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Firms seeking foreign help get guidance on visas

National Sep 23, 2017

Firms seeking foreign help get guidance on visas

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Justice Ministry has drafted guidelines to help companies that want to hire international students understand the types of jobs eligible for granting visas. The guidelines, released Friday, focus on fields related to creativity and culture, such as animation, manga, fashion, design and food. They ...

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

Business Sep 23, 2017

First permanent Sailor Moon store opens in Harajuku

by Kazuaki Nagata

With the anime marking its 25th anniversary this year, the world's first permanent store for "Sailor Moon" goods opened Saturday in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district. The Sailor Moon shop is inside the Laforet building and sells a variety of goods ranging from key chains and ...

San Francisco unveils 'comfort women' memorial

National / Politics Sep 23, 2017

San Francisco unveils 'comfort women' memorial

Now 89, former World War II "comfort woman" Lee Yong-soo clutched a microphone in one hand Friday in a park outside San Francisco's Chinatown, thrust her other clinched fist in the air, and made a vow. Lee, abducted from Korea at 15 and forced into ...

A ruff guide to Seeing Eye dogs in Japan

Lifestyle Sep 23, 2017

A ruff guide to Seeing Eye dogs in Japan

by Masami Ito

Ariel is a devoted labrador. Named after the title character in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Ariel can’t get enough of her user, 37-year-old Kanako Suzuki. Ariel rolls on her back, begging to be petted, and when Suzuki joins her on the floor, the animal ...

Conductor Tonio Shiga: Overcoming communication struggles with a baton

People | WHY DID YOU LEAVE JAPAN? Sep 23, 2017

Conductor Tonio Shiga: Overcoming communication struggles with a baton

by Louise George Kittaka

As a conductor for the City Theater of Bremerhaven in the north of Germany, Tonio Shiga is used to being at the center of the action whenever he leads a musical performance with his orchestra. He is equally at home, however, sitting behind a piano and accompanying the theater's performers for a rehearsal or concert. In fact, the two roles go hand in hand for this maestro. ...

Ueda delivers late heroics to lift Antlers past Gamba

Soccer / J. League Sep 23, 2017

Ueda delivers late heroics to lift Antlers past Gamba

Defender Naomichi Ueda scored a last-gasp winner as reigning champion Kashima Antlers edged Gamba Osaka 2-1 at home on Saturday to tighten their grip on top spot in the J. League first division. Leandro canceled out Hwang Ui-jo's early opener for Gamba and Ueda headed ...

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

More Sports / Rugby Sep 23, 2017

Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

The Panasonic Wild Knights made it five straight bonus-point wins to start the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Toyota Verblitz 43-16 at Kumagaya Sports Stadium. Robbie Deans' side was made to work hard by Jake White's team, for whom Lionel Cronje and ...

Wozniacki storms into final

More Sports / Tennis Sep 23, 2017

Wozniacki storms into final

by Andrew McKirdy

Caroline Wozniacki ended Garbine Muguruza's honeymoon as world No. 1 in clinical fashion with a 6-2, 6-0 win on Saturday to book her place in the Toray Pan Pacific Open final against unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Wimbledon champion Muguruza went into this week's tournament in ...

Hanyu breaks own world record in short program

Figure Skating Sep 23, 2017

Hanyu breaks own world record in short program

Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu opened his season by breaking his own world record in the short program at the Autumn Classic International on Friday night. The 22-year-old Hanyu pulled off an error-free routine to score 112.72 points, topping the 14-man field and adding ...

Marines ask Iguchi to manage team

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 23, 2017

Marines ask Iguchi to manage team

The Chiba Lotte Marines have asked Tadahito Iguchi, who is set to retire as a player this season, to become manager of the Pacific League club, an informed source said Saturday. If Iguchi accepts the post, he would become the first Japanese with experience playing ...

Blue Jays pounce on Tanaka

Baseball / MLB Sep 23, 2017

Blue Jays pounce on Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka gave up eight runs over 5⅔ innings as the New York Yankees fell 8-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. In the loss, Tanaka (12-12), equaled the most runs he has conceded in a game in the major leagues. He surrendered six ...