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Japan's household spending firm but wages weaker

Business / Economy Aug 6, 2019

Japan's household spending firm but wages weaker

Household spending rose for the seventh straight month in June amid signs that resilient consumer activity could help counter the effects of weak global demand, although the consumption outlook was clouded by softer wages. The Bank of Japan is hopeful that a pickup in private ...

Hiroshima pianos that survived bombing play on

National Aug 6, 2019

Hiroshima pianos that survived bombing play on

A piano tuner from Hiroshima is spreading a message of peace with a collection of pianos that survived the bombing in August 1945. Mitsunori Yagawa, 67, fixes the pianos after receiving them from donors and takes them around the country. Born to a hibakusha family, Yagawa ...

Titanic shipyard Harland and Wolff to file for insolvency

Business Aug 6, 2019

Titanic shipyard Harland and Wolff to file for insolvency

Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, was put into administration on Monday after its bankrupt Norwegian owner failed to find a buyer and calls for its nationalization were rebuffed. The shipyard, whose towering yellow cranes dominate the Northern Irish city's skyline, ...

Victoria's Secret hires transgender model following criticism

Business Aug 6, 2019

Victoria's Secret hires transgender model following criticism

Victoria's Secret hired its first openly transgender model, a capitulation from chief marketing officer Ed Razek's stance as recently as last fall. Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio posted a photo of herself on Instagram, tagging Victoria's Secret. The brand hired her for a campaign for its ...

EU border force Frontex accused of allowing abuse of migrants

World / Social Issues Aug 6, 2019

EU border force Frontex accused of allowing abuse of migrants

The European Union border force Frontex has allegedly been turning a blind eye to ill treatment of refugees by guards at EU external borders, according to media reports Monday. A joint investigation by German public broadcaster ARD, non-profit investigative journalism website Correctiv and British newspaper ...

Business Aug 6, 2019

Firearms stocks surge as U.S. massacres renew gun-control demands

Shares of U.S. gun-makers rose Monday, bucking declines in the broader market, amid renewed calls for gun control measures following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. Gun company stocks have typically traded higher after mass shootings as consumers may step up purchases ...

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

Stage Aug 6, 2019

Kabuki looks to Olympics to broaden its audience

In an effort to reach a broader audience ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's National Theatre is accommodating international guests of traditional kabuki performances by using in-show commentary and English subtitles. On a day during the early summer rainy season, the venue ...

Hinako Shibuno stunned by her achievement

More Sports / Golf Aug 6, 2019

Hinako Shibuno stunned by her achievement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Hinako Shibuno made a heroic return home Tuesday evening after becoming a household name by winning the Women's British Open on Sunday. What was awaiting the country's newest golf star upon her arrival at Haneda airport was a large flock of fans, reporters and TV ...