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Sumitomo to invest in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker

Business / Corporate Nov 13, 2019

Sumitomo to invest in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker

Trading house Sumitomo Corp. will spend some ¥500 million ($4.5 million) by February 2020 to acquire a 6.7 percent stake in Taiwan's top electric bus-maker, RAC Electric Vehicles Inc. The two will seek to capitalize on the Taiwan government's plan to replace 15,000 conventional buses ...

Rare 1770 portrait of teenage Mozart to be auctioned in Paris

Business Nov 13, 2019

Rare 1770 portrait of teenage Mozart to be auctioned in Paris

A rare portrait of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be sold by British auction house Christie's on Nov. 27 in Paris at an estimated price of between €800,000 and €1.2 million($882,000-$1.32 million). The artwork, one of four portraits painted during the composer's lifetime and ...

Boeing Max orders fall as customer swaps 737 for Dreamliner

Business Nov 13, 2019

Boeing Max orders fall as customer swaps 737 for Dreamliner

Sales for Boeing Co.'s grounded 737 Max slipped in October after a prominent customer converted some of its orders for the narrow-body jet to twin-aisle 787 Dreamliners. Boeing's unfilled 737 order backlog, adjusted for accounting considerations, shrank by 19 aircraft during the month to 4,387 ...

Editorials Nov 13, 2019

A 'Michelin guide' to infrastructure in Asia

China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI) casts a long shadow over Asia. Beijing's effort to fill the yawning infrastructure gap — estimated to be in the trillions of dollars — is widely viewed as an attempt by China to extend its influence as well ...

Commentary / Japan Nov 13, 2019

North Korea goes permanently nuclear — does it matter?

by Denny Roy

North Korea's possession of an arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles increasingly looks permanent. The U.S. government will continue to refuse to officially recognize this reality, mostly out of deference to Tokyo. However, the region has settled into a new status quo. Pyongyang's apparent strategy is to ...

Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

Art Nov 13, 2019

Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

by Matthew Larking

In his 1808 book, "Chronicle of Audacity and Timidity" ("Tandai Shoshinroku"), scholar and poet Ueda Akinari satirized, "When Okyo came on the scene, sketching from life (shasei) became popular, and all the paintings in Kyoto began being done by the same method!" The realist impulse ...

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 13, 2019

Hakuho survives Day 4 challenge

Hakuho flexed his yokozuna muscles on Wednesday to stay on the heels of a pair of rank-and-filers in the lead after four days of action at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament. The Mongolian-born veteran was made to work overtime by top-ranked maegashira Okinoumi (1-3), who ...

Tokyo Games organizers unveil designs of medalist bouquets

Olympics Nov 13, 2019

Tokyo Games organizers unveil designs of medalist bouquets

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Games on Tuesday unveiled the designs of the bouquets that will be presented to medalists and revealed they will be created with flowers grown in the areas of northeastern Japan heavily hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The ...

Organizers launch second Olympic ticket lottery in Japan

Olympics Nov 13, 2019

Organizers launch second Olympic ticket lottery in Japan

The second phase of next summer's Tokyo Olympics ticket lottery began for residents of Japan on Wednesday, with over one million tickets available for nearly all the Olympic events including the opening and closing ceremonies. Tickets for boxing, previously omitted due to issues surrounding the ...