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Japan begins 10-day Golden Week holiday ahead of Imperial succession

National Apr 27, 2019

Japan begins 10-day Golden Week holiday ahead of Imperial succession

An unprecedented 10-day Golden Week holiday started Saturday ahead of the Imperial succession, with bullet train stations, airports and expressways crowded with travelers heading to their hometowns, major cities and overseas destinations. From the morning, there were long lines at check-in and luggage drop counters ...

Immigration Services Agency to toughen Japanese-language school standards

National Apr 27, 2019

Immigration Services Agency to toughen Japanese-language school standards

The Immigration Services Agency plans to strengthen its eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools, it was learned Saturday. The move comes as Japanese-language schools have been under fire for accepting many foreign students whose purpose is to work in Japan. The number of Japanese-language schools recognized by ...

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months in U.S.

World Apr 27, 2019

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months in U.S.

Maria Butina, the only Russian arrested and convicted in the three-year investigation of Moscow's interference in U.S. politics, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison. The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, the 30-year-old Siberian native used her ties to the ...

Amazonian tribe in Ecuador fends off Big Oil in court

Business Apr 27, 2019

Amazonian tribe in Ecuador fends off Big Oil in court

Ecuador's indigenous Waorani tribe won its first victory Friday against Big Oil in a ruling that blocks the companies from entering ancestral Amazonian lands for oil-exploration activities. After two weeks of deliberations, a criminal court in Puyo accepted a Waorani bid for court protection in ...

Hong Kong bookseller flees to Taiwan fearing extradition

Asia Pacific Apr 27, 2019

Hong Kong bookseller flees to Taiwan fearing extradition

A Hong Kong bookseller who disappeared into Chinese custody for half a year said Friday he has fled to Taiwan after the financial hub announced plans to approve extraditions to the mainland. Lam Wing-kee was one of five publishers selling gossip-filled tomes on China's leaders ...

World's best to clash in Badminton Asia Championships final

More Sports Apr 27, 2019

World's best to clash in Badminton Asia Championships final

The two best badminton players in the world will battle it out in Sunday's final of the Badminton Asia Championships when title-holder Kento Momota faces Shi Yuqi. The women's decider in the Chinese city of Wuhan is another Japan vs. China showdown with Akane Yamaguchi ...

Huge rally puts Naomi Osaka in Stuttgart semifinals

Tennis Apr 27, 2019

Huge rally puts Naomi Osaka in Stuttgart semifinals

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka has hit back at her critics after fighting to a dramatic comeback win over Donna Vekic to reach her first career clay court semifinal on Friday. The 21-year-old battled back from 1-5 down in the final set to beat Vekic ...