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October 19, 1991 | MARI YAMAGUCHI, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lights go off. White smoke rises on stage. A round-faced, chubby man in a dark business suit appears in a spotlight before thousands of admirers. He claims he is Japan's Messiah, the reincarnation of Buddha. The man portrays the Japanese as a chosen people destined to destroy the United States and the Soviet Union and make China "a slave."
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October 19, 1991 | MARI YAMAGUCHI, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lights go off. White smoke rises on stage. A round-faced, chubby man in a dark business suit appears in a spotlight before thousands of admirers. He claims he is Japan's Messiah, the reincarnation of Buddha. The man portrays the Japanese as a chosen people destined to destroy the United States and the Soviet Union and make China "a slave."
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December 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Fifty-four years ago, Chief Petty Officer John Finn kept firing his machine gun at attacking Japanese planes despite numerous wounds. On Thursday, the 86-year-old Medal of Honor winner returned to Pearl Harbor with military officials, other veterans and their families to commemorate the surprise attack that drew the United States into World War II. "I heard a horrible roar astern of me," the retired Navy man said. "[A Japanese plane] made a wingover down towards the hangars where I was headed.
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September 27, 1988 | Reuters
Japan's ailing Emperor Hirohito, still bleeding internally, had another blood transfusion today after asking how his rice plants are doing and sending greetings to his anxious subjects. The 87-year-old emperor had already received five pints of blood since he collapsed Sept. 19 at the start of a nine-day-old fight for his life. Court officials said he received the latest batch of blood in the afternoon and described him as in stable but critical condition.
SPORTS
April 13, 1990 | ERIC TALMADGE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Japanese women's rights group is asking the question: Why are women excluded from the sumo ring? The answer they're getting: Because it's always been that way. Saying sexism no longer has a place in Japan's national sport, the Women's Action Group has challenged the Japan Sumo Assn. The group is not asking that women be able to wrestle sumo's giant grapplers, but it only wants to present a "Women Fans' Award" in ceremonies held in the ring for tournament winners, said member Michiyo Inobe.
NEWS
August 5, 1993 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN
Mitsuo Yanagimachi's "Himatsuri" (Fire Festival), based on actual events, moves back and forth between natural and supernatural in its tale of a man (Kinya Kitaoji) seemingly freed from the law of the region's Shintoist beliefs yet in complete harmony with its spirit. The gods and goddesses who inhabit the trees, the mountains and rivers are venerated in Japan's aboriginal religion.
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November 16, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Mitsuo Yanagimachi's "Himatsuri" (Sunday at the Nuart for one week) is a superbly made, gloriously beautiful and remarkably subtle film lamenting man's tragic loss of contact with nature. It marks Yanagimachi (whose similarly themed "A Farewell to the Land" was shown at Filmex) as a major film maker. Inspired by an actual incident, "Himatsuri" is set in a small, deceptively modern-looking coastal village in southwestern Japan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1993
Is Japan on the verge of baring its soul? The new prime minister, Morihiro Hosokawa, certainly appears determined to lead his nation in a public apology for its World War II aggression and atrocities. If he succeeds, Tokyo could embark on a long-delayed coming of age. An annual rite of August in Japan is to reflect on World War II.
NEWS
May 4, 2003 | Natalie Obiko Pearson, Associated Press Writer
Emperor Akihito has never seemed more human, nor the palace over which he reigns more open. As he recovered from a prostate cancer operation, doctors openly discussed details of his surgery, the disease and his prognosis, which they say is excellent. Just 15 years ago, the public wasn't even told that Akihito's father, Emperor Hirohito, had cancer until he died.
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April 7, 1991 | ERIC TALMADGE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It had all the trappings of a religious ritual. A simple wooden altar stood at the front of the banquet hall, laden with rice wine in porcelain decanters, fish, apples and other offerings to the gods of Shinto, Japan's native religion. Prominently displayed behind the altar were banners with the names of the sun goddess, the patron god of warriors and another god closely associated with the imperial family. There was no priest for this rite, only gangsters.
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December 27, 1990 | TOM MINEHART, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lafcadio Hearn gazed out his cedar-framed window, contemplated a lotus pond surrounded by irises and moss-covered rocks and listened to the cicadas buzzing on a plum branch. He turned to his waist-high desk, put pen to paper and wrote a melancholy prophecy that is still valid 100 years after he arrived in this small lakeside city in Izumo, the mythical Province of the Gods.
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