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Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program

National Oct 17, 2019

Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program

Japan's space policy committee in the Cabinet Office decided Thursday to participate in the U.S. program to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Tokyo will notify Washington later this year about the decision by the Committee on National Space Policy. Japan will offer technical cooperation ...

Hong Kong legislature suspended amid chaos over protests

Asia Pacific Oct 17, 2019

Hong Kong legislature suspended amid chaos over protests

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong heckled the city's embattled leader and called for her to step down on Thursday during a legislative session that was repeatedly suspended as several politicians were manhandled out of the chamber. It was the second day of chaos in Hong ...

Dark web child porn bust leads to 338 arrests worldwide

World / Crime & Legal Oct 17, 2019

Dark web child porn bust leads to 338 arrests worldwide

Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they had arrested hundreds of people worldwide after knocking out a South Korea-based dark web child pornography site that sold videos for digital cash. Officials from the United States, Britain and South Korea described the network as one of ...

Business / Corporate Oct 17, 2019

Subaru's Gunma plant halted after Typhoon Hagibis hits suppliers

Subaru Corp.'s operations at its sole vehicle assembly plant in Japan have been halted since Wednesday afternoon because supply chains were disrupted by Typhoon Hagibis, the automaker has said. Subaru has been offering support, including staffers, to parts suppliers damaged by the typhoon. The company ...

SoftBank plans $5 billion in rescue financing for WeWork

Business / Corporate Oct 17, 2019

SoftBank plans $5 billion in rescue financing for WeWork

SoftBank Group Corp. is in discussions to provide WeWork with roughly $5 billion of rescue financing in an effort to salvage one of the conglomerate's biggest investments. The funds will come directly from SoftBank, rather than its Vision Fund, according to a person familiar with ...

Goldman blasts Japan plan for rules on foreign stock investments

Business Oct 17, 2019

Goldman blasts Japan plan for rules on foreign stock investments

A plan by the government to impose stricter rules on foreign investment in local equities will be "detrimental" to the market, impede the ability to raise funds and undermine seven years of market reforms, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The Finance Ministry last week ...

China's aircraft carrier 'factory' revealed in satellite images

Asia Pacific Oct 17, 2019

China's aircraft carrier 'factory' revealed in satellite images

High-resolution satellite images show that the construction of China's first full-size aircraft carrier is progressing steadily alongside expansive infrastructure work that analysts say suggests the ship will be the first of several large vessels produced at the site. The images of the Jiangnan shipyard outside ...

Savory treats to pump up rugby spirits

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Oct 17, 2019

Savory treats to pump up rugby spirits

The Oak Door Bar at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is serving up a winning recipe for sports watching — specifically, Rugby World Cup 2019 matches — with a series of seasonal and sports-inspired burgers, hot dogs and beer cocktails from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 ...

Lock Brodie Retallick back for All Blacks against Ireland

Rugby Oct 17, 2019

Lock Brodie Retallick back for All Blacks against Ireland

Lock Brodie Retallick has returned for the All Blacks in arguably their strongest side for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland at Tokyo Stadium. The three-time world champions gave squad players and those returning from injury some game time and trialed combinations against Canada ...

Middleweight Ryota Murata to make title defense on Dec. 23

More Sports / Boxing Oct 17, 2019

Middleweight Ryota Murata to make title defense on Dec. 23

Murata, the 2012 London Olympic middleweight gold medalist, reclaimed the championship on July 12, in a technical knockout of American Rob Brant, who had dethroned Murata last October by unanimous decision. The 33-year-old Murata will face ninth-ranked contender Steven Butler of Canada at Yokohama ...

South Africa's Kolbe looks to get best of old foes

Rugby Oct 17, 2019

South Africa's Kolbe looks to get best of old foes

South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe is hoping his experience against Kotaro Matsushima and Kenki Fukuoka will hold him in good stead when the Springboks play Japan in Tokyo on Sunday in their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. Kolbe faced Matsushima back in 2012 in South Africa's ...

Brave Blossoms looking to wear down Springboks

Rugby Oct 17, 2019

Brave Blossoms looking to wear down Springboks

Japan hooker Atsushi Sakate said coordination on defense will be key when the Brave Blossoms collide with South Africa in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday. Sakate and lock Uwe Helu said Japan's preparation and fitness could be the difference, provided the ...

Skate America kicks off GP season

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Oct 17, 2019

Skate America kicks off GP season

by Jack Gallagher

The senior Grand Prix season gets underway on Friday with Skate America in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, which is hosting its first-ever GP event. Japan will be looking for multiple medals in the women's competition, with a strong team of Kaori Sakamoto, ...

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 17, 2019

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Takumi Minamino scored the first goal in the second half on a header. He finished with two goals, while ...