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Japan mulls visa test exemptions based on education level

National Dec 16, 2018

Japan mulls visa test exemptions based on education level

Japan plans to grant exemptions from technical tests required for a new category of visa if applicants have attained a certain degree of professional education in their home countries, informed sources say. A detailed study on the issue is being conducted for nursing care, one ...

5G: A costly revolution not without risks

Business / Tech Dec 16, 2018

5G: A costly revolution not without risks

The recent diplomatic dust-up over the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, one of the leaders in developing equipment for fifth-generation mobile networks, has demonstrated that this technology, which promises to enable an internet of things and self-driving vehicles, also poses risks. What is 5G, what will ...

Sunrockers improve to .500 with win over NeoPhoenix

Basketball / B. League Dec 16, 2018

Sunrockers improve to .500 with win over NeoPhoenix

by Ed Odeven

Fueled by a potent inside attack and a well-orchestrated passing performance, the Sunrockers Shibuya etched an 80-57 victory over the San-en NeoPhoenix on Sunday afternoon. What's more, after a woeful October, when they won just two of 10 games, the resurgent Sunrockers improved to 12-12. Center ...

Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest Grand Finals singles champ

More Sports Dec 16, 2018

Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest Grand Finals singles champ

Tomokazu Harimoto became table tennis' youngest World Tour Grand Finals singles champion on Sunday with a win over world No. 4 Lin Gaoyuan of China. The 15-year-old Harimoto, ranked No. 5 worldwide, beat Lin 11-4, 13-15, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 to become Japan's first men's singles ...

Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Matsutomo grab Tour Final doubles crown

More Sports Dec 16, 2018

Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Matsutomo grab Tour Final doubles crown

Olympic champions Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo captured their second badminton's World Tour Finals championship in women's doubles on Sunday. Takahashi and Matsutomo, the top seeds, beat Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 21-12, 22-20 to win their second tour finals ...

Osaka, Nishikori carried flag for Japanese tennis in '18

More Sports / Tennis Dec 16, 2018

Osaka, Nishikori carried flag for Japanese tennis in '18

With Naomi Osaka enjoying a breakthrough campaign in 2018 and Kei Nishikori making a strong comeback from a career-threatening injury, the past season proved fruitful for emerging tennis powerhouse Japan. Osaka started 2018 at No. 68 in the WTA rankings but experienced a dramatic rise ...

Nao Kodaira pushes 500-meter win streak to 34

More Sports / Winter Sports Dec 16, 2018

Nao Kodaira pushes 500-meter win streak to 34

Nao Kodaira extended her winning streak to 34 straight races with a gold-medal 500-meter sprint performance at a World Cup event in the Netherlands on Saturday. The 32-year-old clocked 37.17 seconds around the oval at the sea-level Thialf arena in Heerenveen and shaved 0.12 off ...

Texans engineer late comeback to ground Jets

More Sports / Football Dec 16, 2018

Texans engineer late comeback to ground Jets

The Houston Texans were trailing late and facing a second straight loss after a nine-game winning streak. Deshaun Watson wasn't having it. The cool-headed, playmaking quarterback threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2:15 left, lifting the Texans to a 29-22 victory over Sam ...

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Rugby Dec 16, 2018

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Dan Carter wrapped up his first season in Japan by claiming the Top League MVP award Sunday. A day after helping his team to the league title, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers playmaker was also named Top Kicker with an 86.2 percent success rate, though he ...