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Princess Mako, parents create stir with museum visit in Ueno

National May 22, 2017

Princess Mako, parents create stir with museum visit in Ueno

Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Emperor Akihito, was congratulated by bystanders about her impending engagement to a former university classmate as she visited a Tokyo museum Monday to perform her first official duty since the news broke last week. The 25-year-old princess, accompanied by ...

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

National May 22, 2017

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. The MPD asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving amid an uptick in fender-benders. The ...

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

Business May 22, 2017

Japan, WTO chief reaffirm commitment to free trade

by Tomohiro Osaki

Japan and the World Trade Organization on Monday issued what is believed to be an unprecedented joint statement reaffirming their commitment to fostering free trade in the face of a recent surge of protectionism embodied by U.S. president Donald Trump. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Tokyo Skytree tallies fifth anniversary

National May 22, 2017

Tokyo Skytree tallies fifth anniversary

Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower, marked its fifth anniversary on Monday. As of March, about 26 million people had visited the popular landmark, which is surrounded by the Tokyo Solamachi commercial complex, and around 180 million had visited the entire site, according to ...

Big South Korean firms keeping low profile ahead of Moon's reform quest

Business May 22, 2017

Big South Korean firms keeping low profile ahead of Moon's reform quest

A South Korean retail giant has shelved controversial expansion plans, while a large bank made hundreds of contract jobs permanent after President Moon Jae-in took office vowing to reform the family-run conglomerates that dominate the economy. The 64-year-old liberal leader campaigned on a platform of ...

Kisenosato suffers third loss; Hakuho, Harumafuji roll on

Sumo / Basho Reports May 22, 2017

Kisenosato suffers third loss; Hakuho, Harumafuji roll on

Yokozuna Kisenosato succumbed to his third loss at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday while Mongolian grand champions Hakuho and Harumafuji secured their ninth straight wins at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Kisenosato's hope of a third straight championship was dealt a severe blow by Tochiozan (5-4). ...

Honda set for AC Milan exit

Soccer May 22, 2017

Honda set for AC Milan exit

Midfielder Keisuke Honda said on Twitter on Sunday he will be departing AC Milan at the end of the season, bringing an end to a difficult stint at the Italian giant that was characterized by frustratingly limited playing time. But the 30-year-old Japan international refused ...

Liverpool, City deny Arsenal top-four finish

Soccer May 22, 2017

Liverpool, City deny Arsenal top-four finish

Manchester City and Liverpool claimed the last two Champions League qualifying spots with comfortable wins on Sunday that meant Arsene Wenger's Arsenal missed out on Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 20 years. The big guns blew away the rest on the ...