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80 articles published


Business / Corporate Dec 17, 2018

Hitachi to acquire Swiss firm ABB's power grid business

Hitachi Ltd. said Monday it has reached a deal to purchase the power grid business of Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd., initially investing $6.4 billion for an 80.1 percent stake before a complete takeover in the future. The deal, Hitachi's biggest-ever acquisition, would strengthen the ...

Prospects for U.S.-China ties

Commentary / World Dec 17, 2018

Prospects for U.S.-China ties

by Kevin Rudd

In 2019, China's leaders will likely attempt to re-stabilize bilateral ties and ease tensions in its non-U.S. relationships, and form a deeper judgment about the future of U.S. politics and foreign policy.

'Politically Correct Bedtime Stories' and a dose of 'Murphy's Law' to make learning Japanese fun

Language Dec 17, 2018

'Politically Correct Bedtime Stories' and a dose of 'Murphy's Law' to make learning Japanese fun

by Mark Schreiber

I am still waiting for someone to publish a concise history of humor from the 30 years of the Heisei Era. Thinking back, I can recall two bestselling books that conveyed American-style humor in translation. Both appeared in the 1990s, and they demonstrate how Japanese people, much to their credit, take a strong interest in what makes people in other cultures laugh. ...

Naomi Osaka donates tennis rackets to quake-hit Hokkaido

More Sports / Tennis Dec 17, 2018

Naomi Osaka donates tennis rackets to quake-hit Hokkaido

Naomi Osaka, this year's U.S. Open women's singles champion, on Monday donated 30 tennis rackets to children in Hokkaido, which was hit by a major earthquake in September. Osaka's grandfather Tetsuo, 73, who lives in Nemuro in the northernmost prefecture, attended a presentation ceremony at ...

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Rugby Dec 17, 2018

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

by Rich Freeman

Despite unhappy memories of their previous meeting, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi welcomed the announcement Monday that the Springboks will play Japan on Sept. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Ground as a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But having spent the past few ...

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe extends contract with Eintracht

Soccer Dec 17, 2018

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe extends contract with Eintracht

Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has signed a contract extension to remain with Eintracht Frankfurt for another season, the German first-division club announced Sunday. Hasebe, 34, retired from international football this summer after captaining the Samurai Blue to the last 16 at the World Cup ...

Ryoyu Kobayashi soars to victory

More Sports / Winter Sports Dec 17, 2018

Ryoyu Kobayashi soars to victory

A day after missing the podium for the first time this season, Ryoyu Kobayashi cemented his position as the world's best ski jumper with a convincing World Cup victory in Switzerland on Sunday. The win keeps Kobayashi atop this season's World Cup standings ahead of ...

Bears hold off rival Packers to clinch NFC North crown

More Sports / Football Dec 17, 2018

Bears hold off rival Packers to clinch NFC North crown

The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and ...