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Japan's biz leaders push for raising sales tax beyond 10%

Business Sep 27, 2017

Japan's biz leaders push for raising sales tax beyond 10%

Business leaders have called on the government to raise the consumption tax to more than 10 percent while maintaining its determination to promote fiscal responsibility. The comments come after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a plan to review the use of revenue from the second ...

¥1,000 departure tax in pipeline to bolster tourism

Business Sep 27, 2017

¥1,000 departure tax in pipeline to bolster tourism

The government is considering charging a ¥1,000 departure tax on all people to secure funding for tourism infrastructure and promotion, according to informed sources. The new tax will likely be imposed on both Japanese and non-Japanese people to ensure fairness, the sources said. Similar levies ...

Twitter to let some break 140-character limit in test

Business / Corporate Sep 27, 2017

Twitter to let some break 140-character limit in test

Twitter Inc., struggling to attract new users, will lift its 140-character limit on tweets in an experiment with a small group that may expand to the entire social media platform. The test announced Tuesday will let users send tweets with as many as 280 characters. ...

National Sep 27, 2017

Yoshitomo Tokugawa, great-grandson of last shogun, dies at 67

Yoshitomo Tokugawa, a photographer and great-grandson of the last shogun, died of a heart attack Monday, people close to him said Wednesday. He was 67. His great-grandfather, Yoshinobu, was the 15th and last Tokugawa shogun who ceded political power to Emperor Meiji, ending the Edo ...

Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

National Sep 27, 2017

Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

by Yuka Obayashi

As the sun sets on Japan's solar energy boom, companies and investors are rushing into wood-burning biomass projects to lock in still-high government subsidies. More than 800 projects have already won government approval, offering 12.4 gigawatts of capacity — equal to 12 nuclear reactors and ...

Japan to support domestic potato production after poor harvest

National Sep 27, 2017

Japan to support domestic potato production after poor harvest

The agriculture ministry will help domestic potato farmers increase production following a shortage due to bad weather that has adversely affected potato chip makers, sources said Tuesday. The potato crop was poor, particularly in Hokkaido Prefecture, last year due to typhoons, forcing major domestic snack ...

Saury a day keeps the depression at bay: research

National / Science & Health Sep 27, 2017

Saury a day keeps the depression at bay: research

People who often eat fish, including so-called blue-backed fish such as saury, face a lower risk of suffering depression than those consuming less, a team of researchers from institutes including Japan's National Cancer Center has said. In its research findings that were announced in a ...

Japan slips to No. 9 in World Economic Forum's competitiveness index

Business Sep 27, 2017

Japan slips to No. 9 in World Economic Forum's competitiveness index

Japan came in at No. 9 in the World Economic Forum's annual Global Competitiveness Index of 137 countries and regions, down one place from last year's assessment, the organization said Wednesday. The nation saw its ranking drop for the second consecutive year. Although Japan's infrastructure, including ...

U.K. inventor James Dyson aims for electric car launch by 2020

Business / Tech Sep 27, 2017

U.K. inventor James Dyson aims for electric car launch by 2020

James Dyson, the billionaire British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, said on Tuesday his company was working on developing an electric car to be launched by 2020. Dyson said he was spending £2 billion (about ¥302 billion) to exploit his namesake company's expertise in ...

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

Film Sep 27, 2017

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

by Kaori Shoji

When Tran Anh Hung enters the room for an interview with The Japan Times, a hush falls among the people gathered there. The staff speak in low, gentle tones and their gestures seem restrained. "It's probably because I'm very sensitive to the sound of spoken ...

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

Film / Reviews Sep 27, 2017

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

by Mark Schilling

In his three films to date, Hirobumi Watanabe has created a unique cinematic world. "And the Mud Ship Sails Away" (2013), "7 Days" (2015) and now "Poolsideman" (2016) were all shot in black-and-white in Watanabe's native Tochigi Prefecture, with music by younger brother Yuji ...

BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 27, 2017

BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

The Yokohama BayStars wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap in the race for the Central League's second postseason seed in Wednesday's 4-4 tie with the Hanshin Tigers. BayStars closer Yasuaki Yamasaki blew a one-run, ninth inning lead when Yoshio Itoi singled in a ...

Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Sep 27, 2017

Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

by John Gunning

The 2017 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament ended with a yokozuna beating an ozeki in the title-deciding final bout. That was pretty much the only normal thing we witnessed over the last 15 days at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. In one of the wildest basho in recent ...