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April 8, 2010 | By Amina Khan
Bacteria in the guts of some Japanese people may have acquired the ability to digest seaweed because of the sushi their human hosts consume, researchers have reported. The evolved trait enables their human hosts to digest carbohydrates found in edible seaweed such as nori, whose tough cell walls the human body cannot process on its own. The finding, published Thursday in the journal Nature, was stumbled upon by biochemists at the National Center for Scientific Research and Pierre and Marie Curie University in France while seeking enzymes that could digest carbohydrates in the walls of certain red algae.
April 23, 2014 | By Yuriko Nagano and Julie Makinen
TOKYO -- Hiroshi Kyoso says he values Japan's relationship with the United States highly and feels warmly about Washington's new ambassador to Tokyo, Caroline Kennedy. But as the 90-year-old veteran of World War II arrived Wednesday morning to pray at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine -- a controversial site that commemorates nearly 2.5 million of Japan's war dead including 14 top war criminals -- Kyoso said he saw no connection between the shrine and Japan's ties with America. If a Japanese leader visits Yasukuni, he said, it's only natural.
July 25, 1993
In response to "Japan Shifts Its Stand on Ruling Out A-Bomb," July 9: It is little known but the Japanese had an atomic bomb program during World War II, and were planning to use it against America on Saipan or even deliver it to Los Angeles or San Francisco harbors via submarine. The program started in 1942 and continued until the end of the war. At least one Nobel Prize winner, Hideki Yukawa, was involved, as was Yoshio Nishina, a colleague of Niels Bohr. Had the Germans and Japanese not been so racist--neither liked the other--they might have collaborated and actually come up with the bomb.
April 21, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In a fresh reminder of the unresolved wartime grievances between China and Japan, authorities in Shanghai have seized a Japanese ship over claims dating back to the 1930s. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said Monday that one of its iron ore carriers, the Baosteel Emotion, was impounded Saturday. Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, denounced the move, saying it could have a “chilling effect” on all Japanese companies doing business in China. “We are deeply apprehensive,” he added.
August 25, 1988
We all have our cultural idiosyncrasies, but in regard to the much written Japanese feelings towards blacks, I believe that there is a direct correlation to their feelings and the media, particularly newspapers, radio and television here in America. When blacks are depicted in the newspapers, for the most part it's crime related. In commercials on television, we can't just be regular consumers, we have to wear ridiculous clothes, moonwalk or do some strange facial or body gesticulation.
December 23, 2000
It was with equal parts amusement and dismay that I read the heading " 'Flower Drum' Sayonara" (Morning Report, Dec. 16). It was not the content of the article that I was reacting to (though I'm sorry the musical is not being mounted), but rather the presumption to use a Japanese word of farewell in reference to the departure of a show that is distinctly Chinese in content. Are we now to believe that all things Asian are one and the same? LINDA L. KENT Los Angeles
December 26, 2006
Re "Japan's war with its past," editorial, Dec. 20 Isn't The Times again measuring with two unequal yardsticks? You unabashedly favor more Japanese military engagement by encouraging a rewriting of their heavily American-influenced constitution. The reason: America needs cannon fodder under the direction of America. How else is your objection to be understood, when you find it worrisome that they also want to teach in schools "respect for tradition and love of the homeland"? Please be so kind to explain the nationalistic difference between reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day, and the Japanese intent to indoctrinate their students in practically the same manner?
June 25, 1989
As reported by The Times, the whale population seems to be in alarmingly low numbers and the Japanese, who continue to hunt whales, take on the selfish, clannish attitude of their so-called right to eat whale meat. The Japanese, despite all of their progress in joining the rest of the world successfully economically, have failed on ecological matters. They seem to consider it their divine right to decimate these magnificent creatures while at the same time turning a deaf ear to world opinion.
January 30, 1992 | Baltimore Sun
Historians and economists may debate for years whether President Bush's trip here this month helped or harmed his cause. But the trip gave the Japanese something every language needs, a socially acceptable verb for one of life's unspeakable miseries. In the wake of the President's gastrointestinal woes at a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, a new word has been coined-- bushusuru: to do a Bush. As in this conversation in the Roppongi night club district, between two men.
