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Business Apr 5, 2018

Japan unveils proposals for controls on Initial Coin Offerings

Japan is moving toward legalizing initial coin offerings, even as countries such as China and the U.S. restrict the fundraising method because of the risks it presents for investors. A government-backed study group laid out basic guidelines for further adoption of ICOs, including rules for ...

Monex to acquire Coincheck to get cryptocurrency foothold: sources

Business Apr 5, 2018

Monex to acquire Coincheck to get cryptocurrency foothold: sources

Coincheck Inc., the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a massive theft earlier this year, has accepted a takeover bid by online brokerage Monex Group Inc., sources said Thursday. The acquisition will be officially announced Friday. Monex Group is planning to appoint Toshihiko Katsuya, its chief operating ...

Companies more willing to give their smokers a kick in the butts

National Apr 5, 2018

Companies more willing to give their smokers a kick in the butts

Instead of letting employees light up as usual, Japanese companies are getting creative in encouraging their smokers to kick the habit, with some even introducing total bans or extra paid holidays for nonsmokers. Indeed, more companies are not only changing their smoking areas into rest ...

Another powerful eruption observed at Mount Shinmoe

National Apr 5, 2018

Another powerful eruption observed at Mount Shinmoe

Another powerful eruption was observed at Mount Shinmoe in southwestern Japan early Thursday, with ash sent spiralling into a plume around 5,000 meters high, the Meteorological Agency said. The eruption at the 1,421-meter volcano that straddles Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures was the largest since March ...

French strike brings second day of rail chaos

World / Politics Apr 5, 2018

French strike brings second day of rail chaos

Millions of French commuters suffered a second day of travel chaos on Wednesday as striking rail workers locked horns with President Emmanuel Macron's government in a dispute over reforming the state-owned SNCF railways. Commuters in and around Paris pushed their way onto the few trains ...

Medical interpreters in high demand as tourists flock to Niseko

National Apr 5, 2018

Medical interpreters in high demand as tourists flock to Niseko

Medical interpreters are helping a popular ski resort in Hokkaido deal with the growing number of foreign guests there. To overcome the language barrier, Kutchan-Kosei General Hospital in the town of Kutchan, near the Niseko resort, employs a five-member team of medical interpreters. At times, ...

Editorials Apr 5, 2018

Local consent for nuclear plant restarts

The dissatisfaction of many municipalities that are denied any say in restarting nuclear power plants — even though they face the same risk from possible accidents and the duty of ensuring safe evacuation of their residents — should not be left unaddressed.

Cherry blossom-themed fare sweeps hotel dining

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Apr 5, 2018

Cherry blossom-themed fare sweeps hotel dining

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka is offering a seasonal accommodation plan featuring sakura cherry blossoms until April 30. The Spring Stay and Sakura Sweets plan includes a selection of sakura-inspired desserts created by executive pastry chef Hiroyuki Matsuo. Sakura mochi (sticky rice cake), sakura-flavored macarons, ganache, panna cotta ...

New funds to boost 'Cool Japan'

General | NEWS AND NOTES Apr 5, 2018

New funds to boost 'Cool Japan'

Global Daily Co., Ltd. has launched Japankuru Funding, a website dedicated to international crowdfunding in support of projects for the enjoyment of tourists visiting Japan. The site is available in Japanese, English and traditional Chinese. The name of the website combines "Japan" with "kuru," the ...

Sunwolves boss Jamie Joseph shakes up lineup again

Rugby Apr 5, 2018

Sunwolves boss Jamie Joseph shakes up lineup again

Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph once again named a much changed side Thursday as his team, looking forits first win of the Super Rugby season, head into Saturday's home game against the New South Wales Waratahs. Coming off a bye week that allowed his players, who ...

Naomi Osaka advances to third round at Charleston Open

More Sports / Tennis Apr 5, 2018

Naomi Osaka advances to third round at Charleston Open

Naomi Osaka booked a spot in the third round of the Charleston Open on Wednesday by beating Germany's Laura Siegemund in straight sets. Tenth seed Osaka defeated the world No. 74 Siegemund 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) at the Family Circle Tennis Center. Osaka played aggressive tennis and ...