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/ Jan 31, 2017

Diet enacts extra budget for disaster relief and defense

The Diet has enacted an extra budget worth ¥622.5 billion for fiscal 2016 through March to provide disaster relief and increase defense spending. The third supplementary budget for the current fiscal year includes ¥195.5 billion for areas hit by powerful typhoons and earthquakes in ...

Space cargo ship experiment to clean up debris hits snag

Jan 31, 2017

Space cargo ship experiment to clean up debris hits snag

An unmanned cargo ship released from the International Space Station last week has failed to extend a cable needed to test technology to remove debris from orbit, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Kounotori6 cargo transporter, which was released from the ISS early ...

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Jan 31, 2017

Ex-komusubi Tokitenku dies at 37

Former Mongolian-born komusubi Tokitenku died Tuesday of malignant lymphoma, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 37. Tokitenku, who only retired last August and became sumo elder Magaki, competed in 63 grand sumo tournaments, including three at the fourth highest rank of komusubi, and ...

Jan 31, 2017

Sapporo drafts partnership rules for LGBT couples

The Sapporo Municipal Government has unveiled draft rules for officially recognizing same-sex partnerships between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. Not only would Sapporo be the country’s first major city to set such rules, it would also be the first municipality to certify partnerships ...

/ Jan 31, 2017

Islanders to leave Brooklyn: reports

Barclays Center, which opened in Brooklyn in 2012, is planning on not being the home of the New York Islanders after the 2018-19 season, according to reports Monday. Bloomberg and the New York Daily News reported that the arena, built as the home of ...

Jan 31, 2017

LA mayor positive about 2024 Olympic bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he is confident the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid will be evaluated on its merits even in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban. A temporary ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations was ...

Naoki Ishikawa: the full picture

Jan 31, 2017

Naoki Ishikawa: the full picture

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Naoki Ishikawa does not seem to want to take fantastically dramatic photographs. He has travelled from the North to South Pole, climbed “The Seven Summits,” the highest mountains of every continent, and traveled the length of the Japan, but his images are remarkable for ...

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

/ Jan 31, 2017

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

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Feb. 4-June 11 As one of India’s leading contemporary artists, N.S. Harsha is well known not only for his participation in international exhibitions, but also for his contribution to local communities through creative projects and workshops for children across the world. Harsha’s works depict ...