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Japan's beef exports to China likely to resume next year

Business Nov 21, 2019

Japan's beef exports to China likely to resume next year

Japan is in the final stage of talks with China to resume exports of beef to the world's most populous market for the first time in about two decades, government sources said Thursday. Tokyo is hoping the exports will be resumed next year, the sources ...

Sales of French Beaujolais Nouveau begin in Japan

Business Nov 21, 2019

Sales of French Beaujolais Nouveau begin in Japan

This year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine, produced in the Bourgogne region of France, went on sale in Japan on Thursday. While the excitement surrounding the release has subsided in recent years compared with the bubble economy era in the late 1980s, the start of sales of ...

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

Business Nov 21, 2019

For Japan's economy, worst of South Korea boycott may have passed

While a South Korean consumer boycott of Japanese products continues in the wake of a prolonged dispute over wartime history and trade, economists say Japan has already seen the worst of its economic repercussions. Concerns had grown among businesses as moves to shun Japanese brands ...

Panasonic to end LCD panel production amid tough competition

Business / Corporate Nov 21, 2019

Panasonic to end LCD panel production amid tough competition

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it will withdraw from all production of liquid crystal display panels by 2021 amid fierce competition from Chinese, South Korean and other foreign rivals. Panasonic stopped manufacturing LCD panels for televisions in 2016. It has since focused on LCD panels for ...

Japan to require firms to clearly ban power harassment

National Nov 21, 2019

Japan to require firms to clearly ban power harassment

A subcommittee of a labor ministry panel on Wednesday gave its approval to draft guidelines on preventing power harassment in workplaces, requiring companies to clearly ban such practices. The draft, approved by the Labor Policy Council subcommittee, lists detailed examples of problematic actions, such as ...

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Asia Pacific Nov 21, 2019

Australian bush fires spread to Victoria state

Firefighters battled nearly 200 bush fires across Australia on Thursday as authorities issued a Code Red alert for parts of Victoria state and Sydney was blanketed in hazardous smoke for the third consecutive day. Officials imposed a total fire ban across Victoria where temperatures were ...

France and Germany offer NATO plans after Macron's 'brain death' bombshell

World Nov 21, 2019

France and Germany offer NATO plans after Macron's 'brain death' bombshell

France and Germany outlined separate proposals for reforming NATO on Wednesday after President Emmanuel Macron slammed the alliance as experiencing "brain death," causing uproar just weeks before a crucial summit. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian used the one-day meeting with his 28 NATO counterparts ...

Trudeau reshuffles Cabinet amid anger in Canada's energy-rich west

World / Politics Nov 21, 2019

Trudeau reshuffles Cabinet amid anger in Canada's energy-rich west

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday made major changes to his Cabinet, making several ministerial appointments in a bid to help stave off increasing unhappiness in the energy-producing west. Trudeau's Liberals lost their majority in an October election and now face a potential national ...

Oligarch Alexander Lebedev backs U.K. release of Russia meddling probe

World / Politics Nov 21, 2019

Oligarch Alexander Lebedev backs U.K. release of Russia meddling probe

Russian oligarch and former U.K. newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev responded angrily Wednesday to media allegations that a British government report on Russian interference could contain damaging information about his relationship with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Lebedev, who bought Britain's The Independent and the Evening Standard ...

GM sues Fiat Chrysler, alleging union bribery scheme cost it billions

Business Nov 21, 2019

GM sues Fiat Chrysler, alleging union bribery scheme cost it billions

General Motors Co. on Wednesday filed a racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, alleging that its rival bribed United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials over many years to corrupt the bargaining process and gain advantages, costing GM billions of dollars. GM also alleged that ...

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

Rugby Nov 21, 2019

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday the Brave Blossoms will take part in a parade in Tokyo on Dec. 11 to express their appreciation to their fans following their successful Rugby World Cup campaign. The JRFU said it is coordinating with the 31 players ...

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 21, 2019

Hakuho pushes ahead as rival falls

Yokozuna Hakuho extended his lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with a win over Endo on Thursday as new komusubi Asanoyama suffered his third loss and fell two wins off the pace. Hakuho (11-1) blasted Endo (5-7) with his right forearm and issued a ...

JOC's Tsuyoshi Fukui to lead Japanese delegation at Tokyo 2020

Olympics Nov 21, 2019

JOC's Tsuyoshi Fukui to lead Japanese delegation at Tokyo 2020

Japanese Olympic Committee Secretary General Tsuyoshi Fukui has been tipped to take on the role of the Japanese delegation head for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sources familiar with the matter said late Wednesday evening. According to sources, Mitsugi Ogata, head of training with the JOC, ...

Novak Djokovic helps Serbia knock Japan out of Davis Cup

Tennis Nov 21, 2019

Novak Djokovic helps Serbia knock Japan out of Davis Cup

Japan bowed out of the Davis Cup Finals on Wednesday, going down to Serbia a day after opening its Group A campaign with a loss to France. Filip Krajinovic beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-4 in the opening singles rubber at Madrid's La Caja Magica before ...