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Chip unit sale an omen of Toshiba's failing fortunes

/ Sep 15, 2017

Chip unit sale an omen of Toshiba's failing fortunes

At a train station used by hundreds of workers at struggling electronics giant Toshiba, an ad tempts staff worried by their employer's precarious financial position. "Do you work for 'that' electronics company? If so, come and work for us!" screams the ad for Toyota. The mere ...

Kumamoto's shattered pottery reborn with Wajima lacquer twist

Sep 15, 2017

Kumamoto's shattered pottery reborn with Wajima lacquer twist

Akira Otaguro was organizing an online photo exhibition of pottery works with a potter friend in Kumamoto Prefecture when a series of powerful earthquakes jolted southwestern Japan in April last year. After learning that many works made by his friend were broken in the quakes, ...

Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

/ Sep 15, 2017

Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest life span on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains throughout the Western United States, putting future generations in peril, researchers said Wednesday. Driven by climate change, a ...

China endorses Myanmar's crackdown; U.N. sees 'ethnic cleansing'

Sep 15, 2017

China endorses Myanmar's crackdown; U.N. sees 'ethnic cleansing'

China has endorsed Myanmar's offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgents, though the U.N. secretary-general said the operation, which has forced nearly 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, was best described as "ethnic cleansing." The Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine was triggered by ...

Sep 15, 2017

Catch quotas for Pacific saury

If Japan wants other countries to observe internationally agreed regulations on the fishing of bluefin tuna, Pacific saury and chub mackerel, it must set an example by following them itself.

Giro d'Italia to open in Israel for first time in 2018

Sep 15, 2017

Giro d'Italia to open in Israel for first time in 2018

The Giro d'Italia cycling race will open next year's event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport's Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe. Organizers said Thursday that details of the exact route of the three-day leg in Israel will ...

Unbeaten Onosho tops Harumafuji

/ Sep 15, 2017

Unbeaten Onosho tops Harumafuji

Onosho upset Harumafuji in his first match against a yokozuna on Thursday, becoming the only wrestler with a perfect 5-0 record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The 21-year-old No. 3 maegashira dodged the yokozuna's forceful shoves and got him off balance before slapping him ...

Nara ousted by Wang at Japan Women's Open

/ Sep 15, 2017

Nara ousted by Wang at Japan Women's Open

Local favorite Kurumi Nara's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open were shattered on Thursday with a straight sets defeat to China's Wang Qiang. World No. 57 Wang broke 108th-ranked Nara five times in a dominant display en route to a 6-2, ...

IOC formally awards Paris 2024 Olympics, LA 2028 Games

Sep 15, 2017

IOC formally awards Paris 2024 Olympics, LA 2028 Games

Paris was awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles was handed the 2028 edition on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event ...

WADA clears 95 Russian doping cases in probe

Sep 15, 2017

WADA clears 95 Russian doping cases in probe

The World Anti-Doping Agency has dismissed all but one of the first 96 Russian doping cases forwarded its way from sports federations acting on information that exposed cheating in the country. The cases stem from an investigation by Richard McLaren, who was tasked with detailing ...

Fiddler hangs up skates after 14 NHL seasons

/ Sep 15, 2017

Fiddler hangs up skates after 14 NHL seasons

Forward Vernon Fiddler announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday after a 14-season career with four different teams. The 37-year-old Canadian's announcement was made in The Players' Tribune, some three months after his Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup ...

Indians establish AL record with 21st consecutive win

/ Sep 15, 2017

Indians establish AL record with 21st consecutive win

Just a little more than a month ago, Jay Bruce was in New York sinking with the Mets as a season that began with promise and a richness of pitching was undermined by injuries. The plunge was dramatic. So was the rise. A trade rescued Bruce ...

Ronaldo nets pair in return from ban

Sep 15, 2017

Ronaldo nets pair in return from ban

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a brace in his return from suspension for Real Madrid, as Tottenham Hotspur ended their Wembley jinx and Liverpool was held in its Champions League comeback on Wednesday. Real has sorely missed its Portuguese superstar as he serves a five-match domestic ban ...