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China says Vice President Wang Qishan and Abe discussed Taiwan

National / Politics Oct 24, 2019

China says Vice President Wang Qishan and Abe discussed Taiwan

China said Thursday that Vice President Wang Qishan raised the politically sensitive Taiwan issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day, a detail that was missing from an earlier Japanese account of their discussion. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, speaking at a regular news ...

Business Oct 24, 2019

Asian nations face U.S. currency manipulation listing threat

Asia is bracing for the latest U.S. Treasury report on foreign currency manipulators, set for release amid a trade war that shows no sign of ending. The twice-yearly report is due in coming weeks and will likely see Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam on the watchlist. ...

Divided over dictator, Spain to exhume Franco's remains

World Oct 24, 2019

Divided over dictator, Spain to exhume Franco's remains

Spanish authorities will remove Francisco Franco's remains from a state mausoleum on Thursday, seeking to exorcise the ghost of a dictator whose legacy still divides the country more than four decades after his death. Amid tight security and in virtual secrecy, his coffin will be ...

Young entrepreneurs with a mission bank on 'Greta' effect

Business Oct 24, 2019

Young entrepreneurs with a mission bank on 'Greta' effect

As the brains behind a hydroponics farming system in rural Kenya, 17-year-old Jefferson Kang'acha struggled to get noticed but he now expects the youth climate movement led by Greta Thunberg to bolster other young people on a mission. Kang'acha, a computer technology student, decided to ...

Boeing cites U.S.-China trade fight as it trims 787 output

Business Oct 24, 2019

Boeing cites U.S.-China trade fight as it trims 787 output

Boeing cut its production plan for the 787 jet after receiving fewer orders than expected from China, which has been locked in a trade battle with Washington since last year, the company's chief executive said Wednesday. The U.S.-China trade situation "has presented challenges for our ...

Editorials Oct 24, 2019

Moving the Tokyo Games marathon to Sapporo

If the IOC truly wants to put the health of athletes first so they can perform under the best possible conditions, it should give the candidates seeking to host the Summer Olympics greater flexibility in choosing the games' schedule in light of the local ...

A reset in Japan-China relations?

Commentary / Japan Oct 24, 2019

A reset in Japan-China relations?

by Stephen R. Nagy

Comparing the state of Japan-China relations in the wake of Shinzo Abe's return to the prime ministership in December 2012 to today, the bilateral relationship has come back to a semblance of normality. During this transition period, we had Japanese and Chinese ambassadors dueling on ...

Japan skaters struggle at Skate America

Figure Skating | ICE TIME Oct 24, 2019

Japan skaters struggle at Skate America

by Jack Gallagher

The senior Grand Prix season began in disappointing fashion last weekend with Japan being shut out of the medals. The Hinomaru's best showing was Kaori Sakamoto's fourth-place finish in the women's singles at Skate America. Russia's Anna Shcherbakova won in impressive fashion with a total of ...

England-New Zealand semifinal stirs memories of Jonah Lomu

Rugby Oct 24, 2019

England-New Zealand semifinal stirs memories of Jonah Lomu

When England and New Zealand last met in a Rugby World Cup semifinal, it took just one barnstorming run to confirm Jonah Lomu's status as a star of the game. The 1995 edition in South Africa saw All Blacks wing Lomu burst onto the global ...

Urawa defeats Guangzhou to reach Asian Champions League final

Soccer Oct 24, 2019

Urawa defeats Guangzhou to reach Asian Champions League final

Shinzo Koroki struck early in the second half Wednesday as the Urawa Reds advanced to their second Asian Champions League final in three years with a 3-0 aggregate win over Guangzhou Evergrande. The gutsy 1-0 victory at Tianhe Stadium came three weeks after the Reds ...