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APEC adopts guidelines on infrastructure investment

National / Politics Nov 15, 2018

APEC adopts guidelines on infrastructure investment

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Thursday adopted new guidelines on the quality of infrastructure development and investment, with all 21 economies — including China — agreeing to take into consideration recipients' ability to pay back loans for such funding. The guidelines call for openness, ...

Train buffs join forces online to save Japan's fading railway assets

National Nov 15, 2018

Train buffs join forces online to save Japan's fading railway assets

Railroad enthusiasts across Japan are pooling resources, making financial contributions via the internet to preserve abandoned rail facilities and support financially struggling local railways. Some of these sites have turned into tourist destinations where railway buffs gather for exchange events, with locals hoping the trend ...

Over 80% of Japanese positive about robotic nursing care

National Nov 15, 2018

Over 80% of Japanese positive about robotic nursing care

Over 80 percent of people in Japan hold positive views about receiving nursing care from robots, according to a survey by nursing care service provider Orix Living Corp. The result suggests that people feel a psychological burden from being taken care of by humans, Orix ...

Business / Tech Nov 15, 2018

FCC launches first U.S. high-band 5G spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched the agency's first high-band 5G spectrum auction as it works to clear space for next-generation faster networks. Bidding is beginning on Wednesday on spectrum in the 28 GHz band and will be followed by bidding for spectrum in ...

Don't worry too much over BTS

Music | Sound Off Nov 15, 2018

Don't worry too much over BTS

by Patrick St. Michel

Throngs of fans packed Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday to watch K-pop group BTS perform songs from across its five-year career. The crowd cheered, bought merchandise and the two days offered the seven-member group some respite from a week of scandal. Things kicked off ...

Sumo 101: Shitakubeya (dressing rooms)

Sumo Nov 15, 2018

Sumo 101: Shitakubeya (dressing rooms)

by John Gunning

Whether in the Kokugikan in Tokyo, or at one of the regional tournaments in Osaka, Nagoya or Fukuoka, sumo wrestlers warm up and prepare for their bouts in dressing rooms called shitakubeya. There are always two shitakubeya and they are designated East and West. Wrestlers who ...

Tochiozan sets pace in Kyushu

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 15, 2018

Tochiozan sets pace in Kyushu

Rank-and-file wrestler Tochiozan beat ozeki Takayasu and earned his fifth straight win Thursday, taking the spotlight at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament following the withdrawal of yokozuna Kisenosato. With no remaining yokozuna in competition, Tochiozan shares the lead with komusubi Takakeisho one-third of the way ...