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Japan Post to hike parcel delivery rates by 12% next March

Business Sep 5, 2017

Japan Post to hike parcel delivery rates by 12% next March

Japan Post Co. said Tuesday it will raise basic shipping fees for its door-to-door parcel delivery service by an average 12 percent from next March as labor costs continue to climb due to a courier shortage. The mail and package delivery unit of state-owned Japan ...

Thousands face delays after power outage disrupts Tokyo railways

National Sep 5, 2017

Thousands face delays after power outage disrupts Tokyo railways

A power outage briefly disrupted key railway networks in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, affecting about 41,000 passengers, East Japan Railway. Co. said. The operator said delays hit a total of 75 trains, including those on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, which run through central Tokyo. According ...

Kyushu distillers seek to build overseas fan base for <em>shōchū</em>

Business Sep 5, 2017

Kyushu distillers seek to build overseas fan base for shōchū

Spirits makers in Kyushu are working to attract overseas customers for their flagship product of distilled liquor called shōchū. Shōchū, typically distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, rice, buckwheat or sugar cane, is very popular in Japan but not nearly as well-known abroad as sake, which ...

DeNA to test taxi dispatch app using AI in Yokohama

Business / Corporate Sep 5, 2017

DeNA to test taxi dispatch app using AI in Yokohama

Mobile game giant DeNA Co. will start a trial of its taxi dispatch application utilizing artificial intelligence in Yokohama. The system will analyze data collected from taxis in use and information on when and where customers hailed taxis in the past. The AI will then ...

Business Sep 5, 2017

Taxify challenges Uber in crowded London cab-hailing market

Estonian start-up Taxify is to go head to head with Uber in London's highly competitive taxi-hailing market, and also has Paris in its sights. Taxify said it will launch services across London on Tuesday after signing up 3,000 private hire taxi drivers, who have been ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 5, 2017

Burned bodies of Japanese couple found in Bali home

Indonesian police are investigating after an elderly Japanese couple were found dead Monday at their home in southern Bali. The burned bodies of Norio Matsuba and his wife, Hiroko, both 76, were found in their second-floor bedroom by their adopted son, whose nationality was not ...

A somber prelude to riots of color

Art Sep 5, 2017

A somber prelude to riots of color

by Matthew Larking

Koji Kinutani's entire career — from his student work to his metaphysical portraiture, which inaugurated a manga trend in contemporary art; his Styrofoam sculptures; the "Goddess of the Silvery Peak" (the basis for the official 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games poster); and his sometimes ...