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36 articles published


Business Mar 3, 2020

Rakuten to launch full-scale mobile phone services April 8

Rakuten Inc. Chairman and President Hiroshi Mikitani said Tuesday that his company will start full-scale mobile phone services April 8. Rakuten's full entry into the Japanese mobile phone market is expected to trigger severe price competition with the three main carriers — NTT Docomo, KDDI ...

Trump's COVID-19 response bedeviled by missteps, raising risks

World | FOCUS Mar 3, 2020

Trump's COVID-19 response bedeviled by missteps, raising risks

The Trump administration's response to global outbreaks of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been riven by missteps. As well as problems developing and distributing a test for the infection, there have been discordant public messages, with some fearing that the president's assertions the ...

School closures causing shorter retail and restaurant business hours

Business Mar 3, 2020

School closures causing shorter retail and restaurant business hours

School closures due to the coronavirus outbreak are exacerbating manpower shortages at retailers and restaurants, forcing them to cut their business hours. The emergency closures of elementary through high schools began Monday. They are to remain shut until spring break ends in April. Many working parents ...

Japan gets tougher on road rage and testing for elderly drivers

National Mar 3, 2020

Japan gets tougher on road rage and testing for elderly drivers

The Abe government on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a bill that would impose harsher penalties for road rage incidents and institute measures aimed at reducing fatal accidents involving elderly drivers. The proposed changes to the road traffic law would oblige drivers aged 75 and ...

Leipzig apologizes to Japanese fans over COVID-19 'mistake'

Soccer Mar 3, 2020

Leipzig apologizes to Japanese fans over COVID-19 'mistake'

Bundesliga club Leipzig apologized after a group of Japanese fans was kicked out of a match for fear it was infected with coronavirus, German publication Bild reported Monday. According to the report, Leipzig admitted its security staff made a "mistake" during Sunday's 1-1 draw against ...