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Examining the cold hard facts of dependency

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Feb 8, 2020

Examining the cold hard facts of dependency

by Michael Hoffman

Everybody's hooked on something. What's life without its little pleasures? Mere struggle for survival. Smokers crave nicotine, coffee-drinkers caffeine, gamers games. The pursuit of happiness takes many forms. Society approves of most, frowns on others. Some it bans outright. One Golden Week morning in 2016, ...

77% in Japan support fees for plastic shopping bags

National Feb 8, 2020

77% in Japan support fees for plastic shopping bags

Some 77 percent of respondents support the government's plans to charge customers for plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, convenience stores and other retailers from July, a Jiji Press poll has shown. According to the survey on waste conducted between Jan. 10 and Jan. 13, 49.7 ...

Half of Uniqlo, Muji stores closing in virus-hit China

Business / Corporate Feb 8, 2020

Half of Uniqlo, Muji stores closing in virus-hit China

Retailers are expanding outlet suspensions in China amid the unfolding coronavirus crisis, with about half of the Uniqlo apparel and Muji household goods stores there being shut. Fast Retailing Co. has closed about 370 of its 750 Uniqlo outlets in China, up from about 160 ...

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data published Friday. More than 280 square kilometers (110 square miles) were cleared, an increase of 108 percent. It was the largest area cleared in ...

Levanga cruise past Mikawa in high-scoring contest

Basketball / B. League Feb 8, 2020

Levanga cruise past Mikawa in high-scoring contest

by Ed Odeven

The Levanga Hokkaido offensive clicked on Saturday afternoon against the visiting SeaHorses Mikawa. Kennedy Meeks and Markeith Cummings combined for 56 points and Hokkaido increased its scoring output in every quarter en route to a 97-84 triumph in Sapporo. The Levanga (13-23) trailed 18-16 after one ...