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Business Nov 15, 2019

Major Japan firms to pay record winter bonuses for second year

Major companies in Japan are set to pay record-high winter bonuses for the second straight year, the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said Thursday. Bonuses agreed in labor-management wage negotiations for this winter averaged ¥964,543, showing a rise of 1.49 percent from the previous year's ...

Iranian author asylum-seeker tastes freedom in New Zealand

Asia Pacific Nov 15, 2019

Iranian author asylum-seeker tastes freedom in New Zealand

A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who penned a book on a mobile phone while being held in an Australian detention camp said Friday he was celebrating life "as a free man" in New Zealand. Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani is in Christchurch to attend a literary festival and ...

158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand

National / Crime & Legal Nov 15, 2019

158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand

A 44-year-old Thai man was arrested Thursday after 158 kg of methamphetamine were seized from treadmills bound for Japan, according to Thai authorities. Police called it the largest single seizure of "ice," as the drug is known, headed for Japan. A tipoff led the Central Narcotics ...

Bolivian parties strike deal to end political chaos

World / Politics Nov 15, 2019

Bolivian parties strike deal to end political chaos

Bolivia's interim government and lawmakers from the party of unseated leader Evo Morales struck a deal late on Thursday to pursue new elections, potentially helping resolve the South American country's political crisis. In a late night session of the Bolivian Senate, the chamber's President, a ...

Google restricts data-sharing for ads under EU privacy pressure

Business / Tech Nov 15, 2019

Google restricts data-sharing for ads under EU privacy pressure

Google said it would make changes to its advertising technology to better protect people's privacy following scrutiny by European Union watchdogs. Starting in February, Google will no longer divulge information to participants in its ad auction about the type of content on a website or ...

ICC authorizes probe into Myanmar abuses of Rohingya

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Nov 15, 2019

ICC authorizes probe into Myanmar abuses of Rohingya

The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a long-awaited full investigation into Myanmar's alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims, including crimes against humanity and persecution. The Hague-based war crimes court said in a statement it "authorized the prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for the alleged ...

Ep. 22 'Tip Off'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Nov 15, 2019

Ep. 22 'Tip Off'

by Tom Hanaway

Last week's episode of "Terrace House" made it look like the housemates were on the verge of pairing off into couples: Emika and Ruka; Haruka and Peppe; and Hana and Ryo. The commentators love how harmonious and lovey-dovey the house has become (with the ...

Hakuho moves ahead of the pack

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 15, 2019

Hakuho moves ahead of the pack

Hakuho moved into the outright lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, defeating Meisei to improve to 5-1. In the final bout of Day 6 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, the Mongolian-born yokozuna easily overpowered the No. 2 maegashira, who came into the match ...