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Renesas chief to resign three months after re-appointment

Business / Corporate Jun 26, 2019

Renesas chief to resign three months after re-appointment

Major chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. said Tuesday that President and Chief Executive Officer Bunsei Kure will step down at the end of June due to the company's worsening business performance. Kure's resignation comes just three months after he was re-appointed president and CEO of the ...

Sharp to consider investing in Japan Display if asked, CEO says

Business Jun 26, 2019

Sharp to consider investing in Japan Display if asked, CEO says

Sharp Corp. CEO and Chairman Tai Jeng-wu said Tuesday his company will consider investing in Japan Display Inc. if the struggling display maker asks for financial aid. Tai made the remark at Sharp's business strategies briefing held after the company's annual shareholders meeting in Sakai, ...

U.S. companies find legal loophole to avoid Trump's Huawei blacklist

Business Jun 26, 2019

U.S. companies find legal loophole to avoid Trump's Huawei blacklist

American technology companies have resumed selling certain products to Huawei Technologies Co. after concluding there are legal ways to work with the Chinese telecom giant in spite of its inclusion on a Trump Administration blacklist. Micron Technology Inc., the largest U.S. maker of computer memory ...

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Film / Reviews Jun 26, 2019

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

by James Hadfield

Before Donald Trump made "fake news" the buzzword of choice for dissemblers and autocrats, Japanese netizens were already starting to question the veracity of what they read in the papers, albeit for very different reasons. The media's handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, in ...

Breakdancing among four sports likely added to Paris 2024 Games

Olympics Jun 26, 2019

Breakdancing among four sports likely added to Paris 2024 Games

The four sports proposed by Paris organizers — breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing — were provisionally approved for the 2024 Summer Games at the International Olympic Committee Session on Tuesday. The four sports, featuring 12 individual events, are set to be contested in Paris ...

Much talk, no action from sumo committees

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jun 26, 2019

Much talk, no action from sumo committees

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association loves committees. Barely a scandal or incident goes by without the creation of some kind of panel or investigative group. Last month saw the establishment of yet another. The "Expert Committee to Contemplate the Future Succession of Sumo" is an advisory body whose ...

Rui Hachimura takes first NBA steps at Wizards minicamp

Basketball / NBA Jun 26, 2019

Rui Hachimura takes first NBA steps at Wizards minicamp

Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player selected in the opening round of the NBA draft, embarked on his professional basketball career Tuesday on the first day of the Washington Wizards' mini-camp. The 21-year-old, who was claimed by the Wizards with the ninth pick on Thursday ...