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As foreign tourists to Japan increase, so do their consumer gripes

National Jan 21, 2020

As foreign tourists to Japan increase, so do their consumer gripes

As visitors to Japan increase ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, so have cases of tourists becoming embroiled in consumer problems. The government-linked National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan's multilingual consumer hotline received a total of 283 consultations in the year ...

IAEA acknowledges improvement in Japan's nuclear inspections

National Jan 21, 2020

IAEA acknowledges improvement in Japan's nuclear inspections

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that Japan "had strengthened inspections" as a team of experts from the U.N. nuclear watchdog wound up an eight-day trip to assess the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the country. Among the achievements of the ...

IMF upgrades Japan's growth forecast to 0.7% for 2020

Business / Economy Jan 21, 2020

IMF upgrades Japan's growth forecast to 0.7% for 2020

The International Monetary Fund is forecasting that Japan's economy will grow 0.7 percent this year, up 0.2 percentage point from its earlier estimate due to stimulus measures to mitigate the impact of the Oct. 1 consumption tax hike. The Washington-based institution also said global growth ...

Drop in South Korean tourists to Japan continues amid frayed ties

National Jan 21, 2020

Drop in South Korean tourists to Japan continues amid frayed ties

The number of tourists visiting Japan from South Korea continues to decline amid soured relations between the two countries, dealing a serious blow to destinations popular with South Korean visitors. The number contracted year on year for six consecutive months from July 2019, when Japan ...

Macron and Trump declare a truce in digital tax dispute

Business Jan 21, 2020

Macron and Trump declare a truce in digital tax dispute

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a "great discussion" with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries will work together to avoid a rise in tariffs. Macron and Trump agreed to hold off on ...

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend Davos forum

Business Jan 21, 2020

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend Davos forum

Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido — who declared himself acting president last year — will attend this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez told AFP on Monday. Guaido is currently in Colombia, where he is due to meet with U.S. Secretary of ...

Experts warn Pyrenees glaciers are 'doomed'

World / Science & Health Jan 21, 2020

Experts warn Pyrenees glaciers are 'doomed'

Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending ecosystems while putting local economies at risk, scientists say. "We can't set a precise date but the Pyrenees glaciers are doomed," Pierre ...

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 21, 2020

Shodai still tied for tournament lead

No. 4 maegashira Shodai put on an electric performance at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to retain his place at the top with fellow rank-and-filer Tokushoryu. Locking horns with No. 7 Shohozan (5-5) on Day 10 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, Shodai (9-1) ...

Manchester United goalie Sergio Romero unhurt in car crash

Soccer Jan 21, 2020

Manchester United goalie Sergio Romero unhurt in car crash

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero escaped unhurt after crashing his Lamborghini on his way to training on Monday, a club source told AFP. Romero, 32, was seen in images posted on social media standing next to the car which was wedged underneath a roadside crash ...