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41 articles published


National / Social Issues Jul 13, 2017

Rengo seeks to amend bill axing white-collar overtime

The country's largest labor union body urged authorities Thursday to add tougher overwork prevention measures when the government moves forward with plans to introduce a merit-based pay system for highly skilled jobs. Based on the request by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known as Rengo, ...

Mie University, Iga open ninja research center

National Jul 13, 2017

Mie University, Iga open ninja research center

A state-run university and a municipal government in Mie Prefecture are trying to dig deeper into the lives and history of the ninja, the warriors and mercenaries of feudal Japan, with academic and scientific approaches. Mie University and the city of Iga, the birthplace of ...

You don't have to go broke to have fun this summer

Lifestyle Jul 13, 2017

You don't have to go broke to have fun this summer

by Carey Finn

The sweaty months of July through September in Tokyo can evoke a sense of climatic dread among visitors and residents alike, not to mention palpitation-inducing budgetary concerns. There's a widespread misconception that summer in the metropolis either translates to woeful binge-watching of TV series ...

Sweet sensations cool summertime swelter

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 13, 2017

Sweet sensations cool summertime swelter

Through Aug. 31 Grand Hyatt Tokyo is pleased to be offering delicious summertime sweets. Guests can enjoy a peaceful and refreshing time at four of the hotel's dining and drinking spaces. The Keyakizaka restaurant offers Ishigakijima Island mango, frozen with nitrogen, at minus 196 degrees ...

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

Film | Wide Angle Jul 13, 2017

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

by Kaori Shoji

Despite being a fantastic go-to costume on Halloween, witches in the West have never had it easy. There were the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, and similar trials elsewhere in North America and Europe through the 17th century, which served as warnings to ...

Unbeaten Hakuho whips Yoshikaze for another win

Sumo Jul 13, 2017

Unbeaten Hakuho whips Yoshikaze for another win

Yokozuna Hakuho mugged komusubi Yoshikaze on Thursday to stay tied for the lead on the fifth day of action at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho showed nifty footwork at the charge and got behind Yoshikaze (4-1) in a flash before easily bumping him out ...

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Soccer Jul 13, 2017

Messi expresses optimism for upcoming season under new manager

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he is pinning his hopes on a good start to the season under new manager Ernesto Valverde. The Spanish powerhouse in May confirmed Valverde, who stepped down from his role in charge of Athletic Bilbao, as their new manager ...