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Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

National Jul 24, 2018

Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

by Alex Martin

When strapped for cash before his next paycheck, Ryo Takezawa would trudge over to the nearest Bookoff, the nation's largest chain of secondhand bookstores, to sell his novels and CDs. But the buyback rates were meager: The 37-year-old temporary worker was lucky if he was ...

Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power

Business Jul 24, 2018

Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power

by Taiga Uranaka

Nippon Life Insurance Co. will no longer extend loans for, or invest in, coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns, an official at Japan's biggest life insurer said, in the first such move by a major domestic institutional investor. Japanese banks in recent months have ...

India opens first training center for Japanese-language teachers

National Jul 24, 2018

India opens first training center for Japanese-language teachers

India's first training center for teachers of Japanese was officially opened Monday in the capital, New Delhi. The inauguration ceremony for the center, which is a joint project involving the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Japanese Embassy with the support of the Japan ...

Asia's power grids stretched by deadly heat wave

Business Jul 24, 2018

Asia's power grids stretched by deadly heat wave

A deadly heat wave across Asia is stretching electricity grids from southern China to Tokyo and Seoul, sending prices to multiyear highs and sparking warnings of more power stress to come. Japan on Monday breached records above 41 degrees as the heat blamed for dozens ...

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

Art Jul 24, 2018

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Fertile periods of artistic endeavor are not hard to come by in Japanese history. Many would cite the Edo, Muromachi or Heian periods. The Tokyo National Museum, however, reminds visitors of one era often forgotten — the ancient Jomon Period.

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Soccer Jul 24, 2018

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Galatasaray defender Yuto Nagatomo said Tuesday he is eager to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games if he is picked as an overage player for the men's under-23 squad. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the 31-year-old Nagatomo said he is ready to ...