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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | February 3, 1991
TOKYO -- Telephone sex has come to Japan, and it has gray-suited executives of the world's biggest corporation squirming -- with embarrassment.Scores of phone-a-moan lines have taken over more than one-fourth of the business of Dial Q2, an 18-month-old information-call service that at first provided sports results, advertisements and medical guidance.Going beyond the lead of tele-porn pioneers in the United States, Japan's entrepreneurs buy space in tabloid newspapers, sports dailies and mass-circulation magazines to run full-color photos of semi-nude women as promotions for tape-recorded sex programs or for a purported chance to talk with a female porn star.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 18, 2005
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a nationalist war memorial here drew immediate and fierce criticism from other Asian countries yesterday, threatening to isolate Japan in the region and deepen its strained relations with China. China condemned the visit to the Yasukuni shrine as "a serious provocation" and canceled bilateral talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis that were scheduled for today. South Korea announced that it would cancel or postpone President Roh Moo Hyun's December trip to Japan.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 28, 1990
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Arts and crafts style -- the early 20th century crop of sturdy, honest architecture and furniture for the common man -- blooms again.The field is so full that designers are distinguishing between twarts and crafts categories. Mission style is heavy, straight, no-nonsense oak. Prairie style, most often associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, is also mostly straight-lined and horizontal, but the scale is lighter and the designs more varied.But the real news here are arts and crafts' 1990 hybrids.
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | February 3, 1991
TOKYO -- Telephone sex has come to Japan, and it has gray-suited executives of the world's biggest corporation squirming -- with embarrassment.Scores of phone-a-moan lines have taken over more than one-fourth of the business of Dial Q2, an 18-month-old information-call service that at first provided sports results, advertisements and medical guidance.Going beyond the lead of tele-porn pioneers in the United States, Japan's entrepreneurs buy space in tabloid newspapers, sports dailies and mass-circulation magazines to run full-color photos of semi-nude women as promotions for tape-recorded sex programs or for a purported chance to talk with a female porn star.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 18, 2005
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a nationalist war memorial here drew immediate and fierce criticism from other Asian countries yesterday, threatening to isolate Japan in the region and deepen its strained relations with China. China condemned the visit to the Yasukuni shrine as "a serious provocation" and canceled bilateral talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis that were scheduled for today. South Korea announced that it would cancel or postpone President Roh Moo Hyun's December trip to Japan.
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | November 23, 1990
TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito and two white-clad maidens retreated into the inner sanctum of a thatched hall last night to affirm his bonds with Amaterasu, the sun goddess, through $19 million worth of centuries-old Shinto religious rituals no one else was allowed to see.After six hours of torchlight ritual punctuated by a three-hour rest, he emerged from the inner sanctum after 3 a.m., the first emperor ever to complete the ceremony without being turned into...
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | November 12, 1990
TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito, son of former Emperor Hirohito, ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne yesterday, the living symbol of a Japan that is still struggling to define what it means to be the world's second-largest economic power.With three shouts of "Banzai!" -- 10,000 years, a wish of longevity borrowed centuries ago from China -- the 56-year-old emperor took over the throne he inherited when his father died last year after the longest reign of any 20th-century monarch.The new head of the world's longest continuous royal house started the day of his enthronement with morning visits to three Shinto shrines on the palace grounds, announcing the day's rituals to his ancestors and gods.
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January 27, 2011
Dan Rodricks has this exactly right ( "Wait just a blessed moment, Mike Miller," Jan. 27). I was appalled when I heard Mr. Miller remark on camera that God blesses marriage between a man and a woman and that marriage is for the purpose of procreation. There are so many problems with his thinking that it is hard to know where to start. Which God gets to bless these unions? Just the Judeo-Christian God? Shinto, Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian couples need not consider marriage? Atheists and agnostics?
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By Los Angeles Times | March 10, 1993
KOMAKI, Japan -- Buried in antiquity, the origins of Tagata Shrine and its annual festival remain misty. But the reason for the festival's ever-growing popularity is clear.Indeed, it's so obvious that it's an embarrassment to much of Japan.The Japan Travel Bureau, for example, distributes no material about the festival. Few guidebooks, except some written by foreigners, describe it. Only a handful of local newspapers publish photographs of it. And few ordinary Japanese elsewhere in the country have ever heard of it.The attraction is a natural, simplistic expression of primitive Japanese wishes for a rich bounty -- a 7-foot-long phallic symbol carved anew each year from Japanese cypress wood.
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By Asahi News Service | November 21, 1990
TOKYO -- In the midst of downtown, the ancient and mysterious world of the imperial family will emerge tomorrow.In the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, a shrinelike complex of halls will be silhouetted in the autumn twilight and the dim light of watch fires. At the center of the complex are three main holy halls -- two are identical -- for Emperor Akihito's religious ceremonies based on Shinto, Japan's indigenous religion.Around them are about 30 other buildings, all built this year for the Imperial family's overnight ceremony at a total cost of $7 million.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 28, 1990
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Arts and crafts style -- the early 20th century crop of sturdy, honest architecture and furniture for the common man -- blooms again.The field is so full that designers are distinguishing between twarts and crafts categories. Mission style is heavy, straight, no-nonsense oak. Prairie style, most often associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, is also mostly straight-lined and horizontal, but the scale is lighter and the designs more varied.But the real news here are arts and crafts' 1990 hybrids.
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October 21, 2004
IN THE HEART of Tokyo, the 135-year-old Shinto shrine originally was built to honor a "peaceful country." But in the 20th century, the Yakusuni Shrine served as a focal point for the aggressive nationalism that led to World War II in the Pacific and then as a memorial to the 2.4 million Japanese who died in that and other conflicts, including 14 war criminals. And nowadays, with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi making annual pilgrimages to Yakusuni -- the first Japanese prime minister to do so -- the shrine is a political flash point as militarism resurges in long officially pacifist Japan.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 19, 2003
TOKYO - Amid signs of growing diplomatic and military isolation, North Korea lashed out at the United States, South Korea and Japan yesterday, barely a week before the scheduled start of international talks on the North's nuclear program. Russia, traditionally an ally of North Korea, embarked on a 10-day maritime exercise, partly in waters near North Korea, that will involve two traditional enemies of the North, Japan and South Korea. The exercise is the first time that warships from the three countries have conducted joint maneuvers.
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