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Regions hit by deadly Typhoon Hagibis struggle with recovery efforts

National Oct 16, 2019

Regions hit by deadly Typhoon Hagibis struggle with recovery efforts

Areas devastated by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano Prefecture and the Tohoku region are struggling to respond after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades caused record-breaking rainfall, massive flooding, mudslides and outages of electricity and water supplies. In Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, damage was ...

Mizuho Bank increases risky credit in competitive market

Business Oct 16, 2019

Mizuho Bank increases risky credit in competitive market

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. is extending riskier types of corporate credit to fend off competition in a country that's awash with easy money. Japan's third-largest bank by market value will offer companies more subordinated loans and other types of mezzanine finance, said Koji Fujiwara, CEO ...

Mos Food to help Vietnamese obtain Japanese visa

Business Oct 16, 2019

Mos Food to help Vietnamese obtain Japanese visa

Mos Food Services Inc. said Tuesday that it will begin a program in 2020 to help Vietnamese acquire a Japanese visa for foreign workers with designated skills. The Tokyo-based hamburger chain operator will partner with the national Danang Vocational Tourism College to train some 350 ...

Editorials Oct 16, 2019

Review defenses against flooding

As we learned from the lessons of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, we need to prepare for worst-possible scenarios to ensure people's safety when large-scale disasters strike.

Singer Misia explores the language of music

Music Oct 16, 2019

Singer Misia explores the language of music

by Mami Maruko

Singer Misia possesses an astonishing vocal range of five octaves but equally impressive is her humanitarian work abroad. The artist, who asks to go by her stage name, has been working tirelessly on a wide range of humanitarian causes on the African continent since the ...

Demand for Japan gear rising at frenzied pace during Rugby World Cup

Rugby Oct 16, 2019

Demand for Japan gear rising at frenzied pace during Rugby World Cup

With Japan reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time, fans are scrambling to get their hands on official merchandise. Except the Brave Blossoms have become so popular, demand is far outpacing supply. World Rugby has said more than 200,000 jerseys have been ...

Slicker production needed for amateur sumo

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 16, 2019

Slicker production needed for amateur sumo

by John Gunning

Typhoon Hagibis raged across Japan last weekend leaving in its wake a trail of devastation both deep and wide-ranging. Compared to the loss of life, and destruction of homes that occurred on Saturday, the cancellation or postponement of sporting events feels barely worth mentioning. A herculean ...

Scottish officials challenge merits of misconduct charge

Rugby Oct 16, 2019

Scottish officials challenge merits of misconduct charge

Scotland attempted to block a Rugby World Cup misconduct charge on Wednesday, questioning whether the action was "appropriate" following its comments about a deadly typhoon. World Rugby has taken Scotland to a disputes panel over what it called "disappointing" remarks before its final pool match ...

Japanese clubs chase elusive Tokyo cachet

Soccer | From the Spot Oct 16, 2019

Japanese clubs chase elusive Tokyo cachet

by Dan Orlowitz

A controversial decision by J. League second-division side Machida Zelvia to rebrand as FC Machida Tokyo has dominated water-cooler discussions in the Japanese soccer world this week. The announcement by club owner CyberAgent last Friday at a fan meeting was met with instant disapproval, both ...