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Japanese government sets up secretariat to prepare for Imperial succession

National Aug 1, 2018

Japanese government sets up secretariat to prepare for Imperial succession

The government established a secretariat Wednesday as it gears up for a string of rituals associated with the Emperor's abdication scheduled for April 2019. The secretariat will be responsible for overseeing the preparation and implementation of a number of events, including Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony ...

Kirin Ramen gets new name amid trademark battle with beer giant

Business Aug 1, 2018

Kirin Ramen gets new name amid trademark battle with beer giant

Noodle-maker Ogasawara Seifun said Wednesday it has picked a new name for its mainstay ramen product, Kirin Ramen, amid an ongoing trademark battle with major brewer Kirin Co. The ramen, styled by the company based in Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture, as "local soul food every single ...

Okayama photo studio offers to clean rain-damaged photos

National Aug 1, 2018

Okayama photo studio offers to clean rain-damaged photos

A photo studio in Okayama Prefecture has offered to restore — free of charge — photos damaged by the heavy rains that ravaged western Japan last month, prompting people in the disaster-hit areas to send in tens of thousands of photos. Staffers and volunteers at ...

Business Aug 1, 2018

China's steelmakers seen smashing output records despite mill closures

China's steelmakers are smashing production records by pushing furnaces beyond their typical limits, offsetting nationwide closures that may be even more swingeing than government estimates, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The world's top producer has trumpeted sweeping reforms in the past two years that ...

In Yokohama, they'll be dancing in the streets

Stage Aug 1, 2018

In Yokohama, they'll be dancing in the streets

by Kris Kosaka

Summer is a time for dancing. Across the country there are countless local matsuri (festivals) in which a regionally specific odori (dance) is the main attraction and, of course, there are the many outdoor music festivals that allow people to let loose and move. The ...

Urawa holds off Kawasaki

Soccer / J. League Aug 1, 2018

Urawa holds off Kawasaki

Striker Shinzo Koroki scored his 10th J. League goal of the season and Fabricio netted an injury-time penalty as Urawa Reds beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 on Wednesday night. The victory was the second in a row against top-three opposition for Reds, following an emphatic 4-1 ...

Keisuke Honda to join Melbourne in Australian League

Soccer Aug 1, 2018

Keisuke Honda to join Melbourne in Australian League

Keisuke Honda will join Australian club Melbourne Victory next season on a deal rumored to be worth 2.9 million Australian dollars (U.S. $2.15 million), multiple Australian media outlets reported Wednesday. The Victory, who play in the A-League, had targeted Honda as their marquee signing since ...

Fighters use late six-run rally to edge Marines

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 1, 2018

Fighters use late six-run rally to edge Marines

Yuki Ariyoshi pitched seven solid innings Wednesday but the Chiba Lotte Marines' bullpen gave up seven runs and allowed the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to stage a late rally for an 8-7 sayonara victory. Ariyoshi, the Marines' fifth pick in the 2016 draft, scattered four ...