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Urban Japan trying its hand at bicycle-sharing

Reference | FYI May 1, 2017

Urban Japan trying its hand at bicycle-sharing

by Kazuaki Nagata

The so-called sharing economy has spread to a variety of fields such as cars and homes, and Japan has seen another rising trend in recent years — bicycles. A growing number of municipalities and private firms are providing bikes to gauge whether such services will ...

Business / Corporate May 1, 2017

Japan's IHI inaugurates heavy concrete factory joint venture in Myanmar

IHI Corp. held an opening ceremony Sunday for its heavy concrete factory in Myanmar, becoming the first Japanese plant producing pre-stressed concrete products in Southeast Asia's newest emerging market. The Tokyo-based heavy industry company, in partnership with Myanmar's Construction Ministry, opened the $12.2 million facility ...

National May 1, 2017

Japan NGOs want government to ease curbs on travel to conflict areas

Japan-based nongovernmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance have asked the government to ease restrictions on travel to conflict zones, NGO members said Sunday. The NGOs argue that their activities are being hampered because the government treats their travel requests in the same way as those ...

Osaka launches formal bid to host 2025 World Expo

Language | NEWS IN NIHONGO May 1, 2017

Osaka launches formal bid to host 2025 World Expo

In a formal bid for Osaka to host the 2025 World Exposition (Expo), Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and others, including head of the bidding committee and Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, met with (Vincente G.) Loscertales, secretary general of the Expo's governing body Bureau International ...

Kisenosato heads into Summer Basho as top-ranked fighter

Sumo / Basho Reports May 1, 2017

Kisenosato heads into Summer Basho as top-ranked fighter

Having waited years to reach sumo's pinnacle, Kisenosato enters the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament looking for his second championship as yokozuna and his third in a row. The 30-year-old enters the May 14-28 tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan holding the top east slot among the ...

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama dies at 79

Sumo May 1, 2017

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama dies at 79

Former yokozuna Sadanoyama, who served as head of the Japan Sumo Association in the 1990s, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on April 27, his family said Monday. He was 79. Sadanoyama, whose real name is Shinmatsu Ichikawa, was promoted to sumo's highest rank ...