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January 30, 1996 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many Japanese look to Kosaku Shima to teach them the impeccable corporate etiquette that will take them to the top of the business world. When this young, hard-working, irresistibly debonair Hatsuba Electric worker was promoted to division chief in 1992, it made national headlines.
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October 23, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the chambers of Parliament, Japan's leaders are locked in a hair-splitting debate over the country's military destiny, with Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu pushing for a broader interpretation of the postwar "peace" constitution that would allow him to send troops to the Persian Gulf. On the pages of the popular magazine Comic Morning, a more dramatic version of history is being made--or at least made up.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2006 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Based on a popular manga comic, "Azumi" should by all rights be presented as an animated film, and in many ways it has the sensibility of an anime cartoon, albeit one with actual people. In feudal Japan, Azumi, a young orphan girl, is taken in by a mentor who trains her as part of an elite squad of assassins ultimately given the assignment of killing three treacherous warlords.
NEWS
December 9, 2007 | Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press
He wanders the wilderness to avenge his father's death. He is a man of few words, trained in the ancient ways of the Japanese samurai. He sports an unruly Afro. "Afro Samurai," the star of an animation series of the same name featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, is headed for a second run on Spike TV and is finally winning a following in its native Japan, where it recently debuted on the big screen. "I never expected Afro Samurai to get this huge.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2009 | Susan Carpenter, Carpenter is a Times staff writer.
The date: Aug. 15, 1945. The country: Japan. Following a series of nuclear and firebomb attacks that laid waste to dozens of cities and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, Emperor Hirohito finally announced Japan's surrender in World War II, leaving his subjects to deal with the death and disease of loved ones, the rebuilding of the country's infrastructure and rampant shortages of food and medicine. They were, to be sure, bleak times.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2004 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
After capturing a deranged bomber, a pair of New York City police detectives share a passionate kiss. A group of teenage girls agree that "one of the seven strangest things" about their high school is that the handsome soccer star and his inseparable pal don't have girlfriends. Two half brothers, the sons of a yakuza boss, compete for the affection of a former kendo champion.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Go ahead, click the "like" icon on the "Wicked, the Musical" page on Facebook. You may be telling more people than you intended that you're gay. Click it for Hello Kitty. You may be telling someone you have an "open" personality but aren't as conscientious as others. That's what researchers at the University of Cambridge are suggesting in their study of the content that people routinely endorse on Facebook, where about a quarter of regular users click the like icon. Their study is in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2006 | CASEY DOLAN
Manga, the Japanese cartoon art that gives "wide-eyed innocence" new meaning, has finally made its way to some 30 U.S. daily newspapers -- including this one -- with "Peach Fuzz," the tale of a girl and her ferret. Written and drawn by Americans Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos, the strip -- the first manga to appear in mainstream comics pages here -- is published by L.A.-based TOKYOPOP, the leading publisher of manga in the U.S., and distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1994 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creators of "The Lion King," Disney's summer box-office smash, say they were surprised to learn of reported similarities in the animated film and a Japanese-created American television cartoon series of the 1960s called "Kimba, the White Lion." "Frankly, I'm not familiar with (the TV series)," said Rob Minkoff, who added that he and co-director Roger Allers first learned about the controversy on a recent trip to Japan to promote the Disney film, whose lion cub is named Simba.
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