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Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall

Business May 12, 2017

Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall

Hokkaido's potato farmers haven't recovered from last summer's typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves. The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island prefecture's ...

Airlines bracing for laptop ban on Europe-U.S. flights at peak season

World May 12, 2017

Airlines bracing for laptop ban on Europe-U.S. flights at peak season

Airline and travel-industry groups are quietly expressing concern about a plan under consideration by U.S. security authorities to prohibit passengers from carrying their laptop computers into the cabin on flights from Europe. Extending electronics restrictions — now in place for travel from some Middle Eastern ...

Defense chief Inada censures U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena

National May 12, 2017

Defense chief Inada censures U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday expressed displeasure with a recent U.S. parachuting drill at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and said it might have flouted a bilateral accord. Inada said U.S. parachute drop training should be "basically" conducted at an airfield on nearby Ie ...

Girl, 1, becomes Japan's youngest lung transplant recipient

National May 12, 2017

Girl, 1, becomes Japan's youngest lung transplant recipient

A 1-year-old girl became the youngest lung transplant recipient in Japan on Thursday after being given the organs from a brain-dead boy, according to a hospital in Okayama Prefecture that performed the surgery. The girl suffers from pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the ...

Nikon falls into red for first time in seven years

Business / Corporate May 12, 2017

Nikon falls into red for first time in seven years

Nikon said Thursday it recorded a group net loss of ¥7.11 billion ($62 million) in the fiscal year that ended in March, citing restructuring costs for pulling the company into the red for the first time in seven years. The loss represents a reversal from ...

Hezbollah leader vows future war would be fought on Israeli territory

World May 12, 2017

Hezbollah leader vows future war would be fought on Israeli territory

Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shiite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, as tensions rise between the arch foes. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, also said in a speech televised live that the group was dismantling ...

National May 12, 2017

Indonesia deports Japanese TV crew for alleged immigration violations

A six-member television crew from Japan was deported from the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on Thursday for immigration violations, a local immigration official said. Yopie Watimena, chief of the immigration office in the provincial capital of Jayapura, said that one of the six Japanese ...

Kisenosato ready to begin bid for third straight title

Sumo May 12, 2017

Kisenosato ready to begin bid for third straight title

Yokozuna Kisenosato will be looking to shake off recent injury concerns and win his third straight title at the upcoming Summer Grand Sumo Tournament as the head-to-heads for the event's first two days were announced Friday. Should he make a similarly risk-free performance as at ...