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Japan plans to cut mobile phone contract penalties to ¥1,000

Business Jun 11, 2019

Japan plans to cut mobile phone contract penalties to ¥1,000

The government plans to impose new regulations on mobile phone operators to cut cancellation penalties by about 90 percent to ¥1,000 ($9) or less to make it easier for users to switch mobile carriers and spur competition, officials said Tuesday. The move is expected to ...

Chinese aircraft carrier sails between Okinawan islands

National Jun 11, 2019

Chinese aircraft carrier sails between Okinawan islands

by Jesse Johnson

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, had passed through the Miyako Strait between the island of Miyako and Okinawa's main island as it ventured into the Pacific that morning. The Liaoning, which did not enter Japanese waters while ...

Japan and U.S. officials hold talks to advance trade negotiations

Business Jun 11, 2019

Japan and U.S. officials hold talks to advance trade negotiations

Officials from Japan and the United States started a two-day meeting Monday in Washington to advance negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement. The working-level meeting comes ahead of talks Thursday in the U.S. capital between Japanese economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative ...

Iran has accelerated enrichment of uranium, IAEA says

World Jun 11, 2019

Iran has accelerated enrichment of uranium, IAEA says

Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension. The assessment comes at a time of ...

BBC to scrap free TV licenses for people over 75

Business Jun 11, 2019

BBC to scrap free TV licenses for people over 75

Pensioners in Britain who have watched television programs such as "Blue Planet" and "Doctor Who" for free will have to start paying after the publicly funded BBC said it would scrap free licenses for people over 75 years old. The BBC, which is funded by ...

The Osakan artists who bucked the system

Art Jun 11, 2019

The Osakan artists who bucked the system

by Matthew Larking

Osakan paintings have conventionally emphasized regional traits of humor, boisterousness and fun. "Do You Know Osaka Painting Circles" at the Shokado Garden Art Museum, however, reminds viewers of its farther flung painting traditions.

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 11, 2019

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 14-Sept. 10 Across the world, ikat, resist-dyeing yarn before it is woven into a fabric, is one of the most practiced techniques of patterning textiles. There are three ways to produce ikat: warp ikat — dyeing lengthwise yarn; weft ikat — dyeing transverse yarn; ...

Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Japan for three-month tour

Rugby Jun 11, 2019

Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Japan for three-month tour

The trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup arrived in Japan on Monday ahead of a three-month tour around the country. The Webb Ellis Cup landed at Narita airport after traveling more than 300,000 km around the globe on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. It ...