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Bougainville people vote to create world's newest nation

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 11, 2019

Bougainville people vote to create world's newest nation

Bougainville has voted by a landslide for independence from Papua New Guinea, according to official referendum results released Wednesday, a major step toward creating the world's newest nation. Bertie Ahern, chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, said 176,928 people — 98 percent of voters — ...

Japanese hybrids beating slump in China's car market

Business / Corporate Dec 11, 2019

Japanese hybrids beating slump in China's car market

by Tian Ying

China's once-in-a-generation car slump is hobbling carmakers around the globe that placed their bets on what is the world's biggest auto market. But one group is weathering the slowdown unscathed: Japanese automakers. Iconic car companies like Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. are increasing ...

Japan steamrolls Taiwan in 9-0 rout

Soccer Dec 11, 2019

Japan steamrolls Taiwan in 9-0 rout

Mana Iwabuchi, Mina Tanaka and Mayu Ikejiri netted a pair of goals each as Nadeshiko Japan started the EAFF E-1 Women's Football Championship final round with a 9-0 rout of Taiwan on Wednesday. World No. 10 Japan dominated every facet of the game at Busan ...

Celebs hog spotlight at subpar J. League gala

Soccer | From the Spot Dec 11, 2019

Celebs hog spotlight at subpar J. League gala

by Dan Orlowitz

Sunday's J. League Awards should have been an opportunity for the league and its promotional team to take a victory lap after a 2019 season that shattered attendance records and drew unprecedented interest from overseas. Instead, it demonstrated a stunning lapse in the league's understanding ...

Brave Blossoms express gratitude at Tokyo parade

Rugby Dec 11, 2019

Brave Blossoms express gratitude at Tokyo parade

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Members of Japan's men's national rugby team marched through Tokyo's Marunouchi Naka-dori street on Wednesday in a parade held to express appreciation for the support they received from fans during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Even though its been over a month since the end ...