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Shibuya hopes to stop Halloween trouble before it starts

National Oct 21, 2019

Shibuya hopes to stop Halloween trouble before it starts

Hoping to avoid Halloween-related rowdiness, Shibuya Ward in Tokyo will ban alcohol consumption on streets this coming weekend and on Halloween itself. Although the ordinance carries no punishment for violations, the ward adopted it in June as part of efforts to keep the area around ...

Lebanon government in 11th hour reform drive as protests swell

World / Social Issues Oct 21, 2019

Lebanon government in 11th hour reform drive as protests swell

Lebanon's teetering government was expected Monday to approve a belated economic rescue plan as the nation prepared for a fifth day of mass protests against the ruling elite. A proposed tax on mobile messaging applications last week sparked a spontaneous, cross-sectarian mobilization that has brought ...

Japan's government to take steps to prevent fire ants from settling

National Oct 21, 2019

Japan's government to take steps to prevent fire ants from settling

The government Monday decided to take steps to prevent poisonous foreign fire ants from settling in Japan. "A situation totally different from the past has been confirmed," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a meeting of relevant ministers. "The government will join forces to prevent ...

National Oct 21, 2019

Tokyo confirms detention of Japanese man by Chinese authorities

Japan confirmed Monday that a Japanese man in his 40s has been detained by Chinese authorities since September on suspicion of violating Chinese law, saying it has been providing him with necessary assistance. "We have extended our maximum support, with consular officials meeting him and ...

Nagano highlands fertile ground for Filipino interns

National Oct 21, 2019

Nagano highlands fertile ground for Filipino interns

by Reito Kaneko

A Filipino technical intern picks strawberries from elevated beds as he backs down an aisle on a swivel chair in a greenhouse — a common scene in this mountainous area of central Japan known for highland agriculture. Farmers from Benguet, an upland province on Luzon ...

How Catalan protest tactics are inspired by Hong Kong

World Oct 21, 2019

How Catalan protest tactics are inspired by Hong Kong

From blocking airports to using encrypted messaging apps, Catalan separatists demonstrating against the jailing of nine of their leaders are openly copying tactics devised by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Shortly after Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms of ...

German airports hit by Eurowings and Germanwings walkouts

Business Oct 21, 2019

German airports hit by Eurowings and Germanwings walkouts

Cabin crew at four Lufthansa subsidiary airlines staged a day-long strike Sunday, causing dozens of cancellations at German airports in a battle for better pay and conditions. The walkout, called by the UFO cabin crew union, was initially set to last from 5:00 a.m. until ...

Editorials Oct 21, 2019

Brexit drags on

Japan has a long relationship with Britain. We must ensure that it endures as Brexit places a strain on both our countries.

Ryota Morioka scores sixth goal of season for Charleroi

Soccer Oct 21, 2019

Ryota Morioka scores sixth goal of season for Charleroi

Midfielder Ryota Morioka netted the opener in Charleroi's 3-0 defeat of Cercle Brugge in the Belgian first division on Sunday, his sixth goal of the season. Five minutes into the match at Jan Breydel Stadium, Morioka collected a perfect pass from Ali Gholizadeh in the ...

Brave Blossoms awarded prestigious Kikuchi Kan Prize

Rugby Oct 21, 2019

Brave Blossoms awarded prestigious Kikuchi Kan Prize

Japan's rugby team has been added to the list of this year's winners of the Kikuchi Kan Prize, given to people or groups that have made contributions to Japanese culture, a literature association said Monday. The Brave Blossoms were defeated in one of Sunday's quarterfinals ...

Fans proud of Japan's historic run

Rugby Oct 21, 2019

Fans proud of Japan's historic run

Japan fell a win short of making the final four at the Rugby World Cup, but both those involved in the game and others watching from the outside said Sunday they are proud of what the team achieved. "Watching them beat Ireland, then Scotland (in ...