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Paralympic pressure: Progress doubted on barrier-free access push

National Jan 20, 2020

Paralympic pressure: Progress doubted on barrier-free access push

Japan is accelerating efforts to improve access to accommodations and transport for the Paralympics, but people with disabilities are questioning whether enough is being done. While the games are being touted as a chance to create a more inclusive society, 66 percent of respondents to ...

Japan mulling legislation to ban smuggling of wagyu genetic materials

National Jan 20, 2020

Japan mulling legislation to ban smuggling of wagyu genetic materials

The agriculture ministry will propose a new law aimed at preventing the smuggling to other countries of genetic materials, such as fertilized eggs and semen, related to wagyu cattle. The envisioned law allows requests for injunctions against improper trading of such genetic materials and, if ...

China unveils plan to reduce single-use plastic by 2025

Business Jan 20, 2020

China unveils plan to reduce single-use plastic by 2025

China's top economic planner said it would cut the production and use of plastic over the next five years, helping reduce one of the world's biggest sources of plastic pollution. By the end of this year, nondegradable plastic bags will be banned in places such ...

'Sad' Prince Harry says no other option but to end royal role

World Jan 20, 2020

'Sad' Prince Harry says no other option but to end royal role

BBritain’s Prince Harry spoke on Sunday of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth II and senior Windsors that will see him and his wife, Meghan, exit official roles to seek an independent future. Buckingham ...

Shodai maintains share of first place

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 20, 2020

Shodai maintains share of first place

Rank-and-filer Shodai snapped a seven-bout losing streak against ozeki Takakeisho on Monday to leave himself in a two-way tie for the lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Shodai (8-1), chasing his first top-division title, brushed aside one of his overnight co-leaders after Takakeisho ...