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National Jan 30, 2020

Osaka Prefecture city's removal from hometown tax scheme ruled valid

A court Thursday ruled that the government acted lawfully in removing a city that offered extravagant gift incentives to attract tax-deductible donations from the furusato nōzei (hometown tax) program, marking a first in the conflict between the central and local governments over the program. The ...

Emperor Emeritus Akihito collapses and temporarily loses consciousness

National Jan 30, 2020

Emperor Emeritus Akihito collapses and temporarily loses consciousness

Emperor Emeritus Akihito temporarily lost consciousness and collapsed at his Tokyo residence on Wednesday, but a subsequent medical checkup found no abnormalities, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. The 86-year-old's condition is back to normal and he had breakfast as usual on Thursday morning, according ...

Japan Post Insurance misconduct may have hit 60,000 more customers

Business Jan 30, 2020

Japan Post Insurance misconduct may have hit 60,000 more customers

Improper sales practices for Japan Post Insurance Co. products may have disadvantaged 60,000 more customers than previously known, sources have said. In August, the Japan Post Holdings Co. group started to investigate 183,000 Kampo-brand insurance contracts involving 156,000 customers who had possibly been affected by ...

EU announces strict 5G rules but no Huawei ban

Business / Tech Jan 30, 2020

EU announces strict 5G rules but no Huawei ban

EU countries could ban telecom operators deemed a security risk from critical parts of 5G infrastructure under guidelines issued Wednesday, amid U.S. pressure to shut out Chinese giant Huawei. The EU plan, which closely mirrors rules set out Tuesday by Britain allowing a limited role ...

Tears and cheers as EU lawmakers give final nod to Brexit

World / Politics Jan 30, 2020

Tears and cheers as EU lawmakers give final nod to Brexit

The European Parliament gave final approval to Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, paving the way for the country to quit the bloc on Friday after nearly half a century and delivering a major setback for European integration. After an emotional debate during ...

Canucks rally past Sharks for fourth straight victory

More Sports / Ice Hockey Jan 30, 2020

Canucks rally past Sharks for fourth straight victory

Rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes and forward Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 5-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Tyler Myers, Jake Virtanen and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Pacific Division-leading ...

Dusty Baker replaces AJ Hinch as Astros manager

Baseball / MLB Jan 30, 2020

Dusty Baker replaces AJ Hinch as Astros manager

Dusty Baker has been hired to replace AJ Hinch as the manager of the Houston Astros. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday and said Baker will be introduced in Houston on Thursday. The 70-year-old became the oldest manager in the big leagues. Hinch was fired ...