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40 articles published


Abe delays tax hike weeks before election

National / Politics Jun 1, 2016

Abe delays tax hike weeks before election

by Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday announced he is pushing back a second-stage hike in the consumption tax, from April next year to October of 2019. During last week's Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture, the leaders "agreed to employ all available policy means ...

Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

National / Crime & Legal Jun 1, 2016

Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

Police in the city of Okayama were on alert Wednesday after the deadly shooting of a senior member of a branch of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate. Okayama Prefectural Police said Tadashi Takagi, 55, of the gang's Ikeda-gumi faction, was found dead at 9:50 a.m. ...

Mobile message app Line eyes listing on TSE in July

Business / Corporate Jun 1, 2016

Mobile message app Line eyes listing on TSE in July

Mobile messaging service provider Line Corp. will likely make its debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in July, with the bourse set to soon approve the listing, sources said Wednesday. Line is expected to have a market capitalization of around ¥600 billion when it debuts, ...

Business / Corporate Jun 1, 2016

Toyota idles four plants due to blast at brake parts supplier

Toyota Motor Corp. suspended Tuesday operations at four domestic plants, including those of subsidiaries, citing possible parts shortages following an explosion the previous day at a brake parts supplier, company officials said. The automaker plans to expand its output suspension early Wednesday, halting production on ...

Why was Nagasaki nuked?

Commentary / Japan Jun 1, 2016

Why was Nagasaki nuked?

by Brahma Chellaney

Hiroshima and Nagasaki will remain a burden on American conscience — Hiroshima because it was the world's first atomic bombing, setting a precedent, and Nagasaki because it was a blatantly wanton act.

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

Film / Reviews Jun 1, 2016

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

by Mark Schilling

"Danchi" doesn't translate easily into English. "Apartment complex" or "housing estate" are only rough equivalents for the thousands of public-housing units thrown up in the postwar boom years to cope with Tokyo's exploding population. Equipped with running water, flush toilets and other amenities, with ...

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

Film / Reviews Jun 1, 2016

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

by Kaori Shoji

Just because you've seen this story before doesn't mean you shouldn't see it again ... I think. "Southpaw" is an excessive, some may even say maniacal, retread of boxing movie classics such as the "Rocky" franchise, "The Fighter" and "Raging Bull. But it's so ...

Wakamatsu goes eight innings as Dragons down Hawks

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 1, 2016

Wakamatsu goes eight innings as Dragons down Hawks

Right-hander Shunta Wakamatsu allowed three hits over eight innings to pick up the win as the Chunichi Dragons pulverized the two-time defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 5-0 in interleague play on Wednesday. The Hawks, who have won Nippon Professional Baseball's annual interleague competition ...

Djokovic passes $100 million mark at French Open

More Sports / Tennis Jun 1, 2016

Djokovic passes $100 million mark at French Open

Novak Djokovic had 100 million reasons to celebrate reaching the French Open quarterfinals on Wednesday — albeit two days later than expected — as players made a mad dash to clear the fourth-round backlog created by the fickle Parisian weather. The Serbian world No. 1 ...

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Soccer Jun 1, 2016

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Japan forward Keisuke Honda will miss Friday's Kirin Cup game against Bulgaria with a left-knee injury and could also be out for the second match next week, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday. Halilhodzic made it clear he is not taking any risks with the AC ...

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

More Sports / Rugby Jun 1, 2016

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Harumichi Tatekawa will captain Japan when it plays Canada on June 11 in Vancouver, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday, after captain-elect Shota Horie withdrew from the tour party. Having named an initial 33-man squad on Monday, the JRFU has decided 10 players will ...

Matsuyama concerned about Zika virus in Rio

More Sports / Golf Jun 1, 2016

Matsuyama concerned about Zika virus in Rio

Hideki Matsuyama on Tuesday admitted he harbors fears over the Zika virus that is causing havoc for organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. "I have concerns," Matsuyama told reporters after practice ahead of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Golf ...