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Japan must do more to fix China's image problem: Xi

National / Politics Nov 22, 2019

Japan must do more to fix China's image problem: Xi

In a statement likely to annoy some in Japan ahead of his visit planned for next spring, Chinese President Xi Jinping blamed the unpopularity of his country on Japanese bias and prejudice. "The fact that Chinese people have a more favorable view of Japan shows ...

Slumping vehicle sales hit employment in Japan's auto sector

Business Nov 22, 2019

Slumping vehicle sales hit employment in Japan's auto sector

Slumping vehicle sales are starting to take a toll on the employment situation in the automotive industry. Since Nov. 8, Mazda Motor Corp. has stopped soliciting new workers on fixed-term contracts at its head office plants in Hiroshima Prefecture, which mainly manufacture finished vehicles, and ...

Business Nov 22, 2019

Loss-making Japanese public-private farm fund may be dissolved

The finance and farm ministries will "thoroughly" review the operations of a struggling public-private investment fund aimed at supporting the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, and may opt to dissolve it, sources with knowledge of the matter said Thursday. They believe it would be difficult ...

WeWork to lay off 2,400 employees globally in SoftBank revamp

Business Nov 22, 2019

WeWork to lay off 2,400 employees globally in SoftBank revamp

WeWork said on Thursday it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally, as the office-sharing company seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business after it transformed from a Wall Street darling into a pariah in a matter of weeks. The long-anticipated layoffs are ...

Business / Economy Nov 22, 2019

U.S. labor market and manufacturing data point to slowing economy

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits was unexpectedly unchanged at a five-month high last week, suggesting some softening in the labor market. While other data on Thursday showed a mild pick-up in factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region this month, manufacturers reported ...

First Marvel comic sets auction record of $1.3 million

Entertainment News Nov 22, 2019

First Marvel comic sets auction record of $1.3 million

The first comic book produced by Marvel, the famed U.S. publisher behind Spider-Man, X-Men and The Avengers, went under the hammer Thursday, fetching a record $1.26 million, Heritage Auctions said. "This is a historic copy of a historic comic book," Ed Jaster, auction house senior ...

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 22, 2019

Hakuho one win from 43rd title after dismantling Abi

Yokozuna Hakuho beat komusubi Abi at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, positioning himself just one win away from extending his record for career top-division championships to 43. Hakuho claimed his 12th victory at Fukuoka Kokusai Center to retain a two-win buffer over his ...

Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

Basketball Nov 22, 2019

Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

by Kaz Nagatsuka

When 3x3 basketball's inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was announced, longtime proponent Tomoya Ochiai was beside himself. At the same time, he wondered if the sport's Olympic inclusion was legitimate. "When I first started playing, we would be playing on the concrete, sometimes in the ...