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Emperor and Empress to hold tea party for royals from overseas

National Oct 8, 2019

Emperor and Empress to hold tea party for royals from overseas

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will invite royals from overseas who are attending the emperor's Oct. 22 enthronement proclamation ceremony to their residence for a tea party the following day, Imperial Household Agency vice head Yasuhiko Nishimura said Monday. "We planned the tea party to ...

Flying taxis in Singapore to test cleaner, quieter sky ride

Asia Pacific Oct 8, 2019

Flying taxis in Singapore to test cleaner, quieter sky ride

A British company says it's building the world's first "vertiport" for electric aircraft in Singapore, an early step towards a global network for flying taxis. Essex-based Skyports Ltd. plans to show off the vertical takeoff and landing station at Marina Bay during the Intelligent Transport ...

Business / Economy Oct 8, 2019

Japan's August current account surplus up 18%

Japan's current account surplus increased 18.3 percent in August from a year earlier as imports declined faster than exports amid the continued effects of the U.S.-China trade conflict, government data showed Tuesday. The surplus in the current account — one of the widest gauges of ...

Creators of 'South Park brutally mock NBA's China apology

Asia Pacific Oct 8, 2019

Creators of 'South Park brutally mock NBA's China apology

The creators of "South Park" have issued a mock apology to China after censors scrubbed their popular animation from the Chinese web. The tongue-in-cheek statement, skewering Beijing's demands that Western brands conform to its world view, came with officials apparently annoyed about an episode that ...

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Business / Economy Oct 8, 2019

Japan's household spending rises for ninth month but wages fall

Household spending rose for the ninth straight month in August, offering some relief for Japan's export-dependent economy amid weak global demand and the protracted U.S.-China trade war. But separate data released Tuesday showed wages fell for the eighth consecutive month, pointing to further strains on ...

Japan to conduct trial tour to Russian-held isles from Wednesday

National Oct 8, 2019

Japan to conduct trial tour to Russian-held isles from Wednesday

A trial sightseeing tour to two of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido at the center of a decadeslong territorial row between Tokyo and Moscow will take place between Wednesday and Oct. 16, the Japanese government has said. Around 50 Japanese nationals will participate in the ...

Scandal-hit Swedish Academy to award two Nobel literature prizes

World Oct 8, 2019

Scandal-hit Swedish Academy to award two Nobel literature prizes

The Swedish Academy will crown two Nobel literature laureates this year, making up for lost time after it skipped last year's prize over a sexual harassment scandal. Experts say the academy will seek to avoid ruffling any feathers with this year's choice of laureates as ...

'Reading Images': Take the time to read into photography

Art Oct 8, 2019

'Reading Images': Take the time to read into photography

by John L. Tran

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum exhibition "The Time of Photography" starts with kitsch late 19th-century Yokohama shashin — hand-colored photos of Japanese scenes for sale to foreigners — and ends with the evanescence of Rinko Kawauchi's photography of everyday life made poetic through the ...

Scots eye Russia springboard for big showdown with Japan

Rugby Oct 8, 2019

Scots eye Russia springboard for big showdown with Japan

Scotland is targeting a bonus-point victory, and nothing less, over Russia on Wednesday to set up a Pool A showdown with hosts Japan for a spot in the quarterfinals. Coach Gregor Townsend made wholesale changes to the team that beat Samoa 34-0 last week, bringing ...

Silver sees success for Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Oct 8, 2019

Silver sees success for Hachimura

Rui Hachimura has an opportunity to be "incredibly successful" in the pros if he commits to his craft and manages to navigate the challenges of life as a player in the world's best basketball league, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Speaking in a Tokyo hotel ...