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Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

National May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

National / Politics May 25, 2017

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders before heading to Malta. Abe has said he wants to make North ...

Japan's Tokachi Seika to market halal gyoza in Malaysia

Business / Corporate May 25, 2017

Japan's Tokachi Seika to market halal gyoza in Malaysia

Traditional Japanese confectionery maker Tokachi Seika will start selling halal gyoza dumplings in Malaysia this summer under a deal with a local food producer. Under an original equipment manufacturer pact recently concluded with Dkay Ventures, Hokkaido-based Tokachi Seika will sell halal gyoza initially to Japanese ...

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

Business / Corporate May 25, 2017

Sendai-based upstart taking on big Osaka appliance makers

Iris Ohyama, based in Sendai, is taking on Osaka Prefecture's more established home appliance makers, including Panasonic and Sharp, in the battle for consumers' hearts and wallets. Iris joined the home appliance market in 2009 and its strategy of manufacturing cheaper alternatives to big-name rivals ...

Renewable energy growth continues, powering jobs especially in Asia

Business May 25, 2017

Renewable energy growth continues, powering jobs especially in Asia

The renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by the solar photovoltaic business, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency's annual report on the industry. Growth has slowed in the past two years, while the solar photovoltaic ...

A taste of summer on the French Riviera

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS May 25, 2017

A taste of summer on the French Riviera

Back by popular demand, The French Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is hosting Soiree Blanche 2017, a series of luxurious summer events every Saturday from June 24 through Sept. 2. Soiree Blanche, which originated in the 1970s in Saint-Tropez, a small Mediterranean resort town ...

Ariana Grande cancels tour dates after Manchester attack

Entertainment News May 25, 2017

Ariana Grande cancels tour dates after Manchester attack

Ariana Grande has called off two London concerts and five in Europe after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her performance in Manchester, England, the U.S. pop singer's representatives said on Wednesday. Monday's bombing, which killed 22 people and wounded 64, also resulted in ...

Hollywood's love storyboard

Film | Wide Angle May 25, 2017

Hollywood's love storyboard

by Kaori Shoji

If you're the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you'll know it takes more than one village to make a feature-length film. Ten or even 20 villages is more like it. Among the villagers are people with the title ...

Nagasato finalizes deal with NSWL's Chicago Red Stars

Soccer May 25, 2017

Nagasato finalizes deal with NSWL's Chicago Red Stars

Midfielder Yuki Nagasato has signed with the Chicago Red Stars, the U.S. women's pro league (NSWL) club said on Wednesday. Nagasato, who helped Japan win its first-ever Women's World Cup title in Germany in 2011 and a silver medal at the London Olympics the following ...

Hakuho stays on course for another crown

Sumo / Basho Reports May 25, 2017

Hakuho stays on course for another crown

Yokozuna Hakuho moved a step closer to capturing a record-extending 38th championship title with a routine win over Tochiozan at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday. With yokozuna rival Harumafuji having picked up a default win following the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent Takanoiwa ...