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Princess Mako begins a nine-day official visit to Bhutan

National May 31, 2017

Princess Mako begins a nine-day official visit to Bhutan

Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Japanese Emperor Akihito, on Wednesday left Tokyo's Haneda airport for a nine-day official visit to Bhutan, during which she is expected to meet with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. It is the third official visit abroad by the 25-year-old ...

Panel confirms perjury occurred in Tsukiji move testimony

National May 31, 2017

Panel confirms perjury occurred in Tsukiji move testimony

A special investigation committee of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly confirmed Wednesday that a former deputy governor gave false testimony in March about his role in the Tsukiji fish market relocation plan. The committee approved the judgment of perjury for Takeo Hamauzu with the backing of ...

MSDF to hold joint drill with U.S. carrier Ronald Reagan

National May 31, 2017

MSDF to hold joint drill with U.S. carrier Ronald Reagan

A joint exercise by the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan is being arranged as concerns grow over the increased pace of North Korea's weapons testing, government sources said Wednesday. The nuclear-powered Ronald Reagan was sent to the Sea of ...

Asia Pacific / Politics May 31, 2017

South Korean assembly approves Moon's pick for prime minister

South Korea's National Assembly approved President Moon Jae-in's selection of Lee Nak-yon as prime minister Wednesday, backing the former lawmaker and governor of South Jeolla Province to become the first confirmed Cabinet nominee under the new leader. Moon nominated Lee after winning elections earlier this ...

Japan's industrial output rose 4.0% on month in April

Business / Economy May 31, 2017

Japan's industrial output rose 4.0% on month in April

Industrial production in April rose 4.0 percent from the previous month to its highest level since October 2008, due mainly to increased auto production amid an economic recovery, government data showed Wednesday. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, however, kept unchanged its basic assessment ...

Vissel, Vegalta book spots in Levain Cup quarterfinals

Soccer / J. League May 31, 2017

Vissel, Vegalta book spots in Levain Cup quarterfinals

A Junya Tanaka strike lifted Vissel Kobe into the Levain Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 Group B victory at struggling Albirex Niigata on Wednesday night. Seven minutes after the break at Denka Big Swan Stadium, Tanaka struck with his left foot, and Vissel held on ...

Nara loses to Williams in second round of French Open

More Sports / Tennis May 31, 2017

Nara loses to Williams in second round of French Open

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams advanced to the French Open's third round for the first time in two years by beating Kurumi Nara on Wednesday. In the day's first match on Court Philippe Chatrier, the 36-year-old Williams, ranked 11th in the world, knocked out ...

Antlers fire manager Ishii

Soccer / J. League May 31, 2017

Antlers fire manager Ishii

Kashima Antlers have let go of manager Masatada Ishii after they missed their chance to advance to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals, the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. A day after Ishii's men beat China's Guanghzou Evergrande 2-1 at home in the round of ...

Takayasu celebrates promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sumo May 31, 2017

Takayasu celebrates promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sekiwake Takayasu was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors. The 27-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother is from the Philippines, is the first new ozeki since Mongolian Terunofuji was promoted after the ...