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Diplomats take aim at delay in U.N. Security Council reform

National / Politics Nov 21, 2018

Diplomats take aim at delay in U.N. Security Council reform

Diplomats expressed frustration Tuesday during a U.N. General Assembly session about long-overdue negotiations to reform the Security Council. Japan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Koro Bessho, was among those who highlighted the lack of tangible progress so far. "If we fail to make significant headway in ...

With an eye on China, EU agrees on investment screening rules

Business Nov 21, 2018

With an eye on China, EU agrees on investment screening rules

The European Union provisionally agreed Tuesday on rules for a far-reaching system to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments into Europe, notably from China, to end what a negotiator called "European naivety." Negotiators for the European Parliament and the EU's 28 member states struck a deal ...

U.S. accuses China of continuing IP and technology theft amid trade war

World Nov 21, 2018

U.S. accuses China of continuing IP and technology theft amid trade war

The U.S. on Tuesday accused China of continuing a state-backed campaign of intellectual property and technology theft even as the world's two largest economies have descended into a tit-for-tat tariff war. The new accusations came in a detailed 53-page report released by U.S. Trade Representative ...

Kashima beats Kofu to move into Emperor's Cup semifinals

Soccer Nov 21, 2018

Kashima beats Kofu to move into Emperor's Cup semifinals

Recent Asian Champions League winners Kashima Antlers kept the good times rolling in the Emperor's Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, beating J. League second-division team Ventforet Kofu 1-0. The win sets up a final-four meeting against Urawa Reds on Dec. 5, with Kashima hoping to add ...

Takakeisho earns 10th win

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 21, 2018

Takakeisho earns 10th win

Takakeisho recorded his 10th win at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday to remain in sole possession of the lead. The 22-year-old komusubi switched gears in a fight against No. 2 maegashira Tochiozan to earn his 101st top division victory. Ozeki Takayasu, along with ...

Sumo 101: <em>Keiko</em> (training)

Sumo Nov 21, 2018

Sumo 101: Keiko (training)

by John Gunning

Amateur sumo is a sport and nothing more. Participants lead lives away from the ring and its governing body has long-standing aspirations to one day be accepted into the Olympic Games. Professional sumo, on the other hand, is a lifestyle. Wrestlers are never off the clock. ...

Free agent Hideto Asamura  joins Rakuten

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 21, 2018

Free agent Hideto Asamura joins Rakuten

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Wednesday they have acquired infielder Hideto Asamura, who earlier this month declared domestic free agency after playing on the Seibu Lions' top team for the past nine seasons. Asamura, 28, was Seibu's third pick in the 2008 amateur draft ...

Tokyo seeks early marathon starts

Olympics Nov 21, 2018

Tokyo seeks early marathon starts

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games hopes to move up the start times of the 2020 marathons by one hour to 6 a.m. to avoid the extreme summer heat, sources said Wednesday. In July, the International Olympic Committee approved the organizers' ...