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At long last, 11-member Pacific trade deal takes effect

Business Dec 30, 2018

At long last, 11-member Pacific trade deal takes effect

by Noriyuki Suzuki

The 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact entered into force on Sunday, creating a free trade area covering more than a tenth of the global economy. The trade deal, signed in March, will cut tariffs on agriculture and industrial products, ease ...

Celebrating New Year's the island way

Our Lives | JAPAN LITE Dec 30, 2018

Celebrating New Year's the island way

by Amy Chavez

On the small island where I live in the middle of Japan's Seto Inland Sea, new year celebrations are stalwart traditional. Preparations start a week before when the holiday spirit wafts in on sea breezes tinted with chilling temperatures. The island holds a community ...

Charming Rivas is ready to play

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Dec 30, 2018

Charming Rivas is ready to play

Rivas, a German shepherd mix, came to ARK after he was found wandering the streets. He's a "fluffy, bright-eyed ball of exuberance," about 4 years old and 25 kilograms. He's strong and fast and can be excitable, and he needs someone who loves big, ...

Thai international Teerasil Dangda parts ways with Sanfrecce

Soccer / J. League Dec 30, 2018

Thai international Teerasil Dangda parts ways with Sanfrecce

J. League first division runner-up Sanfrecce Hiroshima will part ways with Thai international Teerasil Dangda after his loan period concludes on Monday. The 30-year-old forward joined Sanfrecce on loan from Thai side Muangthong United on a deal running from February through the end of December. ...

Former Hawks ace Tadashi Settsu to retire

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 30, 2018

Former Hawks ace Tadashi Settsu to retire

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ace Tadashi Settsu will retire after he was unable to land a contract with a Nippon Professional Baseball club for next season, a source familiar with the matter said Sunday. Settsu, who won the Sawamura Award in 2012 as Japan's most ...

Tokyo continues march toward 2020 Olympic Games

Olympics Dec 30, 2018

Tokyo continues march toward 2020 Olympic Games

With just over a year and a half to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, some significant challenges remain for organizers, but 2018 proved to be a year in which progress was made and notable milestones were achieved. The end of the year ...

Liverpool crushes Arsenal

Soccer Dec 30, 2018

Liverpool crushes Arsenal

Roberto Firmino scored his first Premier League hat trick as Liverpool rallied to a 5-1 win over Arsenal to open a nine-point lead at the top of the standings on Saturday. Liverpool bounced back in emphatic style after falling behind in the 11th minute in ...

No. 2 Clemson lights up No. 3 Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

More Sports / Football Dec 30, 2018

No. 2 Clemson lights up No. 3 Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

When Clemson's Dabo Swinney handed his national championship-contending team to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers' coach had in mind. Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 on Saturday ...