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Confidante says Emperor told him he wants abdication option codified for future monarchs

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:53

Mototsugu Akashi, an 83-year-old retiree in Tokyo, received a call at around 10 p.m. on July 21 at home from the most unexpected, unlikely caller: Emperor Akihito. Akashi was surprised even though he has been a friend of the Emperor’s since childhood. Akashi couldn’t remember ever receiving a call from the Emperor, who was 82 […]

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Japan’s traditional winter fast food

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:52

The shelves of Japan’s convenience stores change with the seasons, but winter brings a particularly unusual addition: stainless steel food warmers installed next to the checkout counter containing oden, a stew of tofu, boiled eggs, daikon, fish cakes and other ingredients simmered in a dashi broth. You may wonder why this rather homey dish — […]

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Tempura Yokota: The taste of tradition in a fast-changing neighborhood

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:50

The sign on the street outside Tempura Yokota and the elevator up to the restaurant are as modern as they come. But the patinated sliding wooden door that greets you on arrival speaks of tradition and, once you’re inside, so does the welcome. Chef Tsuneo Yokota has been plying his trade in Azabu-Juban since 1980, […]

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The discovery of umami: How MSG changed the culinary world

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:47

Japan is renowned for its exceptional food culture and Tokyo is the nation’s culinary crown jewel. The capital has been awarded more Michelin stars that any other city in the world for 10 years. Traditional cuisine and fine dining have made Japan’s food world famous, but there’s a less expected element to Japan’s culinary ascendancy: […]

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China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016

bbc - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:46
The figure meets Beijing's forecasts, but some say growth is slower than the official data suggests.
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ici: sophisticated French cuisine at bistro prices

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:43

The backstreets of Ebisu do not lack for great French cuisine. So how can a tiny new restaurant put itself on the map in such a popular dining district? One approach is to adopt a short, catchy name written in lowercase letters. But at ici (French for “here”), the real strategy is offering brilliant value […]

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Woody Harrelson shoots live movie hours after 'WW2 bomb' discovery

bbc - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:42
Woody Harrelson says he has no intention of making another live movie like Lost in London.
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Raiders file papers for move to Las Vegas

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:37

The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, although the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep the team in Oakland vowed it was still in the game […]

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Precious metal closing prices

kyodonews - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:37
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Toyota chairman says fuel cell cars need more time to catch on

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:36

Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, known as the “father of the Prius” for his work on the world’s best-selling hybrid car, said fuel cell vehicles will take longer than gasoline-electric autos to become popular because of the need to build infrastructure. “The hybrid sold much faster than we had anticipated,” Uchiyamada, 70, told Bloomberg […]

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Chocolate and ‘yakisoba’ just can’t work out their differences

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:35

Here’s a sure-fire way to make sure your Valentine’s Day crush never replies to you: Tell them you’ll cook them some chocolate yakisoba (fried noodles). This isn’t even an appealing combo on paper, but the folks behind this ungodly mutation know enough knuckleheads like me will buy it for the novelty. The snack (¥180) combines […]

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Murray eases injury worries with solid win over Querrey

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:34

Top seed Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over power-hitting American Sam Querrey on Friday. Murray, bidding to win his first Australian title after losing five finals, downed Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and will next play German Mischa Zverev in the round of 16. Murray’s chances […]

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Three dead, 20 injured after driver aims for pedestrians in Melbourne

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:31

A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing three — possibly including a young child — and injuring at least 20 on a busy street in central Melbourne on Friday. Video footage from a witness showed a maroon car driving around in circles in an intersection outside Flinders Street Railway Station in the central business district, […]

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‘Your Name.’ to be released with English subtitles

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:28

Makoto Shinkai’s animated film “Your Name.” continues to win over audiences in Asia, and now has its sights set on dominating North America, too. Distributor Funimation Entertainment is eyeing an April release date overseas for the anime, which centers on two teenagers who change bodies in their sleep. “It’s truly a joy to be part […]

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Tepco mulls first bond sale in over six years

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:26

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. might issue its first corporate bonds in 6½ years this March, informed sources say. The beleaguered utility hasn’t issued bonds since the March 2011 triple core meltdown at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Tepco would be expected to procure up to ¥100 billion in funds if the bonds […]

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Kirin in talks to sell Brazilian beverage unit to Heineken

japantimes - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:26

Kirin Holdings Co. plans to sell its struggling beverage business in Brazil to Dutch brewer Heineken NV for about ¥100 billion ($8.7 billion), a source familiar with the matter said Friday. Kirin Holdings said in a statement that although nothing has been finalized, it is “examining every option, including a discussion with Heineken,” as it […]

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Weather forecast for Saturday

kyodonews - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 17:25
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