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Japan starts minting first coins of Reiwa Era

National Jul 11, 2019

Japan starts minting first coins of Reiwa Era

Japan Mint began producing ¥500 and ¥100 coins Thursday stamped with the year of issue as "Reiwa one," following the start of the new imperial era on May 1. Five-hundred-yen coins, inscribed with Chinese characters reading "Reiwa gannen" and with milled edges, were discharged from ...

U.S. probes French plan to tax tech giants

Business Jul 11, 2019

U.S. probes French plan to tax tech giants

The U.S. will investigate a French plan to impose taxes on technology companies, a move that has been a prelude to new U.S. tariffs under the Trump administration. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have as long as a year to examine whether the plan ...

Seven-Eleven Japan opens first stores in Okinawa

Business / Corporate Jul 11, 2019

Seven-Eleven Japan opens first stores in Okinawa

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. opened its first outlets in Okinawa on Thursday, giving it a presence in all 47 prefectures. The unit of Seven & I Holdings Co. plans to set up about 250 shops on the main island within five years. Okinawa and Tottori were the ...

U.S. appeals court hands win to Trump in hotel 'emoluments' case

Business Jul 11, 2019

U.S. appeals court hands win to Trump in hotel 'emoluments' case

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday scored a crucial victory in a Democratic-backed lawsuit that accuses him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his Washington hotel. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a set of decisions instructing a ...

Walmart workers strike over retailer's robot push in Chile

Business Jul 11, 2019

Walmart workers strike over retailer's robot push in Chile

Walmart Inc. is facing a strike by thousands of workers in South America amid the retail giant's push to increase automation at its physical stores. About 17,000 Walmart workers in Chile went on an indefinite strike on Wednesday after labor talks between the company and ...

Fruity sweets painted with a summer palette

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 11, 2019

Fruity sweets painted with a summer palette

From July 20 to Sept. 30, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo invites guests to taste summer with a wide selection of tantalizing sweets. At The Champagne Bar, guests can enjoy a colorful sweets buffet (¥4,600 on weekdays and ¥5,600 on weekends and public holidays). Arranged on ...

Tomorrow's film legends descend on Saitama

Film | Wide Angle Jul 11, 2019

Tomorrow's film legends descend on Saitama

by Mark Schilling

Launched in 2004 to promote digital cinema, the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (July 13-21) in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, has become a showcase for emerging filmmakers. Among the Skip City alumni who have gone on to thriving careers are Cannes Palme d'Or winner Nuri ...

Yokozuna rivals remain unbeaten after fifth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 11, 2019

Yokozuna rivals remain unbeaten after fifth day

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho stayed unbeaten on Thursday to keep their share of the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolians are tied at 5-0 with No. 7 maegashira Tomokaze and No. 16 Terutsuyoshi following five days of the 15-day tournament at ...

Sumo 101: Teahouses

Sumo Jul 11, 2019

Sumo 101: Teahouses

by John Gunning

There are many ways to purchase sumo tickets. As with other sports, phone or online sales, as well as specialized ticket agents account for a large proportion of seats sold. The best seats in the house at five of the six yearly Grand Sumo tournaments, however, ...