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National Feb 4, 2020

Maebashi Station gives students tickets to school of their dreams

With many students busy with last-minute efforts to pass entrance exams, Maebashi Station of East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, is attracting attention for distributing replica tickets bound for a person's first-choice school. The idea of making such tickets to show support for students ...

China plant-closing cascade may cost automakers 1.7 million cars

Business Feb 4, 2020

China plant-closing cascade may cost automakers 1.7 million cars

Forget about clinging to hopes that China, the world's largest car market, will recover from its unprecedented two-year slump anytime soon. Expectations were already bleak as the year began, with IHS Markit predicting a 10 percent drop in first quarter production. Now, the influential research ...

F-35's flaws include a gun that can't even shoot straight

World Feb 4, 2020

F-35's flaws include a gun that can't even shoot straight

Add a gun that can't shoot straight to the problems dogging Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $428 billion F-35 program, including more than 800 software flaws. The 25 mm gun on U.S. Air Force models of the Joint Strike Fighter has "unacceptable" accuracy in hitting ground targets ...

Air transit hub UAE to suspend China flights, excluding Beijing

Business Feb 4, 2020

Air transit hub UAE to suspend China flights, excluding Beijing

The United Arab Emirates, a major international transit hub, on Monday suspended flights to and from China, except for Beijing, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. It was not immediately clear if the UAE suspension, which cuts most air links with one ...

Business Feb 4, 2020

U.S. manufacturing rebounds but construction spending falls

U.S. factory activity unexpectedly rebounded in January after contracting for five straight months amid a surge in new orders, offering hope that a prolonged slump in business investment has probably bottomed out. A rebound in business investment is critical to keeping the longest economic expansion ...

'Konnichiwa Akachan' singer Michiyo Azusa dies at 76

Entertainment News Feb 4, 2020

'Konnichiwa Akachan' singer Michiyo Azusa dies at 76

Michiyo Azusa, known for singing "Konnichiwa Akachan" ("Hello Baby") among other hits, has died. She was 76. Azusa, whose real name is Michiyo Hayashi, was found dead when her manager visited her home Wednesday, according to her management office. She made her debut after graduating from ...

Reverting to past program was Hanyu's choice

Figure Skating Feb 4, 2020

Reverting to past program was Hanyu's choice

Yuzuru Hanyu's bid to recapture the world title he last won in 2017 meant turning back the clock and being himself, one of his coaches, Ghislain Briand, said Monday ahead of this week's Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. After runner-up finishes at the Grand Prix ...