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NTT Docomo to scrap early termination fees for some users

Business Sep 17, 2019

NTT Docomo to scrap early termination fees for some users

Mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will eliminate penalty fees for early termination of two-year contracts for certain users. Subscribers who pay their mobile phone fees with the carrier's "d card" credit card will be eligible for the free termination, while ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 17, 2019

Four Japanese publishers sue U.S. 'pirate' manga websites

Four Japanese publishers have filed a damages lawsuit with a court in New York against several U.S.-hosted websites that allow visitors to view manga, alleging "massive" copyright infringement. The publishers say that the websites, which offer content in Japanese, are successors of the now-shuttered pirate ...

Uniqlo to sell clothes made from recycled plastic bottles

Business / Corporate Sep 17, 2019

Uniqlo to sell clothes made from recycled plastic bottles

Fast Retailing Co., the operator of the Uniqlo casual apparel chain, says it will produce clothes made from used plastic bottles in cooperation with Toray Industries Inc. The fashion retailer will put the items on sale in next year's spring-summer season, mainly targeting eco-conscious consumers, ...

Japan to build central database to improve monitoring of remote islands

National Sep 17, 2019

Japan to build central database to improve monitoring of remote islands

The government plans to build a central database to strengthen the monitoring of remote islands that define Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, according to sources. The database will list basic information on the remote islands together with image data from satellites, aerial photography ...

Abe reiterates resolve to hold talks with North Korea's Kim

National Sep 17, 2019

Abe reiterates resolve to hold talks with North Korea's Kim

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meeting with relatives of North Korean abduction victims, said he remains committed to holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions to resolve the issue. "I will meet with Mr. Kim without preconditions and am determined to work ...

World Sep 17, 2019

Personal data leaked for almost entire population of Ecuador

The personal data of almost the entire population of Ecuador has been leaked online, security experts said Monday, in a massive breach the government called a "very delicate" issue. An estimated 17 million people, including almost 7 million minors and children, had their data exposed ...

Editorials Sep 17, 2019

Symbolic strikes in Saudi Arabia

Given Houthi determination to take the fight to Saudi Arabia and Iran's belief that it is the rightful leader of the region, violence will continue and instability will grow.

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

Art Sep 17, 2019

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

by Matthew Larking

"Vienna on the Path to Modernism" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is essentially an illustrated history of sociopolitical developments leading to the city flourishing as one of the world's great cultural centers from the mid-18th century.

Urawa Reds move past Shanghai SIPG into ACL semis on away goals

Soccer Sep 17, 2019

Urawa Reds move past Shanghai SIPG into ACL semis on away goals

Urawa Reds advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Champions League on away goals Tuesday after their quarterfinal tie with Shanghai SIPG ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw. In the second leg of the quarterfinal at Saitama Stadium, Shanghai keeper Yan Junling conceded an own ...

Sumo 101: Sumo on the silver screen

Sumo Sep 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Sumo on the silver screen

by John Gunning

For an activity as visually fascinating as sumo, there are precious few movies about the sport. A typical day's action in the Kokugikan often involves more drama than a whole season in some other sports. Incredible athleticism and feats of strength, combined with elaborate ritual and ...

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 17, 2019

Five rikishi share lead after Day 10

Mitakeumi, Takakeisho and Asanoyama earned impressive victories Tuesday to move into a five-way tie for the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. The logjam at the top of the standings at Ryogoku Kokugikan follows losses on Day 10 by the joint overnight leaders, No. ...

Olympic Channel heavily invested in success of 2020 Tokyo Games

Olympics Sep 17, 2019

Olympic Channel heavily invested in success of 2020 Tokyo Games

The Olympic Channel, a sport-focused streaming television service operated by the International Olympic Committee, is hoping that fans tune into the free platform when it covers its first Summer Games in Tokyo next year. Launched at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games, the ...