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Tick-borne SFTS disease spreads via dog

National / Science & Health Oct 11, 2017

Tick-borne SFTS disease spreads via dog

A man in his 40s in Tokushima Prefecture has acquired the tick-borne disease known as severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, through contact with a dog, local government said Tuesday. It is the first case of the infection transmitted through a dog, according to ...

Kyushu's Shinmoedake volcano erupts for first time in six years

National Oct 11, 2017

Kyushu's Shinmoedake volcano erupts for first time in six years

Mount Shinmoe in the Kirishima mountain range bordering Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures erupted early Wednesday, marking its first such activity in about six years. The Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for a volcanic eruption to Level 3, restricting entry to the mountain. It warned ...

Firms promote Japanese cuisine at export fair in Chiba

Business Oct 11, 2017

Firms promote Japanese cuisine at export fair in Chiba

A three-day trade show featuring Japanese food opened Wednesday in Chiba, aiming to help expand exports of farm and fisheries products at a time when washoku (Japanese cuisine) is gaining popularity overseas among health-conscious consumers. More than 1,000 buyers from 66 countries and regions are ...

SoftBank leads $93 million investment in AI startup Petuum

Business / Tech Oct 11, 2017

SoftBank leads $93 million investment in AI startup Petuum

SoftBank Group Corp. is leading a $93 million (about ¥10.4 billion) investment in a startup that simplifies for companies the use of machine learning or deep learning applications at scale. Petuum Inc., based in Pittsburgh, makes artificial intelligence software that can be used by a ...

Editorials Oct 11, 2017

ICAN says the world can

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize last week to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a victory for the dreamers.

This woman's work is never dull

TV Oct 11, 2017

This woman's work is never dull

by Kaori Shoji

Hidetomo Masuno says he thinks too much. The 41-year-old comedian who goes by the name Bakarhythm says he spends most of his waking hours deep in thought — "but first," he stresses, "I observe." Working girl: Hidetomo Masuno paints an interesting picture of life at ...

Marines' Wakui considering free agency

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 11, 2017

Marines' Wakui considering free agency

Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander Hideaki Wakui could make himself available on the free-agent market to pursue a long-held dream of playing in the major leagues, a club executive said Wednesday. "We've known how he has always felt (about wanting to play in the majors). He's ...

Iguchi set to take over as Marines manager

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 11, 2017

Iguchi set to take over as Marines manager

Tadahito Iguchi, a member of the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox and a three-time Japan Series winner, will manage the Chiba Lotte Marines next season, according to sources Tuesday. Although a long list of Japanese players have competed in the majors, the 42-year-old ...