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Business / Corporate May 15, 2018

Japan's Yaskawa to increase its investment in Slovenia

Electrical equipment-producer Yaskawa, which is building an industrial robot factory in Slovenia, has decided to build another factory in the country to produce electrical components. The new factory will make inverter drives, servo drives and servo motors, Yaskawa said Monday. "Expanding our production capacity will enable ...

National / Politics May 15, 2018

Defense minister mentions Akita and Yamaguchi as candidate sites for Aegis Ashore, naming specific prefectures for first time

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures are candidate sites for installations of the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile defense system, naming specific prefectures for the first time. On Monday regional bureaus of the Defense Ministry contacted the two prefectural governments, asking ...

Japan and U.S. to 'move rapidly' on trade deal, ambassador says

Business May 15, 2018

Japan and U.S. to 'move rapidly' on trade deal, ambassador says

The United States and Japan will "move rapidly" to get a trade deal under a new framework aimed at intensifying bilateral trade consultations, U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty said, keeping pressure on Tokyo to open up protected markets such as agriculture. President Donald Trump and Prime ...

Nissan launches first foreign-made minivan hybrid in Malaysia

Business / Corporate May 15, 2018

Nissan launches first foreign-made minivan hybrid in Malaysia

Nissan Motor Co. has picked Malaysia to launch a fully remodeled version of its popular Serena hybrid multipurpose vehicle, the first of its minivan series assembled outside Japan. The all-new Nissan Serena 2.0L S-Hybrid has attracted 1,300 purchase bookings since April, reflecting strong demand for ...

Cabinet approves visit to Hawaii by Prince Akishino in June

National May 15, 2018

Cabinet approves visit to Hawaii by Prince Akishino in June

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a trip by Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, to Hawaii in early June to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first arrival of Japanese immigrants. It will be the first official visit to the United States by the ...

Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

National / Politics May 15, 2018

Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

Japan approved Tuesday a new ocean policy that highlights maritime security, amid perceived growing threats from North Korea and China, in a reversal from the previous version which focused largely on sea resource development. The ocean program cited threats from North Korea's launching of ballistic ...

Editorials May 15, 2018

Improve public document system

Public documents that record the government's decision-making process are, as defined by the law on managing such documents, "people's common intellectual property that underpins the foundation of democracy." The law implemented in 2011 mandates that such documents be created and preserved so citizens can ...

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

Art May 15, 2018

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

by John L. Tran

Noritaka Minami's aerial photographs of the failed urban project of California City in the Mojave Desert are quietly devastating. Purposefully using high-ISO film that shows grain even at low enlargement, his images of a planned city — mostly a network of uninhabited roads — ...

Kakuryu, Hakuho roll to easy wins

Sumo / Basho Reports May 15, 2018

Kakuryu, Hakuho roll to easy wins

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho both earned easy victories to stay undefeated on Tuesday, the third day of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. In the day's final bout at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kakuryu (3-0) defeated Kaisei (0-3) for his 13th career win over the top-ranked ...

Longtime NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

More Sports / Football May 15, 2018

Longtime NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

Chuck Knox, a longtime NFL coach who won 186 regular-season games, died Sunday at age 86, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed. Knox's granddaughter, Lee Ann, originally announced the news on Twitter. Knox reportedly was suffering from dementia and recently entered hospice care. Knox coached for the Los Angeles ...

JFA not revealing 35-man preliminary list for World Cup

Soccer May 15, 2018

JFA not revealing 35-man preliminary list for World Cup

The Japan Football Association has chosen not to publicize its preliminary list of 35 players for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after submitting their names to FIFA by the deadline early Tuesday. Several countries released their preliminary lists following the May 14 deadline ...