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World Mar 25, 2020

Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

Istanbul prosecutors said on Wednesday they had prepared an indictment against a close aide to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a former deputy head of general intelligence over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The prosecutor's office accused the two men of ...

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Asia Pacific Mar 25, 2020

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 in raid on Sikh complex

Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers, the government said. Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in South ...

Comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19

National Mar 25, 2020

Comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19

Veteran comedian Ken Shimura has tested positive for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, his agent said Wednesday, making him the first Japanese entertainment figure to announce their infection publicly. The 70-year-old Shimura, known for performing as popular characters including Baka Tonosama, meaning stupid lord, ...

LDP mulls support for Yuriko Koike's re-election as Tokyo governor

National Mar 25, 2020

LDP mulls support for Yuriko Koike's re-election as Tokyo governor

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering supporting the re-election of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike in the July 5 gubernatorial poll, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai, who sees Koike as "a candidate who can win," apparently overrode the wish ...

Postponing Olympics 'wise and great,' Trump tells Abe

National Mar 25, 2020

Postponing Olympics 'wise and great,' Trump tells Abe

U.S. President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during phone talks Wednesday that a roughly one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was a "wise and great" decision, Japan's top government spokesman has said. A day after the International Olympic Committee board endorsed ...

Tokyo Station's Olympic countdown clock turned off

National Mar 25, 2020

Tokyo Station's Olympic countdown clock turned off

Passersby in front of Tokyo Station gathered around a popular Olympics countdown clock to take pictures Wednesday as it stopped displaying the number of days until the games after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been scheduled ...

Lee Ufan: The same but different

Art Mar 25, 2020

Lee Ufan: The same but different

by John L. Tran

Lee Ufan’s new paintings look very different depending on where you are standing. From a distance, when you can take in several of the large canvases at the same time, abstract shapes seem to emphatically announce themselves as existing; however, they are also pointedly ...

J. League to resume first-division matches on May 9

Soccer / J. League Mar 25, 2020

J. League to resume first-division matches on May 9

The J. League plans to resume first-division matches on May 9 after a hiatus of more than two months due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, chairman Mitsuru Murai said Wednesday. The league held an extraordinary session of its executive committee Tuesday and decided to abandon ...

JSA officially approves Asanoyama's promotion to ozeki

Sumo Mar 25, 2020

JSA officially approves Asanoyama's promotion to ozeki

Sekiwake Asanoyama was officially promoted to sumo's second-highest rank of ozeki by the Japan Sumo Association board of directors on Wednesday. The news provided a bright spot amid the coronavirus bleakness with Asanoyama saying in his kojo stage speech he is ready for the added ...

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

Tokyo Olympic torch relay canceled following postponement of games

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Tokyo Olympic torch relay canceled following postponement of games

The Japan leg of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, scheduled to begin Thursday, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said Tuesday. The move comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President ...