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Japan's hay fever season set to start early due to warm winter

National Jan 29, 2020

Japan's hay fever season set to start early due to warm winter

The hay fever season is set to begin earlier than usual in Japan this year due to a warmer-than-average winter, a weather information provider said Wednesday. According to Weathernews Inc., Japanese cedar trees, which along with Japanese cypress trees are one of the most prominent ...

Kepco to halt two nuclear reactors after missing counterterrorism deadline

National Jan 29, 2020

Kepco to halt two nuclear reactors after missing counterterrorism deadline

Kansai Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it would suspend operations at two nuclear reactors after missing a deadline set by the industry regulator to build counterterrorism facilities. Under stricter rules implemented after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, utilities are now required to build emergency off-site control ...

Russia slams Japan's National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty

National / Politics Jan 29, 2020

Russia slams Japan's National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday criticized exhibits displayed at Japan's National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty, which reopened last week. Summoning a representative from the Japanese Embassy in Moscow, Russia conveyed the criticism about the exhibition of items related to four Russian-held islands off ...

Support efforts begin across Japan to help coronavirus-hit Wuhan

National Jan 29, 2020

Support efforts begin across Japan to help coronavirus-hit Wuhan

People from around Japan have begun offering support to the residents that remain in locked-down Wuhan, a major Chinese city at the center of a coronavirus outbreak. Inagora Inc., an e-commerce operator based in Tokyo, launched a campaign Monday to ship face masks, free of ...

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

World Jan 29, 2020

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday. Witnesses reported strong shaking but there was no immediate word of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 km (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, ...

Tributes build outside 'House that Kobe Built'

Basketball / NBA Jan 29, 2020

Tributes build outside 'House that Kobe Built'

Fans call it The House that Kobe Built, and since Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash mourners by the thousands have gathered daily outside the arena where the Los Angeles Lakers' legend made basketball history. Admirers, including some from as far away as China, ...

U.S. women defeat Haiti to open Olympic qualifying

Soccer Jan 29, 2020

U.S. women defeat Haiti to open Olympic qualifying

Christen Press scored the opening goal off a shoeless assist from Lynn Williams and the United States beat Haiti 4-0 on Tuesday in its opening match of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. The U.S., which won the Women's World Cup last summer, extended its ...

Virus in China affects sports events and Olympic qualifiers

More Sports Jan 29, 2020

Virus in China affects sports events and Olympic qualifiers

Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere. The decision on Tuesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to postpone Pro League games in China follows qualifiers ...

Goeido secure in decision to retire

Sumo Jan 29, 2020

Goeido secure in decision to retire

Retiring sumo wrestler Goeido said Wednesday there were no questions about his choice to hang up his mawashi, because he had failed in a do-or-die promise to himself. He said he made the decision the day he suffered his eighth loss at the New Year ...

Zion scores 14 in road debut, Pelicans down Cavs

Basketball / NBA Jan 29, 2020

Zion scores 14 in road debut, Pelicans down Cavs

Zion Williamson's NBA road debut didn't have much flash or any fireworks. It wasn't a show, and that was just fine with the hyped rookie. Check off another box. Williamson scored 14 points — all inside — in his first pro game outside New Orleans and ...

AC Milan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant at San Siro match

Soccer Jan 29, 2020

AC Milan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant at San Siro match

AC Milan and its fans paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with lights and applause before and during Tuesday's Italian Cup game against Torino at the San Siro stadium. Bryant, who grew up in Italy between the ages of 6 and 13, was a devout Milan ...

Kashima fail to reach ACL group stage, FC Tokyo qualify

Soccer Jan 29, 2020

Kashima fail to reach ACL group stage, FC Tokyo qualify

Melbourne Victory denied Kashima Antlers a place in the Asian Champions League group stage on Tuesday, upsetting the J. League club 1-0 in a playoff. With the loss, the 2018 ACL champions earned the unwanted distinction of being the first J. League side to fail ...

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby Jan 29, 2020

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby World Cup star Kotaro Matsushima will join French side ASM Clermont Auvergne from July, the winger's Japan Top League club Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Tuesday. The 26-year-old will link with the club in the Top 14, the premier tier of French rugby, following the Top ...