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Foreign visitors to Japan down for fourth straight month in January

National Feb 19, 2020

Foreign visitors to Japan down for fourth straight month in January

The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell for the fourth straight month in January, down 1.1 percent from a year earlier, government data showed Wednesday, with sharper declines seemingly inevitable in the months ahead due to the new coronavirus outbreak. An estimated 2.66 million ...

Fukushima safe to host Tokyo Olympic torch relay, says governor

National Feb 19, 2020

Fukushima safe to host Tokyo Olympic torch relay, says governor

Fukushima Prefecture, devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, is safe to host its leg of the Olympic torch relay, the prefecture's governor has said. The government has designated the upcoming Tokyo Games as the "Reconstruction Olympics," and the torch relay is set ...

Trump considering travel to Tokyo for Summer Olympics

National Feb 19, 2020

Trump considering travel to Tokyo for Summer Olympics

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is considering visiting Japan this summer for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a trip that would take him off the campaign trail as he seeks re-election. Trump was asked about the Summer Games in Tokyo, which begin July ...

Japan logged goods trade deficit of ¥1.31 trillion in January

Business / Economy Feb 19, 2020

Japan logged goods trade deficit of ¥1.31 trillion in January

Japan posted a goods trade deficit for the third consecutive month in January, hit by weak exports to China and the United States, government data showed Wednesday. The trade deficit stood at ¥1.31 trillion ($12 billion), following an upwardly revised ¥154.55 billion deficit in December, ...

A rising Michael Bloomberg qualifies for U.S. Democratic debate

World / Politics Feb 19, 2020

A rising Michael Bloomberg qualifies for U.S. Democratic debate

U.S. media tycoon Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate, after a new poll shows him leapfrogging several of his rivals, including Joe Biden, to claim second spot in the race for the party nomination. Bloomberg's surge meant that he cleared a polling ...

Who can beat Donald Trump?

Commentary / World Feb 19, 2020

Who can beat Donald Trump?

by Elizabeth Drew

U.S. President Donald Trump is such an alarming figure that many Democratic voters so far appear willing to overlook in Michael Bloomberg what they would never forgive otherwise. And that, perhaps, is the clearest sign yet that American democracy is in crisis.

Barry McGee: Painting outside the lines

Art Feb 19, 2020

Barry McGee: Painting outside the lines

by John L. Tran

"Potato Sack Body" can be enjoyed as a semi-abstract display of shapes and colors, but there are also cryptic artifacts, notations and visual references. If you lived through the '60s and '70s, the overall design and color palette will remind you that those decades ...