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Japan's government to demand halt to online face mask auctions

Business Feb 28, 2020

Japan's government to demand halt to online face mask auctions

The industry ministry will ask online auction companies to voluntarily stop listing face masks from their websites, amid supply shortages caused by the spread of COVID-19 infections, it was learned Thursday. Face masks have been in short supply mostly in urban areas, in part because ...

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

National Feb 28, 2020

Sales of Kumamon-brand goods hit record ¥158 billion in 2019

Products bearing the image of Kumamon, the black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, racked up sales of at least ¥157.9 billion ($1.4 billion) in 2019, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government said Friday. Sales have hit fresh records every year since 2011, when the prefectural government started ...

EU planning carbon border measures 'as soon as possible'

Business Feb 28, 2020

EU planning carbon border measures 'as soon as possible'

The European Union will propose carbon border measures as soon as possible to protect its industries from competitors in countries with less stringent climate policies, the bloc's industry chief said on Thursday. The European Commission, the bloc's executive, is planning to propose a carbon border ...

World Feb 28, 2020

Russia conducts first ship-based hypersonic missile test, TASS reports

Russia successfully test-launched its Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a military vessel for the first time early last month, the TASS news agency said on Thursday, citing two military sources. President Vladimir Putin talked up hypersonic missiles in a March 2018 speech, saying they ...

Rafael Nadal breezes into Mexican Open semifinals

Tennis Feb 28, 2020

Rafael Nadal breezes into Mexican Open semifinals

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal remained on course for his third Mexican Open title by breezing past South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo 6-2, 6-1 in their quarterfinal clash on Thursday. Top seed Nadal eased into the semi-finals with his best performance of the week as he ...