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46 articles published


Under Trump, currencies may become next global battleground

Business Jun 23, 2019

Under Trump, currencies may become next global battleground

President Donald Trump's renewed focus on what he calls "unfair" exchange rates could presage a new global battlefield that has the potential to do great damage to the world economy. Trump has spent two years attacking the underpinnings of the global trading system, launching multifront ...

A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight

National Jun 23, 2019

A-bomb museum puts foreign hibakusha in spotlight

by Keita Nakamura

Whenever Lee Jong-keun speaks to children about his experience as a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor, he begins by showing them a picture of the mushroom cloud. Then the 90-year-old Korean explains that Japanese were not the only people who died. When it reopened in April after ...

Behind the bluster: Britain's Boris Johnson

World / Politics | FOCUS Jun 23, 2019

Behind the bluster: Britain's Boris Johnson

Known for his jokes, gaffes and bluster, Boris Johnson has pitched himself as the big personality Britain needs to break the Brexit deadlock and thereby save his Conservative Party from electoral oblivion. The former foreign minister has been dogged by questions about his competence and ...

Jeremy Hunt: The smooth survivor eyeing Britain's top post

World / Politics | FOCUS Jun 23, 2019

Jeremy Hunt: The smooth survivor eyeing Britain's top post

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is a soft-spoken political survivor who believes his business background can see him strike a Brexit deal if he defeats Boris Johnson to become prime minister. The 52-year-old has branded himself as the "serious" alternative to Johnson, making unflustered progress ...

China no match for Japan in Southeast Asia infrastructure race

Business Jun 23, 2019

China no match for Japan in Southeast Asia infrastructure race

Japan is still winning the Southeast Asia infrastructure race against China, with pending projects worth almost one and a half times its rival, according to the latest data from Fitch Solutions. Japanese-backed projects in the region's six biggest economies — Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand ...

Fashion-forward trends still hark back

Style & Design Jun 23, 2019

Fashion-forward trends still hark back

by Samuel Thomas

My mentor in all things fashion, a Parisienne buyer who prefers to remain unnamed, once confidently asserted in her usual grandiose manner, "You know that fashion is over when designers start relying on irony." She was referring to the "it's cool because it isn't, ...

Here's to good old household items

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Jun 23, 2019

Here's to good old household items

by Mio Yamada

Manufacturing in Japan has had a lot to contend with since its latter Showa Era (1926-1989) golden years. With so many cheaper imports available, locally made everyday items are becoming increasingly harder to find. But there are some manufacturing stalwarts out there who are ...

Misfiring FC Tokyo falls to Vegalta

Soccer / J. League Jun 23, 2019

Misfiring FC Tokyo falls to Vegalta

Kunimitsu Sekiguchi scored a stunning goal for Vegalta Sendai to set his team on the way to a 2-0 victory over J. League leader FC Tokyo on Sunday. Tokyo has failed to score in its last two league matches and has lost three of its ...

Lys Gracieux claims second G1 win at Takarazuka Kinen

More Sports / Horse Racing Jun 23, 2019

Lys Gracieux claims second G1 win at Takarazuka Kinen

Third-favorite Lys Gracieux claimed her second Grade-1 victory on Sunday at the 60th running of the Takarazuka Kinen. Lys Gracieux, steered by Australian jockey Damian Lane, trailed top-pick Kiseki for the majority of the 2,200-meter race at Hanshin Racecourse, but came from behind with less ...