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Kirin to release two new whisky brands

Business / Corporate Mar 18, 2020

Kirin to release two new whisky brands

Kirin Brewery Co. on Tuesday announced the release of two new domestic whisky brands. The Fuji and Riku whiskies will be the first additions to the Kirin Holdings Co. unit's lineup of the liquor in some 15 years. The move follows widespread supply shortages of domestic ...

Face mask littering causes headaches in Japan

National Mar 18, 2020

Face mask littering causes headaches in Japan

With more and more people wearing face masks due to the spread of the new coronavirus, a new issue has developed over the resulting litter on roads and in other places. An expert warned people against blindly discarding face masks due to the risk of ...

Kagawa passes Japan's first ordinance to tackle gaming addiction

National Mar 18, 2020

Kagawa passes Japan's first ordinance to tackle gaming addiction

A local assembly has passed Japan's first ordinance aimed at reducing internet and video game addiction among young people, by recommending that screen time be limited to one hour per day. The ordinance, passed Wednesday by the Kagawa Prefectural Assembly, has triggered controversy — with ...

Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

World / Politics Mar 18, 2020

Putin's aides shocked by his presidential power play

Vladimir Putin's surprise move to allow himself to remain as president until 2036 caught even many Kremlin insiders off guard, leaving some feeling deceived by his motivation for changing the constitution. His sudden reversal — approving a plan that he'd long publicly resisted — was ...

Facebook says bug mistook legitimate news stories for spam

Business / Tech Mar 18, 2020

Facebook says bug mistook legitimate news stories for spam

Facebook Inc. said a filter for combating spam on the social network was beset by a bug that mistakenly eliminated legitimate news stories and other posts, miscategorizing them as content that violates its rules. Several users complained on social media that their posts, including those ...

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 18, 2020

Hakuho, Aoiyama record 10th wins

Yokozuna Hakuho bounced back from his first loss and collected his 10th win of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday to remain in a two-way tie for the lead with rank-and-filer Aoiyama. The Mongolian-born yokozuna charged out of the gates in the final bout ...

COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

Soccer | From the Spot Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 strikes Japanese soccer

by Dan Orlowitz

Since late February, Japanese soccer's professional and amateur competitions have shut down in an attempt to protect players, coaches and fans from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has forced the cancellation of major sporting events around the world. On Tuesday, a wrench was thrown into ...