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Russia releases five Japanese fishing boats seized off Hokkaido

National Dec 24, 2019

Russia releases five Japanese fishing boats seized off Hokkaido

Russia on Tuesday released five Japanese fishing boats seized in waters near Russian-held, Japan-claimed islands in mid-December. The release came after the crews of the boats paid a fine of some 6.4 million rubles (¥11 million) ordered by a Russian court Monday for violating regulations ...

METI panel calls for flexible hours at Japan's convenience stores

Business Dec 24, 2019

METI panel calls for flexible hours at Japan's convenience stores

A panel of experts under the industry ministry published a draft report Monday recommending that major convenience store chains allow stores to have flexible operations amid a severe labor shortage. The draft report said major chains should review their around-the-clock operations due to a changing ...

Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

National Dec 24, 2019

Smartphones blamed as children's fitness takes nosedive in Japan

The physical performance of children in Japan deteriorated dramatically in fiscal 2019 from the previous year, a survey by the Sports Agency showed Monday. The overall performance score for boys in the fifth year of elementary school was the lowest since the survey started in ...

North Korea mass-producing mobile missile launchers, sources say

Asia Pacific Dec 24, 2019

North Korea mass-producing mobile missile launchers, sources say

Around February last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the mass production of vehicles used for transporting and launching missiles including intercontinental ballistic missiles, Kyodo News has learned. To cover the expense of acquiring parts for around 70 so-called transporter-erector-launchers, or TELs, from ...

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined with ankle injury

Soccer Dec 24, 2019

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined with ankle injury

Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in Saturday's Club World Cup final, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Tuesday. The midfielder landed awkwardly on his ankle during the 1-0 win over Flamengo and was substituted ...

Tottenham promises investigation of alleged racist chants in derby

Soccer Dec 24, 2019

Tottenham promises investigation of alleged racist chants in derby

The latest racism row engulfing English soccer took a fresh turn Monday amid reports Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger had been abused by spectators during Sunday's fractious London derby. Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw referee Anthony Taylor ...

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Sumo Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month's New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released by the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday showed. The 25-year-old rising star earned promotion to sumo's third-highest rank after going ...