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Three days after submarine fire, Russia admits vessel was nuclear-powered

World Jul 4, 2019

Three days after submarine fire, Russia admits vessel was nuclear-powered

President Vladimir Putin disclosed Thursday for the first time that a top-secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuclear-powered, prompting Russia's defense minister to assure him that its nuclear reactor had been contained. Russian officials have faced accusations of trying ...

Japan bets on QR code payments to sustain spending

Business Jul 4, 2019

Japan bets on QR code payments to sustain spending

by Stanley White

When the baseball season kicked off in Japan this spring, fans of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were faced with an inconvenience they'd never encountered before: The food and drink stalls did not accept cash. The team's owner, internet commerce firm Rakuten Inc., was trying ...

Business Jul 4, 2019

U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan shrinks 26.1% in May

The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Japan shrank 26.1 percent in May from the previous month to $5.35 billion (¥576.8 billion), the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The deficit with China, meanwhile, expanded 12.2 percent to $30.20 billion, the department said. For the reporting month, Japan ranked ...

Time to end BOJ's grand experiment?

Commentary / Japan Jul 4, 2019

Time to end BOJ's grand experiment?

by Jesper Koll

Central banks are back on the center stage of the global economic policy debate. The U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank now appear ready to ease monetary policy — in a turnaround from just some months ago when people were looking for ...

New restaurant offers commemorative dishes

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 4, 2019

New restaurant offers commemorative dishes

Nadaman restaurants have long represented the height of Japanese cuisine. Now, that height is taking on a literal meaning as well. The Nadaman Group is happy to announce the grand opening of Nadaman Sokyu, its 26th location situated on the top two floors of ...

New app to connect Japan with Africa

General | NEWS AND NOTES Jul 4, 2019

New app to connect Japan with Africa

A free smartphone app for iOS and Android and designed to enhance mutual understanding and exchange between Africans and Japanese, Nahfconnects, was recently launched in Tokyo. The app, available in Japanese and English, enables users to chat and make free phone calls. It also provides ...

The life of a professional Japanese doppelganger

Stage Jul 4, 2019

The life of a professional Japanese doppelganger

by Andrew McKirdy

With his single sequined glove, sparkly jacket and sharp moonwalk dance moves, the man on stage could be no one else. Or could he? "The good thing about being a Michael Jackson impersonator is that I play a global superstar," says Kazushi Yabe, who has ...

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

Sumo Jul 4, 2019

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

by John Gunning

Commentators often divide sumo into eras, each defined by its outstanding rivalry. Whether it's Akebono vs. Takanohana, Taiho against Kashiwado or Tochinoshiki taking on Wakanohana, great yokozuna pairings have traditionally been the standard way to separate one generation of rikishi from the next. So dominant has ...

Nagoya Grampus suffer big upset in Emperor's Cup second round

Soccer Jul 4, 2019

Nagoya Grampus suffer big upset in Emperor's Cup second round

Nagoya Grampus suffered an ignominious 3-0 defeat to the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya on Wednesday, perhaps the biggest upset of the evening's slate of Emperor's Cup second-round fixtures. Fielding a reserve-heavy squad, the J. League first-division side was unable to find ...