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Freddie Mercury auction highlights the musician's deep love for Japan
Legendary "Queen" singer-songwriter Freddie Mercury's love for Japanese art and culture was one of the highlights of a monthlong exhibition of his personal belongings put on by London auction house Sotheby's ahead of their auction in a series of events that started earlier this month.
Complete set of famed Mount Fuji prints to be auctioned in New York
A rare complete set of 46 ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai featuring Mount Fuji will go up for sale at Christie's in New York in March.
‘Bad Lands’: Sakura Ando steals scenes in fast-paced thriller
Whatever Masato Harada has been slipping into his morning coffee lately, it seems to be doing the trick. The director’s recent work has been infected with a ferocious dynamism, which offsets the trademark density of his writing.
‘The Forbidden Play’: J-horror mishmash offers satisfying scares
What happened to Hideo Nakata? The one-time king of J-horror crowned for his seminal 1998 shocker “The Ring” has since had a bumpy professional ride, with critics, including myself, lambastting much of his post-“Ring” output.
Ruth Asawa: Solid form meets thin air
A meandering stroll is a thing of leisure. But the meander is also a decorative pattern of repeated sharp turns — which makes it a good metaphor for the career of Ruth Asawa.
Hiromi Kawakami's 'Dragon Palace': Delightfully raunchy and funny
In Hiromi Kawakami’s world, humans are the odd ones out.
Ichikawa Eno, founder of 'Super Kabuki,' dies at 83
Ichikawa Eno, a Kabuki actor who combined traditional elements with modern theater technology, has died of arrhythmia in Tokyo, Shochiku Co. said. He was 83.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel enters the history books
For the past 130 years, Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel has witnessed the city’s changing landscape, Japan’s emergence into a tourism hotbed and makeovers by several architects. Of the final group, one name stands above: the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who 100 years ago this month completed an acclaimed renovation of the famed hotel.
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AlphaTauri makes it official: Yuki Tsunoda keeps seat for 2024
Yuki Tsunoda will have one less thing on his mind when he lines up on the grid Sunday at his home race.
Takakeisho overpowers Atamifuji to take share of lead
Ozeki Takakeisho muscled his way into a share of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament by defeating sole overnight leader Atamifuji on Friday.
Gallery: Suzuka Circuit comes alive as Japanese GP practice begins
Thousands of fans converged on Suzuka Circuit on Friday for the first practice day of the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix.
Tsunoda races into Suzuka as his F1 career reaches critical stage
Yuki Tsunoda stepped through the gates to the paddock on Thursday at Suzuka Circuit, signed autographs for some adoring fans and marched toward the AlphaTauri hospitality tent with a boom microphone hanging overhead and several cameras and reporters following his every move.
Teenage wrestling prodigy Akari Fujinami wins second world title
Teenage wrestling sensation Akari Fujinami snared the women's 53-kilogram gold Thursday at the world championships in Belgrade, extending her winning streak to 127 matches.
France's Dupont has 'suspected broken jaw' after Namibia thrashing
France scrum-half Antoine Dupont may have broken his jaw in a high tackle that forced him off the pitch in the 96-0 World Cup thrashing of Namibia on Thursday, coach Fabien Galthie said.
Sebastian Vettel creates a buzz in Japan amid biodiversity crisis
There was a buzz going around Suzuka Circuit on Thursday, and it wasn’t just the excitement of fans ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.
World Cup travel chaos leaves Japanese fans longing for 2019
Two weeks into Rugby World Cup 2023 and one of the most commonly heard phrases is "I miss Japan and the 2019 tournament."
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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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