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China talks up post-virus rebound as world economy shuts down

Business Mar 23, 2020

China talks up post-virus rebound as world economy shuts down

China's government is talking up the prospects for a rapid economic rebound from the coronavirus, even as the global economy sees further lockdowns to curb the spreading disease. Since Friday, the premier, who leads economic policymaking, and a senior central bank official, have pointed to ...

13% of employees in Japan telecommuting due to coronavirus

Business Mar 23, 2020

13% of employees in Japan telecommuting due to coronavirus

About 13 percent of company employees across Japan are working remotely as part of measures to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus, the first time for almost half of them, according to the results of a study by a Tokyo-based think tank. Persol ...

Singer and welfare facility founder Mariko Miyagi dies

National Mar 23, 2020

Singer and welfare facility founder Mariko Miyagi dies

Singer Mariko Miyagi, who founded Nemunoki Gakuen, a welfare facility for children with physical disabilities, died of malignant lymphoma at a Tokyo hospital Saturday. She was 93. Originally from Ota Ward in Tokyo, Miyagi sang hit songs such as "Gado-shita no Kutsumigaki" ("Shoeshiner under the ...

Japan's Princess Aiko graduates from high school

National Mar 23, 2020

Japan's Princess Aiko graduates from high school

Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, attended a graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School on Sunday afternoon. From April, the 18-year-old princess will study at the Department of Japanese Language and Literature at Gakushuin University's Faculty of Letters. Both ...

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

National / Politics Mar 23, 2020

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima re-elected to fourth term

Ikuo Kabashima won a fourth term in the Kumamoto gubernatorial election Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the local chapter of the minor opposition Social Democratic Party. Voter turnout stood at 45.03 percent, lower than for the previous gubernatorial election in the prefecture in 2016. ...

Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days

National Mar 23, 2020

Japan to ask travelers from U.S. to self-quarantine for 14 days

Japan is set to ask travelers from the United States to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, a government source said Sunday. During the two-week period, such travelers will be asked to stay in designated places ...

How to avoid the end times

Commentary / World Mar 23, 2020

How to avoid the end times

by Ted Rall

It feels like the end times. A mysterious invisible killer stocks the land. Wild rumors abound. The government is useless. There’s no sense that anyone knows anything, much less is in charge. Could the United States become a failed state? Yes, but not yet. Yes, ...

The way of the toddler: <em>Sōranbushi</em> and sumo

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Mar 23, 2020

The way of the toddler: Sōranbushi and sumo

by William Lang

April is approaching and with it comes the start of the new school year. Ordinarily, this would be a time for ceremonies replete with tears and smartphone-captured sentimentality. In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, however, even such small-scale public gatherings are less visible. One ...

Top League cancels remainder of season

Rugby Mar 23, 2020

Top League cancels remainder of season

The Japan Rugby Top League said Monday it has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league, which has been on hiatus since mid-February, said it scrapped plans to resume in April to protect players and fans, as ...

NPB, J. League aiming for late April restarts

Sports Mar 23, 2020

NPB, J. League aiming for late April restarts

On a day when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted postponing the Tokyo Olympics may be unavoidable, medical experts suggested it could be possible for the top-flight Japanese baseball and soccer seasons to resume by the end of next month. Nippon Professional Baseball and the J. ...

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Sumo Mar 23, 2020

Asanoyama achieves goal of promotion to sumo's second-highest rank

Following news of his impending promotion to ozeki, Asanoyama said Monday he had accomplished one of his career goals. A Japan Sumo Association advisory board recommended the 26-year-old sekiwake for promotion following his 11-4 finish at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, making his ...

IOC to start discussions on possible Tokyo 2020 postponement

Olympics Mar 23, 2020

IOC to start discussions on possible Tokyo 2020 postponement

The International Olympic Committee is stepping up its "scenario planning" for the Tokyo 2020 Games — including a possible postponement — as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it said after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The IOC will hold discussions that will include an option of ...