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Ex-minister Hosono to leave opposition Democratic Party

National / Politics Aug 4, 2017

Ex-minister Hosono to leave opposition Democratic Party

Former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Friday he will leave the struggling Democratic Party to form a new group, the latest setback for the main opposition party since the abrupt resignation of its leader last week. "I will leave the party and rise with resolve ...

Japan's June real wages dip for first time in three months

Business / Economy Aug 4, 2017

Japan's June real wages dip for first time in three months

Japan's June real wages decreased 0.8 percent from a year before in the first fall in three months, labor ministry data showed Friday. Nominal wages including bonuses fell 0.4 percent to ¥429,686 ($3,880), the first drop in 13 months, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry ...

French can buy fresh oysters from vending machines

Business Aug 4, 2017

French can buy fresh oysters from vending machines

In a change from chocolates and fizzy drinks, the French are starting to offer fresh oysters from vending machines in the hope of selling more of the delicacy outside business hours. One pioneer is Tony Berthelot, an oyster farmer whose automatic dispenser of live oysters ...

Pikotaro marries model Yasueda, vows to work harder

Entertainment News Aug 4, 2017

Pikotaro marries model Yasueda, vows to work harder

Comedian Pikotaro, best known for his hit song "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen," announced Friday he has tied the knot with model Hitomi Yasueda. The 44-year-old, whose real name is Kazuhito Kosaka, and Yasueda, 29, filed for marriage on Thursday, he said on his blog. The two became acquainted through ...