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Japan marks one month since deadly Typhoon Hagibis

National Nov 12, 2019

Japan marks one month since deadly Typhoon Hagibis

A month after Typhoon Hagibis roared through central and eastern Japan, friends, family members and neighbors mourned the victims of the powerful storm, which claimed at least 90 lives and flooded tens of thousands of homes. The typhoon made landfall on Honshu on Oct. 12, ...

Tepco to expand services to cover almost all of Japan

Business / Corporate Nov 12, 2019

Tepco to expand services to cover almost all of Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., known as Tepco, said Tuesday the group will sell electricity to households across Japan, with the exception of Okinawa Prefecture, from Wednesday. The group hopes to acquire customers in new regional markets while keeping users who leave the greater ...

Sake pours into China amid shrinking consumption in Japan

Business Nov 12, 2019

Sake pours into China amid shrinking consumption in Japan

by Mina Kotani

Japanese sake sellers are looking to tap into China's growing taste for traditional rice wine to counter its falling consumption back home. Fueled by an increasing number of Japanese restaurants and rising Chinese household incomes, sake, while still considered a treat, can now be found ...

Trump announces industry talks to resolve vaping 'dilemma'

Business Nov 12, 2019

Trump announces industry talks to resolve vaping 'dilemma'

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he plans to meet with vaping industry representatives as he considers whether to ban flavored e-cigarette products following a deadly epidemic of vaping-linked lung injuries. "Will be meeting with representatives of the Vaping industry, together with medical professionals and ...

'Uranium particles' detected at undeclared site in Iran, IAEA says

World Nov 12, 2019

'Uranium particles' detected at undeclared site in Iran, IAEA says

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog said it had detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran in its latest report on the country's nuclear program issued on Monday. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by AFP, says: "The agency detected ...

Food as a 'connector' between people

Commentary / Japan Nov 12, 2019

Food as a 'connector' between people

by Yoko Ishikura

When technology is used to connect people who are in different locations and allow them to share the experience of eating together in virtual space, using a smartphone, for example, it will help reduce the problems linked to eating alone.

U.S. hands Japan first loss at Premier12

Baseball Nov 12, 2019

U.S. hands Japan first loss at Premier12

by Jason Coskrey

Japan had usually been able to find a way to come up with the big hit or big play when it absolutely needed to at this Premier12. The difference on Tuesday night was the Japanese found themselves against an opponent who was always ready with ...

Kento Momota withdraws from Hong Kong Open

More Sports Nov 12, 2019

Kento Momota withdraws from Hong Kong Open

World No. 1 Kento Momota unexpectedly withdrew from the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday without playing a match, leaving Indian challenger Kidambi Srikanth to advance to the second round. The shock departure comes only a few days after the 24-year-old beat Taiwan's world No. 2 ...

Hakuho bounces back from defeat

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 12, 2019

Hakuho bounces back from defeat

Yokozuna Hakuho flattened new komusubi Asanoyama on Tuesday to recover from his first loss of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, while a trio of rank-and-filers jumped out into the lead. Hakuho (2-1) took charge from the start of the final bout on the third day ...

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

Sumo | Rikishi Files Nov 12, 2019

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

by John Gunning

In early 2004, two massive Estonians moved to Japan to join professional sumo. Ott Juurikas became a member of the Irumagawa stable but was complaining about feeling out of place almost immediately, and after just a single outing, he quit the sport and returned home. Juurikas ...

Mexico blanks Australia to stay unbeaten at Premier12

Baseball Nov 12, 2019

Mexico blanks Australia to stay unbeaten at Premier12

by Jason Coskrey

The Mexican team had to travel to Japan from Mexico this week to compete in the Premier12 Super Round. The experience should make things easier next year, because its looking increasingly like Mexico will be back in 2020. Jonathan Jones and former Chunichi Dragons player Matt ...