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Japan to provide U.S. with missile data from Aegis Ashore

National / Politics Jul 9, 2019

Japan to provide U.S. with missile data from Aegis Ashore

Japan will provide U.S. forces with information obtained from planned Aegis Ashore ground-based missile defense systems when necessary, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said at a news conference Tuesday. The comment suggests there is a possibility that the Aegis Ashore systems would serve as a radar ...

Shake-up in U.S. Navy leadership adds to Pentagon churn

World Jul 9, 2019

Shake-up in U.S. Navy leadership adds to Pentagon churn

A surprise shake-up in the U.S. Navy's leadership this week added to some of the biggest churn in memory at top levels of the Pentagon, where positions ranging from the secretary of defense to the heads of military branches have seen jolting turnover. Adm. Bill ...

Women boosting their presence at Tokyo's new Toyosu fish market

National Jul 9, 2019

Women boosting their presence at Tokyo's new Toyosu fish market

Mao Nakajima, 31, works for intermediary wholesale company Hicho in Tokyo's new major wholesale fish market, where she examines southern bluefin tuna and other fish and places bids. Intermediary wholesalers fillet tuna weighing more than 70 kilograms and sell pieces to buyers from restaurants who ...

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

National Jul 9, 2019

Fire breaks out at restaurant in Kyoto's Gion geisha district

A fire broke out Monday at a restaurant in an area of Kyoto popular with tourists, engulfing several neighboring buildings, police said. The fire occurred at around 9:15 p.m. at a restaurant on the main street of the Gion geisha district, where there are numerous ...

Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

Business Jul 9, 2019

Attacks on Big Tech likely at White House social media 'summit'

President Donald Trump is gearing up for a fresh assault on Silicon Valley this week with a "social media summit" — inviting conservative critics of Big Tech but excluding the big online platforms themselves. The White House offered few details on its gathering set for ...

EU and Cyprus condemn new Turkish drilling off island

Business Jul 9, 2019

EU and Cyprus condemn new Turkish drilling off island

The European Union said on Monday a second attempt by Turkey to drill for oil and gas in waters off Cyprus was an "unacceptable escalation," having warned Ankara to stop its "illegal" activities or face sanctions. "Turkey's declared intention to illegally conduct a new drilling ...

Business Jul 9, 2019

Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan Prime Day strike

Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer's summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center ...

ICC is told Malian jihadist 'terrorized Timbuktu'

World / Crime & Legal Jul 9, 2019

ICC is told Malian jihadist 'terrorized Timbuktu'

A Malian jihadi accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines also imposed a reign of terror on local residents, who were "scared out of their minds," the International Criminal Court heard on Monday. Prosecutors accuse Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud of war ...

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

Stage Jul 9, 2019

Mastering the art of multilingual performance

by Nobuko Tanaka

Tokyo's cozy 60-odd-seat Komaba Agora Theater isn't perhaps where you would expect a cutting-edge multilingual drama experiment to be staged, but that's just where Oriza Hirata has chosen to work his latest magic. There, on a set made to look like a laboratory in the ...

How folk craft found its place in the art world

Art Jul 9, 2019

How folk craft found its place in the art world

by Yoko Haruhara

"Japanese Tableware" highlights the passion with which Soetsu Yanagi — one of the founding fathers of the Japanese folk crafts movement — appreciated artisanal works into his own life, displaying the actual tableware that his family used when they gathered for meals.

Nigeria's Odion Ighalo keeps focus on winning

Soccer Jul 9, 2019

Nigeria's Odion Ighalo keeps focus on winning

Odion Ighalo insisted on Tuesday that team success is far more important than personal accolades with his goals the driving Nigeria's run to the quarterfinals in Egypt. The China-based forward finished as the leading scorer in qualifying for this year's Africa Cup of Nations, and ...

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 9, 2019

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho each earned their third straight wins at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to maintain their share of the lead. In the final bout of the day at Dolphins Arena, Kakuryu easily dispatched top-ranked maegashira Asanoyama (1-2) in their first ...

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

Sumo Jul 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

by John Gunning

There are six honbasho (official tournaments) every year. They take place in the odd-numbered months, with half being hosted in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The remaining three are the spring tournament in Osaka in March, the July tournament in Nagoya and the November meet in Fukuoka. While ...