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World / Politics May 28, 2017

British leader May's lead narrows ahead of election

British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed sharply, according to five opinion polls published since the Manchester attack, suggesting she might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago. Four opinion polls published on Saturday showed that May's ...

Asia Pacific May 28, 2017

Philippines halts peace talks with Maoist-led rebels

Philippine government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands on Saturday after New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside. The two sides have been engaged in peace talks brokered by Norway to end nearly five decades ...

Eco-friendly bioplastics in the bag for Japanese retailers

National May 28, 2017

Eco-friendly bioplastics in the bag for Japanese retailers

Businesses and authorities in Japan are turning to bioplastics to make shopping bags, garbage bags and product containers to step up their efforts at environmental conservation. Environmentally conscious consumers have responded positively to the initiative and view it as a practical way to help the ...

Unusual controllers preside at BitSummit

Digital May 28, 2017

Unusual controllers preside at BitSummit

by Jason Coskrey

A man wearing a blue shirt and box over his head wandered the floor at Kyoto's Miyako Messe exhibition hall. As passersby stopped to look, he handed them empty lotion pump bottles and invited them to try squirting them. It was a quirky moment, and ...

Come what may, we're doing just fine

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK May 28, 2017

Come what may, we're doing just fine

by C.W. Nicol

Rain had started pelting the cherry blossoms when I returned from Tokyo last month, squelching the plans of countless would-be outdoor revelers. Here in Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture the snow was melting and the Torii River, which rises in ancient Togakushi and is fed ...

Hakuho completes tournament with 15-0 record

Sumo / Basho Reports May 28, 2017

Hakuho completes tournament with 15-0 record

A day after clinching his 38th career championship, yokozuna Hakuho put the icing on the cake Sunday, when he finished the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament with a perfect 15-0 record. Although their bout had no impact on the championship, Hakuho and fellow yokozuna Harumafuji went ...

Buffaloes halt nine-game slide

Baseball / Japanese Baseball May 28, 2017

Buffaloes halt nine-game slide

The Orix Buffaloes snapped their nine-game losing streak on Sunday, pinch hitter Yuki Miyazaki driving in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning infield single in a 2-1 comeback win over the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Buffaloes, who last won on May 16, were poised to ...

16-year-old surfer Kawai triumphs at Ichinomiya Chiba Open

More Sports May 28, 2017

16-year-old surfer Kawai triumphs at Ichinomiya Chiba Open

Minori Kawai captured the Ichinomiya Chiba Open on Sunday, part of the World Surf League's qualifying series. The 16-year-old Kawai, who came from behind to win her semifinal against Australia's Dimity Stoyle, defeated Hinako Kurokawa 13.10-12.40 in the final. The victory was the first on the ...

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

Soccer May 28, 2017

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

Ritsu Doan's brace erased a two-goal deficit as Japan reached the knockout phase of the Under-20 World Cup with a 2-2 Group D draw to Italy on Saturday. Italy went up by two after just seven minutes behind goals from Riccardo Orsolini and Giuseppe Panico, ...