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3 dead as unseasonably high temperatures continue across Japan

National May 28, 2019

3 dead as unseasonably high temperatures continue across Japan

Three women died and around 10 students were taken to hospitals Monday due to heatstroke symptoms as unseasonably hot weather continued in Japan, authorities have said. The mercury topped 30 degrees for a fourth straight day in central Tokyo, setting a new record for May, ...

Japan to open up job fields for foreign graduates from universities

National May 28, 2019

Japan to open up job fields for foreign graduates from universities

The immigration agency said Tuesday it will increase the number of business sectors that foreign nationals are allowed to work in after graduating from universities or completing postgraduate studies in Japan, in the latest effort to lure more laborers to the country. Under a revised ...

Battle just starting for EU's Greens after poll breakthrough

World / Politics May 28, 2019

Battle just starting for EU's Greens after poll breakthrough

Green parties achieved a landmark breakthrough in the European elections but the challenge is only now starting for them to use newly found leverage in the EU parliament and further increase popularity to achieve real power. In the U.K., France, Germany and other EU states, ...

North Koreans survive by paying bribes, U.N. report says

Asia Pacific May 28, 2019

North Koreans survive by paying bribes, U.N. report says

North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country, where corruption is "endemic" and repression rife, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday. Officials across North Korea extort money from a population struggling to make ends meet, ...

Japan to restrict foreign investment in IT firms

Business May 28, 2019

Japan to restrict foreign investment in IT firms

The government will expand its national security restriction on foreign investors acquiring shares in Japanese firms by adding information technology-related firms in August. The move is aimed at preventing the outflow of sensitive information and technologies to other countries, including China. The announcement Monday followed a ...

Seven infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2018

National May 28, 2019

Seven infants left in Kumamoto baby hatch in fiscal 2018

Seven infants were left in a baby hatch in the city of Kumamoto in fiscal 2018, the municipal government said Monday. A total of 144 infants have been brought to the hatch, called Konotori no Yurikago (Storks' Cradle), since it was set up at Jikei ...

Ontario plans to sue opioid makers in bid to recoup health care costs

Business May 28, 2019

Ontario plans to sue opioid makers in bid to recoup health care costs

Canada's most populous province of Ontario on Monday announced plans to sue opioid makers to recover health care costs related to the deadly addiction epidemic. Ontario's attorney general, Caroline Mulroney, said the province will join a lawsuit launched last year by British Columbia against more ...

All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

Music May 28, 2019

All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

by Russell Thomas

In the rest of the world, trainspotting is something of a niche hobby, but in Japan it is much more mainstream. Combine a natural predilection for hobbies with a massive proliferation of railways and you naturally get train enthusiasts. It's easy to see why. Japan ...

Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

Art May 28, 2019

Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

by John L. Tran

The minimalist elegance of Yu Araki's "Le Souvenir Du Japon" at first seems to be an affirmation of civilization and the redemptive possibilities of beauty; however, within the gorgeous setup is a postcolonial ambivalence about the social and historical conditions of "taste."

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 28, 2019

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 1-July 13 Sachiko Kazama's monochrome woodcut prints are an exploration of the past from the viewpoint of the present. Her works, which often feature historical motifs within present-day landscapes, also allude to ominous possible futures. A graduate of the Musashino Art School, Kazama first began ...

Leeds, coach Marcelo Bielsa finalize deal for next season

Soccer May 28, 2019

Leeds, coach Marcelo Bielsa finalize deal for next season

Marcelo Bielsa will remain in charge at Elland Road after Leeds United extended the Argentine coach's contract for a second season and said it had "unfinished business" after narrowly failing to win Premier League promotion. Bielsa oversaw attractive pass and move soccer at Leeds as ...