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Business Jan 23, 2020

Bank of Japan to ramp up research with an eye on its own cryptocurrency

The Bank of Japan has said it aims to accelerate research on digital currencies in cooperation with foreign central banks, amid rapid developments in financial technologies. Japan's central bank will study and analyze related technologies and the impacts of digital currencies on the economy, while ...

Japanese postman failed to deliver — 24,000 times, police say

National Jan 23, 2020

Japanese postman failed to deliver — 24,000 times, police say

A 61-year-old postman failed to deliver thousands of postal items that he kept at his home instead, police said Thursday. About 24,000 undelivered items were found in the man's home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said the police, who sent his case to prosecutors. "It was too ...

Inside China's virus zone, unease grips a city in lockdown

Asia Pacific Jan 23, 2020

Inside China's virus zone, unease grips a city in lockdown

In Wuhan, the central Chinese city that's ground zero of the deadly new virus spreading through the country, a sense of fear is rapidly taking hold. On Thursday morning, the city's some 11 million residents woke to learn it's now on lockdown, with public transport ...

National / Crime & Legal Jan 23, 2020

Suspects arrested by Tokyo police over ¥78 million bitcoin theft

Tokyo police have arrested two men for allegedly stealing some ¥78 million in bitcoin from an overseas cryptocurrency exchange, it was learned Thursday. The Metropolitan Police Department's cybercrime unit arrested Yuto Onitsuka, 25, and Takuma Sasaki, 28, on computer fraud charges, investigative sources said. The two ...

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 23, 2020

Shodai, Tokushoryu still atop leaderboard

Shodai and Tokushoryu each retained their leading records at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Thursday, while ozeki Goeido suffered an eighth loss and faces a demotion from the sport's second-highest rank. Goeido (4-8) was beaten by new sekiwake Asanoyama (7-5) in the day's ...

Hanakaze's longevity moves into fifth decade

Sumo Jan 23, 2020

Hanakaze's longevity moves into fifth decade

by John Gunning

In March 1986, while Mike Ditka, Walter Payton and William "The Refrigerator" Perry and the rest of the Chicago Bears were still celebrating their Super Bowl XX mauling of the New England Patriots two-plus months earlier, in Osaka a young man named Daisaku Yamaguchi ...