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Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral

National Apr 16, 2019

Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral

The government expressed willingness to support France in restoring the Notre Dame Cathedral, while officials and notable Japanese figures expressed sadness after Paris' iconic Catholic church was badly damaged by fire. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, saying that ...

South Korea conglomerate to sell Asiana Airlines

Business / Corporate Apr 16, 2019

South Korea conglomerate to sell Asiana Airlines

A major South Korean conglomerate has decided to sell its controlling stake in Asiana Airlines Inc., the country's second-largest carrier. Kumho Industrial Co.'s decision to effectively put the carrier up for sale came after Kumho Asiana Group's former chairman, Park Sam Koo of the founding ...

Business Apr 16, 2019

U.S. slaps sanctions on alleged new Islamic State financiers

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on financiers with bases in Belgium, Kenya and Turkey on charges they funneled money internationally for the Islamic State extremist group. The Treasury Department said it had pinpointed successors to Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi, who was killed in ...

Exotic, dangerous cassowary bird kills owner in Florida

World Apr 16, 2019

Exotic, dangerous cassowary bird kills owner in Florida

A large, flightless and highly dangerous bird called a cassowary killed its owner in Florida, news reports said. The man was raising it and other exotic animals on his property in Alachua county in the north central part of the state, the local TV station ...

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

Stage Apr 16, 2019

Absurdist comedy 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' gets its Japan debut

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tom Stoppard is one of the most influential figures in theater today and one of the most internationally performed postwar dramatists. Both his 1966 Tony-winning absurdist tragicomedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," featuring minor characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," and his time- and space-spanning masterpiece "Arcadia," ...

The rise, fall and resurrection of Kyosai

Art Apr 16, 2019

The rise, fall and resurrection of Kyosai

by Matthew Larking

An overachieving infant, Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) sketched at age 3, studied ukiyo-e from 7 and joined a branch of the Kano school of painting at 10. He offended officials, was shunned as an ex-convict, applauded by Josiah Conder and then forgotten after WWII. Now, ...

'Super Saturdays' to highlight schedule for Tokyo Olympics

Olympics Apr 16, 2019

'Super Saturdays' to highlight schedule for Tokyo Olympics

by Dan Orlowitz

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics unveiled the competition schedule on Tuesday, giving fans hoping to attend the games their first opportunity to plan their itineraries. Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi walked a full news conference through the highlights of the marquee event, which ...

Rui Hachimura leaving Gonzaga University for the NBA

Basketball / NBA Apr 16, 2019

Rui Hachimura leaving Gonzaga University for the NBA

by Ed Odeven

After a dynamic junior season, Gonzaga University forward Rui Hachimura has decided to turn pro. The Toyama Prefecture native declared for the 2019 NBA Draft on Monday. The early-entry deadline for players to announce their intentions to enter the draft is Sunday. Hachimura is projected to ...