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Hong Kong Christmas clashes enter third day

Asia Pacific Dec 26, 2019

Hong Kong Christmas clashes enter third day

Hong Kong endured a third straight day of political unrest over the Christmas period Thursday as police and pro-democracy protesters clashed inside shopping malls. Protesters spent the afternoon on Thursday marching through multiple malls chanting anti-government and anti-police slogans. Riot police swooped on dozens of black-clad ...

CDP and DPP unlikely to wrap up merger talks by year-end

National / Politics Dec 26, 2019

CDP and DPP unlikely to wrap up merger talks by year-end

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People are unlikely to conclude their merger negotiations by the end of the year, senior DPP officials have suggested. The two major opposition parties "have yet to reach consensus on fundamental issues," DPP ...

Rakuten to sell U.S. e-book distribution unit OverDrive

Business / Corporate Dec 26, 2019

Rakuten to sell U.S. e-book distribution unit OverDrive

Major cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. plans to sell OverDrive Holdings Inc., a wholly owned U.S. unit that provides electronic book distribution services. Rakuten announced Wednesday that it will sell all outstanding shares of the Ohio-based subsidiary, which provides e-books to libraries and educational institutions, to ...

Minimum charge for plastic bags at Japanese shops from July: ¥1

Business Dec 26, 2019

Minimum charge for plastic bags at Japanese shops from July: ¥1

The government on Friday revised ordinances of four relevant ministries to oblige retailers to charge a fee for issuing plastic shopping bags from July 1. All stores in the nation, including supermarkets and convenience stores, will be subject to the rule. The move is aimed at ...

Do whatever it takes: How Khamenei ordered crackdown on Iranian unrest

World Dec 26, 2019

Do whatever it takes: How Khamenei ordered crackdown on Iranian unrest

After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them. That order, confirmed by three sources close to the supreme leader's ...

Turkey-Libya maritime EEZ deal rattles eastern Mediterranean

Business Dec 26, 2019

Turkey-Libya maritime EEZ deal rattles eastern Mediterranean

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a surprise visit to Tunisia on Wednesday to discuss cooperation for a possible cease-fire in neighboring Libya, where Ankara supports the internationally recognized government. The visit comes after Turkey signed an accord with Libya's internationally recognized government last month ...

Anti-Putin activist 'forcibly drafted' and sent to Arctic base

World Dec 26, 2019

Anti-Putin activist 'forcibly drafted' and sent to Arctic base

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday that one of his allies had been forcibly conscripted and sent to serve at a remote Arctic base, in a move his supporters said amounted to kidnapping. Ruslan Shaveddinov, a project manager at Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, went missing ...

Playful strawberry treats with Japanese twist

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Dec 26, 2019

Playful strawberry treats with Japanese twist

A once-in-a-lifetime strawberry opportunity is the title and promise of the 2020 edition of Hilton Tokyo Odaiba's popular strawberry dessert buffet from Jan. 6 to May 8. The utensils are multitiered Japanese lunch boxes and chopsticks, while offerings include strawberry roll cake in the shape ...

Cultural discovery starts at the table

General Dec 26, 2019

Cultural discovery starts at the table

by Reito Kaneko

In an eastern area of downtown Tokyo, classes are being held in a six-story building promoting Thai language and culture. Kinshicho, in Sumida Ward, has all the trappings of a "Little Bangkok," with Thai import stores, massage shops and restaurants that blend into the city ...

Hawks sign former MLB pitcher Matt Moore

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 26, 2019

Hawks sign former MLB pitcher Matt Moore

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks announced the signing of former big-league pitcher Matt Moore on Thursday. The 30-year-old lefty recorded 54 wins for the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers after making his MLB debut in 2011. He was limited to just two games ...