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G-7 echoes watered-down G-20 trade language as Mnuchin holds firm

Business May 13, 2017

G-7 echoes watered-down G-20 trade language as Mnuchin holds firm

Group of Seven finance chiefs signed up to a pared-down pledge Saturday on global trade as the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration of the world stage continued to redefine the established economic order. The G-7 nations, meeting in Bari, southern Italy, said in ...

Japan's fisheries still swimming upstream

National / Media | MEDIA MIX May 13, 2017

Japan's fisheries still swimming upstream

by Philip Brasor

In March, the internet news site Videonews.com posted a conversation between environmental journalist Tetsuji Ida and Waseda University researcher Yasuhiro Sanada, who writes about fisheries. During the talk, Sanada said that whaling is a "dead industry," and seemed to think that the ongoing controversy ...

Japan favors Aegis Ashore over THAAD to bolster missile defenses: sources

National May 13, 2017

Japan favors Aegis Ashore over THAAD to bolster missile defenses: sources

Japan is leaning toward choosing the Aegis Ashore missile-defense system over another advanced system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), government and ruling party sources have said. Faced with North Korea's rapid missile and nuclear development, and its threats, Japan has been looking into ...

Business / Economy May 13, 2017

Abe's team sends mixed signals on joining China-led AIIB

The idea of Japan joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is finding renewed enthusiasm within the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sources have said. The idea has advocates within the Prime Minister's Office and the trade ministry, and is backed by Toshihiro Nikai, ...

Fire damages Seibuen amusement park in Saitama

National May 13, 2017

Fire damages Seibuen amusement park in Saitama

A fire broke out at Seibuen amusement park in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, but no one was injured, the police said Saturday. The fire, which started at around 11:30 p.m. Friday, appeared to have burned around 1,000 sq. meters of the park, including areas near the ...

National May 13, 2017

Rainy season starts in Okinawa and Amami

The rainy season appears to have started in Okinawa and Amami, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday. The start is four days later than average for Okinawa and two days later for Kagoshima Prefecture's Amami, but three days earlier than last year for both regions, according ...

Asia Pacific May 13, 2017

Australia says China is conducting extensive espionage

China is conducting extensive espionage against Australia, Canberra's most senior defense official said on Friday in a rare public accusation against its largest trading partner. Chinese spying has been the subject of much speculation, but senior officials have largely steered clear of making public complaints. "It ...

Hackers exploit stolen U.S. spy agency tool to launch global cyberattack

World May 13, 2017

Hackers exploit stolen U.S. spy agency tool to launch global cyberattack

A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain's health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries on Friday. Extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments ...

Designer Yuri Suzuki chases his dreams through sound

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? May 13, 2017

Designer Yuri Suzuki chases his dreams through sound

by Irma Nunez

As a boy in the 1980s, Yuri Suzuki fell under the spell of video games and his father's record collection. The family home was in bustling Shibuya Ward, near the border with Shinjuku, and the influence of global cultures within its walls was strong. Both parents were in publishing — his mother editor in chief of Soen, the seminal fashion magazine — and their tastes broad. Imports ranged from the classics to the avant-garde, with a tilt toward American popular culture. So young Yuri took indirect life lessons watching videotapes of "Saturday Night Live" as well as "MTV." His touchstones included both U.S. TV personality Mister Rogers and Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder. You could say he didn't fit in at school. ...