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Japanese antimonopoly watchdog drafts guidelines to regulate IT giants

Business Jul 17, 2019

Japanese antimonopoly watchdog drafts guidelines to regulate IT giants

The Fair Trade Commission has drafted guidelines stipulating that it can consider cases where information technology giants obtain personal data without consent as violations of the country's antimonopoly law, it was learned Tuesday. The antimonopoly watchdog will shortly compile a final draft of the guidelines ...

Kitri: Sisters are doin' it for themselves

Music Jul 17, 2019

Kitri: Sisters are doin' it for themselves

by Patrick St. Michel

Monami Kida can't remember the last time she had an argument with Hinano, her younger sister and partner in the classical-meets-pop project Kitri. "It might have been a disagreement regarding the order of the songs we would play live," Monami, better known as Mona, says. ...

'Tokyo Ghoul "S"': A college, a cafe and a cannibal

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Tokyo Ghoul "S"': A college, a cafe and a cannibal

by Mark Schilling

Big pop-culture franchises generate movie sequels as naturally as chickens lay eggs. Directed by first-timers Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki, "Tokyo Ghoul 'S'" is a follow-up to "Tokyo Ghoul," a 2017 sci-fi horror film based on Sui Ishida's hit manga about a college boy who ...

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

by James Hadfield

Rare is the child who hasn't lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country where many people grow up sleeping on futons, such fears are perhaps less deeply rooted. That would explain why, ...

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Jul 17, 2019

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on Wednesday. The draw at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur saw the 34 top-ranked sides in Asia, along ...

Organizers to build recovery monuments for disaster-hit areas

Olympics Jul 17, 2019

Organizers to build recovery monuments for disaster-hit areas

The Tokyo Games organizing committee said Wednesday it will oversee construction of three Olympic monuments made out of materials recycled from temporary housing provided in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Tokyo 2020 Recovery Monument project is the latest effort ...

Yokozuna Kakuryu remains spotless after 11 days in Nagoya

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 17, 2019

Yokozuna Kakuryu remains spotless after 11 days in Nagoya

Yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his sole lead after beating former ozeki Kotoshogiku on Wednesday, the 11th day of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. The 33-year-old Kakuryu, who is gunning for his sixth top-division championship, thrust down No. 5 maegashira Kotoshogiku (5-6) to hang on to his ...

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 17, 2019

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

by Dan Orlowitz

Knowledge is not always power, but a little communication can go a long way. That's perhaps the biggest takeaway from last Saturday's game between Yokohama F. Marinos and Urawa Reds, where an outside source of information gave Teruhito Nakagawa a somewhat undeserved goal in the ...

Sumo 101: Regional tours

Sumo Jul 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Regional tours

by John Gunning

An oft-heard refrain from fans new to sumo is that wrestlers get paid huge sums for just a few seconds work each day. It's one of the more common misconceptions, along with thinking that success in Japan's national sport is just a matter of eating ...

Bolt expecting high-voltage games in Tokyo

Olympics Jul 17, 2019

Bolt expecting high-voltage games in Tokyo

by Dave Hueston

Approaching one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, double individual world record holder and now-retired Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt said he is thrilled to be coming to Japan for the sporting extravaganza, even if he is no longer considered "the fastest man ...