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Japan doubles Taiwan's quota for working holiday visas

National Mar 22, 2019

Japan doubles Taiwan's quota for working holiday visas

Taiwan and Japan signed an agreement on Thursday to allow more young Taiwanese adults to apply for working holiday visas for Japan, while the annual quota for Japanese youth will remain the same. In the absence of diplomatic ties, Taiwan-Japan Relations Association President Chiou I-jen ...

Japan inflation slows in February as gasoline prices fall

Business / Economy Mar 22, 2019

Japan inflation slows in February as gasoline prices fall

Underlying inflation slowed in February as gasoline prices fell for the first time in more than two years, government data showed Friday. The nationwide core consumer price index, which excludes fresh food items because of their volatility, rose 0.7 percent from a year earlier, slowing ...

In graduation comments, Princess Kako wishes for sister's happiness

National Mar 22, 2019

In graduation comments, Princess Kako wishes for sister's happiness

Princess Kako, the 24-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo on Friday, and expressed her wish for her sister's happiness. In written answers to questions from the media, Princess Kako commented on the postponement of the marriage ...

Chronology of Ichiro's baseball career

Baseball Mar 22, 2019

Chronology of Ichiro's baseball career

by Jason Coskrey

Ichiro Suzuki's baseball career was the stuff of legends. He excelled in NPB as chronicled below, then burst onto the scene in the major leagues and earned the respect of his peers and fans on the other side of the Pacific. And without a doubt, ...

Sumo 101: Consistent losers

Sumo Mar 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Consistent losers

by John Gunning

Ted Williams famously said, "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer." While a 70 percent fail rate might work in America's national pastime, it won't get you very far ...

Hakuho on course for title

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 22, 2019

Hakuho on course for title

Yokozuna Hakuho inched toward a record-extending 42nd career championship with a win over ozeki Goeido on Friday, the 13th day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The victory left Hakuho with a perfect record and a one-win lead over his Mongolian compatriot Ichinojo with two ...

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

Rugby Mar 22, 2019

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

The Sunwolves' exit from Super Rugby was confirmed Friday with the tournament organizer saying in a press release that the immediate future of the competition "rests with a 14-team, round robin, competition format." The revised format will come into operation and kick off in 2021, ...