Jul 30, 2015

McIlroy to miss Firestone title defense

Rory McIlroy has told the PGA Tour he will not play the Bridgestone Invitational next week as he recovers from his ankle injury. It will be the second straight tournament that McIlroy will miss as the defending champion. He injured his left ankle while ...

Jul 30, 2015

Japan to ban imports of red-eared slider turtles

The Environment Ministry plans to ban imports of non-native red-eared sliders, a type of turtle popular as pets in Japan, to protect the ecosystem. The ban probably won’t take effect until 2020 at the earliest, Shigeo Kitamura, the vice environment minister, said Wednesday in ...

Jul 30, 2015

Two long-running magazines to close down in August

The monthlies Takarajima and CUTiE, two magazines that once led Japan’s youth culture, are publishing their last editions next month, with shrinking circulations to blame. Their publisher, Takarajimasha Inc., announced Wednesday that both “have completed their mission as magazines to define an era and ...

First overseas Anpanman shop to open in Taiwan in September

Jul 30, 2015

First overseas Anpanman shop to open in Taiwan in September

The first overseas shop specializing in goods from the popular anime character Anpanman is set to open in September in Taipei, with many goods available exclusively at the outlet to attract local families and tourists, toymaker Bandai Co. said. Anpanman (an-bread man), a superhero ...

Jul 30, 2015

Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake

Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to participate in a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared magnitude-7.2 earthquake from an active ...

Jul 30, 2015

FIBA suspends Russia from basketball

The Russian Basketball Federation was suspended Wednesday by FIBA, meaning it could miss the European Championship that doubles as an Olympic qualifier. The suspension comes after two years of infighting at the federation, which culminated last month when a Russian court ordered new elections ...

Jul 30, 2015

Fujitsu plunges into the red as PC sales fall

Fujitsu on Thursday warned that it plunged into the red in the April-June period on sluggish sales of personal computers and network equipment but said it will still meet its full-year profit target. The sprawling IT conglomerate fell into a ¥27.3 billion operating loss ...