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Japan and New Zealand to jointly aim for expanded TPP

Business Sep 19, 2019

Japan and New Zealand to jointly aim for expanded TPP

The leaders of Japan and New Zealand agreed Thursday to work toward expanding the existing 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, as they seek further economic and regional integration in the Indo-Pacific. After meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Amazon Japan starts locker delivery service

Business / Corporate Sep 19, 2019

Amazon Japan starts locker delivery service

Amazon Japan G.K. on Wednesday started a locker delivery service, Amazon Hub, aimed at enhancing convenience for customers and reducing the need for re-deliveries. The e-commerce giant has installed lockers at FamilyMart Co. convenience stores and other locations for customers to pick up their packages. Amazon ...

Chiba Prefecture tourism takes hit after Typhoon Faxai

National Sep 19, 2019

Chiba Prefecture tourism takes hit after Typhoon Faxai

The tourism industry in Chiba Prefecture has suffered a heavy blow from powerful Typhoon Faxai, which struck the prefecture last week. With some tourism sites in the prefecture facing drops in visitors and others suspending operations, concerns over extended negative effects are mounting ahead of ...

Business / Tech Sep 19, 2019

African star tech startup lays off hundreds of junior developers

Major African tech start-up Andela sacked hundreds of its staff this week — the majority from Nigeria — in one of the largest layoffs in the continent's budding tech industry. The start-up, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from investors including Facebook and tennis ...

India bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows

Business Sep 19, 2019

India bans e-cigarettes as vaping backlash grows

India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco. The announcement by India came a day after New York became the second U.S. state to ban ...

Editorials Sep 19, 2019

Jack Ma moves on

There is every reason for Japanese to wish the Alibaba co-founder the best of luck and see how he changes the world next.

Groove to timeless tunes in the moonlight

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Sep 19, 2019

Groove to timeless tunes in the moonlight

With several Rugby World Cup 2019 matches set for Kobe, Kobe Portopia Hotel builds on the excitement with its Music and Dance @ Kobe Portopia Night 2019 event promising just what the name suggests. From old disco hits to today's chart toppers, music and fun ...

Reina: Dancing the dream

Stage Sep 19, 2019

Reina: Dancing the dream

by Chisato Tanaka

Hip-hop dancer Reina has dispensed with school in favor of dedicating her life to her art, and regularly travels across Asia to deliver dance classes and workshops

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Sep 19, 2019

Takakeisho moves ahead of the pack

Takakeisho took the outright lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, beating Myogiryu to improve to 10-2 and secure promotion back to ozeki. The sekiwake, who is making his return from a knee injury, sits alone atop the standings after joint overnight leader ...

Kenichiro Fumita clinches Greco-Roman 60-kg gold, Olympic berth

More Sports Sep 19, 2019

Kenichiro Fumita clinches Greco-Roman 60-kg gold, Olympic berth

Kenichiro Fumita defeated Russia's Sergey Emelin to claim the men's Greco-Roman 60-kg gold medal Tuesday at the world championships in Kazakhstan, which double as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old Fumita clinched a 10-5 victory over Emelin, 24, who had won all ...