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Afghan Embassy plans to deploy mascots

National Apr 13, 2018

Afghan Embassy plans to deploy mascots

by Reiji Yoshida

If a public entity wants to promote itself in Japan, one of the most effective ways may be to create a yuru-kyara — a lovable mascot that catches people's hearts. And that's exactly what the Afghanistan Embassy in Tokyo is doing. A team of interns ...

Japan to avoid direct support for U.S. strike on Syria: sources

National Apr 13, 2018

Japan to avoid direct support for U.S. strike on Syria: sources

Japan plans to avoid expressing direct support for actual U.S. military action against Syria, in an attempt to avoid damaging negotiations with Russia over a decadeslong territorial row, government sources said Thursday. Japan will only support U.S. President Donald Trump's "resolve" to prevent any further ...

U.S. launches crackdown on sexual harassment in housing

Business Apr 13, 2018

U.S. launches crackdown on sexual harassment in housing

The Trump administration is launching an initiative on Thursday to crack down on sexual harassment of women by landlords and encourage victims to come forward for help from the U.S. Justice Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two departments will create a ...

Snow-aged delicacies, unforgettable views

Food & Drink Apr 13, 2018

Snow-aged delicacies, unforgettable views

Stepping into the main restaurant of Andaz Tokyo on the 51st floor of Toranomon Hills, you'll know you're in a memorable place well before you sit down. Wide windows offer unobstructed views of the metropolis to rival the nearby Tokyo Tower, while the high ...

Sunwolves seeking first victory of season against Blues

Rugby Apr 13, 2018

Sunwolves seeking first victory of season against Blues

Sunwolves assistant coach Atsushi Tanabe summed up the importance of Saturday's Round 9 Super Rugby game with the Auckland-based Blues when he said "both teams are desperate." Speaking Friday after his team's captain's run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tanabe said the game — ...