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Japan's core machinery orders log first rise in four months

Business / Economy Apr 10, 2019

Japan's core machinery orders log first rise in four months

Seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in February rose 1.8 percent from the previous month, up for the first time in four months, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday. Private-sector orders, excluding those for ships and power equipment — closely watched as a leading indicator of corporate ...

As Balkans sit in EU's waiting room, China gets to work

Asia Pacific Apr 10, 2019

As Balkans sit in EU's waiting room, China gets to work

From coal plants to airports and bridges, China is forking out for investments across the western Balkans, laying groundwork for a new battle for influence on the European Union's fringe. The West has long eyed Russia as its chief rival in this turbulent corner of ...

Business Apr 10, 2019

IMF cuts global growth outlook to lowest since financial crisis

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to the lowest since the financial crisis amid a bleaker outlook in most major advanced economies and signs that higher tariffs are weighing on trade. The world economy will grow 3.3 percent this year, down ...

Boeing records zero new 737 Max orders amid global grounding

Business Apr 10, 2019

Boeing records zero new 737 Max orders amid global grounding

Boeing Co.’s orders and deliveries sank in the first quarter, with zero new orders for the 737 Max following a worldwide grounding in March in the wake of two fatal plane crashes. The groundings forced Boeing to freeze deliveries of the Max, which had been ...

First hotel with sleeping capsules opens in Slovenian capital

Business Apr 10, 2019

First hotel with sleeping capsules opens in Slovenian capital

Tourists who visit Ljubljana can now stay in the Slovenian capital's first sleeping capsules after the city's Central Hotel put up 10 capsules in a former telephone switchboard room. "This is a new story in Slovenia," said Matej Rigelnik, chief executive officer of the hotel. Slovenia, ...

May pleads with Macron and Merkel for Brexit delay

World / Politics Apr 10, 2019

May pleads with Macron and Merkel for Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May toured Berlin and Paris on Tuesday to plead for an extension to the deadline for Brexit, which looked increasingly likely to be approved by EU leaders at a crunch meeting in Brussels. May has asked for a second extension to ...

Editorials Apr 10, 2019

Take steps to curb corporate workers' hours

While the government's new work-style reform measures mark a first step toward curbing the excessively long working hours of many corporate employees, it only sets the baseline from which each firm needs to make further efforts to cut employees' work hours.

Know your rights as a language teacher

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Apr 10, 2019

Know your rights as a language teacher

by Kris Kosaka

Dennis Tesolat is chair of the General Union based in Osaka. Founded in 1991, the organization is part of a national private sector trade union known as Zenkoku-Ippan (the National Union of General Workers), which belongs to a confederation known as Zenrokyo (National Trade ...

Consadole, FC Tokyo earn Levain Cup victories

Soccer / J. League Apr 10, 2019

Consadole, FC Tokyo earn Levain Cup victories

Japan striker Musashi Suzuki bagged a hat trick as Consadole Sapporo thrashed visiting Shonan Bellmare 4-1 in the Levain Cup on Wednesday night. The recent Samurai Blue debutant completed his hat trick 20 minutes into the second half of the Group A clash at Sapporo ...