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40 articles published


Business / Corporate Jun 23, 2016

GPIF sues Toshiba for losses over accounting scandal

Japan's $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund is suing Toshiba Corp. for losses on its investments after an accounting scandal sent the conglomerate's shares plunging. GPIF is seeking damages of about ¥900 million, said Shinichirou Mori, a spokesman for the fund. The losses related to ...

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Asia Pacific Jun 23, 2016

Indonesia leader, top execs visit Natuna isles in warship

Indonesia's president visited the Natuna Islands aboard a warship Thursday, making a bold move to assert sovereignty over the area in the southern reaches of the South China Sea after Beijing stated an "overlapping claim" on nearby waters. President Joko "Jokowi" Jokowi's visit along with ...

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

National Jun 23, 2016

Enthusiast teaches Japanese art of goldfish scooping

A common sight at summer festivals is people crouched over pools trying in vain to catch goldfish with a paper scoop. If only they knew how to do it. "You need to level the poi (paper scoop) underwater and scoop the goldfish from the head," says ...

Nose job: Smells are smart sensors' last frontier

World / Science & Health Jun 23, 2016

Nose job: Smells are smart sensors' last frontier

Phones or watches may be smart enough to detect sound, light, motion, touch, direction, acceleration and even the weather, but they can't smell. That's created a technology bottleneck that companies have spent more than a decade trying to fill. Most have failed. A powerful portable electronic ...

A purr-fect union? Cats battle over Brexit on social media

World Jun 23, 2016

A purr-fect union? Cats battle over Brexit on social media

The fur is flying on social media as Britons prepare to vote Thursday on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. The hashtags #CatsAgainstBrexit and #CatsForBrexit flooded Twitter this week, as pro- and anti-independence citizens tweeted feline photos and messages imploring voters ...

Editorials Jun 23, 2016

Constitution as a campaign issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeatedly emphasizes that economy is the foremost issue in the campaign for the July 10 Upper House election — urging voters to choose whether to endorse his bid to go on with Abenomics or return to what he calls "those ...

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

Culture Jun 23, 2016

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

by Mark Jarnes

With July just around the corner, Japan is gearing up for another sultry summer. Since the sizzling-hot days only last until early September, people make the most of the season by getting outside — that includes going to film festivals, art and fashion events ...

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

More Sports / Rugby Jun 23, 2016

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Japan interim coach Mark Hammett limited the changes ahead of Saturday's second test against Scotland, making just two to the side that started last week's 26-13 defeat. Male Sa'u, who is returning from injury, was handed the No. 14 jersey (rather than his more favored ...

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

Basketball Jun 23, 2016

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

by Kaz Nagatsuka

George Washington standout Yuta Watanabe, veteran star guard Yuta Tabuse and the Takeuchi twins (Joji and Kosuke) will lead the "Akatsuki Five" as Japan men's national team head coach Kenji Hasegawa on Thursday revealed his final roster for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes ...

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 23, 2016

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

by Jim Allen

After 13 years studying Japanese baseball as a hitter and outfielder, Alex Ramirez is taking a similar approach to his new job as the rookie manager of the Yokohama BayStars. The Venezuelan, the first foreign-born player with 2,000 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, is judiciously ...