April 24, 1990
In assessing the meteoric political rise of Alberto Fujimori in Peru, Gustavo Gorriti mentions that properties of Peruvian-Japanese were looted during World War II (Op-Ed Page, April 16). There is a little known chapter in the history of Fujimori's community which explains how that could have happened. During World War II, the U.S. FBI supervised the roundup of innocent Peruvian-Japanese who were forcibly brought to Crystal City, Tex., and placed in an interment camp. DONALD W. BRAY Professor of Political Science Cal State Los Angeles
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
When the Galaxy signed Swedish midfielder Stefan Ishizaki this winter, it had one specific goal in mind. “We needed to improve our passing in the midfield,” said Bruce Arena, the team's coach and general manager. “We do that, it allows us to get Robbie Keane close to the goal.” Three starts into his Major League Soccer career Ishizaki is already rewarding Arena's confidence, setting up Keane for the only goal the Galaxy would need in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps before an announced crowd 20,847 at StubHub Center.
March 29, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
As thoroughbreds were groomed and prepped for the day's races, a group of elderly Japanese Americans circled the stables of Santa Anita in a tram. For six months in 1942, they lived here, in the same stalls where horses had slept, before being shipped to internment camps in isolated areas of the country. Back then, arriving adults mourned the loss of homes and businesses, while children explored the grounds, making new friends. In the barns, a thin layer of asphalt was all that separated families from layers of manure.
March 20, 2014 | By David Wharton
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still a long way off, but not too distant to fuel continuing controversy. From the start critics raised concerns about lingering radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Now comes a different sort of complaint. The organizing committee, which initially lacked female members, has added music producer Yasushi Akimoto. Akimoto created the girl group AKB48, which features scantily clad young women ranging in age from teens to mid-20s singing often suggestive lyrics.
March 7, 2014 | By David Ng
He isn't completely deaf. He didn't really compose his own music. And now he's sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the public. "I have caused a great deal of trouble with my lies for everyone, including those people who bought my CDs and came to my concerts," he said, according to a report from Reuters. GRAPHIC: Highest-earning conductors In February, it was revealed that Samuragochi had employed a ghost writer to compose his symphonies and other music, and that his claims to being totally deaf weren't true.
March 6, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried - and largely failed - to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof. Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
February 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
On March 18, 2011, an official from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Chuck Casto called together the NRC delegation on assignment with him in Tokyo. "We're in never-never land," he told them. Seven days earlier, a magnitude 9 earthquake had rattled a complex of six nuclear power plants known as Fukushima Daiichi, roughly 150 miles northeast of Tokyo. Then came nature's second, more devastating blow: a tsunami that swamped the complex, flooding its electrical generators and putting its three operating reactors out of commission.
January 16, 2008
REGARDING Charles Perry's article "Just in: Japan Crafts" [Jan. 2]: Having been a longtime Japanese beer fan I was intrigued by the emphasis on the emergence of craft beers from the land of the rising sun. Nice idea. I look forward to trying them. I wonder how many readers have looked at the labels on the Japanese big three in the last 10 years or so. As far as the American product is concerned, Asahi and Kirin, as well as Sapporo, are all brewed in Canada. Robert Hill Fullerton
February 13, 2008
The old-fashioned-style Japanese restaurants are quickly disappearing from Los Angeles. I am not talking sushi here, but simple, home-style restaurants that serve sukiyaki, crunchy light tempura that melts in your mouth, great miso soup and teriyaki combination meals. Our favorite places like Masa in Pasadena have been sold and are no longer serving this kind of food. Perhaps you could do an article on good, simple Japanese food available around Los Angeles. We miss having several to choose from.
February 13, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Russia's Evgeny Plushenko withdrew, and a chunk of the crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace left with him. Four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott crashed but burned with a will that drove him to fight off pain, get up and continue. And there were 19 skaters left in Thursday's Olympic short program after all of that drama. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi One, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, simply brought down the remainder of the house with a barrier-breaking performance so brilliant it will be numbered among the greatest short programs ever, no matter what judging system is used to assess it. Energetic, powerful, sure-footed on his massive jumps, Hanyu, 19, became the first to pass the century mark, the score of 101.45 topping the 99.84 he earned three months ago. It gave him a lead of nearly four points over favored Patrick Chan of Canada going into Friday's free skate.
February 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Just 17 years old, Sara Takanashi has a lot on her shoulders at these Winter Games. The Japanese teenager is favored in the historic ski-jumping competition on Tuesday, the first time the Olympics have invited women to compete in this sport. If she comes through, it would make her the youngest athlete - man or woman - to win the normal hill individual event. It would also make Japan the first country to win all four of ski jumping's events. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics So how has Takanashi been dealing with the pressure?
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