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Opposition to submit no-confidence motion against Abe Cabinet

National / Politics Jun 22, 2019

Opposition to submit no-confidence motion against Abe Cabinet

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano has decided, jointly with other opposition parties, on the party's plan to submit a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet during the ongoing Diet session, informed sources said Saturday. The envisaged motion is aimed at ...

Cabinet OKs reforms to address Japan's labor market woes

Business / Economy Jun 22, 2019

Cabinet OKs reforms to address Japan's labor market woes

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved Friday a suite of labor reforms designed to solve Japan's demographic challenges while creating conditions to promote job growth, particularly for those struggling to find stable work. Under the annual economic policy blueprint, the government wants to ...

NATO aims to make space a new frontier in defense

World Jun 22, 2019

NATO aims to make space a new frontier in defense

NATO aims to recognize space as a domain of warfare this year, four senior diplomats said, partly to show U.S. President Donald Trump that the alliance is relevant and adapting to new threats after he signed off on the creation of a U.S. Space ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Jun 22, 2019

Indonesia to vet public servants to identify Islamists

Indonesia plans to tighten vetting of senior public servants amid fears that hard-line Islamist ideology has permeated high levels of government, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and a senior official involved in the plan. Indonesia is officially secular, but there has been a rise ...

Editorials Jun 22, 2019

Push for higher minimum wages

Companies need to consider rising minimum wages not as a threat to their bottom lines but as an opportunity to secure the manpower they need and improve their productivity by making necessary investments.

Blazing a trail in Japan's mountains

Lifestyle Jun 22, 2019

Blazing a trail in Japan's mountains

by Pauline Kitamura

It wasn't so long ago that trail running was considered to be something only nature geeks did in their spare time. I mean, who in their right mind would want to run up a mountain? Cue the sound of crickets chirping ... Things have changed ...

Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Jun 22, 2019

Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Washington Wizards fans can expect to see Rui Hachimura "play hard" every time he takes the floor, the NBA team's first-round draft pick said Friday. Fronting the media for his introductory press conference at Washington's Capital One Arena, the NBA's ninth overall pick said he ...

Roger Federer backs Naomi Osaka to shine after rough patch

Tennis Jun 22, 2019

Roger Federer backs Naomi Osaka to shine after rough patch

Roger Federer insisted Friday that Naomi Osaka will bounce back from a string of setbacks and thrive in the spotlight of being world No. 1 and a double Grand Slam winner. Osaka, 21, won a second consecutive major at the Australian Open in January, but ...