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Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

National May 18, 2018

Hello Kitty bullet train to debut in Japan on June 30

West Japan Railway Co. said Friday it will begin operating a Hello Kitty-themed shinkansen on June 30. The interior and seats of the 500-series shinkansen, to be used for daily round trips between Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture and Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture, will feature ...

Business May 18, 2018

Japan's Ponta loyalty program becomes usable in Indonesia and Malaysia

Points earned from Japan's Ponta loyalty program have become interchangeable with those of Indonesia and Malaysia, enabling customers to earn and use points when shopping in any of the three countries. Operator Loyalty Marketing Inc. said it recently launched a smartphone-based borderless point program for ...

YouTube to launch music streaming service on May 22

Business / Tech May 18, 2018

YouTube to launch music streaming service on May 22

YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said Thursday, as it looks to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming. YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99-per-month versions, will compete directly with ...

All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

National May 18, 2018

All aboard: Exploring Japan's abandoned train lines

by Alex Martin

Admiring the decaying beauty of abandoned railroads is just one of myriad hobbies Japan's railway enthusiasts indulge in. But fueled by a broadening appreciation for the subculture and growth in train travelers, these rusty remnants of industrialization are gathering new steam as tourist attractions while ...

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Hakuho takes first loss

Sumo / Basho Reports May 18, 2018

Tochinoshin grabs sole lead as Hakuho takes first loss

Yokozuna Hakuho relinquished his perfect record Friday in a shock loss to second-ranked maegashira Abi on Day 6 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. With Hakuho apparently looking for a belt hold, the 24-year-old Abi drove his head and shoulder into the all-time championship record-holder's ...

Bucks name Mike Budenholzer team's new head coach

Basketball / NBA May 18, 2018

Bucks name Mike Budenholzer team's new head coach

The Milwaukee Bucks officially named Mike Budenholzer as the team's new head coach Thursday. Budenholzer and the Bucks reportedly agreed in principle to a four-year contract on Wednesday. "After a thorough coaching search, it was clear that Mike was the ideal choice as we enter into ...