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11-year-old breaks record as youngest person to pass high level math test

National Nov 16, 2018

11-year-old breaks record as youngest person to pass high level math test

An 11-year-old elementary school student has become the youngest person to pass the college-level Sugaku Kentei mathematics exam, shattering the previous record held by a 13-year-old, the test administrator said Thursday. Hiroto Takahashi, a fifth-grader from Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, passed the highest level of ...

Asia Pacific Nov 16, 2018

North Korea to deport American held since October

North Korea will deport a U.S. citizen detained since October after he entered illegally from China and told his captors he was controlled by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the North Korean state news agency reported on Friday. The KCNA news agency identified the ...

Second swine fever infection detected in Gifu Prefecture

National Nov 16, 2018

Second swine fever infection detected in Gifu Prefecture

A second case of swine fever was detected in Gifu Prefecture on Friday at a park, after the nation's first case in decades was reported in September at a nearby pig farm. The Gifu Prefectural Government culled all 21 pigs kept at the Chikusan Center ...

Auto tariffs riskier than Wall Street thinks: economist

Business Nov 16, 2018

Auto tariffs riskier than Wall Street thinks: economist

Wall Street may be underestimating the threat of tariffs on the auto industry, according to Phil Levy, a senior fellow on global economy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "I think it's better than even odds that they go ahead with this, and go ...

Mueller scores win in prosecution of firm run by 'Putin's chef'

Business Nov 16, 2018

Mueller scores win in prosecution of firm run by 'Putin's chef'

A U.S. judge denied a request from a Russian company controlled by an associate of Vladimir Putin to dismiss charges that it conspired to interfere with the 2016 election. It's a win for special counsel Robert Mueller, who charged the firm, Concord Management and Consulting ...

Sumo 101: Kensho

Sumo Nov 16, 2018

Sumo 101: Kensho

by John Gunning

One of the defining sights of a sumo tournament is the parade of brightly colored kensho banners around the ring before the highest- ranked wrestlers fight. While many bouts in the top division have three to five banners, those involving the most popular wrestlers such ...

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Rugby Nov 16, 2018

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Experienced winger Akihito Yamada returns to the Japan team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday as one of eight changes from the side beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago. The 33-year-old Yamada, one of the survivors of the 2015 World Cup upset win ...