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Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

National Aug 17, 2017

Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

A wild otter was caught on film on Nagasaki Prefecture's Tsushima Island in February, marking the first sighting of the mammal in Japan in 38 years, a University of the Ryukyus team said Thursday. It is not known whether the observed otter was a Japanese ...

Inpex eyes bid for Iran's Azadegan oil project

Business Aug 17, 2017

Inpex eyes bid for Iran's Azadegan oil project

by Tetsuo Shintomi

Japan's Inpex Corp. might participate in a tender to develop the Azadegan oil field in southwestern Iran and form a consortium with other foreign oil firms to that end, a high-ranking Iranian official says. If Inpex gets involved in the Azadegan again — after giving ...

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as talks on NAFTA revisions begin

Business Aug 17, 2017

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as talks on NAFTA revisions begin

The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting U.S. content for autos. At the start of talks in Washington, U.S. President Donald ...

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu  disaster sites in October

National Aug 17, 2017

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu disaster sites in October

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are planning to visit in late October the Kyushu region, which had recently been battered by torrential rain, to offer encouragement to residents recovering from the disaster, sources affiliated with the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. They are also considering ...

Food aid reaches thousands devastated by Sierra Leone mudslide

World Aug 17, 2017

Food aid reaches thousands devastated by Sierra Leone mudslide

Food aid is reaching thousands who survived a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Wednesday, two days after 400 people died and more than 3,000 were left homeless. Dozens of houses were buried as ...

Trump dumps business, policy councils after CEOs quit in protest

Business Aug 17, 2017

Trump dumps business, policy councils after CEOs quit in protest

U.S. President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest over his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them. A parade of prominent Republicans and ...

Editorials Aug 17, 2017

Regional banks' merger dilemma

Regional banks pursuing mergers to ensure their survival should also scrutinize their operations to find areas where they can improve their performances.

French cuisine with a Japanese twist

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Aug 17, 2017

French cuisine with a Japanese twist

The Motif Restaurant and Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is offering dinner created in collaboration with Sapporo's Moliere French restaurant from Aug. 21 to 27. Moliere is the only restaurant in Hokkaido to be awarded three Michelin stars, receiving the honor ...

Ishikawa shifts focus to next season, securing PGA Tour card

More Sports / Golf Aug 17, 2017

Ishikawa shifts focus to next season, securing PGA Tour card

Ryo Ishikawa said Wednesday that winning the season-ending Wyndham Championship is not a realistic season-ending goal. Instead, he simply wants to prepare to battle his way back to the PGA Tour. A day before the start of the regular-season finale, Ishikawa, a 14-time winner on the ...

Top League returns with new format

More Sports / Rugby Aug 17, 2017

Top League returns with new format

by Rich Freeman

The new Japan Rugby Top League season kicks off Friday with five games being played across the country. Defending champion Suntory Sungoliath open their campaign against the Canon Eagles with fans, players and coaches alike forced to get used to yet another new format. This season, ...