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May 30, 2013

Book Talk: When North Korea attacks, misfits are Japan’s only hope

TOKYO (Reuters) – Banks have failed, the yen has fallen and Japan’s economy has collapsed, leading to political turmoil. Its great ally, the United States, abandons it. Then comes the final straw: an attack by North Korean guerrillas posing as Korean tourists.

“From the Fatherland, With Love”, by veteran Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami, chronicles the political fumbling that is the Japanese government’s response and the eventual counterattack by a motley group of homeless, psychotic misfits using largely homemade weapons.

May 30, 2013

Book Talk: When North Korea attacks Japan, misfits are its only hope

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Banks have failed, the yen has
fallen and Japan’s economy has collapsed, leading to political
turmoil. Its great ally, the United States, abandons it. Then
comes the final straw: an attack by North Korean guerrillas
posing as Korean tourists.

“From the Fatherland, With Love”, by veteran Japanese
novelist Ryu Murakami, chronicles the political fumbling that is
the Japanese government’s response and the eventual
counterattack by a motley group of homeless, psychotic misfits
using largely homemade weapons.

May 16, 2013

Five Indian restaurants among Asia’s 101 best: survey

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Taiwanese eatery famed for its dumplings was crowned Asia’s best restaurant, while restaurants in Beijing claimed the lion’s share of spots in the top ten of a new survey of the food-obsessed region’s best dining.

Five Indian restaurants made it to the list of 101 best Asian restaurants.

Din Tai Fung in the Taiwanese capital Taipei was ranked number one in the inaugural “101 Best Restaurants in Asia” list, released on Thursday by the U.S.-based food website The Daily Meal, which does similar polls in the United States and Europe.

May 16, 2013

Taiwan dumpling eatery tops 101 Best Asian Restaurants poll

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Taiwanese eatery famed for its dumplings was crowned Asia’s best restaurant, while restaurants in Beijing claimed the lion’s share of spots in the top ten of a new survey of the food-obsessed region’s best dining.

Din Tai Fung in the Taiwanese capital Taipei was ranked number one in the inaugural “101 Best Restaurants in Asia” list, released on Thursday by the U.S.-based food website The Daily Meal, which does similar polls in the United States and Europe.

May 2, 2013

Book Talk: Story of the twin sister left behind in Iran

TOKYO (Reuters) – Mystery shadows “A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea”, a novel about a girl growing up in rural post-revolutionary Iran while dreaming about her identical twin sister and the wonderful life she must be leading in the United States – if she is alive at all.

Crowded security lines at Tehran’s airport, shouting, a girl chasing her twin as a woman in a long coat holds her hand. That is the memory Saba Hafezi clings to after her mother and sister vanish in a haunting tale by Dina Nayeri.

Apr 13, 2013

Korean rapper Psy chases new megahit with ‘Gentleman’ video

SEOUL, April 13 (Reuters) – Hips swinging, South Korean
rapper Psy launched the dance and video of his new song
“Gentleman” at a packed Seoul concert on Saturday, with nearly
160,000 tuned in online to see if he could carry off a repeat of
his megahit “Gangnam Style”.

The video for “Gangnam Style” is the most watched ever on
YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits, and its horse-riding
dance has been imitated by thousands around the world, from Eton
schoolboys, to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Apr 11, 2013

Korean rapper Psy releases single to follow “Gangnam” hit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean rapper Psy released his much-anticipated new single on Thursday hoping to repeat the success of “Gangnam Style” that made him the biggest star to emerge from the growing K-pop music scene.

The video for “Gangnam Style” has become the most watched item on YouTube with more than 1.5 billion hits and Psy’s horse-riding moves sparked an international dance craze.

Apr 11, 2013

Book Talk: Tragedy prompted author to write novel in six weeks

TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Elise is a single mother whose
only child is killed in a sudden freak accident. Distraught, she
at first wants to join her son – but then realises she must stay
alive to care for his beloved cat, which gradually draws her
back into life.

“The Cat”, by award-winning Israeli-born author Edeet Ravel,
got its start from the July 2011 news that a gunman had opened
fire at a youth camp on a Norwegian holiday island, killing 77
people, setting off a compulsion that had her writing so rapidly
she completed a draft of the book in six weeks.

Apr 4, 2013

The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked, hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his 1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel, “Above all Things”.

Apr 4, 2013

Book Talk: The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked,
hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British
climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men
to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its
slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment
store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether
he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his
1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of
her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel,
“Above all Things”.