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IMF urges Japan to ensure tax hike goes smoothly

Business / Economy Oct 4, 2018

IMF urges Japan to ensure tax hike goes smoothly

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde urged Japan on Thursday to make sure that a nationwide consumption tax increase scheduled for next year does not hurt the country's economic growth. "We believe that the higher consumption tax will help fund growing health and pension expenses, ...

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

National / Crime & Legal Oct 4, 2018

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking ¥24 million ($210,000) in damages from Harumafuji, claiming the former yokozuna's assault last year forced him to miss matches due to injuries and caused him financial loss. Harumafuji faced a summary indictment in December for assaulting the ...

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

National Oct 4, 2018

False quake alarm gives Tokyoites a midnight scare

by Magdalena Osumi

Brace yourself, a strong quake is coming. This dramatic emergency message sent to smartphones and loudspeakers caused a brief panic after midnight Wednesday in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures, with many taking to social media to express their confusion over whether or not to get ready ...

U.S. 'presidential test alert' sets American phones to buzzing

World Oct 4, 2018

U.S. 'presidential test alert' sets American phones to buzzing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent an alert on Wednesday aimed at tens of millions of mobile phones to test a previously unused presidential alert system to warn the public in the event of a national emergency. The test message was originally scheduled for September ...

Editorials Oct 4, 2018

Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA

After more than a year of intense negotiations, Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed on a trilateral trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, a nearly 25-year-old pact that has been excoriated by U.S. President Donald Trump as the ...

Revel in a rich and tasty celebration

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Oct 4, 2018

Revel in a rich and tasty celebration

Sometimes, "a ton of chocolate" isn't hyperbole. Running now until Dec. 26, ANA InterContinental Tokyo proudly presents Chocolate Sensation, a hotel-wide event celebrating cocoa-based culinary creativity; and to make sure there's enough to go around, the hotel has procured multiple chocolate shipments that together ...