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Major department store chains raided over alleged price-fixing cartel

Business Jul 20, 2017

Major department store chains raided over alleged price-fixing cartel

The Fair Trade Commission has searched major department store chains mostly in western Japan on suspicion they formed a price cartel to inflate shipping charges for their products. The FTC's inspections over the alleged price-fixing practice were conducted Wednesday at seven chains, including Osaka-based Takashimaya ...

WHO blasts tobacco industry for blocking anti-smoking moves

Business Jul 20, 2017

WHO blasts tobacco industry for blocking anti-smoking moves

The tobacco industry continues to subvert government attempts to prevent tobacco-related deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a fresh call to counter corporate lobbying and litigation. Countries with partly state-owned tobacco companies, such as Japan, which has a stake in Japan ...

17th century Japanese porcelain on loan to Taiwan damaged

National Jul 20, 2017

17th century Japanese porcelain on loan to Taiwan damaged

A centuries-old porcelain plate on loan from Japan has been found partially damaged, but a joint investigation has ruled out vandalism and human negligence, Taiwan's National Palace Museum said Wednesday. The 17th century, Imari-style porcelain ware is among items loaned by the Museum of Oriental ...

Renovated hotel offers mountaintop yoga

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 20, 2017

Renovated hotel offers mountaintop yoga

The Karuizawa Prince Hotel East in Nagano Prefecture reopened on July 12 after the renovation of all 70 rooms, the lobby and its two restaurants. The hotel is part of The Prince Grand Resort Karuizawa that is familiar to a wide range of customers as ...

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

Soccer / J. League Jul 20, 2017

FC Tokyo falls again during German tour

FC Tokyo suffered its second straight defeat on its summer tour of Germany on Wednesday, losing 5-2 to Bundesliga side Mainz. Keigo Higashi leveled for Tokyo shortly after Gerrit Holtmann gave Mainz the lead six minutes into the second half. But goals from Danny Latza, ...

Hakuho ties Kaio for most career wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 20, 2017

Hakuho ties Kaio for most career wins

Yokozuna Hakuho rebounded from a shock first defeat by beating sekiwake Tamawashi on Thursday to collect a record-tying 1,047th career win, at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho matched the all-time record held by former ozeki Kaio in the day's penultimate bout at Aichi Prefectural ...