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When the 'Queen of Boogie' reigned in Japan
On Japanese television, mornings are for drama — asadora, to be precise.
'The Japan Lights' traces a journey of self-discovery in the wake of 3/11
Iain Maloney’s “The Japan Lights” is a difficult book to shelve — in a good way. Interspersed with cultural and philosophical asides, it’s a part travelogue, part biography best kept by your bedside for a few months, like a night light that sheds small but significant illuminations.
Suspect in rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 slaying charged with murder
An accused former street gang leader was arrested on Friday on a charge of murder in the Las Vegas shooting death of hip-hop star Tupac Shakur nearly three decades ago, marking a breakthrough for a long-unsolved case that was a defining moment in the history of rap music.
Queer K-pop group QI.X wants to change South Korea
At a bar in Euljiro, one of Seoul’s up-and-coming hip neighborhoods, two voices intertwined in a duet. One was high-pitched, the other an octave lower.
Kyoto Experiment explores fluidity of culture with performance works
The core concept of this year’s Kyoto Experiment (KEX) is “maze maze,” a Japanese mimetic term that evokes the idea of mixing. The performing arts festival’s co-directors — Yoko Kawasaki, Yuya Tsukahara and Juliet Reiko Knapp — invite participants to “consider language, identity, and culture as changeable, fluid, and plural” through a lineup of 11 performance works.
Chelfitsch challenges Japanese theater's language barriers
For the past two decades, the Tokyo-based Chelfitsch theater company has been creating a form of eco-critical performance in Japan, confronting political and environmental crises of national and global significance.
‘The Silent Service’: Submarine thriller runs shallow
The sinking feeling starts almost immediately during “The Silent Service.” Amazon Prime Video’s first Japanese original movie is being marketed as a production with international appeal: a punchy geopolitical thriller that’s tailor-made for the Tom Clancy crowd. But there seems to be a leak in the hull of this lumbering, weirdly unexciting film about a rogue Japanese submarine captain facing off against the U.S. Navy.
‘Almost People’: Anthology on emotions comes together in harmony
Anthology films are often reviewed as if the critic were handing out trophies to the various segments, from first place to booby prize.
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Pegula books clash with Kudermetova in Tokyo final
Second seed Jessica Pegula produced a near-flawless display to power past the resurgent Maria Sakkari 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to reach the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.
Foul-mouthed Yuki Tsunoda becoming cult star in Formula One
The pressure was on Yuki Tsunoda. Within days, he would compete in a Formula One race in his home country, Japan. Bad luck had forced early exits in two previous races, and speculation was rife that he might be demoted after some disappointing performances.
Ohtani becomes first Japanese player to lead MLB season jersey sales
Los Angeles Angels star slugger and pitcher Shohei Ohtani had the best-selling jersey of any Major League Baseball player this season, the first time a Japanese player topped the list.
Vissel opens up four-point lead with win over F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe took a significant step toward the club’s maiden J. League title on Friday, defeating reigning champions Yokohama F. Marinos 2-0 to open a four-point gap at the top of the table.
Zheng Qinwen captures title at Asian Games
U.S. Open quarterfinalist Zheng Qinwen called it an "incredible feeling" after winning Asian Games gold on Friday to burnish her fast-growing reputation.
Qin Haiyang helps China continue gold rush in pool at Asian Games
World record holder Qin Haiyang won the men's 200-meter breaststroke in dominant fashion Thursday as China's swimming gold rush continued, while Japan ended the day without a gold medal in the pool at the Asian Games.
Shintaro Fujinami savors moment as Orioles win AL East crown
The Baltimore Orioles won their 10th American League East pennant and first in nine seasons on Thursday, with Japanese reliever Shintaro Fujinami playing a role in securing the title in his first season in MLB.
Luke Donald calls on fans to create rowdy atmosphere at Ryder Cup
A spectacular flyover by the Italian air force's Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team drowned out the start of U.S. captain Zach Johnson's speech at the opening ceremony of the 44th Ryder Cup on Thursday. It could be a portent of things to come.
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Fulton County, Georgia, jail leadership resigns after inmate's death and accusations of unsanitary conditions
Three officials at the Fulton County, Georgia, jail have stepped down amid an investigation into the death of an inmate whose family said was housed in a filthy, bug-infested cell that "was not fit for a diseased animal."
He was free for 2 years. Now Crosley Green is back in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit
A Florida man who served three decades behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit returned to prison Monday after spending the past two years building a life outside prison walls.
Tennessee Air National Guardsman applied to be a hitman online, the FBI says. It was a spoof website and now he's facing charges
A Tennessee Air National Guardsman is facing charges after applying to be a hitman on a spoof "rent-a-hitman" website, according to the Department of Justice.
Family of victim and survivors of Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting file lawsuit against gun magazine manufacturer and distributors
The family of a victim and several survivors of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis filed a lawsuit against companies involved in the manufacturing, marketing and sale of the high capacity magazine used by the gunman who killed 8 people and injured several others in 2021.
GOP prepared to block vote to replace Feinstein on Senate Judiciary
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that he hopes to replace Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and aims to set up a floor vote on the issue this afternoon, which Republicans are expected to block.
Anti-abortion doctors urge Supreme Court to keep mifepristone restrictions in place
A group of doctors opposed to abortion asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to restrict access to a key medication abortion drug while other legal challenges play out, as Wednesday night's deadline for the court to act approaches.
McCarthy makes plea for Republicans to back debt ceiling plan
Speaker Kevin McCarthy made a plea to House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning to back his debt ceiling plan, telling them that although it doesn't have to include everything they want, it will help get him to the negotiating table with President Joe Biden.
Supreme Court seems sympathetic to postal worker who didn't work Sundays in dispute over religious accommodations
The Supreme Court seemed to side with a former mail carrier, an evangelical Christian, who says the US Postal Service failed to accommodate his request to not work on Sundays.
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