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National Dec 18, 2019

Bill on Japanese wartime labor fund submitted to South Korea parliament

South Korean parliamentarians Wednesday submitted a bill to invite donations from Japanese and South Korean companies and the public to provide funds for compensation over Japanese wartime labor. The 14 lawmakers, including National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, said in the bill that they aim to ...

Russia seizes five Japanese fishing boats off Hokkaido

National Dec 18, 2019

Russia seizes five Japanese fishing boats off Hokkaido

Russian border security authorities seized five Japanese fishing vessels Tuesday and took them to the island of Kunashiri, one of the disputed Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, the Japanese government said. The seizure of the boats, which were operating under a bilateral agreement on fishing around ...

Indian Supreme Court to examine contentious citizenship law

Asia Pacific Dec 18, 2019

Indian Supreme Court to examine contentious citizenship law

India's controversial religion-based citizenship act will have to pass the scrutiny of the nation's top court, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government pledged to push ahead and implement the law. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde issued a notice ...

Australia logs hottest day ever — 40.9 C —  for now

Asia Pacific Dec 18, 2019

Australia logs hottest day ever — 40.9 C — for now

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heat wave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bush-fire season, authorities said Wednesday. The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday beat the previous record of 40.3 ...

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Soccer Dec 18, 2019

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Hwang In-beom scored the only goal as South Korea beat Japan to capture the East Asian Football Federation E-1 Championship on Wednesday. The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder scored in the 28th minute as the tournament host finished with a perfect 3-0 record. After being outhustled and outplayed ...

Takahashi ready for curtain call

Figure Skating Dec 18, 2019

Takahashi ready for curtain call

by Jack Gallagher

Practice for the Japan Championships began at Yoyogi Gymnasium in Tokyo on Wednesday and Daisuke Takahashi did not disappoint as he heads into his final competition as a singles skater. Takahashi worked on steps and choreography during a run-through of his new short program to ...

Rakuten seeks to add magic touch to Taiwan's Monkeys

Baseball Dec 18, 2019

Rakuten seeks to add magic touch to Taiwan's Monkeys

The Japanese owner of Taiwan's first foreign-owned pro baseball club unveiled the new name and uniform of the team on Tuesday, hoping to apply his experience in Japan to attract more fans to the team's home stadium in Taiwan. Hiroshi Mikitani, founder of e-commerce giant ...

Nadeshiko Japan beats South Korea to win EAFF E-1 women's championship

Soccer Dec 18, 2019

Nadeshiko Japan beats South Korea to win EAFF E-1 women's championship

Japan beat South Korea 1-0 on Tuesday, securing its third EAFF E-1 Women's Football Championship title. Yuka Momiki converted a penalty in the 88th minute at Busan Gudeok Stadium as Japan finished the four-team East Asian Football Federation tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. South Korea ...