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MUFG Bank to launch smartphone payment service

Business / Financial Markets Dec 4, 2019

MUFG Bank to launch smartphone payment service

MUFG Bank will set up a joint company with human resources services provider Recruit Holdings Co. to launch a smartphone-based cashless payment service, it was learned Wednesday. The core banking arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. will seek to utilize Recruit's client base of ...

Iran sounds out Japan about possible Hassan Rouhani visit: source

National Dec 4, 2019

Iran sounds out Japan about possible Hassan Rouhani visit: source

Iran relayed to Japan on Tuesday its wish for President Hassan Rouhani to visit the country, a source close to bilateral relations has said. Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, serving as a special envoy of the president, relayed the message to ...

Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

Business / Economy Dec 4, 2019

Upper House approves U.S.-Japan trade deal

The Diet approved a trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that slashes tariffs on farm and industrial goods, clearing the way for its entry into force at the beginning of next year. The deal, agreed to by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. ...

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada: founder

Business / Tech Dec 4, 2019

Huawei to shift research from hostile U.S. to Canada: founder

Chinese tech giant Huawei, facing U.S. criminal charges and economic sanctions, is planning to relocate its telecommunications research from the United States to Canada, founder Ren Zhengfei said in an interview published Tuesday. Speaking with the Globe and Mail newspaper at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, ...

Top U.S. career diplomat rejects Ukraine meddling theory

World / Crime & Legal Dec 4, 2019

Top U.S. career diplomat rejects Ukraine meddling theory

The top U.S. career diplomat on Tuesday unambiguously rejected a theory promoted by President Donald Trump that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Asked at a hearing by Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez if he had evidence of Ukrainian meddling in the election, David ...

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

Art Dec 4, 2019

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

by Matthew Larking

The Rinpa school of painting's initial phase was formed by the superlative talents of Honami Koetsu (1558-1637) and Tawaraya Sotatsu (c. 1570-c. 1630) in late 16th-century Kyoto. The aesthetics resonated with the grand and powerful ornamental inclinations of the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) — gold ...

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

Olympics Dec 4, 2019

U.S., France, Japan to march last in 2020 Parade of Nations

The International Olympic Committee announced at an Executive Board meeting Tuesday that the United States, France and Japan will be the last three countries to march in the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Games. As in previous editions, Japan as host will be the ...

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Dec 4, 2019

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement

Rugby Australia and Israel Folau reached a settlement Wednesday that will end the former Wallaby's multi-million dollar lawsuit over his dismissal for anti-gay comments. Rugby Australia apologized for "any hurt or harm" caused to Folau as part of a joint statement confirming the confidential agreement ...