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Diplomat spouse's top shot captures Japan in full bloom

National Oct 16, 2018

Diplomat spouse's top shot captures Japan in full bloom

by Aika Sato

An extreme close-up shot capturing a delicate sakura cherry blossom clothed in white floating on a tranquil surface of water won the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize in this year's version of the Japan Through Diplomats' Eyes annual photo competition. Without gaudy hue embellishing the bloom, ...

Abe embarks on five-day European tour

National / Politics Oct 16, 2018

Abe embarks on five-day European tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tuesday for a five-day European tour that will take him to Spain, France and Belgium, during which he will attend a biennial conference and hold talks with world leaders. Referring to the Asia-Europe meeting set to start Thursday in Brussels, ...

Alberta expects 80 to 100 cannabis stores licensed in a month

Business Oct 16, 2018

Alberta expects 80 to 100 cannabis stores licensed in a month

Alberta expects to have 80 to 100 cannabis retail stores licensed over the next month, with 17 locations ready for the first day of legal sales on Wednesday. The Canadian province is confident it will have adequate supplies ready for Wednesday, said Alain Maisonneuve, chief ...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at 65: family

Business Oct 16, 2018

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at 65: family

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world's biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, his family said. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company ...

Islamic State executes aid worker after deadline expires: Nigeria

World Oct 16, 2018

Islamic State executes aid worker after deadline expires: Nigeria

Islamists in Nigeria have killed an aid worker who was being held hostage after a deadline imposed by the militants expired, the Nigerian government said on Monday. Medical workers Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha were working in the town of Rann in March when ...

The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking

Art Oct 16, 2018

The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking

by Matthew Larking

Showcasing 170 blades, 19 of which are National Treasures and 61 are Important Cultural Properties, "Swords of Kyoto: Master Craftsmanship from an Elegant Culture" is the largest sword exhibition in the Kyoto National Museum's 120-year history.

'Local Prospects 4: Distances'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 16, 2018

'Local Prospects 4: Distances'

by Yukari Tanaka

Oct. 27-Nov. 18 In 2015, Art Gallery Artium launched its first group exhibition series themed on "region," choosing its participants from a public art competition. As part of that project, "Local Prospects 4" focuses on artists based in Kyushu, Okinawa and nearby areas, and features ...

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Follow our live coverage as the Samurai Blue take on Uruguay in the toughest test yet for new manager Hajime Moriyasu.