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Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Business Dec 1, 2019

Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy

Merchants on Rakuten Inc.'s online shopping mall have requested that the Fair Trade Commission investigate the e-commerce giant's planned free shipping policy, according to sources familiar with the move. Some online stores allege that Rakuten abuses its dominant position to force them to shoulder shipping ...

Germany's new SPD leadership casts doubt over Merkel coalition

World / Politics Dec 1, 2019

Germany's new SPD leadership casts doubt over Merkel coalition

Sharp critics of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a vote for the leadership of Germany's Social Democratic Party on Saturday, raising big questions over the future of the government. The SPD said leftists Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken, who ran on a ...

Japan to extend tax cuts for 3/11-hit companies

Business / Economy Dec 1, 2019

Japan to extend tax cuts for 3/11-hit companies

The government and ruling camp are discussing an extension of special tax cuts for companies in areas affected by the March 2011 disasters in Tohoku, according to informed sources. The tax breaks are set to expire at the end of fiscal 2020 through March 2021. Given ...

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

National Dec 1, 2019

Princess Aiko turns 18 as she enjoys final year of high school

Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, turned 18 on Sunday, enjoying her last year in high school as she prepares to move on for further studies at university starting next spring. The cello-loving princess, currently a third-year student at Gakushuin ...

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

More Sports Dec 1, 2019

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

World No. 1 Kento Momota won his second straight badminton national championship after defeating Kenta Nishimoto in the men's singles final on Sunday. The two-time reigning world champion Momota earned his third national crown, cruising past Nishimoto 21-14, 21-12 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo in ...

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2019

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, a critical part of Japan's defense, including a stint at one FIFA World Cup, announced his decision to retire on Sunday. "Today I'm ending a 19-year career," the 38-year-old Tanaka told a Tokyo news conference. "I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude." Tanaka, primarily ...