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Japan's job availability at 43-year high, jobless rate steady

Business / Economy Aug 29, 2017

Japan's job availability at 43-year high, jobless rate steady

Job availability improved for a fifth consecutive month to a 43-year high while the unemployment rate remained unchanged in July, government data showed Tuesday, highlighting Japan's ongoing labor shortage issue. The job availability rate rose to 1.52 positions per job seeker in July, up from ...

Fukushima city plays its Ultraman card

National Aug 29, 2017

Fukushima city plays its Ultraman card

An official Ultraman store has opened in the hometown of the superhero's creator. Makoto Tsuburaya, 57, the son of a cousin of Eiji Tsuburaya — the creator of the science fiction series that has generated great enthusiasm among children over the last five decades — ...

Brave new world of the post-human

Art Aug 29, 2017

Brave new world of the post-human

by John L. Tran

Tobias Klein's "Augmented Mask," an installation that incorporates an elaborate 3-D printed mask, colorful projection mapping, a virtual reality headset and references a popular Chinese opera, looks a lot like future art as imagined in science fiction. Appearing at the small The Container venue in ...

Sharapova stuns No. 2 Halep in return

More Sports / Tennis Aug 29, 2017

Sharapova stuns No. 2 Halep in return

When Maria Sharapova's first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping suspension ended with a victory at the U.S. Open, she dropped to her knees and covered her face, tears welling in her eyes. This was merely a win to get to the second round, ...

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

More Sports / Judo Aug 29, 2017

Takato, Tonaki claim gold at world championships

Judoka Naohisa Takato and Funa Tonaki won gold medals in their respective categories, while Ami Kondo settled for bronze as the world championships got underway Monday. Takato, the 2013 world champion and bronze medalist at last year's Rio Olympics, downed Pavel Petrikov of the Czech ...