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21st Tokyo International Film Festival to go green

21st Tokyo International Film Festival to go green

Protection and preservation of the environment will be themes in films exhibited during this year's event…

Matsuzaka-Ichiro showdown proves anticlimactic

The last time two heroes from Japan clashed in a much-anticipated head-to-head match-up in the major leagues, Hideo Nomo plunked Ichiro Suzuki in the back. The Seattle Mariners right-fielder fell…

Company drops ‘unpleasant’ monkey ad campaign

TOKYO – Communications company eMobile last week canceled its advertising campaign featuring a monkey character following accusations of racism towards U.S. Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama. The ads, which were…

Fads fuel cosplay boom

Fads fuel cosplay boom

A shop where fantasy is turned into reality…

Brand name fakes follow the fashion

TOKYO – When the World Cup bounced into Japan last year it brought with it millions of soccer enthusiasts, nearly all of whom wanted to take back with them a…

Tsukiji wholesalers under the knife

Tsukiji wholesalers under the knife

Maple Foods imports its oysters and crabs from North America and Vietnam and bypasses Japan's largest fish market…

Brewing Koshigoi Yoshino sake

Brewing Koshigoi Yoshino sake

The brewer's reputation is for fine handmade sake…

Wakamaru makes the robot dream a reality

TOKYO – If he were alive today Tetsuka Osamu would certainly be proud. Last week at Robodex 2003 in Yokohama, Wakamaru, a so-called “home-use” robot, spun, rolled, talked, and waved…

Yakatabune tradition

TOKYO – The rules are simple: Don’t attempt to recreate the “flying” scene from “Titanic;” don’t jump in the water; and know where the life vests are stored. “Each time…

I spy with my miniature camera

I spy with my miniature camera

Akihabara store for James Bond…