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Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting

World May 15, 2019

Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting

Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday it was tightening rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of a massacre in New Zealand. A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the ...

Health insurance law revised to limit coverage to Japan residents

National May 15, 2019

Health insurance law revised to limit coverage to Japan residents

The Diet enacted a legislative revision Wednesday to make the national health insurance program largely applicable only to workers and their dependents residing in Japan. The revision to the health insurance law is aimed at blocking use of the system by foreigners who have never ...

Japan plans to create 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers as 5G era nears

National May 15, 2019

Japan plans to create 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers as 5G era nears

The communications ministry plans to create for assignment some 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers starting with the code "020." With the commercialization of fifth-generation, or 5G, superfast mobile communications fast approaching, 11-digit numbers are expected to run out as early as fiscal 2022. The plan to ...

Volunteers prepare to be the face of inclusive 2020 Tokyo Olympics

National May 15, 2019

Volunteers prepare to be the face of inclusive 2020 Tokyo Olympics

While athletes will take center stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, volunteers — including people with disabilities — are expected to play a significant role in supporting spectators and others who will flock to the games. "Please show your support until the end," ...

FAA deferred to Boeing on key 737 Max system assessments: source

Business May 15, 2019

FAA deferred to Boeing on key 737 Max system assessments: source

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration did not independently evaluate the safety of a Boeing 737 Max system implicated in two deadly crashes, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. The U.S. regulator, as part of an internal review, has preliminarily concluded that FAA officials ...

Editorials May 15, 2019

Press for freedom in Myanmar

With elections in 2020, Japan and other countries should be doing more to press and to shame the Myanmar government into progress on human rights.

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

Film / Reviews May 15, 2019

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

by Matt Schley

Ever been so angry you felt like you were going to explode? In "Promare," the new anime film from studios Trigger and Xflag, that's no metaphor. The story goes that when the members of a certain segment of the population get mad enough, flames ...

Jets star Yuki Togashi named B. League MVP

Basketball / B. League May 15, 2019

Jets star Yuki Togashi named B. League MVP

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Chiba Jets Funabashi's diminutive star guard Yuki Togashi just won the biggest individual accolade of his basketball career. The 25-year-old Togashi was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018-19 season at the B. League Award Show at the Roppongi Hills Arena on Wednesday ...

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Sumo / Basho Reports May 15, 2019

Kakuryu wins 4th; ozeki rebound

Lone yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his pursuit of a sixth top-level title Wednesday by beating Endo on Day 4 of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian pushed out the No. 2 maegashira in the final bout of the day at Ryogoku Kokugikan to improve to ...

J. League levels up video

Soccer | From the Spot May 15, 2019

J. League levels up video

by Dan Orlowitz

In the third year of the J. League's decade-long, $2 billion domestic broadcasting deal with DAZN, the league is hitting its digital stride and starting to deliver content on par with some of the world's top competitions. The league's ability to rapidly upload viral clips ...

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

Sumo May 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

by John Gunning

There are two rikishi from the United States of America in sumo currently. They are Musashikuni (Fiamalu Penitani) and Wakaichiro (Ichiro Young). Both are in Musashigawa stable, where the stablemaster, not coincidentally, also hails from the United States. Former yokozuna Musashimaru (now known as Musashigawa) won 12 ...

Tiger Woods eyeing first Olympics appearance in Tokyo

More Sports / Golf May 15, 2019

Tiger Woods eyeing first Olympics appearance in Tokyo

Tiger Woods indicated Tuesday that he has every intention of representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics next year. When questioned by media ahead of the weekend's PGA Championship to be played on the Bethpage Black course in New York's Long Island, the 15-time ...

Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach playoff final

Soccer May 15, 2019

Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach playoff final

Aston Villa progressed to within one game of a return to the English Premier League after edging West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties in the Championship playoff semifinals on Tuesday. West Brom won 1-0 on the night at the Hawthorns to level ...