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Anime fans shocked by arson attack at famous Kyoto studio

National Jul 18, 2019

Anime fans shocked by arson attack at famous Kyoto studio

An arson attack at a well-known animation studio in Kyoto that left at least 33 people dead Thursday stunned fans of anime both at home and abroad. Expressions of sympathy and prayers poured in from fans of works produced by Kyoto Animation Co., also known ...

Business Jul 18, 2019

Lack of sunshine cools sales of summer products in Japan

A severe lack of sunshine in the Kanto region is cooling sales of summer products, while the temperatures, unusual for this time of the year, are also generating unseasonal demand for hot drinks and food products. According to the Meteorological Agency, the number of hours ...

Cyberthreats bound to expand ahead of 2020 Games, experts warn

National Jul 18, 2019

Cyberthreats bound to expand ahead of 2020 Games, experts warn

As Japan gears up for the 2020 Olympics in just over a year, it needs to brace for sophisticated cyberattacks, experts say. With the proliferation of smart devices and drones, such attacks are likely to increase not only in number, but also in complexity. Previous Olympic ...

Huawei says Italy's new 5G powers discriminate against the firm

Business / Tech Jul 18, 2019

Huawei says Italy's new 5G powers discriminate against the firm

Chinese telecom equipment group Huawei Technologies criticized the Italian government's newly beefed-up powers to intervene in the development of fifth-generation (5G) telecom services, saying they discriminated against the company. Luigi De Vecchis, chairman of Huawei Italia, made the comment in a parliamentary hearing after the ...

Editorials Jul 18, 2019

The future draws closer

As a civilization, we must begin to grapple with the legal and ethical dimensions of direct interfaces between humans' brains and computers.

Various summer delicacies to choose from

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Jul 18, 2019

Various summer delicacies to choose from

Grand Hyatt Tokyo is pleased to introduce its new summer menus, perfect for enjoying indoors or on the hotel's spacious open-air terraces. The hotel's 10 restaurants and bars have prepared a myriad of exceptional offers such as sensational afternoon teas, chilled spicy noodles and invigorating ...

Japan jumps into the music stream

Music | Sound Off Jul 18, 2019

Japan jumps into the music stream

by Patrick St. Michel

The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared a note on Twitter announcing that his band's entire catalog would be uploaded to streaming music platforms like Spotify ...

Kakuryu holds onto slim lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 18, 2019

Kakuryu holds onto slim lead

Kakuryu maintained his one-win lead over Hakuho at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament after both yokozuna prevailed on Thursday. Five-time champion Kakuryu improved to a perfect 12-0 with a victory over No. 6 maegashira Chiyotairyu (6-6) on Day 12 at Dolphins Arena. Unbeaten in their 11 ...

Sumo 101: Tsukebito

Sumo Jul 18, 2019

Sumo 101: Tsukebito

by John Gunning

Sumo is a life built around the carrot and stick approach. The higher a rikishi rises up the rankings, the easier his life becomes. Changes are incremental and consist of things like better quality yukata, less chores, being allowed to own a cellphone, etc. The biggest jump ...