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Uniqlo installs clothing vending machines in U.S. airports, malls

Business Oct 5, 2017

Uniqlo installs clothing vending machines in U.S. airports, malls

Japanese casual clothing chain operator Uniqlo Co. has been placing vending machines in airports and malls in U.S. cities, offering two of its most popular items. The company has installed five of the so-called "Uniqlo to Go" machines since Aug. 2, including one at California's ...

Japanese firms operating in Thailand plan bigger wage increases

Business Oct 5, 2017

Japanese firms operating in Thailand plan bigger wage increases

More Japanese companies in Thailand are implementing increased relative wage hikes this year on the back of an improving economic outlook in the Southeast Asian country. A new survey by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, shows that 26.7 percent of manufacturers are offering larger ...

World Oct 5, 2017

Congress moves to limit surveillance of Americans without a warrant

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would overhaul aspects of the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program in an effort to install additional privacy protections. The bill, which was to be formally introduced as soon as Thursday, is likely ...

Taking in the flavors of the season

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Oct 5, 2017

Taking in the flavors of the season

Restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, are offering autumn menus created with rich and colorful seasonal ingredients. The French restaurant La Baie's autumn menu includes dishes featuring shrimp, scorpion fish and Hokkaido venison. The lunch course starts at ¥6,900, while dinner starts at ¥14,000. Mediterranean tapas are ...

Jiyugaoka Megami Festival

Life Oct 5, 2017

Jiyugaoka Megami Festival

The 45th Jiyugaoka Megami Festival, organized by Jiyugaoka Megami Festival Organizing Committee, will be held in the area surrounding Jiyugaoka Station in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Oct. 8 and 9. That is the largest event in the fashionable Jiyugaoka district, with area residents, ...

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

Music | Sound Off Oct 5, 2017

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

by Patrick St. Michel

Japan's biggest breakout musical act of 2017 wear polar bear masks. The duo AmPm debuted this past spring, cloaked in fuzzy headgear and withholding all biographical information. In just over six months, the pair have had their easy-breezy electronic music released via Dutch label ...

Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka named starter for Game 3

Baseball / MLB Oct 5, 2017

Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka named starter for Game 3

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians this weekend, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday. While the Yankees announced that Sonny Gray will start Game 1 and CC Sabathia will start Game 2, with the ...