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Bottled water giants back new global plan to cut plastic waste

Business Jun 12, 2019

Bottled water giants back new global plan to cut plastic waste

The world's biggest yoghurt maker, Danone, and food packaging giant, Tetra Pak, are among companies leading a global scheme to reduce plastic waste, launched on Tuesday, as public concern rises over the environmental damage caused by rubbish. The 3R Initiative — also backed by Swiss ...

Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

Film Jun 12, 2019

Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

by Kaori Shoji

Though he rarely acknowledges the fact in public, Dai Watanabe is the son of Ken Watanabe: arguably Japan's most internationally known actor since Toshiro Mifune. Among Japanese media, the fact is common knowledge, though in interviews with Watanabe junior, the subject is often off-limits. Dai ...

George Clooney urges action on Sudan generals' assets

Entertainment News Jun 12, 2019

George Clooney urges action on Sudan generals' assets

Hollywood star and activist George Clooney on Tuesday urged the international community to go after illicit money from Sudan, voicing hope that financial pressure would change the calculus for generals who violently put down pro-democracy protests. Clooney — a longtime campaigner for human rights in ...

Predicting next yokozuna a formidable task

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jun 12, 2019

Predicting next yokozuna a formidable task

by John Gunning

When veteran sumo journalists get together and the conversation turns, as it inevitability does, to up-and-coming wrestlers, talk is rarely of who will be the next yokozuna. Most writers or commentators are only willing to hypothesize rikishi with the ability to reach sanyaku (the three ...

Alvark's Yudai Baba to join Mavericks minicamp

Basketball / B. League Jun 12, 2019

Alvark's Yudai Baba to join Mavericks minicamp

by Ed Odeven

Alvark Tokyo star Yudai Baba, last month's B. League Final MVP, has been invited to participate in the Dallas Mavericks' upcoming minicamp. The two-time defending B. League champions made the announcement on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Baba averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals ...

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

Soccer | From the Spot Jun 12, 2019

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

Between the U-20 World Cup, the U-22 Toulon Tournament and a Copa America which could see over a dozen Tokyo 2020-eligible players earn their first Samurai Blue caps, it's been an exciting month for Japan supporters awaiting the Olympic men's soccer tournament. The performance of ...

Fencers seek Olympic spots

More Sports Jun 12, 2019

Fencers seek Olympic spots

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's national team fencers are fired up for the upcoming Asian Championships as they seek to earn spots in the team competitions at next year's Tokyo Olympics. "Team competitions are more important at the Olympics," Japan Fencing Federation managing director Nobusuke Miyawaki said on Wednesday ...

Ohtani takes Maeda deep in victory

Baseball / MLB Jun 12, 2019

Ohtani takes Maeda deep in victory

Shohei Ohtani homered off Kenta Maeda and robbed his countryman of a chance for an eighth win Tuesday as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 to complete a two-game Freeway Series sweep. Ohtani, who homered off fellow Japanese and Seattle Mariners ...

Raiders picked to be featured on 'Hard Knocks'

More Sports / Football Jun 12, 2019

Raiders picked to be featured on 'Hard Knocks'

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again. HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network's "Hard Knocks" show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team. Gruden spent nine seasons as ...