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Mount Asama erupts for second time in a month

National Aug 25, 2019

Mount Asama erupts for second time in a month

Mount Asama, a volcano in central Japan, erupted Sunday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to warn of possible airborne rock debris and pyroclastic flows within about a 2-kilometer radius of the crater. The eruption, which followed one on Aug. 7, occurred at 7:28 p.m., with smoke ...

Trump denies China trade war causing friction at G7

Business / Economy Aug 25, 2019

Trump denies China trade war causing friction at G7

President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that his trade war with China is causing friction at the G7 summit, but indicated he will hold off from a threatened further escalation for now. "I think they respect the trade war. It has to happen," Trump told ...

Global appetite for beef and soy fuels Amazon fires

Business Aug 25, 2019

Global appetite for beef and soy fuels Amazon fires

REUTERS Two of the industries involved in the infernos consuming the Amazon rainforest and drawing the attention of global powers gathered at the G7 meeting in France are familiar to diners worldwide: soy and beef. Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef, with a record ...

Crown Prince Akishino and family return from trip to Bhutan

National Aug 25, 2019

Crown Prince Akishino and family return from trip to Bhutan

Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko and their son Prince Hisahito returned Sunday from a weeklong private family vacation in Bhutan, the first overseas trip for the 12-year-old heir to the chrysanthemum throne. The family of the crown prince, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, ...

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort

Business Aug 25, 2019

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort

Squabbles erupted among G7 nations Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit host, ...

Editorials Aug 25, 2019

U.S. firms rethink capitalism

The U.S. Business Roundtable group should reach out to counterparts in Japan to begin a dialogue on meaningful reform of capitalism in the 21st century.

An island festival steeped in history

Our Lives | JAPAN LITE Aug 25, 2019

An island festival steeped in history

by Amy Chavez

In 1185, Japan's Taira (Heike) and Minamoto (Genpei) clans played out the final battle of the Genpei War, the result of which would have a profound effect on Japan ushering in its first shogun with Kamakura as the shogunate. In the latter part of the ...

High hopes for Paralympics with year to go

Paralympics Aug 25, 2019

High hopes for Paralympics with year to go

The countdown has begun for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, with Sunday marking one year until the games featuring athletes with a range of disabilities begin. Tokyo, which last hosted the games in 1964, will be the first city to host the Summer Paralympics twice. Japan ...