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35 articles published


Business Mar 27, 2019

Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labor abuse expose

Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply "slavery-free" tea to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford health care. An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ...

Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

Business / Tech Mar 27, 2019

Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

Alphabet Inc.'s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people ...

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

Film Mar 27, 2019

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

by Matthew Hernon

'Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean is well-known for dying in almost everything he stars in. If you had to find a Japanese equivalent, though, it would certainly be Kengo Kora. Since his 2006 big-screen debut, the Kumamoto native has featured in around 50 films, ...

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 27, 2019

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

by John Gunning

Sumo columnist James Hardy once bemoaned the difficulty of doing daily tournament reports, saying, "There are only so many ways to write A pushed out B." With yokozuna Hakuho wrapping up his 42nd championship last Sunday, I'm beginning to feel the same way about describing ...

Promise to parents keeps new ozeki Takakeisho pushing forward

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Promise to parents keeps new ozeki Takakeisho pushing forward

Japan-born rikishi Takakeisho reached one milestone in his career but is already looking ahead to the next, as his promotion to ozeki means he has closed in on, but not yet reached, sumo's top rank of yokozuna. After his promotion ceremony on Wednesday, the 22-year-old ...

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Sumo Mar 27, 2019

Takakeisho promoted to ozeki

Takakeisho was officially promoted to sumo's second highest rank of ozeki on Wednesday by the Japan Sumo Association. The 22-year-old Japanese is the first wrestler to reach the rank since Georgian Tochinoshin, who faces demotion after posting two straight losing records, was bumped up from ...