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Haneda flight noise louder than in a pachinko parlor

National Feb 17, 2020

Haneda flight noise louder than in a pachinko parlor

In test flights for new low-altitude flight paths using Tokyo's Haneda Airport conducted by the transport ministry between Jan. 30 and Wednesday, noise in Kawasaki ran as high as 87 to 94 decibels, louder than inside a pachinko parlor, according to data released by ...

Shinjiro Koizumi takes 12 days of paternity leave

National / Politics Feb 17, 2020

Shinjiro Koizumi takes 12 days of paternity leave

Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said Monday he took 12 days of paternity leave over the course of one month after his son was born in January. Koizumi has said he planned to take about 14 days of child care leave over three months and that ...

National / Politics Feb 17, 2020

Abe apologizes for yelling at CDP lawmaker in Japan's Diet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized Monday for a recent incident in which he heckled an opposition lawmaker, and promised not to make irregular remarks in the Diet. "I apologize for making the irregular remark," Abe told a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee. ...

Health hotlines in Japan flooded with coronavirus test requests

National Feb 17, 2020

Health hotlines in Japan flooded with coronavirus test requests

As the new coronavirus threatens to spread through Japan, hotlines for virus-related consultations are being flooded with requests from concerned people who want to be tested. While some government authorities have taken steps to handle the situation, including by adding telephone capacity, others are expected ...

Anti-pipeline protests derail Trudeau's trip to Barbados

World Feb 17, 2020

Anti-pipeline protests derail Trudeau's trip to Barbados

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has canceled his planned trip to Barbados for a regional conference to help resolve widespread rail disruptions caused by indigenous rights activists opposing the construction of a natural gas pipeline, his office said Sunday. Indigenous communities across Canada have been ...

Thailand to decide on TPP participation around April, says Japan minister

Business Feb 17, 2020

Thailand to decide on TPP participation around April, says Japan minister

Thailand will likely decide whether to join a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership around April, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Monday. Nishimura, the government's point man on the TPP, told reporters after meeting with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak in Tokyo that he hopes the current ...

National / Science & Health Feb 17, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 hit Kanto area

Two fresh cases of the new coronavirus known as COVID-19 were reported in the Kanto region on Monday. The first case of the virus emerged at Sagamihara Chuo Hospital in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, the hospital announced on its website. One staff member ...

Business Feb 17, 2020

Bayer, now with BASF, faces more Monsanto pain after trial loss

The first U.S. trial over the dicamba herbicide has landed Bayer AG and its German rival, BASF SE, with another potentially multi-billion-dollar problem. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau awarded $265 million Saturday to a Missouri farmer who blamed the companies' herbicide for destroying ...

Purrfect: Kids, cats and cookies

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Feb 17, 2020

Purrfect: Kids, cats and cookies

by Danielle Demetriou

Quiet green lanes, low-rise wooden houses, generations-old tofu stores, atmospheric temples, cycling grannies, small creative ateliers — and cats. Lots of cats. Yanaka, an east Tokyo neighborhood hugging the fringes of the JR Yamanote circle, is something of an urban time capsule, with its growing ...

Dressing up T-shirts with traditional flair

Lifestyle Feb 17, 2020

Dressing up T-shirts with traditional flair

by Reito Kaneko

More than a century ago, the skills of paper stencil textile-dyeing artisans made it possible to mass-produce kimono with vivid and intricate designs that previously could only be achieved by hand painting. Today, with fewer people wearing kimono on a daily basis, it has become ...

University program boosts number of coach developers

More Sports Feb 17, 2020

University program boosts number of coach developers

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Faculty behind the Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy (NCDA) program are confident that the "athlete-centered" culture it is fostering has made positive international progress since its 2014 inception. In collaboration with the International Council for Coaching Excellence, the grand vision of the NCDA ...