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Japan to launch intelligence-gathering satellite in January

National Dec 16, 2019

Japan to launch intelligence-gathering satellite in January

An H-IIA rocket carrying a government optical intelligence-gathering satellite is scheduled for launch in January, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. The device will join Japan's seven other reconnaissance satellites believed to be utilized for such purposes as monitoring developments at North Korean missile sites. The ...

Self-driving bus goes for a test ride in Osaka

Business Dec 16, 2019

Self-driving bus goes for a test ride in Osaka

Osaka City Bus Corp. took media representatives for a test ride on a self-driving bus Monday. The affiliate of subway operator Osaka Metro Co. aims to start autonomous bus services in fiscal 2020, which starts April 1, in the city's waterfront area. A French-made Navya Arma ...

Ferry service in western Japan ends 109 years of history

National Dec 16, 2019

Ferry service in western Japan ends 109 years of history

A ferry connecting Uno Port in Okayama Prefecture and Takamatsu Port in Kagawa Prefecture has ceased services after 109 years. The ferry completed its last trip across the Seto Inland Sea on Sunday night after a long-term decrease in passengers led to the deterioration of ...

U.S. intelligence agencies distrust unpredictable Trump

World Dec 16, 2019

U.S. intelligence agencies distrust unpredictable Trump

by Didier Lauras

Donald Trump's relations with his own intelligence services have never been so fraught: The U.S. president doesn't listen to his spy chiefs, doesn't seem to rank his sources and makes snap decisions without giving them any warning. The two sides have clashed repeatedly, including in ...

JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express

Business Dec 16, 2019

JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express

East Japan Railway Co. on Monday unveiled its new luxury Saphir Odoriko express train ahead of its March 14 launch between Tokyo and a spa resort area in Shizuoka Prefecture. The eight-car train with all Green Car, or first-class, seating is named after the French ...

Tokyo Fire Department releases criteria for halting resuscitation

National Dec 16, 2019

Tokyo Fire Department releases criteria for halting resuscitation

The Tokyo Fire Department introduced on Monday criteria for stopping resuscitative efforts for patients in the terminal phase of illness. Until now the department had no clear guidance for how ambulance workers should respond if they are asked to stop resuscitative efforts. The new criteria call ...

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

Asia Pacific Dec 16, 2019

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

The smoke blanketing Sydney is a "public health emergency," according to a coalition of Australian doctors and researchers who say climate change has helped fuel the wildfires that have produced the unprecedented haze. Air pollution across Australia's most-populous city and parts of the eastern state ...

Top U.S. trade negotiator hails 'remarkable' deal with China

Business Dec 16, 2019

Top U.S. trade negotiator hails 'remarkable' deal with China

The U.S.-China trade deal is "remarkable" in scope but it won't solve all the problems between the world's two biggest economies, the top U.S. negotiator said Sunday. "This is not just about agriculture and other purchases," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in an interview ...

Telenor says Huawei will still play role in 5G roll-out

Business / Tech Dec 16, 2019

Telenor says Huawei will still play role in 5G roll-out

Telenor reiterated on Sunday Huawei would be involved in building Norway's 5G network along with Ericsson, one of several companies to continue working with the Chinese company despite U.S. pressure. Still, on Friday, the head of Telenor Norway, Petter-Boerre Furberg, told Reuters that the operator ...

Techie gifts for creative kids

Digital | ON: TECH Dec 16, 2019

Techie gifts for creative kids

by Chiho Komoriya

It's the festive season and whether you take Christmas day off or not in Japan, kids will still be excited about Santa. This month introduces a few next-generation techy toys that are great for children but will probably be fun for the parents, too.

Liverpool to face Atletico Madrid in last 16 of Champions League

Soccer Dec 16, 2019

Liverpool to face Atletico Madrid in last 16 of Champions League

Reigning champions Liverpool will return to the scene of last season's Champions League triumph after they were drawn against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the competition on Monday, with Manchester City to face 13-time winners Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp's side will travel to ...

Alina Zagitova not planning to retire

Figure Skating Dec 16, 2019

Alina Zagitova not planning to retire

Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova on Sunday responded to media speculation that she is leaving the sport for good, posting on Instagram that she doesn't intend to "stop or retire." The 17-year-old Olympic and world champion told a Russian TV station on Friday that she ...