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May 3, 2016

Retired Japanese exec, 51, embarks on solo trans-Atlantic race

Hiroshi Kitada embarked from Plymouth for New York on Monday as the first-ever Japanese skipper to attempt the Transat, a 3,000 mile (5,650 km) solo trans-Atlantic race. The 51-year-old former company boss with a spirit of adventure is aboard a Class40 12-meter single hull, ...

May 2, 2016

Italy, Japan urge G-7 to splash out for growth

Italy and Japan want the upcoming Group of Seven leaders summit to send a “strong signal” of support for using flexible budget policies to stimulate the slowing global economy, the leaders of the two countries said Monday. At the start of a European tour ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Philippines strike deal on leasing MSDF aircraft

Japan has agreed to lease Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines, the Defense Ministry said Monday, marking the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed ...

Handful of schools reopen in Kumamoto as rescue efforts wind down

May 2, 2016

Handful of schools reopen in Kumamoto as rescue efforts wind down

Twenty-three municipal elementary and junior high schools in quake-struck Kumamoto resumed classes Monday for the first time in 18 days after another elementary school reopened last Wednesday. The city hopes to restart classes at 118 other schools and kindergartens on May 10, after the ...