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Head of ruling-LDP party faction to resign: sources

National / Politics Feb 8, 2018

Head of ruling-LDP party faction to resign: sources

Fukushiro Nukaga, the head of the third largest intraparty faction of the ruling Liberal Democrat Party, told a top faction member from the Upper House that he will resign next month in line with demands by many bloc members, faction sources said Thursday. Nukaga met ...

Merkel's conservatives make big concessions in coalition deal

World / Politics Feb 8, 2018

Merkel's conservatives make big concessions in coalition deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday her conservatives had made painful concessions to the Social Democrats (SPD) to secure a coalition deal that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after months of political paralysis. Heralding a shift in Germany's euro zone policy, the ...

HondaJet foresees huge demand in China and Southeast Asia

Business / Corporate Feb 8, 2018

HondaJet foresees huge demand in China and Southeast Asia

HondaJet, the business plane developed by Honda Motor Co., sees big prospects in China and Southeast Asia as wealthy individuals seek out the lightweight plane as an efficiency tool. There's a "huge potential," Honda Aircraft Co. Chief Executive Officer Michimasa Fujino said in an interview ...

California vows to ban crude from Trump offshore drilling plan

Business Feb 8, 2018

California vows to ban crude from Trump offshore drilling plan

California will block the transport of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs through its state, officials told Reuters, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration's effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters. California's threat to deny pipeline permits for transporting oil from ...

Editorials Feb 8, 2018

A new world, a new Nuclear Posture Review

The world is more dangerous than it has been for a long time, but there are justifiable concerns that the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policy could magnify dangers, not reduce them.

Dining event bridges Tokyo, Milan flavors

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Feb 8, 2018

Dining event bridges Tokyo, Milan flavors

The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho — the first hotel in Tokyo to be recognized as part of Marriott International's Luxury Collection — will be hosting a three-day premium dinner event Tokyo Meets Milan from March 22 to 24 at the All-Day Dining Oasis Garden ...

'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

TV Feb 8, 2018

'Ainori' teaches lessons in love ... and soft power

by Patrick St. Michel

Netflix Japan's reboot of the reality show "Ainori" features plenty of drama — most of it interpersonal, but some geopolitical. The streaming-era version of the show, a joint effort between Fuji TV and Netflix, debuted last fall. Like the original incarnation that ran from 1999 ...

New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

Sumo Feb 8, 2018

New third-party committee to investigate every Japan Sumo Association member

In response to successive scandals involving physical violence, the Japan Sumo Association announced Thursday that a third-party committee has convened and will question every member of the JSA. "Our goal is the preservation of sumo," committee chairman Keiichi Tadaki, a former prosecutor general, told a ...