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Renault seeks greater role in Nissan governance reform

Business / Corporate Jun 13, 2019

Renault seeks greater role in Nissan governance reform

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said Wednesday he was unhappy with a part of Nissan Motor Co.'s plans to bolster corporate governance following the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. At an annual shareholders meeting in Paris, Senard said Renault CEO Thierry Bollore should be ...

Japan to lift 18-year-old embargo on Irish sheep meat

Business / Corporate Jun 13, 2019

Japan to lift 18-year-old embargo on Irish sheep meat

The Japanese and Irish governments have reached a broad agreement on the lifting of Japan's 18-year-old ban on imports of sheep meat from Ireland, Irish agriculture minister Michael Creed said on Twitter on Wednesday. The accord came after Japan resumed imports of Irish beef only ...

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

World / Social Issues Jun 13, 2019

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Ecuador's highest court on Wednesday approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in the traditionally Catholic and conservative South American country. The Constitutional Court said same-sex marriage had been approved in a five-to-four vote of its nine judges in a closed hearing. Ecuador, where the church ...

National / Crime & Legal Jun 13, 2019

University student arrested over murder of doctor in Yamagata

A 23-year-old male university student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing a doctor at her apartment in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture, last month, local police said. Hiroki Kato, a fourth-year student at Yamagata University, is suspected of breaking into the apartment of ophthalmologist Chiemi Yaguchi, ...

Coalition vows retaliation after Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport

World Jun 13, 2019

Coalition vows retaliation after Yemen's Houthis strike Saudi airport

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that wounded 26 people. The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim alliance that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen ...

Huawei fights to keep U.S. funds flowing to its rural mobile customers

Business Jun 13, 2019

Huawei fights to keep U.S. funds flowing to its rural mobile customers

China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world's biggest telecom equipment maker, argued on Wednesday that Washington should scrap plans to prohibit wireless companies from using U.S. government funds to buy Huawei gear for their networks. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in March 2018 ...

Cocoa prices soar as Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana threaten supply cut

Business Jun 13, 2019

Cocoa prices soar as Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana threaten supply cut

Cocoa prices rose sharply on Wednesday after key producers Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price. The threat pushed the September forward contract for the commodity, listed in New York, to $2,540 a ton, ...

Summer-flavored fare for an elegant evening

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jun 13, 2019

Summer-flavored fare for an elegant evening

Nothing complements summer evenings in the city quite like the ambiance of exquisite dining within an elegant terrace setting. From July 1 to Sept. 30, the Palace Hotel Tokyo welcomes guests to enjoy its summer dining plan available at restaurant Grand Kitchen. The Summer Terrace ...

'Akira' is all set for its Hollywood remake

Film | Wide Angle Jun 13, 2019

'Akira' is all set for its Hollywood remake

by Matt Schley

Like it or not, Hollywood's "Akira" is finally happening. The live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga and anime had been in development limbo since the rights were picked up by Warner Bros. in 2002. Now, after years of speculation, it's been given the release ...

'Street sports' gain ground in Japan ahead of Olympic debut

Olympics Jun 13, 2019

'Street sports' gain ground in Japan ahead of Olympic debut

As Tokyo prepares to host the inaugural Olympic 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and skateboarding events, youth-focused "street sports" are breaking new ground in Japan, providing unexpected benefits and opportunities in some unlikely places. While the X Games and the French Festival International des Sports Extremes ...