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Hello, Toyota's president wants to be friends with you in China

Business Aug 3, 2017

Hello, Toyota's president wants to be friends with you in China

Akio Toyoda has opened an account on Weibo seeking to win friends in China, an uncommon social media presence for Toyota Motor Corp.'s boss. Toyoda, 61, the president and chief executive officer of Asia's biggest automaker, got more than 16,000 followers within hours of his ...

Sweltering U.S. Northwest sets multiple heat records

World Aug 3, 2017

Sweltering U.S. Northwest sets multiple heat records

Residents of the U.S. Pacific Northwest were enduring sweltering heat on Wednesday as temperatures smashed records and hit triple digits in a region better known for rain and mild weather. Portland had a high of 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) on Wednesday, meteorologists said, well ...

In battle of beliefs, Nigeria targets Boko Haram's top brass

World Aug 3, 2017

In battle of beliefs, Nigeria targets Boko Haram's top brass

It was a case of instant captivation when Shagari first heard Boko Haram's founder deliver a jihadi sermon a decade ago. Gripped by the message, Shagari swapped life as a father and electrician to join the militants and rose rapidly through their ranks, his ascent ...

U.S. may deploy two carriers to Korean Peninsula

Asia Pacific Aug 3, 2017

U.S. may deploy two carriers to Korean Peninsula

The United States is considering deployment of two aircraft carriers in waters around the Korean Peninsula by mid-August in response to North Korea's latest provocations, South Korean media reported Wednesday. Yonhap News Agency quoted an unidentified South Korean government official as saying the nuclear-powered carriers ...

Champagne evening offers welcome respite

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Aug 3, 2017

Champagne evening offers welcome respite

The Champagne Bar on the third floor of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is currently offering a Champagne Social, in which guests can choose from three exclusive free-flow plans with a choice of the chef's Elegant Creations tapas menu to enjoy a luxurious evening. For two ...

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

Stage | Backstage Pass Aug 3, 2017

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

by Chiho Iuchi

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" tells the story of a young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San ("chō-chō" is the Japanese word for "butterfly") marrying and getting dumped by an American naval officer named Pinkerton. First performed in Italy in 1904, the opera is one ...

Your Fuji Rock

Music Aug 3, 2017

Your Fuji Rock

The 2017 edition of the Fuji Rock Festival boasted one of the more eclectic lineups the long-running gathering has had in recent years. It was also one of the wettest ones on record.

Lions rout Eagles to extend win streak to 12

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 3, 2017

Lions rout Eagles to extend win streak to 12

Yusei Kikuchi overcame an awkward start to strike out 11 batters over eight innings as the Seibu Lions whipped the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 8-1, extending their win streak to 12 games. Before 20,355 at MetLife Dome, Kikuchi (11-4) stumbled covering first base on the ...