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Emperor Akihito is a quiet, studious type. The paragon of respectability. But, oh, what a family!

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LDP delivers snap poll ultimatum to Kan

Prime Minister Naoto Kan's political neck is not even worth considering as a condition to helping pass bills necessary to implement the fiscal 2011 budget, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara says.

Muted response to whaling halt likely

The Sea Shepherd antiwhaling group's obstruction has forced Japan to suspend its so-called research whaling for the first time, but the nation's response is likely to be muted.

Young farmers brace for impact of trade liberalization

As Japan weighs the possibility of joining negotiations for a Pacific free-trade pact that could force it to drastically open up its agricultural market, it is not only pessimism that is hanging over the domestic farming industry.

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いま求められるのはグローバル人材。「これからの世界と仕事」を考える、きっかけフリーペーパー。

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Celebrating the world

Learn about foreign countries with our National Day specials and see which world leaders have visited Japan.

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A piece of your mind
Chin up, Japan
This week's Zeit Gist offers reasons to be optimistic about Japan's long-term prospects. Which one do you think is the best reason for the country to be confident?
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Healthy Mizuno strives to contribute for Kashiwa

By ANDREW McKIRDY

As a fresh wave of Japanese players try to make their mark in Europe this spring, Kashiwa Reysol winger Koki Mizuno will settle for simply setting foot on the pitch again.

FIGURE SKATING
Takahashi grabs lead at Four Continents

WINTER SPORTS
Maze nabs historic gold

LIFE IN JAPAN
Japan's first pop culture

By MICHAEL HOFFMAN

Pop culture. Japan's today is thriving, vibrant, spreading, turning people the world over into manga/anime freaks and costume players. ...

CLOSE-UP
Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

By ERIKO ARITA

LIFE IN JAPAN
Art at your fingertips

By TOMOKO OTAKE

G-tokyo art fair hopes for another triumph

By LUCY BIRMINGHAM

Although Tokyo is a major world city, its contemporary art scene lacks the allure of its peers. Japanese interest in contemporary art is growing, though, as evidenced by the record 50,000 visitors at last year's Art Fair Tokyo. However, sales ...

Hereafter
Eastwood's latest is a matter of life and death

By GIOVANNI FAZIO

Life is short, death eternal, and Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" lies somewhere in between. The film starts off with a bang — a tsunami hitting a Thai resort town, a psychic contacting the dead in San Francisco, and a street mugging ...

Gakko wo Tsukuro (Let's Create a School)
A historical tale that is long on period, short on drama

By MARK SCHILLING

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Japan title: Boonmee Ojisan no Mori)
Award-winning Thai curio ponders the final curtain

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Movie listings of currently showing films in Japan
Good Japanese dining that's accessible to all

By ROBBIE SWINNERTON

Ambiance, food, value for money: These are universal factors when deciding where to eat. But when it comes to Japanese cuisine here in Japan, there's another criterion: Accessibility. How well do you fare if you don't speak or read Japanese? ...

Affordable eats with a contemporary vibe

By ROBBIE SWINNERTON

Bayside brews

By ROBBIE SWINNERTON

A winter wonderland

By CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON

Here I am, taking a holiday in minus-20 Hokkaido instead of plus-20 Okinawa. I'm either losing my marbles or just a normal Canadian pining for a winter wonderland. ...

Tsumago: Living off its past

By SKYE HOHMANN

Aoyama warmth beats the cold

By KIT NAGAMURA

TOKYO
Art under a Roppongi roof

By JAE LEE

Tokyo is headed into "art season" with the Tokyo Frontline and G-tokyo art fairs preparing to start. Along with those events, a new gallery complex will open its doors to art lovers on Feb. 18. ...

JAPAN
Plum-viewing season marks start of spring

By TOMOKO OTAKE

NARA
Nara's fire and water ceremonies to bring good luck to visitors

By NATALIE KOCH

Tuna variety at New Otani buffet

The pick of this week's specials at Japan's hotels and restaurants.


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