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U.K. supermarkets go 'nude' as more test plastic-free zones

World Aug 22, 2019

U.K. supermarkets go 'nude' as more test plastic-free zones

British supermarkets are starting to go "nude." Bowing to pressure from environmentally conscious consumers, big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. "Nude zones" and "Food in the Nude" campaigns are already ...

Japan's workplace passive smoking rate falls below 30 percent

National Aug 22, 2019

Japan's workplace passive smoking rate falls below 30 percent

The proportion of people affected by passive smoking at workplaces in Japan fell below 30 percent for the first time last year, the labor ministry said in a report based on a survey Wednesday. The figure declined 8.4 percentage points from the previous year to ...

Tourism to Cuba tanks 24% after Trump tightens travel ban

Business Aug 22, 2019

Tourism to Cuba tanks 24% after Trump tightens travel ban

Tourist arrivals to Cuba plunged 23.6 percent on the year in July, official data showed on Wednesday, confirming the blow dealt to the sector by the Trump administration's tightening of U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island. Data from the Statistics Office had already ...

Business Aug 22, 2019

U.S. and Mexico reach deal to end tariffs on tomatoes heading north

Mexican tomato producers struck a last-minute agreement with the Trump administration to avert an anti-dumping investigation and end a tariff dispute that has rumbled on for months, government officials said on Wednesday. Under the draft accord with the U.S. Commerce Department, the vast majority of ...

Editorials Aug 22, 2019

The Greenland episode's lessons

While it has become clear that Trump cannot be constrained in his utterances, it is nevertheless extraordinary that this is how the world's greatest power conducts its diplomacy.

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

Film Aug 22, 2019

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

by Mark Schilling

Genres never really die, but they often mutate into something different on foreign soil. John Ford's cowboys became Akira Kurosawa's samurai, and Kurosawa's samurai became Sergio Leone's serape-clad, cigarillo-chewing "The Man With No Name." And the list goes on. The same is true of that ...

NBA program helps foster young Asian talent

Basketball / NBA Aug 22, 2019

NBA program helps foster young Asian talent

by Ed Odeven

With scorching heat enveloping Tokyo last week, the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp provided heated competition inside the air-conditioned facilities at Mizumoto General Sports Center. For four days, the NBA and FIBA joint operation staged a testing ground for 64 top-level boys and girls players ...

Riseisha captures Koshien crown

Baseball Aug 22, 2019

Riseisha captures Koshien crown

Riseisha High School claimed its maiden title at Japan's National High School Baseball Championship on Thursday, coming from behind in an action-filled final against Seiryo, 5-3. Competing in its first final, the hard-hitting Riseisha lineup broke a 3-3, eighth-inning tie to lead the Osaka Prefecture ...

Tokyo 2020 organizers launch domestic ticket lottery for Paralympics

Paralympics Aug 22, 2019

Tokyo 2020 organizers launch domestic ticket lottery for Paralympics

Applications for the first 2020 Tokyo Paralympic ticket lottery, open only to residents of Japan, started Thursday. The online ticket lottery, where applications are submitted via an official ticket sales website (ticket.tokyo2020.org/paralympic), will run through 11:59 a.m. on Sept. 9, and results will be announced ...