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The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

Reference | FYI Feb 3, 2020

The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

by Eric Johnston

Hiroshima-based Liberal Democratic Party Diet member Anri Kawai admitted in January to receiving ¥150 million from LDP headquarters prior to the July 2019 Upper House election. Kawai, a novice in national politics, is also the wife of disgraced former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who ...

Stars throw soybeans in <I>setsubun</I> event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

National Feb 3, 2020

Stars throw soybeans in setsubun event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

An annual bean-throwing event was held Monday at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, to mark setsubun, the day before the start of spring according to Japan's ancient calendar. On setsubun, people traditionally throw soybeans, chanting "oni wa soto" ("demons out") ...

Online mask prices surge in Japan amid coronavirus scare

Business Feb 3, 2020

Online mask prices surge in Japan amid coronavirus scare

As a shortage of face masks continues in Japan amid the spread of the new coronavirus originating in China, their prices are shooting up on online flea markets. Some people are apparently cornering masks at drugstores and other shops and selling them at excessively high ...

Stocks in China slide; U.S. equity futures advance

Business / Financial Markets Feb 3, 2020

Stocks in China slide; U.S. equity futures advance

Chinese shares tumbled and the yuan weakened as traders returned from an extended holiday amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Support measures from China's government helped stem losses somewhat in Asia, while U.S. futures rose and Treasuries slipped. Stocks in Shanghai opened almost 9 percent lower, ...

New Ainu culture complex generating little buzz outside Hokkaido

National Feb 3, 2020

New Ainu culture complex generating little buzz outside Hokkaido

Upopoy, a new national facility intended to revitalize and develop the culture of Japan's indigenous Ainu people, is facing challenges attracting attention ahead of its opening on April 24 in Shiraoi, Hokkaido. The new complex may miss the annual goal of 1 million visitors set ...

Protesters occupy disputed German coal mine

World Feb 3, 2020

Protesters occupy disputed German coal mine

Activists occupied Germany's newest power plant on Sunday to protest against a law passed last week to end coal electricity generation, but which environmental groups argue is insufficient. Police said more than 100 protesters entered the site of the Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant in ...

Coronavirus forces world's largest telework experiment

Business Feb 3, 2020

Coronavirus forces world's largest telework experiment

Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is no longer a privilege, it's a necessity. While factories, shops, hotels and restaurants are warning about plunging foot traffic that is transforming city centers into ghost towns, behind the closed doors of apartments and suburban homes ...

Business Feb 3, 2020

France targets U.K. fish exports as bargaining chip for talks

France reminded Britain on Sunday that the U.K. exports most of its fish production to European Union countries, highlighting a potential bargaining chip in coming post-Brexit talks about fishing rights that promise to be thorny. "This discussion will be pretty balanced because while it is ...

Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill 14 civilians, monitor says

World Feb 3, 2020

Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill 14 civilians, monitor says

Air strikes by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally on Sunday killed 14 civilians in the last major opposition bastion of Idlib in the country's northwest, a war monitor said. Moscow-backed government forces have upped their deadly bombardment of the jihadi-dominated region in recent ...

Sri Lanka to probe aircraft deal after Airbus corruption settlement

Business Feb 3, 2020

Sri Lanka to probe aircraft deal after Airbus corruption settlement

Sri Lanka's president ordered a fresh investigation Sunday into a multi-billion dollar aircraft purchase involving the island's loss-making national carrier, days after Airbus settled corruption probes in Europe and the U.S. A French court on Friday approved a deal allowing Airbus to pay €3.6 billion ...

The shyest cats will always offer an open heart

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Feb 3, 2020

The shyest cats will always offer an open heart

Frostini is a pretty fellow who came to ARK when he was still tiny, almost seven long years ago. He was extremely timid at first, a trait that can have dire consequences at a shelter. "Frosty," as staff affectionately calls him, had friends that fought ...

Japanese manga artist Yoshiharu Tsuge honored in France

Entertainment News Feb 3, 2020

Japanese manga artist Yoshiharu Tsuge honored in France

Japanese manga artist Yoshiharu Tsuge was honored at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France on Saturday. Tsuge, 82, received a standing ovation at an award ceremony and said he was very honored, according to a post from the festival's official Twitter account. A special exhibition ...

French skating head questioned amid sex abuse claims

Figure Skating Feb 3, 2020

French skating head questioned amid sex abuse claims

The head of the French skating federation will be grilled Monday by the country's sports minister following a string of accusations of sexual abuse and rape by a coach on underage skaters. Didier Gailhaguet is not directly targeted by the claims but will be asked ...

FIFA declares Fatma Samoura's cleanup of African soccer complete

Soccer Feb 3, 2020

FIFA declares Fatma Samoura's cleanup of African soccer complete

FIFA's six months in control of African soccer appeared to end when Fatma Samoura's temporary leadership of the continent's governing body was not extended on Sunday. Samoura, the FIFA secretary general, was dispatched to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in August with the task ...

France stands firm late to hold off England

Rugby Feb 3, 2020

France stands firm late to hold off England

France came out fighting in the rain and pinned tournament favorite England onto the back foot in their Six Nations opener, leading the World Cup runner-up 24-0 then defending resolutely for a 24-17 win on Sunday. Fabien Galthie's new-look side confounded expectations in style. This ...