curriculum guidelines for elementary and junior high schools may be overly ambitious. The post Ambitious curriculum guidelines appeared first on The Japan Times.

Depressed by politics? Stop staring at phones

If we expect better from officeholders and candidates and activists, we have to demand better from ourselves. The post Depressed by politics? Stop staring at phones appeared first on The Japan Times.

Own goal lifts FC Tokyo

Yuto Misao scored a freak own goal to gift FC Tokyo a shock 1-0 win away against the defending champion Kashima Antlers on the opening day of the J. League season on Saturday. Misao, a preseason signing from Shonan Bellmare, bundled over the line with eight minutes left on a day when Yokohama F. ...

Olympic planners put cost for non-Tokyo games venues at ¥5.7 billion

In its latest budget update, Tokyo's Olympic organizers project it will cost about ¥5.73 billion to build the temporary facilities needed for the baseball, softball and surfing events outside the capital, sources said. About ¥2.98 billion will be required to upgrade Yokohama Stadium, the main ...

Sunwolves crushed in Super Rugby opener

The Sunwolves were handed a rude welcome to their second Super Rugby season with an 83-17 thrashing by the defending champion Hurricanes on Saturday. The Sunwolves went into the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground looking for a positive start to their second season in the Southern ...

Machine maker accused of overcharging ASDF by at least ¥9 million

A Tokyo-based maker of precision machinery overcharged the Air Self-Defense Force by at least ¥9 million over a three-year period to fiscal 2015, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency said Friday. The agency, an affiliate of the Defense Ministry, suspects Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co. ...

DP plans bill to pull plug on aging Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

The Democratic Party plans to submit a bill shortly to force the decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, it has been learned. The aging plant is about 10 km north of meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1. The bill will require the government to withdraw the No. 2 plant's operating permit ...

Philippine leader's opponents turn historic event into protest march

Political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday turned a traditional celebration of a “People Power” uprising against dictatorship three decades ago into a protest march condemning his war on drugs. The small political opposition and left-wing activists held ...

Malaysia to issue arrest warrant for North Korean diplomat in Kim Jong Nam murder

Malaysia said on Saturday it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam if he doesn't voluntarily cooperate with the police. “Reasonable” time will be given for the diplomat to come forward before police take further ...

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

Sixteen-year-old Uta Abe became the youngest judoka in history to earn a Grand Prix title when she won the women's 52-kg division Friday. According to the International Judo Federation, Abe, who is a first-year student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School in Kobe, is also the youngest ever winner on the ...

White House defends asking FBI to rebut reports on campaign's contacts with Russia

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald ...

U.N. vote on Syria sanctions sought; Russia vows veto

Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over its use of chemical weapons are seeking a Security Council vote, saying the body needs to take action over attacks that the U.S. envoy called “barbaric.” But Russia is vowing a veto. A Security ...

North Korea improving its evasion of U.N. sanctions, report says

North Korea is flouting tougher new U.N. sanctions with more ingenious tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by U.N. sanctions experts says. The 100-page report, obtained by AFP, confirmed that North Korea's two nuclear ...

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year. ...

Mexico hardens stance against Trump, warns of tariffs, says it can afford to lose U.S. aid

An emboldened Mexico hardened its opposition to President Donald Trump on Friday by saying it will retaliate if the United States imposes a border tax and that it can afford to lose financial aid that might be pulled to pay for a border wall. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico could respond ...

Witnesses say Kansas bar gunman shouted to Indians, 'Get out of my country!'

In the middle of a crowded bar, accused shooter Adam Purinton yelled, “Get out of my country!” at two Indian men, witnesses say, then opened fire, killing one of the men and wounding the other, as well as a third man who tried to help. Hours later, the 51-year-old former air traffic ...

China move seen as test for Trump administration over ongoing North Korean problem

China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nuclear weapons. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest ...

France opens full inquiry into candidate Fillon giving wife, children fake jobs

The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake jobs as parliamentary aides that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children. The announcement came as Fillon was holding a rally outside ...

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed. Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for a luxury real estate project, was sentenced to ...

Homeland Security report disputes threat to U.S. from banned nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm have found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terrorist threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes ...

Takanashi comes up short with third-place finish at worlds; Ito claims silver

Nordic world ski championships Sara Takanashi missed out on Japan's first gold medal and failed to break her jinx at the Nordic Ski World Championships when she finished third in the women's ski jumping on Friday. Sochi Olympic gold medalist Carina Vogt of Germany won with a total of 254.6 points, ...

VX survivor recalls brush with Aum assassin in '95

Aum Shinrikyo, the doomsday cult that carried out the deadly sarin attack on Tokyo's subway system in 1995, also experimented with an even deadlier nerve agent , VX, the same substance Malaysia says was used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam there on Feb. 13. In March 1995, months before killing about a ...

Solar-powered movie theater opens in Burkina Faso ahead of film festival

A solar-powered movie theater was unveiled in Burkina Faso on Friday ahead of the city's hosting of Africa's top film festival. The theater, with a 300-seat capacity, will run on solar energy. Named Canal Olympia Yennenga, it is now the third-largest movie hall in Burkina Faso's capital, ...

Injured 76ers rookie Simmons to miss remainder of season

Ben Simmons won't make his NBA debut this season. His surgically repaired right foot hasn't healed sufficiently for the No. 1 overall pick to play in the final 26 games, the team said Friday. Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone during the final training camp scrimmage in October and hasn't ...

Trump vows 'greatest' military build-up, hammers nationalist themes at conservative conference

President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. Trump used his remarks to the Conservative ...

White House bars some news organizations from briefing

The White House excluded several major U.S. news organizations, including some it has openly criticized, from a briefing at the White House on Friday. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session in the office of press ...

NASA weighing risk of adding crew to mega-rocket's first flight

NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new mega-rocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars. The space agency's chief of human exploration, William Gerstenmaier, said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration had asked for the feasibility study. The ...

Japan, EU to jointly submit resolution on North Korea human rights issues to U.N. council

Japan and the European Union will soon submit a new resolution to a U.N. human rights panel denouncing North Korea's human rights record, Japanese officials said Friday. The two parties will jointly submit the resolution, the 10th of its kind, during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council which ...