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Tokyo reports 40 more infections, bringing COVID-19 total to 299

National Mar 27, 2020

Tokyo reports 40 more infections, bringing COVID-19 total to 299

Forty more residents have been infected with COVID-19, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Friday. The update brought the number of coronavirus cases in the capital to 299 as of 4 p.m. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is investigating whether the new patients had close contact with other ...

<em>Kagura</em> dance winning over young women

National | Regional Voices: Chugoku Mar 27, 2020

Kagura dance winning over young women

Kagura, a form of Shinto theatrical dance, is increasingly winning the hearts of young women in Shimane Prefecture, carving out a new fan base in the traditionally male-dominated music ritual that is grappling with a shortage of successors. Dubbing themselves “kagurājo,” (kagura girls) these women ...

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

World Mar 27, 2020

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and illegal logging. Now the battle is against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Indigenous tribes are locking down and closing off their reserves to visitors as ...

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Business Mar 27, 2020

Fossil-fuel giant Russia tiptoes toward low-carbon future

Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week. It pledges to cut planet-warming emissions by a third by 2030 from 1990 levels, when the heavily ...

World / Science & Health Mar 27, 2020

Burning wood can be a clean source of power after all

Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution — but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide. That is the conclusion of new research published in Science Advances, which seeks to counter the prevailing view that ...

India's coronavirus heroes come under attack

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Mar 27, 2020

India's coronavirus heroes come under attack

They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes," but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents. Some e-commerce giants have even halted deliveries partly due to the harassment of staff, ...

Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

National Mar 27, 2020

Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

The government on Friday decided it would aim to restore the gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026, with full-fledged reconstruction to begin in 2022. The government aims to enhance fire-prevention measures by installing sprinklers, previously missing at the castle, and automatic fire-detector alarms. Structural ...

Business Mar 27, 2020

Korean Air head defeats challenge from 'nut rage' sister

The "nut rage" heiress who forced a plane to turn back over her macadamias failed Friday to wrest control of the family airline from her brother, in what analysts said illustrated the power of incumbents at South Korea's chaebols. Cho Hyun-ah, 45, whose family control ...

Mask prices in Tokyo surge 11.3% in March as virus concerns grow

Business Mar 27, 2020

Mask prices in Tokyo surge 11.3% in March as virus concerns grow

Mask prices in Tokyo's densely populated 23 wards jumped 11.3 percent in March from a year before, reflecting supply shortages stemming from the spread of COVID-19, government data showed Friday. Face mask prices rose 3.2 percent month on month, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry ...

World / Politics Mar 27, 2020

U.S. indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

Nicolas Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments made public Thursday against the embattled socialist ...

Alibaba suffers culture conflicts

Business Mar 27, 2020

Alibaba suffers culture conflicts

by Keith Zhai and Fanny Potkin

At Lazada, the Southeast Asian arm of Alibaba Group Holding, staffers are furious over demands that they submit health reports daily and other coronavirus-prevention steps seen as too invasive, highlighting a long-running culture clash with management from China. Since February, Singapore-based Lazada has asked all ...

People in disaster-hit Tohoku pin hopes on rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

National Mar 27, 2020

People in disaster-hit Tohoku pin hopes on rescheduled Tokyo Olympics

People in the Tohoku region devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami expressed hopes Wednesday that a rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will showcase to the world next year their progress toward reconstruction. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that the 2020 Tokyo Games would be ...

Tokyo 2021 internet domains snapped up as Olympic delay confirmed

Business Mar 27, 2020

Tokyo 2021 internet domains snapped up as Olympic delay confirmed

At least 59 internet domains containing phrases related to the Tokyo Olympics and 2021 were obtained on Tuesday, the day the spectacle was postponed, it was learned Thursday. Many are believed to have been acquired for resale, with one being auctioned for ¥1.9 million. An expert ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Music | Music Mar 27, 2020

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

by James Hadfield

In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled “MIDI Sans Frontieres.” Though he’s better known for maximalist explosions of breakbeats, hyperactive acid synths and fusion-jazz frippery, the ...

Diamond League postpones three more events in May

More Sports / Track & Field Mar 27, 2020

Diamond League postpones three more events in May

Diamond League events in Stockholm, Naples and Rabat that were scheduled for late May have been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Friday. The Diamond League has now postponed five events in the 2020 season, after meets scheduled for Doha and an unspecified ...

Bill Bartholomay, who moved Braves to Atlanta, passes away at 91

Baseball / MLB Mar 27, 2020

Bill Bartholomay, who moved Braves to Atlanta, passes away at 91

Bill Bartholomay, the former baseball owner who moved the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 to become Major League Baseball's first team in the South, has died. He was 91. Bartholomay died Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. Braves Hall of ...

NFL keeping its draft in April as scheduled

More Sports / Football Mar 27, 2020

NFL keeping its draft in April as scheduled

Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL teams on Thursday that the draft will go on as originally scheduled for next month. The draft will still take place April 23-25. It was originally scheduled for a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped ...

Harlem Globetrotters great Curly Neal dies at 77

Basketball Mar 27, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters great Curly Neal dies at 77

Fred "Curly" Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home outside of Houston on Thursday morning. "We have lost one of the most genuine human ...

Former Astros star Jimmy 'The Toy Cannon' Wynn dies at 78

Baseball / MLB Mar 27, 2020

Former Astros star Jimmy 'The Toy Cannon' Wynn dies at 78

Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston Astros slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and '70s earned him the popular nickname "The Toy Cannon," has died. He was 78. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but did not provide further details. Just ...

Qualified athletes will retain spots for 2020 Olympics: sources

Olympics Mar 27, 2020

Qualified athletes will retain spots for 2020 Olympics: sources

Athletes who had already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed will keep their places when the showpiece takes place in 2021, sources told AFP on Thursday. Around 57 percent of the 11,000 scheduled participants for the Tokyo Games had already made ...