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Toyota eyes supplying hybrids to Suzuki in broader tie-up

Business / Corporate Mar 20, 2019

Toyota eyes supplying hybrids to Suzuki in broader tie-up

Toyota Motor Corp. is considering offering Suzuki Motor Corp. a hybrid system for global sales and enhancing a joint car development project for India, according to an expanded tie-up deal unveiled Wednesday. Under the agreement, Suzuki can sell hybrids developed by Toyota, namely the RAV4 ...

Trial of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn may start in fall: lawyers

Business Mar 20, 2019

Trial of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn may start in fall: lawyers

The trial for former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn over his alleged underreporting of remuneration could start this fall, his lawyers said Wednesday. Ghosn, 65, who was released on bail on March 6 after 108 days in detention since his initial arrest in November, ...

Nagasaki observes first cherry blooms of season in Japan

National Mar 20, 2019

Nagasaki observes first cherry blooms of season in Japan

Cherry trees came into bloom Wednesday in Nagasaki Prefecture, marking the first blooming of the Somei-Yoshino variety to be recorded in Japan this spring, according to the Meteorological Agency. Officials confirmed at around 10 a.m. that five flowers had started to blossom from a cherry ...

Mozambique cyclone death toll doubles as flood waters rise

World Mar 20, 2019

Mozambique cyclone death toll doubles as flood waters rise

Mozambique's death toll from flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai more than doubled as relief workers struggled to deal with the devastation wrought by the storm. The number of dead has increased to 202, Mozambique's cabinet said, as it declared a national emergency. President ...

South Korea's ruling party retracts critique of Bloomberg reporter

Asia Pacific Mar 20, 2019

South Korea's ruling party retracts critique of Bloomberg reporter

South Korea's ruling party withdrew personal criticism of a Bloomberg News reporter for writing an article about President Moon Jae-in, after international press groups warned the remarks threatened journalistic freedom and demanded a retraction by the party. The Democratic Party of Korea removed from a ...

Trump blockade of Huawei fizzles in European 5G rollout

Business / Tech Mar 20, 2019

Trump blockade of Huawei fizzles in European 5G rollout

Last summer, the Trump administration started a campaign to convince its European allies to bar China's Huawei Technologies Co. from their telecom networks. Bolstered by the success of similar efforts in Australia and New Zealand, the White House sent envoys to European capitals with ...

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Film / Reviews Mar 20, 2019

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

by Matt Schley

Spend enough time on the streets of Shinjuku, and you'll eventually spot a flamboyantly dressed figure in a tiger mask carrying fake flowers, stuffed animals and a boombox. This is Shinjuku Tiger, the subject of a documentary of the same name out this week. Tiger-san, ...

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 20, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho outduels Takakeisho

Yokozuna Hakuho held off a stern challenge from sekiwake Takakeisho on Wednesday to maintain his perfect 11-0 record at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. No. 4 maegashira Ichinojo is one win behind the Mongolian yokozuna, who aims to hold onto the lead for a record-extending ...

Sumo 101: Bow-twirling ceremony

Sumo Mar 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Bow-twirling ceremony

by John Gunning

Every day of a sumo tournament concludes with a bow-twirling ceremony, called yumitori-shiki in Japanese. A rikishi — normally from the makushita division — mounts the dohyo from the side of the winner of the final bout and is handed a traditional bamboo bow (minus ...

Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

More Sports / Judo Mar 20, 2019

Japan national judo team to be dubbed 'Godzilla Japan'

In a nod to one of cinema's most powerful monsters, the Japan national judo team has adopted "Godzilla Japan" as its official nickname, the All Japan Judo Federation announced Tuesday. In unveiling the new name, along with a logo designed in partnership with Toho Co., ...