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39 articles published


Apple mulls ¥50 billion investment in Toshiba chip unit

Business / Corporate Sep 8, 2017

Apple mulls ¥50 billion investment in Toshiba chip unit

Apple Inc. is considering joining a Western Digital Corp. bid for Toshiba Corp.'s chip unit and investing around ¥50 billion ($460 million), sources close to the matter said Friday. Western Digital, Toshiba's chip venture partner, has approached Apple because the U.S. data storage company plans ...

National Sep 8, 2017

Magnitude 5.3 quake jolts Akita; no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted Akita Prefecture on Friday evening, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the 10:23 p.m. quake, which measured upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in Daisen, the agency said. The ...

SoftBank is preparing to tap global bond investors again

Business / Corporate Sep 8, 2017

SoftBank is preparing to tap global bond investors again

SoftBank Group Corp. is getting ready to return to the overseas debt market for the second time in two months, after issuing $4.5 billion in subordinated notes in July. The Tokyo-based company headed by billionaire founder Masayoshi Son is accelerating deal-making around the world, and ...

Alcohol industry distorts cancer risk, study say

World / Science & Health Sep 8, 2017

Alcohol industry distorts cancer risk, study say

The alcohol industry uses denial, distortion and distraction to mislead people about the risks of developing cancer from drinking, often employing similar tactics to those of the tobacco industry, a study said on Thursday. Industry organizations often present the relationship between alcohol and cancer as ...

Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

National Sep 8, 2017

Bear-watching attracts hikers to Hokkaido national park

The opportunity to see wild brown bears in their natural environment has made a national park in Hokkaido a popular hiking destination. The hiking route in Daisetsuzan National Park is open for about a three-month period from late June to early October. It is closed ...

Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo

Travel Sep 8, 2017

Hiking the lesser-known parts of the Nakasendo

by Kathryn Wortley

Peeping through the wooden slats, I start to realize that the inhabitants of the home I'm in prioritized safety and practicality over comfort. The woodwork is angled at 90 degrees to maximize light in and views out while protecting the occupants' privacy, and it is ...

Takanashi, Otani propel Fighters past Lions

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 8, 2017

Takanashi, Otani propel Fighters past Lions

Hirotoshi Takanashi pitched into the eighth inning and Shohei Otani homered twice as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters punished the Seibu Lions 9-2 on Friday night. Through seven innings, Takanashi (5-7) was in stellar form, allowing just two hits while striking out nine, putting a ...

Injured yokozuna Hakuho pulls out of Autumn Tournament

Sumo Sep 8, 2017

Injured yokozuna Hakuho pulls out of Autumn Tournament

Hakuho on Friday pulled out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament getting underway Sunday due to pain in his left knee, becoming the third yokozuna to withdraw from the meet after Kisenosato and Kakuryu. Based on official records kept by the Japan Sumo Association since ...