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75% of firms in Japan not planning to allow side jobs: survey

Business Sep 19, 2018

75% of firms in Japan not planning to allow side jobs: survey

About three-quarters of companies in Japan have no plans to allow their employees to have side jobs despite government efforts to promote such a practice, a survey has shown. The poll by the government-funded Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, which covered both firms ...

Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

Business / Corporate Sep 19, 2018

Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

Marubeni Corp. said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power-generating capacity of about 3 gigawatts by 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global climate change. "As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer ...

More than 350 schools and universities in Hokkaido damaged in quake

National Sep 19, 2018

More than 350 schools and universities in Hokkaido damaged in quake

At least 354 schools, universities and other educational institutions in Hokkaido were damaged in the powerful earthquake that struck the prefecture Sept. 6, a tally by the central and local governments showed. In most cases, the deadly quake that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. caused ...

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia

World / Science & Health Sep 19, 2018

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia

Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday. The link remained even after heavy drinking, smoking and other well-established risk factors for dementia were ruled out, the researchers reported in the medical journal BMJ ...

Judoka Saito, Tanimoto inducted into Hall of Fame

More Sports / Judo Sep 19, 2018

Judoka Saito, Tanimoto inducted into Hall of Fame

Two-time Olympic gold medalists Hitoshi Saito and Ayumi Tanimoto were inducted into the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame on Tuesday ahead of the world championships which kick off on Thursday. Saito was inducted posthumously following his death at age 54 from bile duct cancer ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu, Kisenosato fall in upsets

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 19, 2018

Yokozuna Kakuryu, Kisenosato fall in upsets

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu suffered his first loss on Wednesday, as yokozuna Hakuho emerged as the sole leader with a perfect 11-0 record at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Yokozuna Kisenosato (8-3), who secured his first winning record in nine meets on Tuesday, also suffered an ...

Sumo 101: Sumo school

Sumo Sep 19, 2018

Sumo 101: Sumo school

by John Gunning

Sumo is a Darwinian world, but even in this harsh unforgiving environment, new recruits aren't given a "Battle Royale"-style "here's your mawashi — try to survive" induction. Quite the opposite in fact. All new recruits must complete a six-month course at the "Sumo School" in ...