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56 articles published


National Dec 11, 2019

Next president of NHK vows to create programs people can trust

Terunobu Maeda, who has been named the next president of NHK, said Tuesday that he will focus on creating television programs the public can trust. "The most important thing is to continue to make programs trusted by the public, as NHK is the public broadcaster," ...

U.S. Army to fund rare earths plant for weapons development

Business Dec 11, 2019

U.S. Army to fund rare earths plant for weapons development

The U.S. Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to a government document seen by Reuters. The move would mark ...

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 ...

Exxon Mobil prevails in New York climate change lawsuit

Business Dec 11, 2019

Exxon Mobil prevails in New York climate change lawsuit

A judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Exxon Mobil Corp. in a lawsuit brought by New York state accusing the oil company of hiding from investors the true cost of addressing climate change. Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan Supreme Court ruled that the state ...

'Let it snow': Walmart yanks Christmas cocaine sweater

Business Dec 11, 2019

'Let it snow': Walmart yanks Christmas cocaine sweater

It wasn't the type of white powder that makes Christmas complete — American retail giant Walmart has withdrawn a festive sweater that celebrates cocaine. The sweater depicts Santa Claus with straw in hand, and three white lines laid out on a table before him. "Let it ...

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 ...