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43 articles published


Fruit-picking tours luring more visitors to Japan

National Jul 22, 2018

Fruit-picking tours luring more visitors to Japan

by Takehiro Higashi

Tourist farms across the country are attracting more visitors who have placed fruit-picking high on their itineraries as the global reputation of Japanese fruit grows. With more tourists selecting cultural experiences over material goods, a number of companies have embraced farm tourism, and tourist farms ...

U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders

World Jul 22, 2018

U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. More than half a dozen current and ...

Business Jul 22, 2018

Liberia's biggest palm oil project quits eco-certification body

Liberia's largest palm oil company, Golden Veroleum, has quit a global eco-certification body in response to accusations from a global watchdog that it failed to get consent from communities before expanding onto their lands, the firm said. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) a ...

In Senegal, Xi pledges stronger Sino-African ties

Asia Pacific Jul 22, 2018

In Senegal, Xi pledges stronger Sino-African ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged during a visit to Senegal on Saturday to strengthen economic ties with Africa, a continent already awash with cheap Chinese loans in exchange for minerals and huge construction projects. Xi arrived in Senegal on Saturday for a two-day visit to ...

North Korea provides little new info on Japanese abductees: Tokyo

National / Politics Jul 22, 2018

North Korea provides little new info on Japanese abductees: Tokyo

North Korea provided little new information regarding abducted nationals when officials contacted Pyongyang last month, according to a Japanese government source. When Japanese officials made contact around when the U.S.-North Korea summit took place June 12, North Korea repeated the results of their own investigation ...

Editorials Jul 22, 2018

Slavery is our problem, too

It is estimated that more than 40 million people around the world are enslaved, an appalling number that may even be an underestimate.

Motherhood in modern anime

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Jul 22, 2018

Motherhood in modern anime

by Roland Kelts

"I still feel the loneliness of being hikikomori. Maybe I'm successful, maybe not. I can't tell. But I still feel the loneliness. The only difference now is that I can express my loneliness, my pain, and all those feelings in my writing. They don't ...

Fighters hold off Hawks to complete sweep

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jul 22, 2018

Fighters hold off Hawks to complete sweep

Third-year reliever Kazutomo Iguchi bailed out the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the eighth inning to help them scrape out a 7-5 win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Before 30,927 at Sapporo Dome, Iguchi (1-1) entered a tie ...

Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres lose in J. League debuts

Soccer / J. League Jul 22, 2018

Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres lose in J. League debuts

Former Spain internationals Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres were each on the losing side Sunday in their anticipated J. League debuts. Iniesta received a hero's welcome from Vissel Kobe fans at Noevir Stadium, but Shonan Bellmare spoiled the party by running away 3-0 winners. Torres, meanwhile, ...

Coaching experts trade ideas at workshop

General Jul 22, 2018

Coaching experts trade ideas at workshop

by Kaz Nagatsuka

We have seen various types of unreasonable harassment problems surrounding Japanese sports, especially in school athletics, over the last several years. One of the most notable and recent cases involved the Nihon University football team, where a player was allegedly ordered by his coaches to ...