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National Ainu Museum in Hokkaido to exhibit over 700 artifacts

National Dec 19, 2019

National Ainu Museum in Hokkaido to exhibit over 700 artifacts

A national museum dedicated to the Ainu ethnic minority in northern Japan will exhibit more than 700 artifacts, an official said Thursday, as the facility offered a preview to the press ahead of its official opening in April. The museum, which together with a park ...

Business Dec 19, 2019

Japan's labor productivity still lowest among G7 members in 2018

Japan's labor productivity remained the lowest among the Group of Seven countries in 2018, public interest foundation the Japan Productivity Center said Wednesday. Based on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the group estimated the value of Japan's productivity in 2018 at ...

Apple, Google and Amazon seek standard for smart devices

Business / Tech Dec 19, 2019

Apple, Google and Amazon seek standard for smart devices

Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Amazon.com Inc. — three of the biggest providers of smart-home and voice-assistant technology — are joining forces to make internet-connected homes easier to set up and safer to use. The rivals announced Wednesday that they're working with the Zigbee ...

Large-scale earthquake drill held at 2020 Olympic venues in Tokyo

National Dec 19, 2019

Large-scale earthquake drill held at 2020 Olympic venues in Tokyo

A large-scale safety drill for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was held for the first time Thursday at competition venues in Tokyo to prepare for the possibility of a major earthquake during the event. Police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces personnel joined the drill ...

Business Dec 19, 2019

Japan's government to discuss ways to promote freelance work

A panel chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that the government would discuss ways of promoting freelance work to create more options for people to work without being tied to an organization. Specifically, the government will work on creating an environment in which ...

Citizenship fears fuel anger among India's Muslims

Asia Pacific Dec 19, 2019

Citizenship fears fuel anger among India's Muslims

Habib-ur-Rehman was locked up for four years after failing to prove he's Indian, and now worries he may be expelled. It's a fear shared by other Muslims under Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In recent days, these worries have morphed into angry protests sparked ...

Business Dec 19, 2019

Political coverage row puts BBC funding under threat

Britain's new government is taking aim at the BBC, accusing it of bias in reporting the recently concluded elections that gave Prime Minister Boris Johnson a sweeping mandate. The row over perceived partiality from the corporation and ensuing threats about its license fee funding have ...

Telefoncia to reduce weight of Huawei in its 5G network

Business / Tech Dec 19, 2019

Telefoncia to reduce weight of Huawei in its 5G network

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica said Wednesday it would drastically reduce the amount of equipment it will buy from Huawei to build its 5G networks, amid concerns the firm could be used for Chinese espionage. Huawei equipment will be used during the "initial stages"¨of the deployment ...

Boko Haram jihadis kill 14 in attack on western Chad village

World Dec 19, 2019

Boko Haram jihadis kill 14 in attack on western Chad village

Fourteen people were killed and 13 were missing after Boko Haram jihadis attacked a fishing village in western Chad on Tuesday, government officials said. Violence from the Boko Haram insurgency started in Nigeria a decade ago, but has since spread to neighboring countries Chad, Niger ...

Kihira sets pace at Japan nationals

Figure Skating Dec 19, 2019

Kihira sets pace at Japan nationals

by Jack Gallagher

Rika Kihira took the lead after the women's short program at the Japan Championships on Thursday night at Yoyogi Gymnasium. Kihira, who was the runner-up behind Kaori Sakamoto at the nationals last year, earned a score of 73.98 points. Four-time national champion Satoko Miyahara is ...

Takumi Minamino fulfills dream by signing contract to play for Liverpool

Soccer Dec 19, 2019

Takumi Minamino fulfills dream by signing contract to play for Liverpool

Takumi Minamino signed with Champions League holder Liverpool on Thursday for a reported fee of £7.25 million ($9.5 million) from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg, the Premier League leader announced. The 24-year-old forward, who impressed Liverpool in its two Champions League group matches this season ...

Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe reaches 300-game milestone in Germany

Soccer Dec 19, 2019

Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe reaches 300-game milestone in Germany

Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe hit the 300-game milestone in the German first division on Wednesday, but it came in a loss Eintracht Frankfurt gave up a two-goal lead to Koln. The 35-year-old defensive midfielder, who is playing in his 13th Bundesliga season, had little ...