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66 articles published


Business Nov 18, 2019

Nearly 20% of Japan households using e-money but cash still king

Almost a fifth of households use electronic money for small purchases, a survey by a central bank-affiliated research institute shows, up from a year ago and a sign the culture of cash-hoarding is changing. In the survey conducted between June and July, 18.5 percent of ...

Japan hosts major defense equipment exhibition

Business Nov 18, 2019

Japan hosts major defense equipment exhibition

A major defense equipment exhibition opened Monday with some 50 Japanese and 100 foreign arms manufacturers taking part. Backed by the Japanese and British governments, the Defense and Security Equipment International, or DSEI, is intended to boost Japanese makers' international competitiveness in defense and increase ...

Asian airlines slash flights to Hong Kong as unrest escalates

Business Nov 18, 2019

Asian airlines slash flights to Hong Kong as unrest escalates

Several Asian airlines have cut flights to Hong Kong for the coming weeks, an industry scheduling publication showed, as anti-government protests in the city grow increasingly violent and disrupt daily life. Routes Online said the latest schedules showed cancellations from PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, ...

Food shortages cripple Bolivia as electoral uncertainty grips nation

World / Politics Nov 18, 2019

Food shortages cripple Bolivia as electoral uncertainty grips nation

Bolivians languished in long lines on the streets of La Paz on Sunday to secure chicken, eggs and cooking fuel as supporters of ousted President Evo Morales crippled the country's highways, isolating population centers from lowland farms. Presidency minister Jerjes Justiniano told reporters the government ...

Business Nov 18, 2019

Trump to tour Apple's Austin manufacturing plant Wednesday

President Donald Trump is scheduled to tour an Apple Inc. manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, the White House said Sunday. The president plans to visit the plant along with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, according to a tweet by spokesman Judd Deere. ...

Business / Corporate Nov 18, 2019

HP says open to exploring bid for Xerox

HP Inc. said on Sunday it was open to exploring a bid for U.S. printer maker Xerox Corp. after rebuffing a $33.5 billion cash-and-stock acquisition offer from the latter as "significantly" undervaluing the personal computer maker. Xerox made the offer for HP, a company more ...

Air Senegal nears tentative $730 million deal for Airbus A220s

Business Nov 18, 2019

Air Senegal nears tentative $730 million deal for Airbus A220s

Air Senegal is close to securing a preliminary order for eight Airbus SE A220-300 narrow-body jets, valued at about $732 million at list prices, according to people familiar with the matter. The so-called memorandum of understanding would be subject to a final contract, the people ...

Lebanon slips deeper into crisis after Mohammad Safadi's exit

World / Politics Nov 18, 2019

Lebanon slips deeper into crisis after Mohammad Safadi's exit

Protesters waving Lebanese flags rallied in cities and towns in their thousands on Sunday to mark a month of protests against the ruling elite as politicians struggled to form a government and solve the biggest economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. Lebanon's political troubles ...

Russia set to return seized Ukrainian ships: report

World / Politics Nov 18, 2019

Russia set to return seized Ukrainian ships: report

Russia is set to return Ukrainian navy ships seized a year ago, as it prepares for a summit to try to resolve the wider conflict between them, Interfax news agency said Sunday. "In accordance with agreements concluded with the Ukrainian side, three Ukrainian ships... are ...

Little solutions for big disasters

Digital | ON: TECH Nov 18, 2019

Little solutions for big disasters

by Chiho Komoriya

Recent typhoons and heavy rains have left local governments in some parts of Japan having to deal with reconstruction, and residents thinking more about being better prepared in the future. This month On: Tech looks at a few gadgets that could be useful during ...

Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

Art Nov 18, 2019

Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

by Martin Laflamme

The National Gallery of Canada showcases Showa Era (1926-89) photographers, whose documentation and interpretation of politics, culture, social issues and even the quotidian changed the face of modern photography in Japan.

Hakuho stays on track for 43rd title

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 18, 2019

Hakuho stays on track for 43rd title

Yokozuna Hakuho retained his one-win buffer at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament after beating No. 4 maegashira Kotoyuki on Monday. Targeting a record-extending 43rd makuuchi title at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakuho (8-1) delivered a hard left-handed slap to Kotoyuki (4-5), then darted to the side ...

Japan digs deep to win Premier12

Baseball Nov 18, 2019

Japan digs deep to win Premier12

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Samurai Japan finished its Premier12 campaign in successful fashion on Sunday night with a 5-3 victory over South Korea in the gold medal game at Tokyo Dome. While it was an accomplishment by itself, the feat was an appetizer en route to the ultimate goal ...

Japan fights back to win Premier12 final

Baseball Nov 18, 2019

Japan fights back to win Premier12 final

by Jason Coskrey

Four years ago, the Samurai Japan bullpen fell apart in a loss against South Korea in the Premier12 semifinals at Tokyo Dome. This time, with the title hanging in the balance, Japan's relievers got to taste both sweet revenge and the championship. Tetsuto Yamada gave Japan ...