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World Mar 19, 2020

U.S. life insurers impose waiting periods to skirt coronavirus risk

U.S. life insurers are trying to curb their own risks to coronavirus by imposing waiting periods for applicants who have traveled to regions with widespread outbreaks, industry experts said. Life insurers are worried about insuring U.S. customers who have traveled to countries that the U.S. ...

Japan sees biggest tourism drop since 2011 tsunami due to coronavirus

National Mar 19, 2020

Japan sees biggest tourism drop since 2011 tsunami due to coronavirus

The number of visitors to Japan fell by the largest number since the devastating March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, as international tourism collapses over the coronavirus pandemic. Tourists coming to Japan declined by 58 percent to 1.09 million in February from 2.60 million ...

Hokkaido set to lift coronavirus state of emergency

National Mar 19, 2020

Hokkaido set to lift coronavirus state of emergency

The state of emergency declared late last month in Hokkaido was set to end late Thursday amid signs the spread of the virus has been abating in the prefecture. "There has not been a surge of infected patients significant enough to cause a collapse of ...

Japan gets seventh Aegis destroyer, with improved SM-3 interceptor

National Mar 19, 2020

Japan gets seventh Aegis destroyer, with improved SM-3 interceptor

The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Thursday put into commission its newest Aegis-equipped destroyer, the first of its vessels to be equipped with an improved antiballistic missile jointly developed by the United States and Japan. The Maya, capable of countering short- to intermediate-range threats with the ...

Keeping the elderly in the labor market longer

Editorials Mar 19, 2020

Keeping the elderly in the labor market longer

Legislation that has been approved by the Lower House will oblige employers to "make efforts" to secure job opportunities for their employees until they turn 70 if they wish to keep working. A key part of the social security reform pursued by Prime Minister ...

English soccer administrators isolated after contact with JFA head

Soccer Mar 19, 2020

English soccer administrators isolated after contact with JFA head

Two staff members from England's Football Association went into self-isolation after coming into contact with the president of the Japan Football Association, who since tested positive for coronavirus, the BBC reported Wednesday. According to several media outlets, the F.A. said in a statement the two ...

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

Sumo Mar 19, 2020

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

by John Gunning

One of the strongest sumo high schools in Japan is Tottori Johoku. Located in western Japan, Johoku has been churning out professional talent over the past last few years, and is the alma mater of ozeki pair Terunofuji and Kotomitsuki, as well as top-division wrestlers ...